Many of us are hunkered down at home for the duration, with walks around the block or a quick grocery store trip as our outdoor respite (with appropriate social distancing, of course). So, we wanted to pull together a list of virtual field trips to offer another adventure you can take with your family—or enjoy yourself after the kids are in bed.
Zoos & Aquariums
The San Diego Zoo has live webcams on a number of their animals plus a section on their website wholly devoted to kids with activities, games, stories, and more!
Fans of the movie Dolphin Tale can live stream Winter, the famous dolphin featured in the movie, from her home in Clearwater, Florida. The website includes a variety of animal live streams and also includes downloadable activities by grade-level.
Chicago’s own Shedd Aquarium is allowing their resident penguins to waddle through the temporarily closed facility. Follow their social media pages to see coupled penguins on a date (swoon). And soon you’ll be able to watch the penguins building their nests.
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The adventure continues! 🐧🐧 This morning, Edward and Annie explored the rotunda. They are a bonded pair of rockhopper penguins, which means they are together for nesting season. Every spring is nesting season for the penguins here at Shedd, and this year is no different! Next week, penguins, including Edward and Annie, will begin to build their nests. You’re invited to digitally join us for the nesting coverage! In the meantime, we will share a variety of animal activities, and yes, Wellington will return! While right now is strange to us, it’s a normal day for the penguins and other animals at Shedd. Our caregivers are constantly providing new activities, experiences, food and more to allow the animals to express natural behaviors. Let us what penguin activities you want to see! 👇
See 360 views of Yosemite National Park with their virtual tour, complete with the soothing sounds of nature.
Follow researchers on the tundra as they follow polar bears in Canada. The website includes some activity prompts, although more detailed activities and instructions require a passcode.
Visit the Great Wall of China with 360 views of the spectacular structure.
Google has partnered with museums across the world to provide virtual tours. Use Google street view to virtually visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy or the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, among many others. The Louvre in Paris is also offering their online tour for free.
Follow the Mars Rover on a narrated tour as you learn more about the planet. Currently, they are updating the experience, but you can still take a virtual 360 tour with fun facts throughout.
For older kids, who may be interested in engineering, manufacturing, or uncovering how things work, take a virtual field trip to Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee.