Parenting comes with its own livestream, which is endless, real, and consists of fraught decision after fraught decision. Impossible choices that began before baby arrived now include negotiating safe play — and play dates — during phase yellow and pending green.

The good news: One place Philly kids have been begging most to visit — Smith Memorial Playground — has super-smartly phased in its reopening. Meanwhile, the Barnes Foundation and the Annenberg Center, two of our stay-at-home saviors, keep bringing the best indoor activities. Also this week: Facebook Live sensation Live from the Playroom is digging in before they go on summer break, and a Main Line kid baker is giving a class in macarons for a great cause.

Family Art Time

Available 24/7 via barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/family (ages 3–12)

The Barnes Foundation has posted more than five weeks of art activities, with instruction in English and Spanish, on their website.
Courtesy of the Barnes Foundation
The Barnes Foundation has posted more than five weeks of art activities, with instruction in English and Spanish, on their website.

Scheduling live video is not getting easier. Kids aren’t dumb. They know they’re supposed to be on vacation, and they’re acting like it. Enter the Barnes Foundation, once again, with a make-anytime series of projects — poetry, collage, a lantern, landscapes, animal and self portraits, found-object jewelry, an entire artist’s studio — all available in English and Spanish, all inspired by collection works, and many involving paper towel rolls. There are enough things to do to cover five weeks, or, if you’re feeling a bit like your summer-lazy kids, much longer than that.

The Rock and Roll Playhouse: Live from the Playroom

Rock and Roll Playhouse, a live dance party for kids held at indie concert halls nationwide, will conclude three months of daily "Live from the Playhouse" Facebook streams on June 29.
Courtesy of Rock and Roll Playhouse
Rock and Roll Playhouse, a live dance party for kids held at indie concert halls nationwide, will conclude three months of daily "Live from the Playhouse" Facebook streams on June 29.

11–11:30 a.m. Sunday and 3–3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday on Rock and Roll Playhouse Facebook; 1–1:30 p.m. Saturday on Industry City Facebook (ages 1–10)

Born at the Brooklyn Bowl, expanded into indie music venues nationwide (including Ardmore Music Hall), the Rock and Roll Playhouse is basically Baby Loves Disco meets WMMR. With live concerts canceled, the events’ creators have been keeping busy with brief, daily song-and-dance parties, “Live from the Playroom.” Many feature special guests, like David Shaw of the Revivalists or Philly’s own Mike Greenfield of Lotus. (BTW: Those name checks are for mom and dad, who’ll use them as an excuse for getting totally goofy while singing and dancing along.) This Sunday’s theme: “Grateful Dad,” for Father’s Day.

Smith Memorial Playground

3500 Reservoir Drive, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday, free with donations accepted (all ages)

East Fairmount Park's Smith Memorial Playground has reopened. Everyone over age 2 will need a mask this year.
Courtesy of Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse
East Fairmount Park's Smith Memorial Playground has reopened. Everyone over age 2 will need a mask this year.

East Fairmount Park’s kiddie paradise reopened last week, with new rules. Smith is allowing 100 guests at a time, taking temperatures at the entrance, and requiring everyone age 2 and up to wear a mask. After that, you’re welcome to swing, spin, ride a trike (it’s BYO bike), explore a little nature, partake in social-distanced play breaks (ages 5–10) on the front lawn, and, best of all, ride the giant wooden slide — for which you can either use your own pillowcase/blanket or borrow a burlap sack. Full reopening details are online at smithplayground.org/smithisopen.

Story Time with Stim

New story debuts Thursday at annenbergcenter.org/blog/story-time-with-stim, all videos available through June 30 (ages 3–8)

Two weeks ago, the Annenberg Center quietly launched a new storytime series with Penn students from the university’s Stimulus Children’s Theater Company. Once a week for three weeks, a student reads one classic book (with the publishers’ coveted blessing). So far, they’ve covered Frog and Toad are Friends and Where Have the Unicorns Gone. This week, it’ll be Curious George Rides a Bike.

Macaron Making

11 a.m.–noon Friday, register by emailing Gingeesays@gmail.com (ages 8 and up, with a grown-up)

Avner Schwartz of Haverford, now 13, from his appearance on Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship," Season 8.
COURTESY RACHEL NEWMAN SCHWARTZ
Avner Schwartz of Haverford, now 13, from his appearance on Food Network's "Kids Baking Championship," Season 8.

Baking French cookie sandwiches is a tricky business. Haverford 13-year-old Avner Schwartz, winner of season eight of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship and founder of bakery-crafting biz Gingee Says, Zooms his students through the process, start to finish. Participants will need: almond flour, both confectioner’s and granulated sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar (or vinegar or lemon juice), a food processor, pastry bag, and parchment or a Silpat. The $15 cost goes to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Relief Fun.