By NewsLine Staff
While families are spending more time inside as a result of the virus pandemic, there is really no shortage of fun and interesting websites to explore from the comfort of your home. Check out these suggestions — who knows? You might learn something new, or at least be entertained for a little while.
Virtual Learning Activities – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: The education team at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will share daily Facebook Live video experiences as well as shorter segments that will each pair with an at-home activity, covering topics such as living in space and on Mars, tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience, Rocketry 101, and more. Hands on activities will involve everyday items that can be found around the house, such as using straws, paper towel tubes, and rubber bands to build and launch a rocket.
Presentations will take place Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET for younger children, and 1 p.m. for young adults. There will also be a Q&A portion at the end of each presentation. The interactive presentations can be viewed on Facebook at @KennedySpaceCenterVisitorComplex. The visitor complex also has downloadable activities that can be found at the following link: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/camps-and-education/educator-resources.
Ivy League Colleges offer free courses online: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs
Stay-at-home Activities from the Cummer Museum: Museum Educators have put together an extensive list of ideas to bring the galleries and exhibitions into your home. Visit www.cummermuseum.org/visit/education#resources-for-families to check it out.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History virtual tour: https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
Hidden Worlds of National Parks: With virtual reality and 360 degree videos, Google allows you to immerse yourself in the scenic U.S. National Parks. Visit https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service and see some places that most people never see.
Discover Florida from your own home: Check out some Wildlife Adventures or Just for Kids activities: https://www.discoverfloridachannel.com/
Georgia Aquarium webcam: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
San Diego Zoo webcam: https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Metropolitan Opera free opera streams: https://www.metopera.org/
Jacksonville Public Library digital library (must have library card): https://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/digital-library
St. Johns County Public Library e-content (must have library card): https://sjcpls.org/econtent/