The new year is upon us! And weekends are meant to be filled with wintery fun. Socially distancing is still a thing, but you don’t have to let that slow down your family fun. We have rounded up plenty of virtual events and ideas for outings that will keep your family entertained through event the coldest days. Read on to find out more.

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Virtual Animal Breakfast With the Zoo

Rise and dine (virtually) with Zoo New England during winter break! Stay comfy in your pj’s as you ZOOm with some WILD friends during their morning routine. Zoo New England’s expert sidekicks from the Education team will take you behind the scenes to see the variety of tasty treats their animals look forward to every morning as you enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your home. Event Details.

What Will She Do Next?: Podcast for Kids

What Will She Do Next? is a musical podcast for kids that celebrates key moments in the lives of history’s greatest women. The educational and entertaining series also features bite-sized biographies with no singing or actors that are perfect for bedtime. The podcast can be streamed free of charge on whatwillshedo.com, Apple, Spotify, iHeartRadio or anywhere you get your podcasts. Event Details.

Reading With Kitten: Virtual Story Time

Reading is great for not only learning new words and sounds but it also sparks curiosity and imagination. Join us for a journey to the World of Possibilities through reading, singing and movement. Recommended for ages 2-5. Event Details.

Journey Around My Bedroom

Xavi, a little girl with a big imagination, is stranded alone in her bedroom. When a mysterious visitor drops by looking to fix his magical flying machine, they explore the hidden depths of her room, turning isolation into an epic indoor voyage. This interactive experience combines techniques of the Victorian toy theatre with contemporary puppetry and original songs. The show invites viewers to turn their cameras on to participate in select scenes; after the performance, kids can meet the puppeteers, ask questions, and explore behind the scenes. A printable puppet template to make and color at home will be available for download. Event Details.

Around the World Family Scavenger Hunt

Just because your stuck at home doesn’t mean your family still can’t go around the world! This virtual adventure will send you off to explore the world’s best museums and historic locations via links to eye-popping websites. Your challenge: follow our clues, find amazing objects, and answer tricky questions about them. Stops along the way include a 360-degree view of the ancient streets of Pompeii, Italy, prehistoric cave paintings in France, a swim around the Great Barrier Reef and a live panda cam in China. Event Details.

Open-Air Roller Skating at Lloyd Center

Back by popular demand, the Rose City Rollers will be hosting open-air roller skating in the Lloyd Center parking garage! The Skatemobile will be on hand with rental skates, pads and helmets. There are two sessions daily, 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. You must buy your tickets in advace and reserve your skates/pads online so your experience can be contactless. Event Details.

TikTok Dance Tutorial

Learn today’s must-know moves at Camp Cosmo’s live, online TikTok Dance Tutorial! Instructor Ashley G breaks each dance down into simple, easy to remember-steps, and she’ll answer any questions you have along the way! Recent tutorials have included distance distance,Fairly Odd Parents, Greedy, Yummy, Renegade, Do Your Dance, and  more! Event Details.

Enjoy Winter In Portland

Not sure what to do with your kids? We have a whole list of awesome ways to keep your whole family entertained throughout the winter. Check them out here.

Go on a Winter Wonderland Hike

Portland and its surrounding areas are magical during the winter months. Take a winter hike at these locations. They are perfect for the whole family.

—Annette Benedetti