Being confined to your home for a few weeks (or maybe longer) might require a little more thought than just a Netflix subscription.
Several organizations have created online field trips and educational resources that allow people to explore zoos, museums, and other exciting places while still staying safe from the new coronavirus. Here is a list of online virtual entertainment options for you and your family, to help keep you entertained and even add a little culture to your life.
Google Arts & Culture has joined together with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
Metropolitan Opera Free Streams
The Met has canceled all performances through March 31 because of coronavirus concerns. The Met’s series of free opera streams begins with Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and starring Elīna Garanča and Robert Alagna. Due to unprecedented demand and web traffic, we recommend you access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. This performance will remain available until 3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, March 17. All performances begin at 7:30pm, each evening, and will be available for the next 20 hours at the website. Please see the schedule at the link.
Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall
The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until April 19th to help contain the coronavirus. They are available to play for you, at home, for free! With over 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall from more than ten years, bonus videos from behind the scenes: documentaries on the history of the orchestra, and projects from our education programme there is plenty of music to fill your days at home. Registration is required for access, follow the instructions at the link.
Broadway Plays and Musicals at home
Never been to Broadway? It might be awhile until you will be able to make it there. Maybe you just love Broadway shows, and miss our access to the Smith Center, which is temporarily closed. Check out this Playbill.com list of Broadway shows that were filmed live on stage, and available for viewing from your couch with various streaming services.
Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips
Join Discovery Education live for their free Virtual Field Trips or watch them on demand later. Many of the Broadcasts include virtual Q&A sessions, as well as post-viewing activities and age-specific instructional ideas to go with it.
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed, they’ll be live-streaming from the zoo each weekday at 12pmPST. Each stream will highlight one of the zoo’s amazing animals, and include an activity that can be done from home.
San Diego Zoo
Take a peek into various zoo exhibits with these live cameras from the San Diego Zoo! There’s also an archive of old footage, if you’re really looking for some animal fun.
National Parks Service
Get some virtual fresh air and explore some of the country’s most famous national parks with the National Park Service’s YouTube channel! Full of information and gorgeous footage, dozens of parks are featured.
This site from New York City’s Museum of Metropolitan Art lets kids explore the famous museum with an interactive map. Behind-the-scenes videos feature kids just like them, and a “time machine” allows them to explore thousands of years of art! Fun facts and creative projects abound, so kids won’t get bored during their social distancing period.
This is a great list of virtual entertainment options for you and your kids while we all take part in social distancing and relaxing at home. Here are some other options to explore while at home with our kiddos or taking a break from our social scenes:
Stay tuned for any updates regarding events and promotions around the city that may be affected by the Coronavirus. Bear with us as we navigate this new territory and strive to give you relevant information.