Virtual Community Center

Teens

While City of Irvine facilities remain closed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Middle School Programs will be offering free daily virtual activities. Browse the resources below for ideas on keeping your teen educated, socially engaged, and active while staying at home.

For a complete list of City of Irvine measures in effect and for regular updates on this rapidly evolving situation, visit cityofirvine.org.

Recreational Resources

Middle School

The City’s Middle School Programs team has created a series of online classes, hosted by MSP staff. From baking and gardening to workouts and pet care, middle school students can learn some new skills and socialize with other students during live classes. Students can also participate in Fun Friday online activities, such as gaming or movies, together.

Please visit the MSP Virtual Programs page for updates on upcoming sessions of classes and information on accessing these digital gatherings.

MSP Virtual Programs 

HIGH SCHOOL

The High School Youth Action Team (HSYAT) staff and student volunteers are staying active with volunteer activities, online contests, and discussion topics on social media. High school students can find out who won the QuaranTEEN Talent Show, volunteer from home, and share their thoughts on these unusual times through the HSYAT Instagram page.

HSYAT Instagram

General Education

Back Bay Science Center: Find online educational resources for kids ages 13-18, including online classes, a virtual aquarium, live webinars, and more. Learn more here.

Edgerton Center: The Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides ideas for hands-on engineering and science projects for students of all ages. Build a balloon-powered toy car, make an LED flashlight, build and create a 3D snake, and much more. Learn more here.

National Geographic: Learn about science, history, animals, and current events from National Geographic. Learn more here.

OC Public Library: The library is now offering bookdrops and contact-less curbside pick-up for the community. Learn more here.

Orange County Museum of Art: Join the museum virtually each week for new content to watch and listen to, and live broadcasts on Thursdays. Learn more here.

Virtually Tour National Parks: Even if you don't want to step outside, you can enjoy virtual tours of national parks — including Arches, Chanel Islands, Glacier, Yellowstone, and Yosemite — from your couch. Learn more here.

YMCA 360: Take on-demand video classes from YMCA, including barre, yoga, weightlifting, tai chi, and more. Classes cater to all ages. Learn more here.

Irvine Fine Arts Center:
The Studio Art Series

Stay connected with the arts this summer in the virtual art studio. This series of video tutorials presented by Irvine Fine Arts Center studio technicians include creative projects, technical instruction, and an inside look in the studio to inspire your artistic practice at home.

Mug on the Potter's Wheel

Mugs are a favorite to make and to give; how you style the piece depends on your personal tastes. Watch how our studio technician throws a mug and compare notes. Ages 16+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Mug on the Potter's Wheel

Photo Magnets

Learn how to create a set of fun customized glass marble magnets using photos. Ages 12+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Photo Magnets

Exploring the Gelatin Plate: Part 1

Unravel the beauty of creating monotype/monoprints at home without a press, using only a gelatin plate. Ages 16+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Gelatin Plate: Part 1

Exploring the Gelatin Plate: Part 2

Unravel the beauty of creating monotype/monoprints at home without a press, using only a gelatin plate. Ages 16+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Gelatin Plate: Part 2

Flush Stone Setting

Learn how to use the flush stone setting technique to embellish your handmade jewelry with beautiful stones. Ages 18+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Flush Stone Setting

Making a Leaf Bowl

Create a simple, beautiful leaf bowl out of clay in this free video tutorial. Ages 12+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Making a Leaf Bowl

Paper Flowers

Learn to create paper flowers using printed photographs in this free video tutorial. Ages 13+. For a supply list, click here. Click the button below for Irvine Fine Arts Center's Facebook video tutorial.

Paper Flowers Tutorial