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Here is a growing list of learning resources to help you and your family stay engaged and active through this challenging time. We have included as many local businesses as we could find and some of our very own contract instructors so you you don't have to miss out on a class you may have been looking forward to!


Many classes and services are FREE, however, some may require a small fee.This list is a work in progress, so please let us know if there is something we've missed! Contact us!


**Classes in GREEN are run by our very own Parks & Recreation Contractors! Support our local teachers and pick up again with them in person when we are all back up and running!**

The Arts

There are more art projects and activity lists in the Enrichment section below!

  • LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Children's Author, Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE.

  • My First Art Class will be offering activities online soon. Read their latest enewsletter here and see which basic household supplies you can begin to gather for their upcoming projects! More to come...

  • Preschool parents will especially love PBS Kids for safe videos, games, ebooks and more! 

  • Arree's FREE Creativity Camp Free writing, drawing and storytelling classes from award winning author/illustrator Arree Chung. 

  • Disney is offering a Learn to Draw series by Disney cast member Stephen Ketchum who has been drawing Mickey at Disney Parks for years and has expert tips for artists of all skill levels. They've compiled his how-to video in this blog

  • Learn to Crochet at All Free Crochet.

  • The Palo Alto Art Center is now offering free virtual art classes! Join artist Sam Price on Fridays at 11 a.m. for free virtual collage-making classes for kids and families of all ages. Make simple and fun collages using materials you can find in your house. Watch live or recorded classes.  

  • Redwood City's Dragon Theatre is proud to offer online classes for both children and adults.




  • Bay Area Chess is now offering online workshops for kids ages 6-12, Classes begin April 13. click here.

  • Making one day class doing exactly that! Making Mazes. $14 through Outschool 

  • Imagineering in a Box – Disney has partnered with the Khan Academy and Pixar to offer a free online program which includes a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process.  

  • The Cat in the Hat Invents- Preschoolers love this STEM-based website that challenges kids to be engineers and problem-solvers. FREE 

  • Khan Academy Enjoy a wide varity of topics: math for all grade levels, arts & humanities, science, engineering, computing, economics and finance, test prep and more!

  • Brain POP  is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures. Great for middle schoolers, but you can also check out Brain Pop Jr., Brain Pop ELL, and more!

  • Challenge Island STEAM adventures and family STEAM Sundays. Check out their summer camp in our Summer 2020 catalog.

  • Scholastic -Daily enrichment projects for kids stuck at home, sorted by grade level. Each lesson contains four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. 

  • Kids Activities Blog - A rather robust list of more than 100 education companies who are offering free subscriptions while school is closed.

  • Minecraft Education Edition - it's more than just a game!

  • Play-well LEGO Facebook Live Stream LEGO Builds Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am weekly.

  • Outschool Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18. Spark your child’s curiosity with access to 10,000 small group video chat classes—created and taught by inspiring teachers. Start learning for as low as $5/class. 

  • Need to unplug? Here is list of learning opportunities for projects by topic and age, from preschool to tween at! 

  • Prodigy Math easily motivates 1st to 8th grade students to learn and practice math. 

  • Here's a great giant list of over 101 projects and activities to do wiith your child at home!

  • OT Tool Box for kids who might need help with skils in the area of Fine Motor, Sensory Processing,  Executive Function, Vosion, Handwriting and more! Printables too!

Foreign Language

  • Our new vendorGrupology will launched Online classes taught via Zoom conferencing and each class will be 45 minutes. No materials are needed except Zoom access, paper and a pencil. Enroll here

  • Duolingo- Learn a New Language from Home All Ages.

  • French for Beginners and Continuing Beginners - The Fun & Easy Way with Hope - 4 week sessions Thursdays at 5pm & 6:30pm starting April 16th and ongoing. More info at:, Email the instructor to register and for the link ( Fee-based $15/hour Private Lessons Also Available!


Books, Online Reading, and Media

  • Common Sense Media- with so much on the interwebs, find trusted ratings created with families in mind.

  • Accessibyte- Free access to entire cloud platform of apps for blind, low vision, deaf & reading impaired students. Highly visual & fully audible typing tutor, games, flashcards & study apps. 

  • The Redwood City Public Library has compiled a fantastic list of resources. You can find the info here.

  • San Mateo County Library System - Enjoy ebooks, eaudio, movies and tv available for free with your library card on Hoopla, Libby for Overdrive, and Kanopy has movies and a specific content filter with kids.

  • TeachingBooks. An engaging collection of resources that brings books to life.

  • Scholastic -Daily enrichment projects for kids stuck at home, sorted by grade level. Each lesson contains four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. 

  • Storyline Online provides stories read by actors such as James Earl Jones, Betty White and many more!

  • One More Story Library of award winning books and authors, soundtracks by former music director of Sesame Street, and Narration by professional actors.

  • Storytime from Space! Hear real astronauts reading books from orbit. 

  • Get into comics with digital subscriptions on your tablet, like Marvel Unlimited. 

Science & Nature

  • Tinkergarten at Home Get free weekly activities, coaching and an active online community to help your kids become ready to learn, ready to thrive, ready for anything. Targeted to preschoolers.


There are also more tech classes listed in the enrichment section in some of the large lists with have linked to.

  • Scratch- Coding for Kids

  • Tech Interactive of San Jose has pulled together a collection of lesson plans and activities that you can adapt for at-home learning. You’ll find a variety of materials for different grade levels, subjects and levels of independence, but what they all share is our mission of developing the problem-solvers of tomorrow. 

  • Harvard University - Adult Computer Science Classes  (see University section)

  • Typing Club Learn Touch Typing for free!

  • Learn computer science for free at Free classes for Grades K-12

  • Here's a fun little straight forward site called Code Monster which features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does. As you play with the code (prompted), you learn what each command does.

University Classes

  • Cañada College (Redwood City):  Fee based online/distance education courses: 

  • Harvard University has many FREE online courses and many have a verified certificate upon completion! From computer coding to art history!

  • Yale University is offering their popular- The Science of Well Being class for FREE. 



On March 12, 2020, Redwood City declared a local emergency in response to the threat posed by COVID-19. Redwood City is highlighting the services described above that are available in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Redwood City is not responsible for the companies or people providing these services. Please ensure you evaluate the services before using them to confirm they are appropriate for you and your family. Redwood City is not liable for injuries resulting from use of these services. Cal. Govt. Code Sections 8655, 820.2, and 815.2(b).