Kid-friendly music streams to get the whole family rocking
Think live streams are for grown-ups and kids shows are just for the young ‘uns? You’re (mostly) wrong. We’ve unearthed a whole sub-genre of music streams the whole fam can enjoy together.
By Vanessa Vallon
Screen time limits may be out the window for kids and parents these days, but that doesn’t mean folks should be spending their days glued to the couch (at least not entire days). Many musicians are creating content for the whole family to enjoy, much of which may very well spur some unexpected boogying. Both dependable names in children’s entertainment, as well as local musicians going live for the first time, are producing quality content that encourage not just viewing, but active participation. Check out this list of family-friendly music streams and lessons that can lift the minds, bodies, and spirits of all ages.
Laurie Berkner Band
The beloved children’s music singer is hosting daily “LIVE Berkner Breaks” at 10 AM on Facebook. Expect great songs, engaging stories, special guests and fundraising initiatives sure to entertain and delight. Berkner also recently launched “Snack & Read Live with Simon Kids,” a daily story-time show that encourages noshing while listening.
New Jersey music teachers Chris & Jessie Apple are live streaming kids music classes on their YouTube Channel. The pair believe “you’re never too young or too old to rock out,” so viewers of all ages can jump on this virtual music bandwagon. Daily live morning classes stream at 9:30 and 10:30 AM ET on the 2Little Rockers YouTube channel.
Mark Kanemura Dance Parties
Truly something for all ages and abilities, Lady Gaga back-up dancer Mark Kanamura hosts daily dance parties on his Instagram at 5 PM ET. Thousands of viewers tune in for 20 minutes of ecstatic movement, where they can genuinely dance like no one’s watching.
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Mr. Jon and Friends
The Parents’ Choice Award-winning musician is hosting weekday live stream concerts at 10:30 AM ET on Facebook. The 30-minute episodes feature original tunes, storytime, and guest appearances.
No-Nap Happy Hour
Every Saturday and Sunday at 6PM ET on Facebook, families can tune in to the “No Nap Family Happy Hour,” a digital concert with a rotating line-up of performers, featuring names viewers of all ages will recognize. Airing in the early evening, it’s perfect for sunset relaxation, a soundtrack for cooking or a living room dance party. The only rule is that you can’t fall asleep!
Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions
Hosted by Cincinatt’s Linton Chamber Music, this previously in-person award-winning series will get kids and parents in motion to the soothing sounds of classical music. Sessions air daily at 10 AM ET on Facebook.