Even in the best of times, parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids entertained, stimulated and learning. And with a pandemic keeping most of us stuck at home for the next several weeks, that’s becoming even more challenging.
But luckily, we live in a time when a wealth of incredible experiences are literally at our fingertips with virtual tours, live webcams and an outpouring of offerings from companies, artists and celebrities.
In this list, you’ll find ways to reach across the globe and even beyond to experience nature, science, art, and culture.
It’s all free and accessible from your home.
Explore a 360-degree map of Mars recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover, thanks to a partnership between Google and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! – Classroom Magazines
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. – Kennedy Center
The collaboration between Disney Imagineering and Khan Academy has resulted in ‘Imagineering in a Box,’ a free online learning experience. This unique program brings together a diverse group of Disney Imagineers from around the world in a series of 32 videos, allowing each participant to learn on their own or in a classroom setting. – ChipandCo.com
There are loads of ride-throughs videos on YouTube from park-goers who’ve documented themselves going down attractions like Space Mountain and Slinky Dog Dash. – Romper
Thanks to a Google Chrome extension called Netflix Party, groups of friends can get together virtually and watch their favorite Netflix titles on their computers at the same time. The extension also comes with a chat room, so you can share your reactions to the programs as you watch. – USA Today
Utilizing social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook Live, many celebrities are going online to lend their talents to help ward off boredom and help keep fans from going stir crazy. – Hip Hop Wired
Hippos, otters and penguins can be viewed through webcams, virtual tours and “home safaris.” And at one aquarium, penguins strolled through the exhibits. – NY Times
Come experience the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International and Discovery Education! We are just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in the heart of polar bear action. We’ll learn about the Arctic ecosystem, adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and more. – Discovery Education
Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Guggenheim in New York City, and literally hundreds of more places where you can gain knowledge about art, history, and science. – Travel And Leisure
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks is a new Google Arts & Culture exhibit and interactive documentary. It allows you to take 360-degree tours of some of the most remote and beautiful U.S. National Parks. – Google Arts And Culture
– National Park Service
– Google Arts And Culture
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming encore performances of some of its most famed shows to the public. – Met Opera
This website offers 360-degree views and virtual tours of Canadian farms and food processing facilities.
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