Community Services Department
Virtual Connections at Home
Now you can engage with many of your favorite Community Services programs from the safety of your home!
In order to navigate this unprecedented time in our community, we have developed virtual arts and recreation opportunities to keep us connected. Visit our Virtual Programming Registration page to browse our current programs - and be sure to check back often, as we’ll continue to add new content and activities.
There are also many fun and free activities happening in the community – near and far! Here are a few highlights of events and activities that are happening:
Kidz Love Soccer - Stuck at home? Lets get moving. We've put together some fun activities to try when you can't make it to class. Check back each week for more activities.
Code for Fun - During the Stay-At-Home and School Closure Order, Code for Fun is open online! They are offering free online introductory coding classes for kids. Registration is open and free for both, Introduction Scratch and Python.
PhysEd Fun with Skyhawks - Skyhawks is bringing classes to your home! Check out a free preview of our new PhysEd Fun with Skyhawks class that you can participate in from your living room or backyard! Learn more about our virtual class offerings at Skyhawks.com/Virtual-Classes
SoccerTots at Home - SuperTots is coming live to your house! Check out a free preview of our new SoccerTots virtual classes that you can do in your own backyard or living room! Available SuperTots virtual classes include SoccerTots and HoopsterTots - learn more at Skyhawks.com/Virtual-Classes.
Dance in Schools - Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Dance Classes in PAUSD K-2 classrooms are now available for streaming online!
While the Art Center is temporarily closed, we are still offering several free virtual classes that allow our patrons to engage in a myriad of artmaking activities (listed below). Also check out the Art Center’s recorded art classes on YouTube. View tutorials on watercolor, sculpture, and drawing, and find fun and easy projects for kids!
Make your Own Air-Dry Clay
Join Art Center Children's Fine Art Ceramics Instructor Mo Moran in the process of creating your own air-dry clay with materials you have around the house! Try it out and share what you make! More inspirational videos of projects to make with your clay are coming soon.
Do A ‘Crazy Hair’ Art Project
Art Center teacher Corinna Mori invites you to join in a fun, "crazy hair" art project through her video:
Learn the Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Brush up on your Chinese calligraphy skills with Art Center instructor Zhihong Yang. These online classes introduce a modern approach to the traditional art of Chinese Calligraphy to anyone who is interested in the art form and would like to learn the culture and history of Chinese Calligraphy.
Check out some Sculpting Classes
Adult Studios sculpture instructor Deanna Rae has created a series of online sculpting videos accessible through her website with a free one-month trial.
Master the Art of Pottery with Hsin Chuen Lin
Artist and ceramics instructor Hsin Chuen Lin offers hundreds of different instructional videos from beginner to advanced. To find out more, go here:
Put some Fish in an 'Aquarium'
Learn how to make your very own "aquarium" out of a shoebox with art instructor Corinna Mori! To check out her instructional video, go here:
Create a Paper Mache Frog and its Habitat
Art instructor Sharon Reich shows you how to create a 3-D paper mache frog and habitat in this step-by-step project guide. Fun for the whole family!
Teens can express themselves and cultivate their creative side through the Art Center’s virtual summer camps! Watercolor and mixed-media camps provide fun, creative activities from the safety and convenience of your home. Sign up here; select “Virtual Summer Camps” and then “Live From the Art Center” to see camp details. There are also in-person summer camps available through the Junior Museum and Zoo and recreation camps at Foothills Park. Onsite, in-person camps have enhanced safety protocols and modified class structures to allow for stable groups of 12 campers.
Free and Family Friendly Artmaking
The artists of the Cubberley Artist Studio Program are offering free and family friendly artmaking sessions every Sunday afternoon to the community. Each one hour Sunday session will be taught by a different artist in the CASP program using items commonly found around the house. To get more information or register for a session, please email Denise.LaxendiZazzo@cityofpaloalto.org. Those who RSVP will be given Zoom details and a list of items to have on hand.
Magical Bridge – Virtual Sing-A-Longs
Join this family event to sing-a-long with a different local musician every day at noon!
Blossom Birth & Family
Blossom Birth & Family is a resource center for expectant and pregnant families.They offer FREE online classes for kids and a FREE online support group for breastfeeding mothers on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month.
The staff and volunteers at EV have assembled a variety of resources for teachers and parents who are working to continue their kids’ science education at home during the shelter in place period.
About Community Services
Your community offers you dozens of community parks; outstanding classes for adults and kids; 40 miles of hiking trails; a municipal golf course; fascinating art exhibits; pools, fields and gyms for peak fitness. Whether you're looking for educational activities for your kids, a place to relax or place to explore the world around you, Palo Alto's Community Services Department is proud to offer programs, activities and parks to meet all the needs of your family and to sustain a positive quality of life!
We are a staff who are committed to providing outstanding educational and physical fitness opportunities for the whole family, beautiful and inviting community facilities for your rental needs, and a multitude of exhibits, shows and special events to entertain, inspire and enjoy!
Besides offering the very best array of fun, educational and life-enriching programs that we can provide, there's nothing more important to the Enjoy! Team than your complete satisfaction with our services, programs and activities.
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