Adventures at Home

Feeling a little stir crazy? Looking for new things to learn, explore and do during this time at home? We’ve put together a list of Adventures you can enjoy together without leaving the house.

They’re all free, virtual activities – national parks, museums, story times, tutorials, and more. The goal is to have something for all ages and interests. We’ll keep updating this list as we find/receive more ideas.

Here are some tips to make them more fun:

  • Schedule Time to Make Memories – If you were visiting a museum or going to an event, you would schedule time specifically for that adventure, right? Try doing the same thing, just with the virtual version. A place or time with the least interruptions will allow you to get the most out of the experience.
  • Focus on the Experience – Close your extra internet browsing tabs, silence your phone, and enjoy the adventure in front of you. Experiencing it in the moment feels more like the real thing.
  • Make it a Date Night – You don’t need to get all glammed up (you could, though!). But a couple extra touches (snacks, atmosphere) to set the mood will go a long way in making memories.
  • Choose a Theme – Is it a museum tour around the world? What about a National Parks adventure? A specific time period or historical event? Love animals? Visit as many zoos and aquariums as possible. Learn a new hobby. Or pick a city, like Washington, D.C., and load up all the local cultural experiences you can.
  • Involve the Kids – There are a ton of cool programs for kids and grownups to adventure through together. (Bonus: You don’t have that long walk back to the car when you’re done!)

If you have ideas you’d like to share, please let us know! Send us an email at USODenver@uso.org

Aquariums

Georgia Aquarium Web Cams
https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

Monteray Bay Aquarium Live Cam
https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

National Aquarium Virtual Tour
http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html

Seattle Aquarium Virtual Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY8__n13tKM&feature=youtu.be

Zoos/Animals

San Diego Zoo Live Feed
https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Smithsonian National Zoo
https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

The Netherlands Zoo-Polar Cam
https://explore.org/livecams/polar-bears/polar-bear-ouwehand-twin-cubs-cam-2

Reid Park Zoo-Live Cam
http://reidparkzoo.org/cameras/lion-cam/

Dutch Hollow Family Farm Virtual Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-FQsNH0fXI

Houston Zoo https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

Zoo Atlanta
https://zooatlanta.org/panda-cam/

Cincinatti Zoo Home Safari
http://cincinnatizoo.org/home-safari-resources/



Virtual Field Trip Planning
http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/activities-projects/take-virtual-field-trip-30290.html?main-tab=2#tabs

National Parks/Exploring

USS Constitution Video Virtual Tour
https://www.facebook.com/ussconstitutionofficial/videos/505074490166984/

Yellowstone Virtual Tour
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

Yosemite Virtual Tour
https://www.virtualyosemite.org/

The Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china

Mars
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/#

Discover Hawaii Through Google Earth
https://earth.google.com/web/@20.94186509,-157.02059303,200.7307319a,2371691.57671183d,35y,-0.0000121h,0.66156264t,0r/data=Ci4SLBIgYzVhNjFjZTg3ODFmMTFlOWFhYWVkNzY5Mzk1NTJiOTgiCG92ZXJ2aWV3

Colonial Williamsburg Virtual Tour
https://www.colonialwilliamsburg.org/webcams/

Carslbad Caverns
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/carlsbad-caverns/natural-entrance-tour

Bryce Canyon National Park
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/bryce-canyon/sunset-point-tour

Kenai Fjords National Park Glacier Tour
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/kenai-fjords/exit-glacier-tour

Dry Tortuga National Park Tour
https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service/dry-tortugas/near-little-africa-tour

Explore.org - Live Cams
https://explore.org/livecams

Ellis Island Virtual Tour
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/webcast.htm

Virtual Coral Reef Field Trip: Life on the Bahamian Coral Reef
https://youtu.be/9N-2XqICOwU

Northern Lights Live Stream
https://explore.org/livecams/aurora-borealis-northern-lights/northern-lights-cam

Art Galleries

Art Galleries/Museums Collections
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en

