Top Ten Virtual Field Trips

The world is pretty crazy right now. With families all over the country being confined to their homes, out of school or work, having to work from home, or limited to the activities they can do, there's a lot of uncertainty - and with that comes a lot of anxiousness, frustration, and boredom. To try and help a little bit, I'm going to be posting a Top Ten List each day for the next five days with different things for families to do, ways to relax, or other helpful tips.

Today's activity is to try and take a virtual field trip! I've listed ten that I thought were a lot of fun but if you Google "virtual field trip" many more will come up as well. Enjoy!

10. The Aquarium - Learn about the animals of the water without ever leaving your living room! Staff from Ripley's Aquariums show live feedings, story time, and more. The website also has downloadable animal activities and crafts. You can also watch live streams of different animal exhibits like sharks and penguins!

9. Cities and Scenery - 360Cities is a website that features a variety of panoramic photos and videos from cities and scenic locations all over the world. Walk the streets of Havana, see the sun set from the top of a mountain, visit a penguin colony in Australia

8. Farms of All Kinds - This one will be a favorite with preschoolers! Visit several different farming environments - see dairy farms with milk processing, watch grain being harvested, or check out specialty farms featuring fruits, veggies, eggs, or cattle.

7. Yellowstone National Park - Yellowstone National Park has so many interesting features like the Grand Canyon, Mammoth Hot Springs, mud volcanoes, and geysers.

6. The Zoo - There are so many different zoos that feature live cameras and tours that it was hard to pick just one. However, the San Diego Zoo has a whole section just for kids that features not only live cameras and videos but also activities, games, an index of animals, and stories.

5. The Great Wall of China - The Great Wall is China's most famous attraction and one of the wonders of the world. It stretches more than 3000 miles and is an incredible ancient structure. Check out the maps, information, and a virtual tour of the wall.

4. Mars - How cool is it that we can virtually visit another planet?! Space loving kiddos will especially love this one. You can check out the real surface of Mars as recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover.

3. The British Museum - This virtual tour features a timeline of history in which you can click on different points to read information and hear more about things like the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

2. Walt Disney World - Adventures in Familyhood put together a blog post that features videos from all the different attractions at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World so you can feel like you're actually there visiting!

1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - Walk through the different floors of the museum and see every exhibit about dinosaurs, oceans, gems & minerals, and human origins up close and personal!

If you enjoyed today's list, make sure you check out these others:
Monday: Top Ten Virtual Field Trips
Tuesday: Top Ten Easy Arts & Crafts
Wednesday: Top Ten Life Skills to Learn
Thursday: Top Ten Ways To Relax
Friday: Ten Ways to Help Others

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