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Smithsonian Science Activity Guide

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Virtual Activities

​Click on the links below for virtual tours, live cams, educational activities, games, and more, provided by a variety of museums, national parks, zoos, and online learning sites. Regularly updated with new activities.​

Activity LinkGrade Level / Age GroupDescription
ABCyaGrades PK-6Over 400 fun and educational games. Activities are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more.
AfricamAll AgesWild life exposure to support learning at home. Watch wild animals in the beautiful African bush live and unscripted. Elephants, lions, leopards, and many more make appearances every day in the remotest of Africa’s locations.
Aquarium of the Pacific Online AcademyAll AgesOn-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with aquarium educators, from virtual classroom sessions to Pacific Pals puppets.
Aquarium of the Pacific Summer Kids ClubAll AgesThe Aquarium of the Pacific offered its Summer Kids Club, which included the existing Online Academy classes bundled with take-home activities, like scavenger hunts, crafts, coloring sheets, and guided explorations of the Aquarium’s exhibit webcams. Live sessions were recorded and are available to access on demand.
Art for Kids HubAll AgesVideo art lessons for kids, including how to draw, paint, and fold origami.
Birthplaces of Music: A Virtual Field TripGrades 9-12A fully interactive, virtual field trip through the world of music history, created for high school students studying music history.
Boston Children's MuseumGrades PK-6Virtual tour of the museum, activities, and other learning resources.
British Museum - Museum of the WorldAll AgesTravel through time via your mouse or arrow keys via an interactive game brought to you by the British Museum. You can also explore the museum's exhibits at britishmuseum.org
California Science CenterAll AgesWith "Stuck at Home Science", explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy to find household supplies, and are appropriate for a variety of ages.
Camp KiwiCoAll AgesFour one-week online "camps" designed for age groups as young as pre-k, designed to explore science, art, robotics, and more, through DIY activities, videos, printables, and other content.
Cincinnati ZooAll AgesOnline safaris.
Code.orgAll AgesTake a Code Break! Your weekly dose of inspiration, community, and computer science, every Wednesday at 10am PST. Plus other home learning resources.
College Campus ToursGrades 7-12Campus tours and maps and basic enrollment information of various colleges across the United States.
Colonial WilliamsburgAll AgesDiscover the 18th-century with a virtual visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Follow a virtual tour, do at-home activities, explore collections, and read about influential people from the time period.
Comic-Con Museum@HomeAll AgesExclusive videos, including past events, and new video content created exclusively for the Museum@Home program. Plus an exclusive “Fun Book” series, a regularly scheduled downloadable PDF featuring activity and coloring sheets created by the Comic-Con Museum for various age groups. Celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day by learning how to dust for fingerprints or make your own invisible ink!
Discovering Ancient EgyptGrades 7-12Description of hieroglyphic writing, Egyptian numerals, stories of great kings & queens, ancient Egyptian gods, and mummification is covered with diagrams and videos. Explore interactive maps and 3D temples.
Discovery EducationAll AgesOffers free virtual field trips complete with companion guides and hands-on learning activities.
Disney Parks ImagineeringGrades 7-12A virtual tour of Walt Disney Imagineering.
Eco-Footprint CalculatorAll AgesLearn your ecological footprint. How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you/your family? What is your personal Earth Overshoot day? How do you compare to others? Learn how to reduce your eco footprint and how the world can become more energy efficient.
Education.com ActivitiesGrades PK - 5Download free activities like building a bridge or creating slime. Activities available in a wide variety of subjects.
Education.com Games for KidsGrades PK - 5Play teacher-designed computer games geared toward learning coding, math, reading/writing, and typing.
Education.com Science ProjectsGrades K - 5Why do apples turn brown? How does a compass work? Find science activities that answer these questions and more!
Egg Farm Field TripGrades K-8Virtual field trips to learn about egg production, sustainability, and natural resources. Site has educational games and experiments.
Everyday MysteriesAll AgesDid you ever wonder why a camel has a hump? If you can really tell the weather by listening to the chirp of a cricket? Or why our joints make popping sounds? Everyday Mysteries answers these and many other of life's most interesting questions.
Experiments with GoogleAll AgesA website showcasing projects, along with helpful tools and resources, to inspire others to create new experiments. Play with others on a shared digital piano over the internet, find out how well you can lip-sync, play a game where the computer tries to guess what you're drawing, and more! New experiments added every week!
ExploratoriumAll AgesExplore, Play, Discover: Browse an online collection of exhibits, experience at-home activities via "Science Snacks" and "Tinkering at Home", and explore a variety of other online resources for learning at home.
ExploreAll AgesMultiple live cams of nature plus education lessons to support student learning.
Farm Food 360All AgesTake virtual farm and food tours through dairy farms, pig farms, grain farms, and more.
