So yes, we are all in quarantine at this time. I know it can be difficult waking up and finding something exciting to do everyday, a way to occupy our minds or something to keep the kids entertained. I heard through the grape vine that museums were offering free virtual tours online and other interesting things. So I decided to explore some over the past few days and made a list to share with all of you!
1.The Smithsonian Virtual Tour- There is so much history in the building of The Smithsonian! We can all learn from history. I like this site because it is easy to navigate. My favorite exhibits were Western Culture, Dinosaurs, Q?ruis Jr. and Written In Bones. To access the virtual tour go to https://www.purewow.com/family/virtual-museum-tours-for-kids and scroll down to number 6 click the tab for Tour the National Museum of Natural History and go exploring. I had planned to visit The Smithsonian with my son this summer but may have to wait. We both enjoyed this tour and it satisfied our curiosity until we can actually visit.
2.Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre- This site has loads of fun for children! There is video story time that young children will enjoy. Kids can learn how to draw characters, get at home experiment ideas, do crosswords, puzzles, and crafts all which can be printed or downloaded at home. They can explore the Journey Inside the Giant Peach with a story, sing-a-long, and learn interesting facts about peaches and more! This site made me feel like a kid again. https://www.roalddahl.com/museum When you go to this site click on Things to do Indoors at the top left scroll down and let the fun begin!
3.Arts and Culture- This site is for the Art and History lovers! This was probably my favorite out of all the ones I explored. I found this site through Easter Island but you can go through this link https://artsandculture.google.com/ to make it easier. You can start with a virtual 360 tour of the 5 Iconic Parisian Rooftops and then continue to scroll down from there or click explore in the top right corner to visit my favorites Art Camera, Street View, and Historic Events just to name a few. This site offers endless exploring. I will probably visit once a week from now on.
4.Monterey Bay Aquarium-This aquarium offers a live web cam everyday from 10 am to 9pm to view some of the animals! This is so much fun for kids and adults!! You can go to the site or click this link https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/ to make it easier. Click visit and go to exhibits or animals at the top left and enjoy your day at the aquarium. There are options to meet the animals and learn their names, fun interesting facts, habits and what they like to eat. My absolute favorites were the penguins and the jelly fish!
I hope this will help you to find some joy in the midst of what we are going through. God created this world full of life, animals and nature, a world that developed history. God gave people the gift of artistry with their minds and hands to create all these wonderful things for us to enjoy and explore!