Virtual Activities 2020-21

Here you will find FREE video tutorials, crafts, tours, fitness, games, and nature activities for all ages. Click any of the sections below to explore. We want to make sure you stay active and entertain this season!
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Interesting and Unusual Things

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Into space label
Books
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Into the space photo of a children learning space

WORLD EXPLORATION

The Secret Door
Every time you open the door you end up somewhere new and unexpected.

Geoguessr   
Uses Google Maps casts you into an unknown region of the world and you have to guess where you are.

Airpano     
Provides a beautiful and detailed panoramic view of locations around the world, all in high resolution.

INTO SPACE

Explore The Stars
A highly detailed model of the stars. Go and explore the universe!

How Many People In Space Right Now                                          
Find out how many people are in space right now together with their details.

BOOKS, MANUALS & QUIZZES

Open Library 
Run by the nonprofit Internet Archive, the website makes information accessible for everyone. Find over 1,000,000 free ebooks, which should keep you educated and occupied for quite some time.

Wolfram Alpha
A great educational resource for everything from math to music to history. It doesn't just tell you things but also teaches you how to solve problems.

Sporcle                     
The world’s largest trivia quiz website.  Do you love quizzes? There are new ones every day.

Manuals Library 
Just about everything you buy these days comes with a manual. Contains over 1,000,000 PDF manuals for tens of thousands of brands.

MUSIC & SOUNDS

Virtual Piano
The world’s first online piano keyboard. Enabling you to play the piano instantly. Become an online pianist and create your own extraordinary music!

Chordify 
Just upload a song, and it will give you the chords so you can strum along on guitar, ukulele, or the piano.

Radiooooo
Choose a date and a country and you'll be able to listen to the music which was popular at that point and location in history.

Museum Of Endangered Sounds   
As old things disappear, the sounds we associate with them also pass into history. Fortunately, this site has managed to preserve many of them and it's a fascinating look into the past.

The Sound Of Rain
Relax and feel at one with nature using this unique site.

 

Awesome Things to Do at Home

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BOND WITH FAMILY 

Work on Jigsaw Puzzles together
Some are simple while others are quite challenging. They‘re great family projects done on a flat surface at home or online.

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt 
In a nearby park or in your backyard. Make your own, or use a pre-made sheet like those from the Make & Takes website. Just remind kids that they must stay 6 feet away from other people in public spaces.

Plan a Bingo Game
Each player matches numbers printed in different arrangements on cards with the numbers the game host draws at random, marking the selected numbers with a chip!

Family Karaoke Night
Sing your favorite songs with the family! Dress up, accessorize, and set the stage! 


ENJOY THE ARTS

Street Art from Around the World
Street Art showcases the world’s greatest graffiti works and tells the stories behind them. Take virtual walking tours, view online exhibitions, and learn about the artists themselves.

Google Arts & Culture 
Explore the Street Art of Bogota, Colombia; see the indigenous attire of the people from Guatemala; discover the wonders of Machu Picchu in Peru; and observe Los Muros Hablan in San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

Songs and Dances of Honduras
Learn about the cultural history of Honduras, detailed descriptions of instruments and types of dances, and hear music influenced by Spanish colonial, African, and Native Americans.

Creative Kids
Foster your child’s love for the arts with PEM Pals Online- a weekly art, music, and literature enrichment program designed for kids under the age of 5 on Wednesdays at 10:30 am on the Peabody Essex Museum Youtube channel.  

The Citadel in Haiti
The Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art & the Boston Center of the Arts offer access to their collections, plus videos of lectures & artist interviews.   
 

EXERCISE & BE WELL

Life Time Athletic
Check out Headspace and Calm, two resources that can help you focus and deal with anxiety.

Find your Favorite Workout - Peloton
Fitness classes that range in length and intensity level. You'll cycle, run, flex, and tone! Access thousands of live and on-demand classes. Try the 30-day membership for free!

Tennis at Home - USTA NetGeneration
Even away from the court, you can learn and develop your tennis skills. Watch a series of videos to help your game!

YMCA 360 Health & Fitness Videos   
Stay moving with a wide range of videos for beginners and active older adults: core conditioning, Tai Chi, Pilates, Kid Activities, and much more! 


CONNECT WITH NATURE 

Bird Watching  
Go on a virtual bird watching adventure.

Let's Go Fishing   
Free online learning module is designed for youth to learn the basics of angling such as what a fish is, where they live, how to catch fish, and how to do so as a responsible and ethical angler. 

Watch an Aquarium Live Feed    Facebook
Boston’s New England Aquarium offers lots of learning opportunities including live animal presentations daily.

Capturing Everest
Join three mountaineers on an extraordinary climb from the base to the summit of the world's most famous mountain!

Experience the Amazon
Conservation International takes you deep into the Amazon wetlands and rainforests. 

Giant Dinosaurs
Meet Titanosaur - the newest member of the world-famous "dinosaur hall" at the American Museum of Natural History.

Museum of Science, Boston  
Its new #MOSatHome platform delivers the Museum experience to families and educators online with a host of live stream events, family STEM activities, and more.

LEARN SOMETHING

Access the Planet Mars
Take free guitar lessons with the legendary, James Taylor or sign up for a three-month trial period with Fender.

Immerse Yourself in a Foreign Language  Linguistica  I  Babbel
Linguistica 360 uses current events to teach lessons in different languages or go to Babbel to learn a new language.   

Explore a new Career   
Enhance your skills with over thousands of expert-led, online creative, and business video courses. Learn anytime, anywhere- advance your career. The first month is free!  

Take a Tour of Ellis Island   Historic tour  I  National Park tour
Take a look around Ellis Island in New York where 12 million immigrants came to the United States between 1892 and 1954.

Ten Famous Landmarks in the World  
Have a front-row seat to view renowned landmarks such as Taj Mahal, India; Colosseum, Rome; and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. 

¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues   I  Información en Español
Baseball has been a crucial social and cultural force in Latino communities across the United States. A bilingual journey into the heart of American baseball. The exhibit begins on Oct. 9. 

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