We’re on week 3 of self-isolation, closed schools, and working from home. Are you going stir crazy yet? Are your kids?
If you said no, then please email me asap and share all your secrets with me. But if you’re on the same page as me and cabin fever/stir crazy/I-gotta-get-outta-heres are hitting you and your kids, then why not take them on a field trip? A virtual field trip, of course!
Get out and into the world without, well you know, actually getting out and into the world with these amazing virtual field trips.
Parks & Outdoor Adventures
While the park may be closed, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the best of what nature has to offer. Head to Yellowstone Park and experience the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Norris Geyser Basin, and so much more.
While Mars might not be closed, per se, it’s definitely not something you and the kids will be visiting in person anytime soon. With Access Mars, you can explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
Bring history to life with this interactive exploration of the Great Wall of China. At over 2,000 years old, you can explore more than 3,000 miles that stretch across Northern China, all from the comfort of your home.
This interactive 3D map of Mount Everest has so much detail, you’ll really feel like you’re climbing to Base Camp and beyond.
And you thought Disney+ was going to be your saving grace! Your kids can explore Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and more.
This virtual experience is brought to you by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Parks Canada, so you know it’s a good one! The Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park preserves one of the world’s first complex marine ecosystems.
Get a real thrill with a virtual POV (point-of-view) ride on more than 30 theme park rides including family rides and the park’s biggest and baddest roller coasters from your living room. It includes the Yukon Striker, the world’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster.
Museums & Monuments
Located in Amsterdam, The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh in the world. And now you can get up close and (kinda) personal with the artworks from home.
Head to Ellis Island and learn all about the Statue of Liberty through videos and photographs in this virtual tour.
MASP is Brazil’s first modern museum. MASP’s collection contains more than 8.000 works, including paintings, sculptures, objects, photographs, and costumes from a wide range of periods, encompassing art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Take a trip to Paris and explore one of the world’s most amazing collection of art through The Louvre’s virtual tour.
Take a (somewhat) local trip to Canada’s Parliament buildings in Ottawa. Not only do you get to see each room in Parliament, but you’ll be giving helpful descriptions of each room as you go.
The Musée d’Orsay is found in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine in the former Orsay railway station. The building itself is a work of art and this virtual exhibit lets you take in its full history.
Made for, with, and by kids, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s kids’ website features an amazing interactive map, fun behind-the-scenes videos, and even an art time machine.
With more than 60 free galleries at the British Museum, the virtual tours give you a look inside the marvels of the British Museum.
The National Ballet of Canada has an amazing online gallery that features items held within the National Ballet Archives. From The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet to Swan Lake and Cinderella, each exhibit includes programmes, set and costume sketches, photographs, videos, press items, correspondence, footwear, costumes, artifacts and more.
Take a self-guided, room-by-room tour of select exhibits in the Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History. You can also take a look through select current exhibits, permanent exhibits, and past exhibits.
Zoos & Aquariums
If you’re looking to get aquatic, Monterey Bay Aquarium is here to help. Penguins, jellyfish, otters, sharks, turtles, tunas, and more are all swimming past the webcams, so take peek!
The San Diego Zoo has a website full of videos, activities, and games, plus they have live cameras running on 11 different animals. Check in on the elephants and giraffes or take a peek and see what the koalas and penguins are up to.
Beluga whales, alligators, piranhas, and puffins are just a few of the animals you can see on the Georgia Aquarium webcams.
Almost as good as being there in person, you can tune in to the Houston Zoo webcams and see the animals that call the zoo home. Visit with the rhinos as they roll in mud puddles, or with flamingos floating next to a waterfall. Giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas, and even ants are on display.
There’s not much more to say than PandaCam. Check in on the pandas any time you’d like.
If you haven’t gotten your PandaCam fill, Zoo Atlanta has you covered with their own panda coverage.