Metropolitan Museum of Art
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art

The Louvre Virtual Tour
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

The Guggenheim Spiral Staircase
https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ?hl=en&sv_lng=-73.95902634325634&sv_lat=40.78285751667664&sv_h=30.75703204567916&sv_p=0.06928383072430222&sv_pid=MfnUmHRyOSzMtY3vtYU05g&sv_z=0.9645743015259166

Paris Art Museums Collection
http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/en

National Gallery of Art
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/musee-dorsay-paris?hl=en

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en

Kusama’s Infinity mirrors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VwJMw_fLvI

Banksy Murals around the world
https://artsandculture.google.com/theme/12-banksy-murals-you-can-see-on-street-view/NwLyuEgokJgAKQ

Music & Concerts

Schedule Curated by NPR - Wide Variety Opera, Symphony, Rock, Jazz, etc.
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

Vancouver Symphony
https://www.vancouversymphony.ca/vso-livestream/

Berlin Philharmonic
https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/52535

Royal Opera House
https://www.youtube.com/user/royaloperahouse

Vienna State Opera
https://www.staatsoperlive.com/live

The Metropolitan Opera - Nightly Live Stream
https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/

Museums

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour

British Museum Virtual Tour
https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

National Archaeological Museum of Naples
https://artsandculture.google.com/story/xwWh9Tju8Vkcrw

African American History and Culture: Washington, D.C.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-interactive-museum-tour/

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum: St. Petersburg, Russia
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49YeFsx1rIw

Europeana
http://www.europeana.eu/en

Science

NASA Space Gallery
https://images.nasa.gov/

Discovery Virtual Field Trips
https://www.discoveryeducation.com/community/virtual-field-trips/

Books/Arts and Crafts

Denver Public Library - Ebooks, Magazines, Movies, Music
https://www.denverlibrary.org/downloads

Digital Public Library of America
https://dp.la/

Project Gutenberg
https://dev.gutenberg.org/help/new_website

#OperationStoryTime
https://coolprogeny.com/2020/03/operation-storytime/?fbclid=IwAR0YvixxBNb-ggXe94paFBwFUjvsqix6L7LYdPEpL6-3d9VtwTq9HBpOvlc

List of Places to Download Public Domain EBooks
https://ebookfriendly.com/free-public-domain-books-sources/?fbclid=IwAR1MP_tkzGK-8i3JftxCVOqY_2OMZVhjDRHXV8cE0CeUYAm1QZmipM-KGrA

Storyline Online
https://www.storylineonline.net/?fbclid=IwAR1q5AQuTAINoZUMlO-cBI2Nv23cWqqwnPQ1qbTwm7rjJ-NxvZ3JOlmhLC0

Crayola Coloring Pages
https://www.crayola.com/featured/free-coloring-pages/

Story Time from Space - Astronauts Reading Books
https://storytimefromspace.com/

Scholastic Learn at Home
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Art for Kids - Drawing Lessons
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

Exercise

GoNoodle - Exercise/Dance Videos
https://www.gonoodle.com/

Cosmic Kids Yoga
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Digital Learning Activities/Games

List of FREE Educational Games for Kids
https://hip2save.com/tips/free-educational-games-for-kids/?fbclid=IwAR0XKJ0GsCoaaCccBJwegIi1F0_kgwZQIErud7AAE6aFCWRmvBcxHcESDBQ

Virtual Enrichment Support Materials - TONS by Topic and Grade Level
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UbaobL2ymO4_MW4N0eVvdBEfMPLyGaH7KipH27Onmg0/preview?fbclid=IwAR3fFoW-Y4zZmto4UBa1OehvVeGgqdy0nAdwoyQXJmtwd5GBCnOwguxhsi4

Digital Escape Rooms & Puzzles
https://www.365escape.com/Room-Escape-Games.html

Adult / Teen Learning Resources

Coursera - Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies
https://www.coursera.org/

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