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!
Explore the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, based in Dayton, Ohio.
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).
Apparently there are 2500 museums you can visit online! Maybe we'll see how many we can get round during the quarantine... Here are 12 to get you started.
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.
Yosemite National Park
A great virtual experience, you can hear the birds and the waterfalls too.
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.
How far can you go? Well, how about outer space, with tours by astronauts? Can’t get much further than that!
San Diego Zoo have 12 webcams in various animal enclosures that are mostly live and have exciting recorded footage the rest of the time.
Whether you’re religious or not, why not have a wander around the spectacular Westminster Abbey, one of the most famous churches in the world?
Have a wander around the painter Monet’s house in Giverny, NW of Paris. Much of the décor involves quite extraordinary use of colour which I think children, especially, will love!
Houses of Parliament
If you’ve never been it’s well worth a look. Much smaller than it looks on TV but very grand with lots of interesting decorations and features.
…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.