These virtual travels are entertaining enough to keep them busy (and even learning) for hours, without having to leave home!
OK, so you broke out the board games, helped them build an indoor fort, organized a backyard scavenger hunt and ate enough of your kids’ homemade pizza to last a lifetime. So what else can you do to keep that old cabin fever at bay? The good news: you can send your kids off on 10 fascinating adventures without (you guessed it!) having to leave home. Here’s your e-ticket to visit some of the world’s most interesting places!
Climb Every Mountain in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park
Your kids will love e-climbing to the 13,770-ft summit for a spectacular view from the top… without getting out of their jammies. They can also learn about the native plants and wildlife of the Grand Teton massif on this virtual tour.
Tigers and Lions and Virtual Monkeys, Oh My!
Honestly, what kid doesn’t like animals? The San Diego Zoo’s live streams of the antics of its residents will keep them riveted for hours.
They’ll Be Awed by the Great Wall of China
Long considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall stretches more than 3,000 miles across northern China, and the only man-made structure visible from space.
TIP: This is also a great way of showing your kids the beauties of China to counter the current racist rhetoric established by Trump.
For those More Artistically Minde
Your kids will enjoy “e-walking” through the many rooms and exhibits of Boston’s Children’s Museum. Where else can the Explore-a-Saurus and learn all about bubbles from the comfort of their own bedroom?
Awaken Their Senses at Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park
Virtual visitors can have fun using their ears rather than their eyes when they visit the online sound library, where they learn to identify different bird calls and other animal sounds.
Not of this World!
If your kids love storytime, we promise you this one is different from any they’ve experienced before. It’s literally out of this world! When they visit Space Explorers, NASA astronauts will read them stories as they float around in space. Pretty cool, huh?
Yellowstone National Park
You and your kids (believe us, you’ll want to come along for this e-ride!) can virtually tour some of the main attractions around the park, such as the impressive Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Mud Volcano and the Mammoth Hot Spring, among other natural wonders.
The Louvre Museum in Paris
Here’s something for the artistically inclined teenager: The Louvre, the world’s largest art and antiques’ museum, is offering a number of virtual tours, allowing the e-visitor to view some of the world’s greatest works of art, as well as enjoy everything from Egyptian antiquities to the Galerie d’Apollon.
It’s “Otter-ly” Adorable!
Help your kids discover their inner otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium! According to their handlers, each one of these adorable sea creatures has its own personality. Watch them any time of day on the site’s Live WebCam and get to know them individually.
Let Them Roam around Mars
If your kid is seriously scientific-minded, he or she can spend hours exploring the mysteries of Mars. NASA’s Virtual Tour lets them point and click their way around the red planet like real space explorers.