Schools are closed. Kids are stuck at home and practicing “social distancing”. Teachers are now preparing for online learning. The kids??? Either they are bored, with their gadgets, bouncing off the walls, eating the emergency foods in one day! The parents have a lot to think about – their financial situation, bills and debts, food and water, supplies, health, business, jobs, etc. Nevertheless, let us make their homestays fun and interactive!Staying at home? Take advantage of these virtual field trips, online tours, and live cams for kids. #StaySafe Click To Tweet
I have compiled a list of virtual field trips, online tours, and live cams for kids. It is extensive, and kind of overwhelming. That’s why I have added screenshots of their webpages, programs, and offers so you know how they look like right away.
Feel free to check out everything, or only the stuff that interests you and your kids. I know the internet and the social media platforms are full of sign-ups and subscriptions on online learning, and lists of activities or play ideas at home. So I just made it easier by showing you screenshots without directing you everywhere and wasting your time.
List of virtual field trips, online tours, and live cams for kids.
*Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture partnered with thousands of museums and galleries around the world to bring everyone virtual tours and online exhibits. You can find British Museum/London, The National Gallery/London, J. Paul Getty Museum/Los Angeles, Guggenheim Museum/New York, The White House/Washington DC, National Gallery of Art/Washington DC, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum/Washington DC, National Museum of Anthropology/Mexico City, Musée d’Orsay/Paris, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art/Seoul, Pergamon Museum/Berlin, Rijksmuseum/Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum/Amsterdam, Uffizi Gallery/Florence, Leopold Museum/Vienna, and many more!
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial partnered with the Kacyra Family Foundation and CyArk to offer everyone an interactive virtual tour of the memorial.
The Trust for the National Mall, The National Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Park Service introduced the new #BloomCam to view the cherry blossoms trees along the Tidal Basin.
You don’t need to travel to France to enjoy the Louvre museum‘s exhibitions and galleries.
Their virtual tours will take you to the Throne Room, the Grand Staircase, and the Drawing Room.
The Colonial Williamsburg has webcams of the Raleigh Tavern, Capitol, Courthouse, Armoury, Market house, Merchants Square, and Museum construction.
The Great Wall of China
Enjoy a virtual tour of one of the 7 Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian’s Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has virtual tours of their past exhibits, permanent exhibits, current exhibits, Museum Support Center and Research Stations, and other Smithsonian tours.
Current exhibits are African Bush Elephant & Rotunda, African Voices exhibits, Bone Hall, Butterfly Pavilion, David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time, David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt exhibit, Garden Lounge, Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals, O. Orkin Insect Zoo, Objects of Wonder, Outbreak exhibit, Study collections in Q?rius, Sant Ocean Hall, Fossil from the Sea Monsters Unearthed exhibit, Birds of DC / Ground Floor, and Museum Grounds.
Past exhibits available include Mine Rescue exhibit, Cyprus exhibit, Former Fossil Hall, Genome exhibit, Iceland Revealed exhibit, Last American Dinosaurs exhibit, Mud Masons of Mali, Narwhal exhibit, National Geographic: Into Africa exhibit, 2012 Nature’s Best Photography exhibit, 2008 Orchid exhibit, Display from Q?rius Jr., Soil exhibit, Universe exhibit, Western Cultures exhibit, Wilderness 50 exhibit, and Written in Bone exhibit.
For Museum Support Center and Research Stations, they have antler collection, wet specimens, whale bone collection, laboratory, Smithsonian Marine Station, and Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit. Other Smithsonian tours include the Smithsonian Castle and Hirshhorn.
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Children’s Museum has virtual tours of their first floor, second floor, and the third floor.
Who wants to observe polar bears in the tundra of Canada?
Boeing Future U
If your kids are into planes or rockets, they will enjoy this virtual field trip from Boeing Future U!
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is doing a ‘Home Safari Facebook Live’ each weekday at 3pm EST where they will highlight one of their animals and give home activity.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute has webcams of the naked mole-rat, lion, giant panda, and an elephant.
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, stories, games, activities, and more.
Houston Zoo Webcams has live on cameras of giraffes, gorilla habitat, elephant yard, leafcutter ant, rhino yard, and chimp window.
Reid Park Zoo
Reid Park Zoo has live cams of elephants, giraffe, bears, lemur, and lion.
Miami Zoo has a live webcam of meerkats.
Atlanta Zoo has a panda cam.
Seattle Aquarium has live cameras of harbor seals and sea otters.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey Bay Aquarium has ten live cameras to choose from – aviary, coral reef, jelly, kelp forest, Monterey bay, Moon Jelly, Open sea, penguin, sea otter, and shark.
The National Aquarium has live broadcasting of blacktip reef, jellies, and the Pacific coral reef.
Georgia Aquarium offers live views of the African penguin, California Sealion, Beluga whale, jelly, piranha, Indo-Pacific Barrier reef, Southern sea otter, and Underwaterwater puffin.
Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific has virtual exhibits or webcams of penguin habitat, shark lagoon, sea jellies, tropical reef, honda blue cavern, and anthias and wrasses.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has a live penguin cam.
Manatee Lagoon has a manatee cam.
Yellowstone National Park
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building offers two live cams – one features the building, and the other shows the Manhattan view from the building.
Farm Food 360
Farm and food tours? Why not?!
The situation is already overwhelming. Aside from school assignments, take advantage of these virtual field trips, online tours, and live cams. Why not make it fun with and for your kids?!
Do you know any more virtual tours and field trips I can add? Let me know!
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