Did you know that many large attractions from around the world offer virtual tours so you can visit them from the comfort of your sofa!
Given that many families have taken the decision to spend more time at home at the moment, we’ve pulled together some of these virtual tours so you and the kids can have a day out whilst staying in!! It’s also great for learning at home in a different, fun way. Enjoy!
Hundreds of museums around the world throw open their (virtual) doors to visitors. Google Arts and Culture have teamed up with over 5oo – take a look at the whole collection here .
We’ve selected five of the most well known to link to below:-
💜Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
This museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world and, by taking the virtual tour, you can see some of those for yourself! Cameras allow you access to every floor of the museum so you can browse and view at your leisure. Just click here to get started.
💜British Museum, London
This Museum, dedicated to human history art and culture, is a hugely popular attraction in London. By following the link below, you can select either a time period or genre (art, religion, trade etc) and you’ll be shown some relevant artefacts housed in the Museum and can listen to an duos description of them. A great, interactive way for the kids to get immersed in history.
An iconic art museum based in the heart of New York. Take the kids on a trip to the Big Apple without leaving Cheshire courtesy of Google – click here to enjoy a virtual tour of this amazing institution without stepping foot on a flight!!
💜The Louvre, Paris
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and enjoys legendary status worldwide. It hosts virtual tours on its own website – just click here to take a peek.
💜Boston Children’s Museum
One for the younger kids – great for those as young as 3, this museum is dedicated to the education of children. Take a walk around thanks to Google – click here.
There are loads of online resources and virtual tours, videos etc aimed at getting kids up close to different animals. Here are a couple of the Mini Mumblers’ favourites –
💜 San Diago Zoo has a website dedicated to kids where they can learn all about their favourite animals. as well as watching Live Cams and videos of them. There’s also games and acitivities (including crafts) to keep them entertained including making animal Glove Puppets and Pet Piñatas. Go to the website here.
💜 Monterey Bay Aquarium offers a fantastic insight into the antics of the sea life they house through their ten webcams. Check out what the sea otters are getting up to, marvel at the jelly fish and even catch a glimpse of a shark – click here to get started.
💜 Edinburgh Zoo have five webcams watching some of your favourite animals. We watched a panda munching on its lunch and Mini Mumbler thought is was brilliant! – click here
💜 Houston Zoo There’s Giraffe Cam, Gorilla Habitat Cam, Elephant Yard Cam, Leafcutter Ant Cam, Rhino Yard Cam and Chimp Window Cam – click here
💜 Google 3D Animals on your smartphone See 3D life sized animals LIVE in your home (be warned they do make noise!) Just search in google for an animal, and if the option is available for that animal you should be able to see a 3d image of them where is says “Meet a life size (insert animal) close up” to click “View in 3D”. You can choose to view the animal in your own room, adjust the size of the animal and take screenshots for later. We then did a bit of learning about each animal. We saw a tiger, horse, shark, pug, cat, Octopus, wolf and a Giant Panda.
Best of the Rest
Take a look at the real surface of Mars, recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover. It’s currently being updated but you can still take a peek in 360 mode. Get started here.
⭐️Great Wall of China
Visit China’s most famous attraction, considered a wonder of the world, without leaving home! The wall has a 2,000 year history and is over 3,000 miles long – a real spectacle to behold. Click here to take the virtual tour
Take a tour of this magnificent building via their virtual tours – click here
West End Musicals
The Wind in the Willows West End production is available to stream online for free
In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, the producers of the West End production of The Wind in the Willows will stream the show online for free, though ask for a small donation that will be given to theatre charities.
Based on the classic children’s story by Kenneth Grahame, the musical has a book by Julian Fellowes, music and lyrics by Stiles and Drewe and direction by Rachel Kavanaugh. The piece follows the various characters of the book including Mr Toad, Ratty and Mole, as they follow Toad’s insatiable need for speed.
The musical, which opened in June 2017, starred Rufus Hound as Toad, Simon Lipkin as Ratty, Craig Mather as Mole, Neil McDermott as Chief Weisel, Denise Welch as Mrs Otter and Gary Wilmot as Badger.
There’s a whole You Tube channel dedicated to Disney World and its brilliant! Simply pan the camera any way you wish by moving your smart phone or iPad to what you want to see without a VR headset. If viewing on a laptop or desktop, you can look around by simply clicking and dragging within the video.
We’ve been to Orlando, Paris and California this morning! Here’s some of the attractions available from the channel’s virtual theme parks.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Frozen Ever After
Indiana Jones Adventure
Yorkshire Virtual Attractions
Welcome to Yorkshire have a whole section on their website dedicated to Virtual tours of some of our favourite Yorkshire attractions.
Like many families, we were planning on heading down to London for a few days over the Easter Holidays. We’ve already been to a few of the virtual museums online But today, I found this and I love it! A virtual tour of London streets! With the added bonus of no crowds!
⭐️Google Arts and Culture allows you explore iconic destinations in 3D – take a look here.
⭐️Discovery Education provides a range of virtual Field Trips – it’s an American resource so is US based but includes a polar bear experience and a look into the life cycle of new medication.