Resource Roundup: The Latest Virtual Tours, Online Videos, and More To Keep You Entertained

Stuck at home with the kiddos and they're already bored? Looking for fun and free educational opportunities? Look no further. We've gathered a list of virtual tours, resources, and videos to utilize while you're practicing social distancing and staying at home.

Home Safaris at Cincinnati Zoo

Follow the Cincinnati Zoo on Facebook where they will host a Facebook Live event called Home Safaris. The Home Safaris will start at 2 p.m. CST and will be posted on their website and their YouTube channel for those who can't watch live.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Join Mo Willems in his studio everyday at Noon CST for a lunch doodle. You'll learn to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations helping to inspire a love of reading in children. For each book, supplemental curriculum developed by a literacy specialist is provided, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide.

National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian allows visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room virtual tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop of mobile device. Visitors can also access select research and collections areas at our satellite support and research stations and past exhibits no longer on display.

Live Cameras at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Take a peek into the penguin exhibit, get a look at the sea otters, and see what the sharks are up to by clicking on ten live cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Live Cameras at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego zoo offers a live look at their koalas, pandas, tigers, apes, and more. Their site also has a games and activities page.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture allows you to have access to many museums all over the world including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Tokyo National Museum and more.

Space Center Houston App

The free Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom all for free.

Camp Kindness Counts

Parents can download a free activity book that teaches kids all about compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and more character strengths.


Famous authors, illustrators, celebrities, and educators are using the hashtag OperationStorytime and reading children's books on their social media pages.

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