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COVID-19 Virtual Programs & Activities

Parks and Recreation team is offering a variety of online programs from a variety of resources for all ages. We are working to add even more programs, so check back often for updates.
Register online for Virtual Programs: cheltenhamtownship.recdesk.com


SINGLE EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Supper Club
Ages 18 & Older * $20 per adult per class
In this one hour virtual dinner program you will be able to make a meal that will be ready to eat by the end of the hour. It's a great way to unwind after your day by joining a professional in the kitchen for our Supper Club. Ingredient list will be emailed in advance of the class. There several classes to choose from but the price is the same for each class. 
1/25/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup and Cheddar Biscuits     Register by 1/20
2/12/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Chicken Francaise     Register by 2/08
2/23/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Instant Pot Chili     Register by 2/17
3/08/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Instant Pot Spagetti and Meat Sauce     Register by 2/26
3/18/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Chicken a la Nancy     Register by 3/12
4/19/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Lemon Chicken Almondine     Register by 4/14
5/06/2021     5:30 to 6:30 p.m.     Pasta Carbonara     Register by 4/30


Kids in the Kitchen
Ages 8-12 * $17 per child per class
In each hour and a half virtual lesson your child will be able to watch, learn and cook with a professional in the kitchen. Ingredient list will be emailed in advance of the class. There several classes to choose from but the price is the same for each class. 
2/13/2021     10:30 a.m. to Noon     Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Heart Truffles     Register by 2/10
3/14/2021     Noon to 1:30 p.m.     S'Mores in the Microwave and Soft Pretzels     Register by 3/10
4/11/2021     Noon to 1:30 p.m.     Chocolate Sugar Cookies and Butterscotch Cookies     Register by 4/07
5/08/2021     10:30 a.m. to Noon     Corn Muffins  and Cherry Scones     Register by 5/05

Sweet Endings
Ages 18 &Older * $17 per adult per class
After dinner, spend an hour in the kitchen with Kitchen Wizards preparing a dessert to end your day on a good note! Ingredient list will be emailed in advance of the class. There several classes to choose from but the price is the same for each class. 
2/11/2021     7:30 to 8:30 p.m.     Creme Brulee     Register by 2/05
3/03/2021     7:30 to 8:30 p.m.     Microwave Apple Crisp     Register by 2/26
4/06/2021     7:30 to 8:30 p.m.     Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes     Register by 4/01
5/18/2021     7:30 to 8:30 p.m.     Lemon Cake-Top Pudding     Register by 5/13


Virtual Escape Rooms
Ages 7-14 * $55 per child * 5 Tuesdays January 12 - February 9 * 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
In Snapology Virtual Escape Experiences, students will work in small groups to read through a themed story and then solve theme-specific puzzles in an online setting that will lead them on a journey with a final goal that they must complete. Each game has a series of 6-12 puzzles that promote critical thinking through decoding messages, pattern recognition, and mathematical reasoning. Each game is times, so each student team will be challenged to finish their journeys in the allotted time! These games require and promote teamwork, patience, and grit. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

School Break Workshop: Lego City
Ages 4-12 * $20 per child * January 18 * 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Does your builder enjoy designing beautiful buildings and cities for their mini-figures? If so, this program is the perfect space for your young architect or city planner to sharpen their design and building skills! Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

Starring You! Interactive Drama Box

Ages 4-8 * $40 per child ($75 for 2 boxes)

A child in your life stars in this interactive adventure! This box includes an interactive audio story where the listener plays the role of a superhero. All of the laughter has disappeared from the world, and only they have the skills to bring it back. As they listen, children are guided to create costumes, tell jokes to not-so-friendly sharks, and bring out their best animal impressions, among other activities. Each box contains supplies for one child plus a USB drive and downloadable tracks containing the story. One child can enjoy this alone, or multiple children or members of the same household can have fun playing together! To read more information or to purchase a kit use this link: http://theatrehorizon.org/education/educationboxes.php  Enter the code "DramaBoxCheltenham" to receive a $2 discount. (Discounts do not stack. It cannot be applied if you are already receiving the $5 discount off 2 kits.)
 

Create at Home: Drama Activities and Craft Box
Ages 5-10 * $40 per child ($75 for 2 boxes)

This box contains all the supplies a child needs for 10+ drama games, crafts, original scripts, and unique at-home performances. All they need to bring is their creativity! We provide an activity booklet and all of the required arts and crafts supplies so students can create their own planets, perform original puppet shows, design a superhero costume, and much more. Each box contains supplies for one child. children can enjoy this alone, or invite siblings or other family members to join in on the fun. To read more information or to purchase a kit use this link: http://theatrehorizon.org/education/educationboxes.php  Enter the code "DramaBoxCheltenham" to receive a $2 discount. (Discounts do not stack. It cannot be applied if you are already receiving the $5 discount off 2 kits.)


