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A guide to virtual Long Island activities for kids: concerts, crafts and more

Harper Liao, 4, Brooklyn,works with artist Julie Peppito

Harper Liao, 4, Brooklyn,works with artist Julie Peppito as she leads a workshop in transforming trash into treasure at the Long Island Children's Museum on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 in Garden City. Credit: Howard Schnapp

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On a typical Wednesday, Lauren Richardson, 36, of Coram, would bring her toddler Ryan, 21 months, to a mommy and me music class led by family musician Darlene Graham of West Babylon.

Since that's not a current option for Richardson and Graham’s other families, the artist is embracing the old saying: “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain.”

Graham started leading classes and giving concerts online “to just have some happiness and joy,” she says. Her regular clients can “attend” her class virtually, and anyone can attend her weekly concerts for free.

“They were so excited,” Richardson says of her daughters. “They sat and watched and danced for the entire time she did the show.”

Graham is not the only one trying to offer children activities online. Here’s her schedule, as well as information on other options for Long Island families:

PERFORMANCES Catch a concert online

CRAFTY CLASSES Pick up a new skill

FITNESS SESSIONS Learn to dance or zen out 

STORY TIMES Read a classic, or a new favorite 

MUSEUMS Explore at home

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