Even though we’re staying inside these days, we’ve still got ways to explore the wide world from home! Add some extra fun to your at-home learning plans with these virtual field trip ideas, which let you and your kids travel to museums, zoo, and even outer space from the comfort of your living room.
It’s not every day that you get the chance to take a drawing lesson from one of the world’s most beloved children’s book authors. Usually, that is. With kids out of school, author Mo Willems (creator of the Pigeon series, Elephant and Piggie, and more) is hosting a lunchtime drawing program on YouTube that connects kids with their artsy side every afternoon.
Have you ever wanted to take your kids to the world’s great museums and architectural sites? Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can do with without ever leaving the house! Their Museum Views collection lets you take virtual tours of more than 3,400 sites across the United States and around the world. You can even treat your little learners to a trip to the Boston Children’s Museum!
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon knows that what the world needs now is a good bedtime story. That’s why he’s spending his evenings at home reading the classics of children’s literature, voices and all. Available on Youtube, the author’s series updates every evening; past selections include Olivia, The Story of Ferdinand, and Harry the Dirty Dog.
Although we can’t go to the zoo right now, we can bring the zoo home online! At the Cincinnati Zoo, keepers are hosting daily Home Safaris to introduce viewers to the wild, wooly worlds of their animal residents. Tune in on Facebook Live each day, and you might meet hippos, cheetahs, rhinoceroses, and more!
A trip to the farm is always enlightening, even from the comfort of your home! Take your kids on this virtual tour of New York’s Dutch Hollow Dairy Farm for an inside look at the secret lives of cows. Produced in cooperation with the American Dairy Association, the tour is geared for kids in grades K-4.
As America faces its current challenges, we can take this opportunity to reflect on the nation’s status as the world’s melting pot. With Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today, the folks at Scholastic have put together a virtual tour of Ellis Island, the immigration station that welcomed more than 12 million future Americans between 1892 and 1954.
When it comes to virtual field trips, you’re not limited to places here on Earth! Led by the astronauts stationed there, these virtual tours of the International Space Station give you and your kids an inside look at the scientific goings-on happening far above the planet.
It’s springtime, which means our national parks are waking up from their long winter slumbers. Thanks to the National Parks Service, you can take a virtual visit to the country’s oldest park. The tour takes you to seven different sites around the park, including the Mud Volcano, the Mammoth Geyser, and the Flower Paint Pot.
Adventure under the sea with this virtual visit to one of America’s premiere aquariums. Thanks to the live cams set up around the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you can catch glimpses of animals from jellyfish and penguins to sharks and sea otters. There’s even a feed that shows you the open waters of the bay itself!
As you explore these virtual field trips, don’t miss the opportunity to travel back in time! Discover Ancient Egypt brings one of humanity’s most storied societies back to life with cool interactive online recreations. Explore 3D temples, learn about the pyramids, or even study hieroglyphics!
At Learning Resources, we’re here to help you make the best of this challenging time. Stay safe and healthy, and check back with our blog for more tips and learning ideas as the situation unfolds.