Looking for creative ways to keep the kids entertained but learning too? Tons of museums and educational institutions have taken to the interwebs to share premium content that will have the entire family tuning in to learn something new. From outer space and wildlife to imagineering and weather, we’ve got some amazing virtual science resources for your little smarty.

Polar Bears International

Starting Thur., Apr. 2 at 2 p.m. EST, Polar Bears International is debuting a curriculum that includes live chats with scientists, webcasts, research involvement opportunities and more! First up is a chat about Polar Bears Under the Northern Lights! Kids can learn with Tundra Connections websites and curriculums, follow the polar bear tracker and watch the Northern Lights Live Cam every night. You can check out the the full schedule here.

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California Science Center's "Stuck at Home Science"

Cal Science's content experts and professional have created "Stuck at Home Science." The ongoing, online series of hands-on and age-appropriate science activities features a video and an downloadable lesson. Kids can watch daily at 10 am PST with lessons are easy to understand and available at californiasciencecenter.org in both English and Spanish.

Natural History Museums of L.A. County

Go behind the scenes of millions of specimens, tour and learn about the streets of Los Angeles and chat with scientists and educators––all online! The NHMLAC is virtually connecting families with science through online resources.

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Natural Museum of History Utah's Research Quest Live

Join the Natural Museum of History Utah every weekday for live classes at 9:30 a.m. MDT for kids in 4th – 7th grade. Each class is led by professional museum educators and is designed to build critical-thinking skills. Kids can also view the full archive of classes here after the live showing.

 

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Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex shares daily Facebook Live video experiences that pair with an at-home activity! The education team covers tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis, the Astronaut Training Experience, living in space and on Mars, rocketry 101, and more. Kids can also do hands-on activities using everyday items as well as downloadable activities. Presentations are Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET for younger children, and 1 p.m. for young adults with a Q&A portion at the end of each presentation. 

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens is using their time to educate everyone with daily weekday videos. Tune in Monday through Friday on their Facebook page at 3 p.m. EST to see live videos with some of the zoo's famous friends, like Fiona the Hippo, Rico the Porcupine and Sihil the Ocelot!

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Imagineering in a Box

Walt Disney Imagineers are inspiring creativity, curiosity and innovation through Imagineering in a Box, a free online program created in partnership with the Khan Academy and Pixar. This one-of-a-kind learning experience gives families a chance to dream, create and build right from home. The new program is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. It combines 32 videos of actual Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give you the opportunity to dream and design your very own theme park experience.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is closed, but the OLogy science website is not! Kids and families can find curriculum collections on topics like dinosaurs and river ecology, Museum courses on CourseraKhan Academy, and Kahoot and even visit virtually through the Museum’s YouTube channel. The Museum’s Facebook page will also host previously recorded tours of the Museum’s halls and collections on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. ET. 

We Love Weather TV

Tune in at :50 past the hour on The Weather Channel! The network is dedicated this time every hour to share scientific explanations on everything from how raindrops and rainbows form, to why thunder happens, how to stay safe in all kinds of weather, and more. Families can visit We Love Weather TV for all the details.

The Wild Center's Virtual Visit

Head to The Wild Center in Tupper Lake! The virtual visit lets guests "walk" around the interior of the Center, see exhibits and watch videos. The Wild Center Live Cams also host demonstrations via Facebook Live where naturalists and Animal Care staff lead behind the scene tours, animal encounters and educational activities.

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Petersen Automotive Museum

The world famous Petersen Automotive Museum offers free educational live streams twice daily that consist of a lecture at 10 a.m. and a hands-on activity at 1 p.m. PST. Kids will also have access to downloadable worksheets and coloring sheets. If your little gear head loves learning about how things work, including STEM topics, these daily shows are for them!

––Karly Wood

 

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