In the days where everyone is itching for a change of scenery, we’ve searched far and wide – on the internet, of course – to find ways to have fun and keep busy while staying safe at home. Here are some great resources to help get in a little culture, keep the kids occupied, and experiment with new recipes, all from the comfort of your home.
Visit Famous Museums Online
The Louvre, Paris France
The Louvre offers virtual tours of their Egyptian Antiquities collection, the remains of the Louve’s Moat (its original perimeter when it was first built as a fortress by French king Phillippe Auguste)and their Petite Gallery – a space dedicated to art and cultural education.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.
Tour this amazing gallery which includes a collection of portraits of the U.S. presidents, first ladies, and American cultural icons like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. You can also tour the Smithsonian Natural History Museum here https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
This virtual tour features 26 exhibits, including Christian Dior: Ball Gowns, Coco Chanel: Modernism and a behind the scene peak at The Costume Institute’s Conversation Lab.
Visit Famous Zoo’s Online
Phoenix Zoo Digital Safari
Keep it local and go on a digital safari at the Phoenix Zoo! With videos, blogs, educational resources, and live videos offered on their website, social medial pages and You Tube, there is something to keep everyone in the house entertained.
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is offering live cam viewings of their apes, koalas, pandas, penguins and more! Their site also features activities and games for the kiddos.
Online and Televised Educational Sources
PBS Kids and Arizona Public Media have put together age specific programming to help bridge the gap for families with limited, or no, online access to educational tools. “These school closures challenge teachers, parents and caregivers to find ways of keeping kids and teenagers engaged and learning,” said Arizona PBS general manager Mary Mazur, in a statement. “As community-based public broadcasters with a mission to support education across our state, our stations are stepping up to provide trusted, high-quality resources to students and educators.” You can also find online daily activities and games at https://pbskids.org/games/
The Live Science site features online educational activities, videos, guides and suggested sites to keep the kiddos busy at home, and updates their information regularly.
Recipe App & Website
When you have absolutely no idea what to do with the odd assortment of ingredients in your pantry, All Recipes is here to save the day! Just click the above link or download their user-friendly app, type in a few ingredients and watch the recipes appear. And if you get really bored, type in something strange just to see what they come up with – trust us, it’s funny!
What are your favorite online sources and apps to keep everyone happy and busy at home?