As the doldrums of winter set in, families are likely to get restless at home. But, never fear! Organizations are getting creative about ways to reach families by offering virtual tours and fun educational activities to enjoy at home.
This guide is generously sponsored by Edmond Parks and Recreation. Classes like their popular Outdoor Adventure Series, pictured above, are available both in-person and virtually.
Edmond Parks and Recreation is hosting classes both in-person and virtually for the whole family. Take park in park art projects, painting, pottery, outdoor adventure, cooking and more. There is something for everyone in the family! Classes offer grab bag options so you can follow along at home or take class in person at the MAC in Mitch Park and are open to everyone in the community, not just Edmond residents. The spring program guide is now available online for families to browse and register for classes!
Tour the groundbreaking exhibition Spiro and the Art of the Mississippian World virtually! Take a 360-degree tour and see artifacts of one of the most highly-developed and yet nearly forgotten civilizations in the Americas. The exhibition is on display at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum through May 9.
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s popular red panda cam returns giving animal lovers worldwide the opportunity to enjoy endless hours of watching the Zoo’s red pandas this winter. Now through Sunday, February 28, 2021, get an exclusive real-time look at the Zoo’s red pandas with the Zoo’s red panda cam online at okczoo.org/redpandacam. The red panda cam will stream live daily with optimal viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Metropolitan Libraries are crafting a variety of grab-n-go kits for families to engage in literacy activities at home. Pick up all the supplies needed for themed crafts, science activities and more! Preregistration required and kits are limited to one per family.
Science Museum Oklahoma hosts a virtual book club on Facebook. Discuss the book and hear from experts who explore the elements that could make science fiction into science fact.
Goldfish at Home is a series of fun and interactive at-home exercise videos for kids inspired by the swim skills taught during lessons at Goldfish. In each series, your kids will go on an adventure with Miss Jenny and her friends as they use their imaginations to learn important water safety skills and swimming techniques.
Explore the stories, specimens and complexity of the animal kingdom at home through SKELETON‘s virtual exhibit, Behind the Bones. See a sneak peek of new exhibits, never before seen skulls and skeletons and more. They also have virtual classes that explore a variety of educational programming.
Oklahoma Hall of Fame offers fun ways to engage with Oklahoma’s story at home. Check their site to explore virtual exhibits, a 360-degree tour of the museum and Discovery Days, a virtual story and craft time. Discovery Days is a free program and you can pick up a complimentary craft kit from the museum each month.
Oklahoma Museum of Art invites families to connect with the arts through their virtual experiences. Families can enjoy film recommendations, insights on the museum’s permanent collection, educational activities and more. Create your own masterpieces with the help of these coloring pages from #OKCMOAathome.
Oklahoma Contemporary’s Studio-in-Place series featuring biweekly interviews, live-streamed videos and other engaging content.
Experience Factory Obscura’s Mix-Tape, a hand-crafted, immersive art experience, with never-before-published photos, stories, factoids, and more. Plus, check out some learning guides and scavenger hunts for families to utilize when they visit the Factory Obscura in-person as well as at-home project kits and activity sheets.
Delve into Oklahoma History with online resources available from the Oklahoma History Center. Explore their collections, learn about our state symbols and engage with fun family activities such as coloring pages, fact sheets and Oklahoma Bingo!
Locally-owned Oui & Si have created digital French and Spanish lessons for adults and will be adding digital lessons for children soon. These courses are an approachable way to learn vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation, plus share travel and culture tips, resources, recipes, music and movie recommendations and more.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum offers resources to teach about the Oklahoma City bombing, the response to this devastating tragedy, and what each of us can do to make a difference in the world.
Travel back in time with the Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum. Families can learn virtually with videos, coloring pages, 360-degree photos and digital access to their image archive.
Explore our great state with virtual tours of Oklahoma State Park. TravelOK lets families experience gypsum caves, towering sand dunes and more with 360-degree views.
NASA’s Langley Research Center offers an all-encompassing experience including a video and 360-degree images exploring the research center.
The Louvre invites people to virtually tour some of the museum’s exhibits including Egyptian Antiquities a Galerie d’Apollon.
Monterey Bay Aquarium streams 10 live cameras letting families experience the wonder of the ocean wherever they are. See the silly antics of sea otters, the hypnotic drift of jellyfish, the busy life of a tropical fish and more.
The National Museum of Natural History lets families virtually explore select exhibits, research areas as well as past exhibits no longer on display. You can set up a VR headset for a more immersive experience.
Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, from the comfort of your couch, thanks to Google Arts & Culture. Plus, families can now explore US National Parks via Google’s Hidden World of the National Parks interactive documentary.
The Met 360 Project features six short videos to virtually visit some of the museum’s iconic spaces.