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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Learning in the Time of Coronavirus: Keep Moving

Posted By , and on Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 2:15 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF NICCI MICCO
  • Courtesy of Nicci Micco
Staying at home doesn’t mean you have to sit still — and with active children, chances are that's not an option. Dance classes, yoga classes and workouts will come to you. Here are several free options to get kids — and caregivers — moving for free.

• Virtual kids yoga classes via Zoom? Yep. Suzanne Brubaker, owner of Water and Rock Studio and local mom of two, is offering classes for kids, ages 5 to 10, to connect and interact with other kids while moving, breathing and having fun. Classes happen at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, and cost $25 per week. Register here.  er:

• Local yoga studios including Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center, Evolution Physical Therapy + Yoga, Yoga Roots, Queen City Yoga and Sangha Studio are offering online classes (these still cost but you'll be supporting local businesses that need it right now).

Cosmic Kids Yoga offers free yoga and mindfulness classes for kids ages 3 and up on YouTube. Yoga Adventures tell stories through poses that take kids into scenes from Harry Potter, Moana, Frozen, and Star Wars. Jaime’s Brain Breaks offer quick five-minute workouts. The Zen Den teaches mindfulness and anxiety-reducing breathing techniques. And Peace Out gives guided meditation, perfect for bedtime. Alo Yoga also offers free, short yoga and meditation classes for kids. Older kids might prefer the more grown-up tone at Yoga with Adriene.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF MUSIC FOR SPROUTS
  • Courtesy of Music for Sprouts
• Get your wiggles out with Mister Chris and Miss Emma of Music for Sprouts. They are doing live concerts on Facebook every weekday morning at 10 a.m. And join local musician Linda Bassick will host sing-alongs on Facebook.

• On Facebook, musicians Dan and Claudia Zanes post a daily Social Isolation singalong classic recorded in their home. This musical couple hopes their melodies will entertain the kids and remind the grownups that “these are trying times but we’re in this together.”

• Kindie rockstar Laurie Berkner hosts a Berkner Break most weekdays at 10 a.m. on Facebooks to raise spirits and get bodies stretching through singing, stories and movement.

• Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Suzi Shelton streams a live "Sing with Suzi" show weekdays at 4 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. Her vocals and acoustic guitar tunes focus on kindness and love.

Kids of all ages will love dancing along with Kidz Bop. For 18 years, the group has been recording kid-friendly versions of pop hits sung by kids.

• CLI Studios, leaders in online dance training according to broadwayworld.com., is livestreaming free dance classes. Instructors include dance phenoms Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Teddy Forance and Talia Favia. Find the schedule at clistudios.com/keepdancing.

• Planet Fitness is offering free online “work-ins” on weekdays through March 27. Classes stream live at 7 p.m. on Facebook. They’ll also be available on-demand on Facebook and the Planet Fitness YouTube channel. No equipment is needed; classes last about 20 minutes.

• Running outside is still OK if you steer clear of other people. Nike Run Club volunteers to be “your perfect partner.” Download the free app that tracks your progress and cheers you on.

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