Flex Academies is a strong believer in our Flex Academies ONE program for online enrichment, and we believe you will be, too! There are so many more opportunities for you to keep your children engaged in learning while we are all shut in during the COVID-19 pandemic, beyond just when they’re in Flex Academies online activities or when they’re working on school assignments.
Here are just a few examples of some virtual tours and field trips you can try with your children!
Zoos: Lots of zoos have websites that give virtual tours. Some might offer live looks via webcam at popular exhibits, and others will include interactive videos, stories and games. The San Diego Zoo is widely known as one of the country’s best zoos, and it also happens to have a fantastic interactive website for kids. But if you’re looking for something a little more familiar, your local zoo almost definitely has some sort of online presence for you to tinker with.
Planetariums: The planetarium is a popular field trip option for kids of all ages, and there are some online planetariums and programs that allow your kids to explore the stars to their hearts’ content. One outstanding resource is Star Atlas, which allows users to explore stars, planets, eclipses and so much more. It’s also a great way to learn about constellations—entering your current location allows you to see all the constellations currently visible in your part of the world.
Museums: Lots of museums have online tours of their exhibits. The Louvre in Paris is one of the world’s most iconic and important art and cultural museums, and it has some really excellent online tours. Other fantastic museum tours online Florence’s Uffizi Galleries, London’s British Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, New York’s Natural History Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
World wonders and cultural sites: There are so many wonders of the world and important cultural sites that students may never have the ability to visit in person, but online tours allow you to get an up-close-and-personal look at these sites. You can walk along the Great Wall of China, see the Egyptian Pyramids, pay a visit to Easter Island to see the massive statues there, check out Stonehenge, etc.
Aquariums: Similar to zoos, aquariums often have opportunities for you to take a live look in at the animals they have. The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are a couple great aquariums that come to mind right away that have good online content. The National Aquarium in Baltimore has a walk-through tour of the aquarium as well as live animal cams.
Natural sites: There are a lot of national parks that have live cameras as well as virtual tours that allow you to get just a taste of the beauty and majesty of some of America’s most important natural places right from the comfort of your home. Definitely check out the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park!
For more tips for some online tours and field trips you can allow your children to explore during their extended time at home, reach out to our Flex Academies team!