Hulafrog at Home
September 22, 2020
Explore the world (and space!) from your living room with these 20 FREE kid-friendly virtual tours & field trips. From the International Space Station to the M&M Factory or the Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa to Santa's House at the North Pole...there's a whole lot for kids to learn & explore.
Innovating the Future
Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This behind-the-scenes tour will introduce kids to just a few of the amazing Boeing employees who are preparing to write the next chapter of space history with the launch of the Starliner/CST-100 spacecraft and the deployment of the Space Launch System. Along the way, kids will learn about the unusual paths that have led to these unique careers.
Where You Can View the Largest Elephants in the World
Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is renowned for having the largest elephants in Africa – and the planet! The park’s location is very remote, lying deep in the sand forests and wetlands in northern Tongaland. Along with viewing these gentle giants, you can also spot the rest of the “Big Five”...lions, leopards, black and white rhinos, and buffalo.
3D Interactive Maps and Trail Descriptions
Reality Maps has developed an interactive 3D map of Mount Everest which is based on the latest satellite technology. The map includes the two most-traveled routes to the highest mountain on Earth, all historical routes and the most famous trekking routes in the Khumbu region. "Everest 3D" also comes in app format, making it your perfect trekking companion from home.
3 bd • 2 ba • Multiple Tiny Homes
Instead of taking a trip over the river and through the woods, you can now take a virtual tour of Santa's house and Elf Village. Claus's home, according to Zillow, is a state-of-the-art toy-making facility with workstations for 50 craftsmen. Built in 1822 it comes with a sleigh garage, stables that board eight live-in reindeer, plus a bonus stall for red-nosed company. Kids will love checking out photos and videos of Santa's house plus a 360-degree tour of Elf Village.
Dinosaurs, Mummies, Butterflies & More
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow families to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits like 'A Journey Through Time: Dinosaurs' and their Butterfly Pavilion. Visitors can also access select collections and behind the scenes research areas at their satellite support stations, as well as past exhibits no longer on display like 'Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend'. Narrated virtual tours are also available for eight current museum exhibits.
The Official Residence of the Queen
An iconic building and official residence of The Queen, Buckingham Palace has been the focus of many moments of British celebration, from Jubilees and weddings to the annual Trooping the Colour, which marks The Queen's official birthday. Their virtual tours take you through the Grand Staircase, White Drawing Room, Throne Room and Blue Drawing Room. The site also provides photos from events at the Palace and a biograpgy of Queen Elizabeth.
Out of This World!
NASA Astronaut Suni Williams takes kids on four different guided tours of the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked for almost 20 years. While you're there, check out the STEM on Station for Students with additional content and activities like learning how to spot the International Space Center, in the sky, from your house!
China's Most Famous Attraction
Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet. While the virtual tour is free, you can join one of their Zoom tours for $10, and a guide will provide a more detailed tour and also answer questions.
A Remarkable Natural Wonder in the World
Discover unique locations along the 280 miles Colorado River that flows through the Grand Canyon, explore what the layers of the canyon walls tell us, and find out what animals may have existed when these layers were being deposited. Kids can also watch videos from top scientists and examine remote areas of the canyon using imaging tools.
America's First National Park
This popular vacation destination is now accessible to virtual travelers through interactive maps and video tours that show the Mammoth Hot Springs, a walk to Dragon's Mouth Spring, the Mud Volcano, and more. And kids will love the Old Faithful Geyser live-stream where park staff predicts the next date and time of an eruption...and kids can make a prediction of their own!
The First Stop in America for Over 12 Million Immigrants
During this virtual field trip powered by Scholastic, kids will follow immigrants' footsteps and hear first-hand stories told by people who came through Ellis Island. You can also check out the interactive virtual tour with additional historical photographs, films, and facts that uncover the central role this station played in the story of American immigration.
Calling All Chocolate Fans!
The Food Network hosts a 360-degree virtual tour of the M&Ms factory that shows how the delicious candy gets made at their New Jersey factory. Plant Director Leighanne Eide walks kids through their 24 hours a day process that's been churning out millions of colorful candies daily since 1941.
10 Live Cams That Bring Sea Life to You
Be delighted by the antics of their sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of their jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. They have several narrated feedings daily, including penguins, sea otters, and more!
Educate. Inspire. Empower
Learn about the brave women who educated, inspired, empowered, and shaped the future for other generations. With everything from the Civil Rights Movement to women in the Olympics, the National Women’s History Museum is full of well-curated material and 29 exhibits that can now be viewed online. Educators (or families!) can also book Virtual Field Trips Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm EDT through the month of October, by appointment. (there is a 5 student minimum)
The World's Largest Coral Reef System
With over 1500 species of fish, 600 coral species, and 30 different whale and dolphin species, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet. This interactive, online journey is led by legendary natural historian, Sir David Attenborough and features hours of content in the form of vibrant photographs, time-lapse videos, 360-degree virtual reality views, and other interactive elements.
Visit 100+ Theme Parks From Home
Featuring over 2500 HD videos on their Youtube channel, from 100+ theme parks, Theme Parks Worldwide is the ultimate place for people who love rides! Their videos feature on-ride points of view from roller coasters and other rides that will make you feel like you're part of the action. They also have off ride video footage from park shows as well as theme park 'complete experiences' from around the world.
Explore the Park From Land and Air
Take a virtual tour with Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita, who grew up down the street from the park, while she narrates this 360-degree journey through lava tubes, caves, and coastal cliffs. You'll even get to "fly" over the parks active volcano that has been continuously erupting since 1983 and view a video of the Ika Crater 1959 eruption, the highest recorded in Hawaii during the 20th century.
Explore the Red Planet
Explore Mars alongside NASA's rover Curiosity, which has been roaming the red planet since 2012. A simple walkthrough explains what the Curiosity rover does and details its dramatic landing in 2012. Kids also can visit four sites that have been critical to NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. The site is available for use on all desktop and mobile devices and virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) headsets. That includes mobile-based virtual reality devices on Apple and Android.
The Holocaust: History and Memory
Virtually experience the US Holocaust Memorial Museum that showcases nine different online scenes including their permanent exhibition, The Holocaust, our Hall of Witness, and Hall of Remembrance. Kids can also explore their conservation lab and learn how staff preserve and present Holocaust history. A free lesson plan and worksheet is available to download following the tour and they also offer 'Teaching About the Holocaust Online' with additional lesson plans for parents or educators.
#ExploreNiagara in Virtual Reality
Check out Niagara Falls in all of its virtual glory via 360-degree virtual reality videos (no poncho required!). Their six interactive videos feature a helicopter ride over the falls, a tour behind the falls, a ride on a Niagara Cruise boat, and even a zipline ride. (You'll have to download the official YouTube app to view on a mobile device).
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