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These Virtual Field Trips Will Keep You Busy During Quarantine

by Eben Diskin Mar 27, 2020

We’ve all been spending a lot of time at home lately, and for some, this new reality is tougher than others. After two weeks you may have already binged every Netflix show that piqued your interest and are desperately looking for new sources of entertainment — especially if you have kids. The Caroline County Public School District is trying to make it easier to entertain the whole family over the coming weeks and months by providing a thorough list of virtual field trips. While virtual excursions are never a truly satisfying replacement for the real thing, they can help keep boredom at bay and be a fun way of spending the afternoon with the young ones.

No matter where your interests lie, you’ll find a virtual excursion that works for you. For animal lovers, there are live cams at the San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, and a panda cam at Zoo Atlanta. There’s also a virtual farm tour available for 11 different farms, featuring animals like cows, minks, and pigs.

Since outer space might be the only safe place to travel these days, the US Space and Rocket Museum in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering a look at the Saturn 5 rocket on YouTube, courtesy of a real father/son tour. To distance yourself even further from our planet, there’s a 360 WebVR experience centered around the Mars Curiosity Rover, in collaboration with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

And if you’ve somehow got your kids to enjoy museums, there are even virtual field trips to iconic museums like The Louvre and Boston Children’s Museum, and monuments like the Great Wall of China.

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