We’ve got our milk, bread, toilet paper, and kids home. It’s only been a few days, and we are in it for the long haul: two weeks, four weeks, six. We just don’t know right now. What can we do from the sanctity of our homes without risking our health or the health of others? Here are a few suggestions. (UPDATED 3/26/20)
Children’s Book Authors Read-Aloud
National Aquarium in Baltimore – Livestreams of The Blacktip Reef, Jellies Invasion, Pacific Coral Reef
New York Public Library – (for NYC residents with a library card) (CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY ABOUT THEIR E-BOOK PROGRAMS)
NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and COPYRIGHT FREE
33 National Park Tours You Can Take Virtually
15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch on Stage from Home (best filmed and where to find them)
FREE Coloring Books from 113 Museums
Virtual Field Trips – including San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park, Mars!!!, Animal Cameras, Virtual Farm Tour, US Space and Rocket Museum in Hunsville AL, Discovery Education, The Louvre, The Great Wall of China, Boston’s Children’s Museum
12 Museums Offering Virtual Tours – including British Museum (London), Guggenheim Museum (NY), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Musee d’Orsay (Paris), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Pergamon Museum (Berlin), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), The J. Paul Getty Museum (L.A.), Uffizi Gallery (Florence), MASP (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City)
14 Beautiful, Dramatic Waterfalls in North Wales (this is primarily a travel article, but they’re still pretty to look at! And Wales!
Metropolitan Opera offering Nightly Met Opera Streams – see the link for details and limits.
Five Gardens You Can Virtually Visit – Waddesdon Manor (Waddesdon, England), Claude Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France), Chicago Botanic Garden (Chicago, IL), Hawai’i Tropical Botanical Garden (Papaikou, Hawai’i), Kew Gardens (Richmond, England).
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Ivy League Courses Online for FREE
How to Be Happier in Your Daily Life (popular Yale University course – ONLINE FREE (Source: Business Insider)
NEW Tour New York State Parks (virtual)
NEW Activities at The Spy Museum
NEW Twitter for Voice Actors Read. There are many voice actors reading books aloud to you and your children.
NEW Tour The Winchester Mystery House (virtual tour)
NEW Tour the Paris Catacombs (virtual tour)
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES MORE COMING SOON!
The Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom
What to Do with your Kids When Schools are Canceled
Harry the Dirty Dog read by Betty White
The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by author, Eric Carle
Outdoor Scavenger Hunts from Buttonwood Park Library
Easy Toilet Paper Roll Crafts (when you use up your stash of toilet paper!)
Outdoor and Indoor Scavenger Hunts from Leicester Library
Home Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo
50 Ways to Keep Kids Engaged at Home During the Coronavirus Shutdown
Miniature Bookshop DIY – cost $36.99