Franklin InstituteAll AgesYour brain is always changing. Find out how and why through interactive activities from the award-winning exhibit "Your Brain". Whether you’re connecting brain cells or playing with faces, what you learn will literally change your mind!
Georgia AquariumAll AgesDaily and weekly live streaming events, exhibit live cams, Deep Sea Learning videos with study guides, and much more!
Girls Who CodeAll AgesActivities released weekly on Mondays — some online, some offline, of varying levels of difficulty. Each activity features a woman in tech who pioneered innovative technology. Typically intended for grades 3 through 12.
Golden Gate National Parks ConservancyAll AgesTour park trails and roads and see the views from them using Street View by Google Maps.
Google Arts and CultureAll AgesExplore artwork collections, museums, and locations around the world; learn about art history and influential historical figures; discover art and culture activities to do at home.
Grand Canyon University-Campus ToursGrades 9-12Site gives virtual live tours of campus for HS students, as well as live hands-on lessons.
Great Lakes NowGrades 6-8Virtual field trip to learn more about the importance of coastal wetlands, the danger of algal blooms, and a deep dive into lake sturgeon. 
How Stuff WorksAll AgesIndulge your curiosity with a source of easy-to-understand answers and explanations of "how stuff works". Explore topics in health, science, tech, culture, animals, and more!
Ice Cream in A BagGrade 2A changing matter experiment designed for second grade students. Make your own ice cream in a bag! It’s a delicious demonstration of how temperature can change matter from a liquid to a solid that students can eat once they finish!
Imagineering in a Box (Khan Academy)All AgesThe Imagineering in a Box program covers everything from an overview of engineering software to interactive, hands-on projects that can be done without leaving the house. The program was specifically developed to help kids relate the Disney stories they already love to the skills they’re introduced to in each module.
Job Corps Virtual ToursAges 16-24360 degree views of campuses, classrooms, training workshops, dorms, cafeterias, and other areas of the Job Corps Centers. 
Kennedy Space CenterAll AgesA variety of videos about space, spacecraft, how they're made, and activities you can do at home to learn more about space travel.
LegolandGrades PK-6Virtual tour of the numerous buildings housed in Legoland
Mad ScienceAll AgesSTEM themed coloring sheets, at-home experiments, and interactive quizzes
London ZooAll AgesExplore the London Zoo through a virtual tour, as well as "Zoo School" resources for home learning for students ages 3-16.
Make Your Own Instrument!All AgesVisit the Dallas Symphony Orchestra activities page to learn how to create your own instrument using every day materials.
Manufacture Your FutureGrades 3 - 12Take virtual tours at companies in the manufacturing sector and learn what it takes to pursue a career in manufacturing.
Maritime AquariumAll AgesAquarium streams some of the most popular educational programs each week. All programs require advance reservations, and are free but offer an option to donate to support the program.
MarsAll AgesAn interactive 360 degree view of the surface of Mars as recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover.
Math SnacksGrades 5 - 8Smart educational animations, games, and interactive tools that help mid-school learners better understand math concepts.
Mayo Performing Arts CenterGrades 4-AdultMultiple experiences to keep students connected to the arts.
Metropolitan Museum of ArtAll AgesStroll virtually around the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and click on each exhibit to find out more about them. Visit metmuseum.org for even more online content including virtual events and DIY art projects.
Metropolitan OperaAll AgesA virtual, global opera summer camp! Watch a free opera stream and participate in activities from home.
Monterey Bay AquariumAll AgesGuided science activities for students in PK-12th grades to support learning at home.
Musée d’OrsayAll AgesSee works from Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne, as you take a look around this railway station turned museum.
NASAGrades K-4"STEM at Home" activities range from building foam rockets to solving space station emoji puzzles. Parents can also download coloring sheets and books for younger kids.
NASA Space PlaceAll AgesExplore Earth and space through activities, crafts, games, videos, and other interactive content.
NASA STEM EngagementAll AgesAt-home activities designed for all grades K through 12, including the Lunar Loo Challenge! Can you design a better space toilet? NASA is accepting submissions from all ages, with Junior category winners receiving swag and adult winners receiving a cash prize!
NatGeo at HomeAll AgesQuizzes, videos, activities, science experiments, and at-home classroom resources.
NatGeo KidsAll AgesGames, videos, animal facts, activities, and more!
National Air Force MuseumGrades 7-12Guided tour of museum; sections with added podcasts
National Marine Sanctuaries Virtual DivesAll AgesHighlights the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.
National Museum of African American HistoryAll AgesExplore, learn and engage with the National Museum of African American History and Culture through our numerous digital resources. 
National Naval Aviation MuseumAll AgesAn immersive look at the aircraft and exhibits displayed in honor of the achievements and sacrifices made over a century of Naval Aviation.
National ParksAll AgesGuided tours through Kenai Fjords, Hawai'i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas National Parks.
National Women’s History MuseumAll AgesOnline resources where you can view and learn about different women in history and what they achieved
National ZooGrades K-5Looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats; downloadable packets available.
