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Have some virtual fun at home with the kids

Rhinos on the run at the Houston Zoo. Live footage of zookeepers caring for animals can be seen on the zoo’s Facebook page every day starting at 11 a.m. Courtesy photo

Spring Break 2020 has pretty much been canceled, but that doesn’t mean adventure and fun has to stop. Kids can watch live book readings and animal programs or create DIY crafts while watching instructions from the comfort of home. All you need to embark on a safe, social distancing adventure is a computer or smart device.

Here’s a list to get you started:


Scholastic has a terrific online program to keep kids reading and thinking on a day-by-day basis from home. Scholastic Learn at Home is put together by the editors of Scholastic News Magazines and separates activities by grade level. As of March 18, five days have been posted. Another 15 are set to go online, one at a time.


The Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association (TEPSA) will have Facebook Live readings of favorite children’s books nightly at 6:30 p.m. on the group’s Facebook page.


Check out these two different links for a variety of virtual field trips.

From Adventures in Familyhood, take 20 Virtual Field Trips to art museums such as the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and more. Complete with activities and other resources to reinforce the experience. Zoos and aquariums around the world are included. You can also visit the Great Wall of China, Yellowstone National Park, Ellis Island, and Colonial Williamsburg.

Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips has so many choices that you have to filter them by subject areas. Each trip includes a companion guide with hands-on learning activities. They are free and standards-aligned.


DIY Network Kids’ Craft Project Videosare fun to watch and recreate. Projects include seasonal crafts, garden crafts, and easy-to-do indoor crafts.


Houston Zoo webcamsoffer a variety of animals to watch as they go about their daily routines. Cameras are set up for giraffes, gorillas, elephants, leaf cutter ants, rhinos, and chimpanzees.

Cincinnati Zoo hosts a live daily program at 2 p.m. on Facebook that introduces an animal and includes an activity to do at home.

San Diego Zoo webcams offer insight into the daily lives of pandas, penguins, baboons, koalas, polar bears, apes, and many more.

Check Facebook pages for zoos and museums, which are holding live video events. For example, the Houston Zoo will be live at 11 a.m. daily to “bring the zoo to you.” The live videos show how zookeepers take care of the animals.

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