Resource Roundup: Free Online Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy from Home

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When you can’t leave the house, it’s easy for every family member to go a little stir crazy. The good news is that there are hundreds of opportunities to expand your horizons from the comfort of home. Whether your family is itching to visit a museum, take a trip to the aquarium or zoo, catch a hit Broadway show, listen to live music, or break a sweat with a fun workout, these online activities will cure kids, teens, and adults of their cabin fever.

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Free Online Activities the Whole Family Can Enjoy from Home

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Virtual Museum Tours

Thanks to technology, you can take your whole family on a trip to visit dozens of world-class museums without ever leaving home. Take a virtual tour of these institutions to make learning about art, science, history, and world cultures more exciting.

Museum Museum Location Museum Type
American Museum of Natural History New York City, NY, USA History – Natural History
Benaki Museum Athens, Greece Art – Fine Art, History – Culture
British Museum London, England, UK Art – Fine Art, History – Culture
Salvador Dalí Museum St. Petersburg, FL, USA Art – Fine Art
Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum Girona, Spain Art – Fine Art
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, MI, USA Art – Fine Art
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Santa Fe, NM, USA Art – Modern Art, History – Women’s History
J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center Los Angeles, CA, USA Art – Fine Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation Bilbao Bilbao, Spain Art – Modern Art
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation New York New York City, NY, USA Art – Fine Art
High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA, USA Art – Fine Art
Louvre Museum Paris, France Art – Fine Art
MASP Museum of Art of São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand São Paulo, Brazil Art – Fine Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, NY, USA Art – Fine Art, History – Culture
MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York City, NY, USA Art – Modern Art
Musée d’Orsay Paris, France Art – Fine Art
Museum of Fine Arts Boston Boston, MA, USA Art – Fine Art
Museum of the World from the British Museum London, England, UK Art – Fine Art, History – Culture
NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, USA Science – Space Exploration
NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, USA Science – Space Exploration
National Gallery London London, England, UK Art – Fine Art
National Gallery of Art Washington, DC, USA Art – Fine Art
National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City, Mexico History – Culture
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Gwacheon-si, South Korea Art – Modern Art
National Museum of the United States Air Force Dayton, OH, USA History – American Military
National Palace Museum Taipei, Taiwan Art – Fine Art, History – Culture
National Women’s History Museum Alexandria, VA, USA History – Women’s History
Natural History Museum of London London, England, UK History – Natural History
Pergamonmuseum Berlin, Germany Art – Ancient Art
Picasso Museum of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Art – Fine Art by Pablo Picasso
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Netherlands Art – Fine Art
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Washington, DC, USA History – Natural History
Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum Madrid, Spain Art – Fine Art
Uffizi Gallery Florence, Italy Art – Fine Art
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands Art – Fine Art by Vincent Van Gogh
Vatican Museums Vatican City, Rome, Italy Art – Fine Art, History – Religion

virtual museum and aquarium tours to watch from home with your kids

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Virtual Aquarium and Zoo Exhibits

Lions (and lionfish), tigers, and bears — not to mention, all kinds of other critters — can visit you at home thanks to a variety of aquarium and zoo offerings. Some take you on virtual tours via their website, several have live cams of beloved creatures, and others regularly update their YouTube and Facebook pages with behind-the-scenes looks of the animals in their care.

Aquarium or Zoo Aquarium or Zoo Location
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Home Safari Cincinnati, OH, USA
Georgia Aquarium Webcams Atlanta, GA, USA
Houston Zoo Webcams Houston, TX, USA
Loggerhead Marinelife Center Learn at Home Juno Beach, FL, USA
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams Monterey, CA, USA
National Aquarium Virtual Tour Baltimore, MD, USA
New England Aquarium Videos Boston, MA, USA
Oregon Zoo Animal Videos Portland, OR, USA
San Diego Zoo Live Cams and Videos San Diego, CA, USA
Shedd Aquarium Video Library Chicago, IL, USA
Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam Atlanta, GA, USA

watch broadway at home with your family during coronavirus quarantine

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Online Broadway Musicals and Broadway Plays

To take a family trip to Broadway in New York City — one of the theater capitals of the world — check out BroadwayHD, which offers a free one-week trial. This site allows you to view live productions of Broadway musicals, straight plays, Shakespearean productions, ballets, and more.

Additionally, Amazon Prime members have access to a variety of content that’s free to stream with their membership, including live-action musical and play performances. YouTube, Google Play, and Vudu also offer several full-length films and clips of Broadway productions.

Stuck at home due to Coronavirus? Watch these concerts online for free

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Online Concerts

No matter what kind of music your family enjoys, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are great resources for finding live concert footage. Additionally, many artists have used Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms to broadcast live shows. Check your favorite artists’ pages to search for live performances of individual songs or even full-length concerts.

Online Yoga Classes for Children

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Exercise Classes and Studios

When you’re stuck at home, it’s still important to find ways to be active. Even if you don’t have a home gym, there are plenty of great resources for fitting in a workout the whole family will love. These great programs offer a variety of fitness options that everyone can adapt to their own level.

Exercise Studio or Class Name Workout Type
24 Hour Fitness 24GO General Fitness
Active by POPSUGAR General Fitness
CorePower Yoga on Demand Yoga
Life Time Classes on Demand General Fitness
Orangetheory at Home High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Planet Fitness Work-in Day Fitness Videos General Fitness
YMCA 360: On-demand Videos General Fitness

YouTube Channels

In addition to the services above, YouTube is a fantastic resource for at-home fitness for every age and experience level. Simply search for the workout you want to try, or check out these top-rated channels.

Exercise Studio or Class Name Workout Type
BeFiT General Fitness
blogilates Pilates
CrossFit High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
The Fitness Marshall Dance Fitness
FitnessBlender General Fitness
HASfit General Fitness
MadFit General Fitness
SHAPE Magazine General Fitness
Tone It Up General Fitness
Yoga with Adriene Yoga

Kid-friendly Online Exercise Classes

Younger children may be more engaged in an exercise program specifically tailored for kids, and parents can join in on the fun and maximize their workout by adding in dumbbells, ankle weights, or added reps. These top-rated children’s workouts will get kids and grown-ups moving.

Exercise Studio or Class Name Workout Type
Bounce Patrol Dance Fitness
Cosmic Kids Yoga Yoga
Dance and Movement Songs for Kids by Debbie Doo and Just Dance! Dance Fitness
Dancing Songs for Kids by TheLearningStation Dance Fitness
Get Moving by GoNoodle General Fitness
Kids Workouts to Do at Home by the Body Coach TV General Fitness
KIDZ BOP Fitness Dance Fitness
Yoga for Kids from Alo Gives Yoga