We found treasures for kids online that you may have missed or didn’t know were coming up! Explore the world one virtual tour at a time.
TIPS – Always check ahead for cancellations. All times posted here are PST.
- History buffs! Through August, EduHam at Home is offering students a chance to study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and create their own performance pieces! It also includes a personal welcome video from Lin-Manuel Miranda greeting participants, as well as tips and guidance from EduHam teachers to help students create their own work. Video highlights from past student performances for examples of what to try at home. A wealth of free materials for participants and their families to explore and enjoy, including videos clips from Hamilton and interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda, selected cast members, and Ron Chernow, whose biography of Alexander Hamilton inspired the musical.
- Explore.org has a bevy of live camera connections to animals around the world. Turn off the TV and tune into nature. Peer into an Eagle’s nest, sit a spell with the dogs in the senior room at Old Friends Senior Dogs, watch kittens cuddle and play on the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary live cam. From sea to safari, there is a live cam trained on any wildlife you or your little ones would love to see.
- The British Museum in London has one of our favorite virtual tours. And you don’t have to bob and weave through fellow tourists to get a good glimpse of history! The virtual tour goes into detail about each piece as well as what was happening in the world at that time.
- The National Gallery of Art has a fascinating yet brief survey of American fashions from 1740 to 1895.
- Online Civic Learning Opportunities – The National Constitution Center is here to support remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution.
- NASA STEM has activities to do using common household goods such as building foam rockets, and solving space puzzles. It’s chock full of STEM activities for kids K-4th grade. Each day they feature a new awe-inspiring photo of the sky.
- Audubon has an extensive and engaging guide for kids to learn about birds around the world.
Tours Worth the Click
- Virtual museums, classes, and exhibits in San Diego (curated by Red Tricycle)
- Virtual museums, classes, and exhibits in San Francisco
- Virtual museums, classes, and exhibits in Seattle
- Virtual museums, classes, and exhibits in Chicago
- Virtual tour of the Boston Children’s Museum (Google Earth)
- Virtual tour of the deYoung Art Museum in San Francisco (Google Arts & Culture)
- Virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
- Virtual tour of the Louvre museum in Paris, France
Nature Events and Virtual Tours
- Virtual tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Virtual tours of Canadian farms
- Virtual tour of American National Parks
- Virtual tour of the Great Wall of China
- Virtual tour of Mars from pictures from NASA’s Curiosity rover (Google)
- Virtual tour of the Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
- Virtual tour of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California