Looking for new ways to entertain the kids? Take a virtual trip to the USA and get them engaged in making bug hotels, crafting collages or discovering the secrets of space travel with videos and tours from these family-friendly experiences.
Get experimental at the California Science Center
The California Science Center has launched Stuck at Home Science, offering easy to follow science activities to fight boredom and promote science learning. Stuck at Home Science is designed for families to explore, investigate and learn together without leaving the house. Each week the centre posts a new activity for children of all ages - all based on an alternative use for common household supplies.
Head online for family fun from Fort Worth, Texas
The Texas city of Fort Worth has put together a full set of fun things to see and do online on its website at Fort Worth Family Fun Done Virtually and Fort Worth Virtually - with links to lots of virtual experiences and tours including Fort Worth Zoo, Museums, Opera, Bass Hall, FW Library and more. You’ll also find lots of fun videos on the blog including how-to recipes and interviews with interesting Texan locals.
Go create with the Eric Carle Museum
Tiny tots and fans of Eric Carle’s classic picture book, The Hungry Caterpillar, can get stuck into art projects run by the studio at the museum dedicated to his work in Amherst, Massachusetts. Making Art Together, is offering weekly workshops designed to encourage children to get arty in their "At Home Art Studios" using materials found in the home. Meanwhile, the museum’s book blog has fresh reviews of books each week. https://www.carlemuseum.org/virtual-tour
Learn about play with The Strong museum
The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York State, is home to the world’s largest collection of materials related to play as well as the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame and the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Go online to enjoy online exhibitions, from the history of board games to the story of bike riding. Sure to keep the young ones interested.
Try out new things with tutorials from Austin, Texas
Austin Children’s Museum, the Thinkery, has packed its Thinkery at Home page with fun things to do during lockdown, from cookery classes to easy experiments. Their social accounts contain daily story time and daily creative activities. Meanwhile, Austin contemporary art museum The Contemporary is offering a range of creative activities including a Bug Hotel Tutorial, and a self guided tour through photos. Each week, by encouraging creativity at home and posting a supply list and a step-by-step guide home-based artistic activities are that much easier.
Reach new heights with the Space Foundation Discovery Center
Colorado Springs’ Discovery Center is offering virtual tours, dynamic multimedia content and other inspirational educational programs and activities on their website, as well as on social media. Its webinar series 'Auxilia' is now available free online to help teachers and parents teach youngsters about everything from how to farm and bake in space to the basics of aerodynamics. It also launched a Space4U podcast, featuring live interviews with space experts.