Ongoing Online Activities

Kids Activities

Keeping the kids at home is a challenging task. Not being able to explore beautiful Key West and play with friends can be a struggle. That's why we've tried to assemble a list of online activities to help with the boredom. If you have Ideas to add to the list, click the button below.
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Tate Art for Kids

From visiting artists in their studios, listening to Tate's podcast series or watching 'How To' videos to follow in the footsteps of some of the nation's favorite artists,Tate is offering a wealth of activities, games and resources both on and offline to help keep people feeling creative at home.

Dance Key West

We've uploaded some new classes to share with you, including tap, stretch, abs & arms, and movement for kids too! We'll be uploading more, so please stay tuned. Thanks for dancing with us! XO, Kyla & DKW

Ballet for Kids with Melissa Weber

Dance Key West, Online Class

BVMP Kids Jazz Dance Combo with Kyla

Dance Key West, Online Class

Library Resources

Monroe County Libraries offer a wealth of online activities from Mango Language Classes, eBooks, moves & TV shows, maps, K-12 skills building and age-appropriate newspaper, magazine & reference material

Stream Audible Books Free

While schools are closed, Audible is making their incredible collection of kids’ stories available in six different languages free to stream

The Bahama Village Music Program 

has videos of students performing.

Botanical Gardens Weekly Story Time

Weekly Story Time for Toddlers and Educational Videos Available on Garden’s Facebook Page.

Nature Conservancy Classes

The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have launched Nature Lab, a new online learning platform designed to help students learn the science behind how nature works.

Online Summer Camps

The College of the Florida Keys has moved its Summer Adventure Camps for children from 7- to 11-years-old to online sessions beginning Monday, June 8, and running weekly through Friday, July 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The schedule includes Art Camp, June 8 and June 29; Code Breakers, June 15 and June 22; and Future Heroes, June 22.

The Arts

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Art &Historical Society Resources

Key West Art & Historical Society Museums may have closed doors but access to what’s inside remains open   Like the many other public community entities across the globe, in order to safeguard against COVID-19, the Key West Art and Historical Society has temporarily closed all of its museums – Custom House, Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Tennessee Williams, and Fort East Martello- until it is deemed safe by health officials to reopen. However, with schools on extended break, many businesses temporarily closed to the public, and people staying home, there’s no better time to learn about the history, art, and architecture of Key West and the Florida Keys. The Society will continue to offer a selection of diverse educational programs, exhibitions, and offerings remotely and is working diligently to develop and provide additional free online programming. 

Extensive series of online Distinguished Speakers

Series presentations filmed over the last three years featuring speakers such as John Hemingway, Jeff Stotts, Seth Bramson, John Blades and Tom Hambright

Flagler’s Overseas Railway Timeline

An important part of Florida Keys history and the incredible engineering feat that joined mainland Florida to Key West

Historic Marker Tour

A virtual tour of Key West’s historic sites including Civil War forts, famous authors homes, military history, the wrecking/salvage industry, and more

Depicting Hemingway

an online gallery of 59 original Guy Harvey sketches which follow the narrative of Hemingway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Old Man and the Sea”

Mario Sanchez: Painter of Key West Memories

A history of one of the nation’s greatest folk artists. Born in 1908 in Key West’s Gatoville cigar-making neighborhood, Sanchez created upwards of 600 paintings and woodcarvings in his lifetime to reveal an important and colorful doorway to the cultural history of the island and its people

Robert the Doll

One of the world’s most famous haunted dolls whose mesmerizing and eerie history began just after the turn of the 20th century when he was created by the Steiff Company and given to young Gene Otto, son of a prominent Key West doctor

Hemingway in Key West

A look at the life of the Nobel Prize-winning author who lived and wrote in Key West during the 1930s

Coping with Depression: WPA Artists in Key West

The back-story of how the Federal Art Project, a division of the Works Progress Administration was the incubator for Key West’s emergence as the “Island of the Arts.”

Online Collections

More than 35,000 objects including postcards, photographs, paintings, artifacts, textiles, ordnance and archives that highlight the people, places and events which have shaped the Florida Keys.

Dance Key West

We've uploaded some new classes to share with you, including tap, stretch, abs & arms, and movement for kids too! We'll be uploading more, so please stay tuned. Thanks for dancing with us! XO, Kyla & DKW

Advanced Beginner Tap with Andrew Hodge

Dance Key West, Online Class

Abs & Arms with Melissa Weber

Dance Key West, Online Class

Barre with Karli Scott

Dance Key West, Online Class

Tropic Cinema Film Series

While the coronavirus quarantine is keeping us all cooped up, it is providing a great opportunity to binge watch some classic films on your favorite streaming services.
Tropic Board Member and Academy Award winner Terry George has put together his recommendations for some film series you can view at home — and each series can cover a day – or weekend-long marathon!

Mystery Fest Writing Contest

The Mystery Fest Key West scheduled for June of 2020 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus.
We look forward to seeing our writers, readers, friends and fans again in 2021.
In the meantime – the 2020 Whodunit Writing Contest will go on. Here is how to enter:
Submit the first three pages (no more than 750 words) of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than April 15, 2020, to 
Attach your manuscript submission as a Word document and include the title, author name and email address in the header. Judging will be “blind.” Finalists will be notified by May 1 and have until May 10 to submit full never-before-published manuscripts. The winning entry:
• Will be published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks (a requirement).
• Will receive a Whodunit Award plaque.
• Will receive free registration for the next Mystery Fest Key West (date to be announced once health officials have deemed it safe to resume public gatherings).
• Will receive round-trip coach airfare to the next Mystery Fest Key West.
• Will receive reimbursement for two nights at a designated Key West hotel/resort/guesthouse.

Britain’s National Gallery

The National Gallery is bringing its pictures to our homes in a major new digital program, “You bring the tea, we’ll bring the art”

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