Field trips may be canceled, but there are lots of virtual adventures available online.
Kids can head to the San Diego Zoo in the morning, pop on over to Yellowstone after lunch, then take a leisurely stroll through the Louvre after dinner. The best part? No gift shops!
San Diego Zoo:Visit one of the most popular zoos in the country. Students can learn exciting animal facts, explore exhibits in real time, and play fun games and activities.
Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China: No passport needed for this panoramic tour that allows you to walk through one of the oldest and most historically significant wonders of the world.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Kids can go on a deep-sea adventure through exhibit webcams that allow them to watch sea creatures in real time. Once they have studied the animals up close, the Monterey Bay Aquarium also provides a classroom resource page with activities, games and fact sheets.
Virtual Farm Tours: Head north and take a panoramic tour of farms in Ontario. Kids can learn how dairy products are made, see farmers harvest fruit or eggs, and even explore specialty farms like an emu or deer ranch.
Discovery Education Field Trips: Discovery Education offers a variety of free, interactive tours designed for elementary school children. From a behind-the-scenes look at the Library of Congress to a climbing expedition of Mt. Kilimanjaro, there is plenty to choose from.
“The Secrets of Easter Island” Tour: Who made the moai head megaliths, why did they create them, and where did this lost civilization go? Kids can uncover the answer to these and many more exciting questions through the virtual tour of Easter Island.
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip: Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular national parks in the United States. Kids can view landmarks like Old Faithful, the Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Fountain Paint Pot.
Online Tour of the Louvre: The Louvre in Paris, France is one of the most renowned art galleries in the world and kids can virtually explore some of their exhibits, checking out Ancient Egyptian artifacts, nineteenth-century Romanticism paintings, and other items in their collection.
Take a Virtual Walk on Mars: Hop a ride with NASA’s Curiosity rover and explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about space exploration.
The Deserts and Grasslands of Africa: Head to Africa with scientist Charles Oluchina, where kids can learn the importance of grasslands and learn how ecotourism in Kenya has benefited both people and wildlife. See giraffes, lions, and elephants; the footage will make them feel like they are on safari! There is also a visit to Burkina Faso to learn how one farmer invented an ingenious method to help restore forestlands that had been lost to desertification.
The Coral Reefs of Palau: Nature’s Amazing Underwater Cities: Dive into the water and explore the colorful reefs and underwater life that inhabit them. Kids will learn about the interconnected ecosystem built on symbiosis, where diverse organisms have evolved to protect, clean, nourish, and even mimic one another.
For suggestions on burning off some energy with outdoor fun, we have a roundup of hikes and trails to explore.
NEW – Even More FREE Virtual Fun to Enjoy at Home! We’ve added even more links for museums, zoos, farms, yoga classes and more from all over the globe!