NCAAGrades 9-12NCAA Social Series is a weekly show featuring host Andy Katz and expert insiders who provide an in-depth look at issues and current events impacting college sports.
New York CityAll AgesExperience New York City in Virtual Reality.
NOVA Labs (PBS)Grades 6-AdultNOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactives that foster authentic scientific exploration.
Orlando Virtual ToursAll AgesMultiple guided activities for students in PK-12th grades to support learning at home.
Pixar in a BoxGrades 3 - 12Pixar in a Box is a behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs. You will be able to animate bouncing balls, build a swarm of robots, and make virtual fireworks explode. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy is sponsored by Disney.
PyramidsGrades 8-AdultGather your expedition party, bring a few snacks, sit around the computer, and we'll begin our online journey to the pyramids of Egypt.
RijksmuseumAll AgesThis famous museum in Amsterdam houses legendary works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and other Dutch masters.
Ripley's AquariumsAll AgesLive events with Aquarium staff educators, who will be your guide to live feedings, educational encounters, story time, and much more! Discover downloadable animal activities and crafts, or visit live cams from Ripley's different aquariums.
Roman BathsGrades 6-AdultExplore the Roman Baths through virtual tours, videos, and activities.
Safari at HomeAll AgesJoin us on a virtual safari and explore Asilia’s camps and lodges across Kenya and Tanzania — from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti.
San Diego ZooAll AgesSite includes virtual tours as well as live cams. The website also includes activities and games.
Save The Music FoundationGrades 6-AdultMusical resources and activities to support arts/music education.
Scholastic Learn at HomeGrades PK-9Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing, and family resources like free worksheets and activities.
ScratchAges 8-16Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch is designed for ages 8 to 16.
Scratch Jr.Ages 5-7With ScratchJr, young children can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumAll AgesBring the wonder of Air and Space to life through videos, hands on activities, games, and more. 
Smithsonian Natural History MuseumAll AgesOnline resources to guide through entire museum.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum Learning LabAll AgesResources, training, and support to assist caregivers, teachers, and students.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum Ocean PortalAll AgesDiscover amazing ocean animals and ecosystems, featuring ocean facts, multimedia, blogs, resources, and more from Smithsonian marine research and collections. The Ocean Portal Educators’ Corner has activities, lessons, and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for students.
Smithsonian Natural History Museum Virtual ToursAll AgesExplore the Natural History Museum through virtual tours.
StellariumAll AgesAn interactive online planetarium. Explore stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies as seen in the night sky above your home or anywhere in the world!
StonehengeAll AgesTake an interactive tour of Stonehenge with a 360 degree view from inside the monument, learn about the history of Stonehenge and how it was built.
Story Time From SpaceGrades K-6Watch videos of picture books read by astronauts while in space!
Storyline OnlineGrades K - 4Videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by a credentialed elementary educator, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.
Students DiscoverAll AgesScience projects organized into teaching modules for a variety of grade levels designed to teach at home, including downloadable resources.
Teach Your Monster to ReadGrades PK - KTeach Your Monster to Read is a series of games designed to help children learn to read.
The LouvreAll AgesExplore Egyptian antiquities and travel to another era as you encounter the remains of the Louvre’s Moat in these comprehensive virtual tours.
The SmithsonianAll AgesThe Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum, education and research complex. Explore vast collections and research surrounding a kaleidoscope of topics—from art to zoology.
The Vatican MuseumAll AgesThe Vatican Museum website has virtual tours including a 360 degree view of the famous Sistine Chapel.
Universal Studios of HollywoodAll AgesExperience the unique and diverse venues at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Van Gogh MuseumAll AgesExplore the world’s largest collection of works by Vincent van Gogh.
Virtual Train JourneysAll Ages7 of the world's most stunning rail journeys you can take without leaving your house.
Walt Disney World Resort Theme ParksAll AgesFree virtual rides at Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.
White House TourAll AgesExplore inside Residence Hall, See all areas inside the oval office.
Windsor CastleAll AgesMultiple activities to support learning about history in England.
WonderopolisAll AgesA place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, they pose an intriguing question—the Wonder of the Day®—and explore it in a variety of ways, such as "Can animals get sunburns?" and "How were rubber bands invented?"
World Virtual ToursAll AgesNarrated 360 degree views of more than 300 places on Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions, and the stratosphere.
Yellowstone National ParkAll AgesGuided tours of the historic national park
YouTube LearningAll AgesYouTube Learning is a destination designed to offer teens and adults quality learning content. Here you will find playlists that spark your curiosity, and content ranging in subjects from physics to filmmaking. So, whether you’re studying for a test, want to learn a new skill, or are just curious about the world around you, YouTube Learning has something for you!
360° VR Exploration VideosAll AgesUse a VR headset to explore locations, experience the arts, and even see what it's like to live with synesthesia.
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