Virtual Trips Out
While you can't get out, try touring the world from your sofa. Go to museums, galleries, theatres and wonders of the world. All these are free too!
No need to pack a lunch or negotiate in the shop either!
Take a virtual wander around the galleries of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. - especially good for dinosaur lovers. It's like Google Streetview but for a museum, plus you can read all the labels (or just race round after your kids).
Includes the National Maritime Museum, architectural Queen’s House, Royal Observatory and the famous Cutty Sark. The museums are open online with lots of videos and artifacts to explore. Highlights include finding the sea monsters in a 16thC map and the home learning sections which include great activities for ages 3-16.
Train Trip or Super Slide
If you’d like to feel you’ve gone somewhere even though public transport is out at the moment you could take a relaxing train journey on YouTube. Have it on in the background while you relax, let your toddler ‘drive’ or arrange your furniture like a carriage, pack some snacks and magazines and head off on your trip. Bergen to Oslo, 7.5 hours If you’d like something a bit faster why not zoom down this Swiss Mountain Slide.
A Forest Experience
You may not be able to go for a walk through the real trees at the moment but put this woodland timelapse on your biggest screen and do a year of forest bathing in 3 minutes
Anne Frank Museum
Probably not one for young children but a well designed museum with a very good online interface. Maybe older children could also be inspired to start writing a diary about living in uncertain times. There are two links here the museum itself on the button below and the Google Arts & Culture tour here.
…was built in the 1870s for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collections and entertain fashionable guests. The website has excellent resources for visiting from home including a detailed virtual room tours (you can choose to wander in VR too if you have a headset). They also have lots of digital resources for families this Easter including a Myths and Legends Digital Trail, historical recipe ideas and a number of downloadable craft activities.