Little Chemist Kit
Ages 4-10 * $35 per child

This At Home Enrichment Kit includes all materials included for 7 hands-on activities. Each of the 7 activities has an instructional video online (links will be provided). Activities include: UV Bracelet, Magic Sand, Snow Powder, Chromatography, Hydrophilic Frog, Pumice Rock, and Dissolving Paper. Some of these activities can be repeated using the same materials after they have dried and returned to their original state. Deadline: January 15. Register.


Online Magic Class - Session A & B
Ages 5-12 * $13 per child

Professional magician Gary Kantor now teaches his popular magic class ONLINE. This 45-minute virtual class teaches children how to perform a number of mind-boggling tricks using everyday household items. Gary will start by explaining the secrets to the tricks, and then both Gary and the children will practice everything in great detail. The children will have a blast as they learn exactly what to say and do when performing in front of an audience. And since this class is online, it can be taken whenever it is convenient for your schedule. And the videos can be watched again and again. Your entire family can even take this class together! Additionally, be sure to sign up for this class again since new tricks are taught each session. (When you register, you will be told the household items that are needed for the class.) Link and password for video will be sent out after the registration deadline. Deadline: January 29. Register.

Online Balloon Animal Workshop - Session A & B
Ages 7 & older * $13 per child

Professional balloon artist Gary Kantor introduces a 45-minute online class that teaches children the techniques needed to take plain balloons and transform them into incredible balloon animals (like dogs, butterflies, fish, etc.). By watching these online videos children will create their own balloon animals, with Gary walking them through each step in the process. This class isn't just for the kids; parents will have a blast if they join the experience. Additionally, you can sign up again since each session makes different animals. (Note: you will need your own balloons and balloon pump. The pump and balloons cost about $13. When you register, you will be given information on places to purchase these.) Link and password for video will be sent out after the registration deadline. Deadline: January 29. Register.

Virtual Creative Movement Dance Class
Ages 2.5-5 * $35 per child * 6 Tuesdays beginning February 2 * 4:00 to 4:55 p.m.
This class consists of warm-up, movement games, obstacle/movement course, varying genres of music, and slight ballet vocabulary will be taught throughout the course. This is a virtual class. You must sign up in advance to receive the invitation in time to participate in the class. Invite link is not sent at the time of registration, but closer to the start date of the class. Child should use the bathroom prior to class, and wear loose, comfortable clothing. It's best to choose the same outfit for each class, or wear dance clothes to signal to the child that it's time for dance class. Register.

Virtual Ballet Dance Class
Ages 6-10 * $35 per child * 6 Tuesdays beginning February 2 * 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
This class is a straight-forward beginner ballet class with warm-up and movement games. A Ballet Barre is not needed for this class. This is a virtual class. You must sign up in advance to receive the invitation in time to participate in the class. Invite link is not sent at the time of registration, but closer to the start date of the class. Child should use the bathroom prior to class, and wear loose, comfortable clothing. It's best to choose the same outfit for each class, or wear dance clothes to signal to the child that it's time for dance class. Register.

School Break Workshop: Valentine's Day
Ages 5-12 * $20 per child * February 12 * 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
This program is virtual. Join us for a FUN opportunity to build a Valentine's Day decoration or gift for Mom, Dad or whomever you choose. We'll have fun with building and playing while learning about famous creations that have expressed love. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

School Break Workshop: Architecture
Ages 7-12 * $20 per child * February 15 * 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
This program is virtual.  Come create and build the future using LEGO(R) bricks in Snapology's Architecture workshop! It's never too early to foster your child's engineering and building skills in this super cool program. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

School Break Workshop: Amazing Race
Ages 7-14 * $25 per child * February 16 * 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
This program is virtual. Send your learner on a trip with Snapology around the world to discover unique aspects of different cultures, including national flags, traditional cuisines, influential artists, and notable historical landmarks! Not only will your student be learning about world cultures and developing an appreciation for cultural differences, but they will be competing in fun challenges to test their building and problem-solving skills. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Ages 4-12 * $55 per child * 5 Tuesdays March 2 to March 30 * 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
This program is virtual. Students will build models of their favorite forms of transportation as they learn about energy, wheels and axles, air resistance, and more. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

