6 Online Programs For Kids In Montreal

The COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way we live our lives. Parents are overworked by work from home and homeschooling. The young ones are bored at home, not being able to see their friends. Since the children are doing most of their learning at a distance, they are getting lazy with their studies. So they indulge themselves in video games and scrolling their devices.

If you feel like your kids are not spending their time wisely, you can engage them in various free programs and workshops offered here in Montreal. Here are six online learning resources for your children to learn this year.

  1. WKSHP 15-20 Online

Does your kid enjoy art and crafts? Then sign them in for the free virtual art workshop.

Every Wednesday, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hosts a workshop via Zoom for 15 to 20 years old. The MMFA has a meditation team that guides the group to an hour of creativity. The participants are free to use the materials they have at home. 

The bilingual event has a maximum capacity of 12 people.

You can sign for your free ticket here.

  1. Art Hive Online

Here is another virtual workshop for all art lovers. The MMFA hosts the Art Hive, a free creative studio focus on the wellbeing of the community. 

The visual arts workshop accepts people of all ages, including children. An art therapist and museum meditator are present during the workshop to assist the participants in their creative endeavors. 

The workshop is hosted via Zoom, on Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30, and Saturdays from 16:00 to 18:00. The maximum number of participants is 12. 

You can register for free by clicking here.

  1. The Algorithm Literacy Project

In today’s digitalized world, algorithms determine our behaviors online. But do your kids know how they run? Now it is the chance for them to know about algorithms and how they impact our digital experiences.

The algorithm Literacy Project is launched by Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ) in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) to create algorithm literacy. 

They offer a variety of learning resources as well as host workshops and clubs for kids to engage.

Check their website for more information.

  1. Girls Who Code – Summer Immersion Program

Do you have a daughter with a passion for tech? 

Then register for this 2-week online program that prepares her for a tech career. The program has a mix of virtual workshops, independent work, and online events to engage. 

The program accepts 15 to 18 years old girls, including trans, cis, and non-binary students.

For more information on the application, check their website.

  1. The #kids2030 challenge

Following the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 set by the UN, Kids Code Jeunesse hosts challenges to engage children in achieving the global goals. Each year they set a different challenge based on SDG themes. 

This year they are asking kids to look and take action to prevent plastic pollution. Working in small or big groups, children will collect data on plastics they found in their environment, inspect them and then take action. 

Click here to learn more about being part of the challenge.

  1. The-Write-Stuff playwriting competition

If you have a story lover in your house, then this might be a perfect activity for them. 

The Infinithéâtre in Montreal opened a playwriting competition for children 12 to 18 years old. The submission is opened until June 15, and the winner will earn a price of $500. 

Besides the money price, the theatre will pick 5 to 8 best plays submitted in the competition. The playwrights will then have mentors to help them to hone and craft their stories better. In December, there will be a staged reading of the works by Montreal’s prominent actors. 

Final Thoughts

The pandemic made it hard for the children to engage in school and extracurricular activities. They are spending their time indoors, bored and not interested to learn. The best way to keep them engaged and learning are to register them for free virtual activities and programs.