Museums Virtual Tours
12 Famous Museums, from London to Seoul, are offering Virtual Tours you can take in the comfort of your own home (Video).
Yosemite Park
Explore the park like never before.
Smiling Mind
Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.
Hawaii Volcano Park
Incredible tour of the volcano park.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation for kids, used by my children's school.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, this popular park has over 100 caves. On this virtual tour, you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations, and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even “experience” life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.
GoNoodle
Movement Powers Change® GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The beautiful, red and orange hoodoos of this famous desert landscape are now on full display, even if you’re in your living room. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this Dark Sky certified national park, get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon from the comfort of your own home.
Scouts - the great indoors
Some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
This remote and severely underrated park is located 70 miles west of Key West, according to the National Park Service website. Thanks to this virtual tour, you no longer have to book a seaplane or boat to get there. Visit the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world, and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.
Artscooluk
Starting on Monday 23 March - launching ARTsCOOL, HOMEsCOOL - posting a new art activity everyday that can be done at home with some basic art materials.
Chatter Pack
A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
P.E with Joe
Starting Monday 23 March - Daily LIVE workouts for kids | The Body Coach
Read-Alouds for Elementary School Kids
The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities
Stage-y fix from the small screen!
Stage shows, musicals and opera you can watch online now for free
Virtual zoos and aquariums
13 zoos and aquariums that offer live streams - see giraffes, koalas, pandas, tigers, penguins & more
Virtual marine biology camp
A very informal and impromptu, virtual marine biology camp from whale expert. Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am Pacific time (unfortunately I think that is 7am, UK time...)
Coding for kids
If anyone is interested in introducing their kids to coding, these are helpful : https://www.prewired.org/resources https://onezero.medium.com/now-is-the-time-to-teach-your-ki… https://www.edutopia.org/…/teach-kids-coding-resources-pare… https://opensource.com/life/15/6/6-tips-teaching-kids-code This is Scratch, which is where most kids start to code: https://scratch.mit.edu/ Microsoft MakeCode have a cool website to teach the basics of code: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/makecode This one is based on arcade games (my favourite): https://arcade.makecode.com/ CodeBase Stirling have launched a YouTube channel ‘Level:Up’ for young coders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u5Wu-NIoEY And if anyone is interested in buying a micro:bit… https://www.microbit.org/ This is a Parents Complete Guide to them: https://www.kitronik.co.uk/blog/parents-complete-guide-bbc-microbit/?fbclid=IwAR0IuCHkZsSExZJPIt6hh5Yi9L_FsSFV-YFeeI4XuFPWPgD3EMsyIulYgkQ
Museums and Art Galleries
Explore the collections in 500 museums and art galleries across the world.
British Museum
The British Museum was the world’s first national public museum. Its outstanding collection of objects from around the world spans two million years of human history and interconnected cultures. Its collection of ancient artefacts includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and an archive of prints dating back to 1400. The museum’s website includes information about the collection in each of the galleries, and virtual tours of Prints and Drawings and Oceania. You can also search over four million object records online, and take a look at the museum’s collection highlights and stories.
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Victorian philanthropist Frederick John Horniman founded this museum when he opened his house and collection of extraordinary objects to visitors in 1901. Today at the Horniman Museum and Gardens you can see an eclectic collection of musical instruments, anthropology and natural history, including a butterfly house and a gigantic walrus. You can explore the museum’s collections online.
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum tells the story of modern war from the perspectives of both combatants and civilians, from the First World War to the present day. You can explore IWM’s collections online, and the website also offers hundreds of articles and podcasts.
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum explores the story of London and its public transport system over the last 200 years. Exhibits include Routemaster buses, trams, and tube carriages, as well as an impressive collection of posters and photos. You can also explore the museum’s marvellous collection online.
Museum of London
You can learn about the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present at the Museum of London. The displays show how London has evolved from before the city was even built, through Roman times, the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, up to current times. The museum has online slideshows with highlights from the permanent galleries.
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum tells the story of Britain’s naval history. There are ancient maps and model ship to explore, and you can see the uniform which Admiral Nelson wore on the day of the Battle of Trafalgar. If you go to the museum’s website you can search the museum’s collections, discover epic stories of sea, space and exploration, and get expert insights from curators.
Natural History Museum
With more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years, London’s Natural History Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of natural history. From dinosaur skeletons to furry frogs, from a meteorite to an earthquake simulator, there are amazing exhibits to see wherever you are in this museum. The NHM website includes fascinating stories from the natural world.
Science Museum
The Science Museum’s collection is a record of scientific, technological and medical achievements, and includes exhibits such as Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth plane, the Apollo 10 command module (which has been around the moon) and the first ever jet engine. The museum’s online collection includes more than 250,000 objects and archives.
V&A
The beautiful Victoria and Albert Museum is home to one of the world’s greatest art and design collections. Highlights of the museum’s 2.75 million objects include Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks, The Three Graces sculpture and a coronet designed by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria. You can go behind the scenes of the V&A by watching Secrets of the Museum on BBC iPlayer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/m000f1xt/secrets-of-the-museum) and you can explore the museum’s online collection via the website.
Georgia Aquarium
Webcams at the Georgia Aquarium, which show marine life footage of beluga whales and African penguins, can offer the easy viewing and peaceful content consumption needed during the trying times of the coronavirus outbreak.
Dairy Farm virtual tour
Last year, we hosted virtual farm tours for students to watch in their classrooms. But, those can be viewed on YouTube now!
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon In Depth is a video podcast series that explores the natural and human history of Grand Canyon National Park. Join park rangers, scientists, and historians as they take us beyond the rim of the canyon to discover the diversity of life and the extraordinary beauty of Grand Canyon National Park.
Yellowstone
Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don't have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park. Included with each tour is additional information about visiting in person.

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