School Break Workshop: Ninjago
Ages 4-12 * $75 per child * March 31 to April 2 * 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
This program is virtual. Sensei Wu needs you! Design a new dojo for Snapology made from LEGO(R) bricks and train your men to battle with the best. Go through ninja training adn earn your black belt, Snapology-style. Get ready to have fun and become a Master Ninja. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

Jedi Masters
Ages 4-14 * $55 per child * 5 Tuesdays April 13 to May 11 * 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
This program is virtual. If you love Star Wars(R), this is the class for you! Come participate in Star Wars(R) themed activities using LEGO(R) bricks and other interactive learning tools, build scenes from the movie, build ships, light sabers, you name it...May the Force be with you. Visit Snapology for more information and to register. When you sign up remember to put Cheltenham Township in the comments box to let us know you would like to see more programs like these offered. Registration ends 5 days before program start date.

RECURRING EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Virtual Chess for Young Players
Mondays & Thursdays * 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The chess club that usually meets at the Rowland Community Center is using a new online platform to continue the fun and learning. Click here for more information.


Yoga
Good Wolf Yoga is now offering free or "pay what you wish" quarantine classes on Zoom. Instructor Jeni Smith has been holding Silver Sneakers classes at the La Mott Community Center and classes at her studio prior to the pandemic. Click HERE for the information to participate.
       Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. – Chair Yoga Flow for EVERY BODY! Grab a chair with no arms and a strap (or belt), and work your mobility, strength, balance, flexibility, and focus with seated and standing poses.
        Fridays at 6 p.m. – Wind down from the week with Quarantine Quiet. Grab some blankets for padding, pillows for support, and a belt for length, and roll out your mat for an hour of pranayama (breath retention) and gentle mat-based asana (yoga poses). This class is for anyone who is comfortable getting down onto the floor, sometimes onto your belly.


   

INFORMATION LIBRARIES & WORKSHOPS

Cheltenham Center for the Arts
The center is offering some in-person classes with smaller class sizes and requires wearing masks and social distancing.

 Please visit their website for more options! CheltenhamArts.org

Nasa 

Let Nasa bring the universe into your home:  https://www.nasa.gov/specials/nasaathome/index.html
Nasa at Home offers E-books/essays, virtual tours, podcasts, videos, and more. The Nasa website is worth exploring if you are an adult or a child. In the family sections there are games, drawing lessons, crafting ideas and more.


Peanuts! Free Educational Materials for Students in grades K-8
Peanuts Worldwide, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown, is offering free educational materials so students in grades K-8 can learn STEM, languages, arts and social studies alongside the beloved peanuts characters. Lesson plans were created by curriculum specialists at Young Minds inspired as well as in collaboration with NASA.  https://www.peanuts.com/ 

Tookany/Tacomy-Frankford Watershed Programs:
Presented by:  Tookany/Tacomy-Frankford Watershed Partnership Inc. 
 WINTER WONDERLAND SERIES
This past spring and summer, the Covid-19 Pandemic gave many people the opportunity to rediscover nature and their local parks. However, with the winter here, many have retreated back into their homes, waiting to emerge next spring.
Here at TTF, we don’t think this should be the case! The Philadelphia region and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed are filled with lots of amazing wildlife during this time of year that many locals fail to notice. This winter, we want to encourage our local communities to get out and (safely) explore. That’s why we’re highlighting some of the area’s best wildlife and features during these cold months!
Here are some useful tips from our friends at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on How to Adapt Trail Activities and Gear for Cold and Winter Conditions. Visit the TTF Watershed for Part 1. Part 2 is now available.
TOOKANY CREEK PARK BIRDS COUNT!
By Doryán De Angel, Community Watershed Leader
Once again, the birds of Tacony Creek Park were counted in the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC)! This year marks Audubon’s 121st Anniversary. The CBC is taking place between Monday, December 14, 2020 and January 5, 2021. Visit the site to learn more!
       * TTF Creek Watershed Storytime Series: Listen to some our favorite water leaders read children’s picture books about nature in the comfort of your home! These stories are short and fun! 
       *  TTF Outside & Seek Hunt #1 – Printable activity with animals and plants
       * TTF Nature's Hidden Surprises – The Wind printable activity (create a Haiku) in English & Spanish  TTF Watershed
       *  TTF Resources for Recognizing Bird Calls
       *  Pennsylvania Wild Life Coloring Guide
       *Online workshops: 
          Managing Stormwater Pollution at Home 
          Get To Know iNaturalist 
          Don't be a Drip: Online Rain Barrel Workshop

       
       
       
       
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