Spark your child’s imagination with visits to these great LA landmarks from the comfort of your home.

  Virtual Places to go for the whole family!  

If you are stuck at home and need a break from distance learning and everyday activities, why not visit a museum or zoo?

Although several places had to close their doors to the public, many are offering virtual tours and experiences from the comfort of your home. 

Well check out our picks of the top 7 coolest places live streaming in Los Angeles for your kids. 

 

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Fun Activities Kids Can Do At Home

 

For more Dadventures at home recommendations, try “7 Great Free Physical Activity Resources for Kids” and 12 YouTube Channels to Get Kids Moving Indoors.” 

 

1. Two Bit Circus

Cardboard Challenge

Recommended Age: 8+

Two Bit Circus is providing fun, educational maker activities for those stuck at home, and anyone else with spare time and curiosity. The online project library features free, downloadable, educator-curated STEAM lesson plans for elementary school, middle school and high school ages. If you prefer videos, live streaming occurs every weekday at 10 a.m. via Twitch! For a limited time, download the STEAM project playbook featuring free maker learning activities.

Website: http://twobitcircus.org/

 

2. Aquarium of the Pacific

Sea Otters at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Recommended Age: 3-12

Have you ever wondered what sea otters eat? Now’s your chance to find out when you tune in to watch Captain Joe and the Ocean Rangers teach you how to care for sea otters. The Aquarium Online Academy will include both on-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with Aquarium educators. The live shows will include a wide variety of activities, from virtual classroom sessions to Pacific Pals puppets.

Website: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/

 

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3. The Petersen Automotive Museum

Back to the Future Car

 

Recommended Age: 4-12

Car lovers of all ages are invited to take an exclusive 60 minute livestream tour of the Petersen’s vehicular wonderland known as “The Vault,” home to more than 250 cars that typically aren’t on public display. The Join Collection Manager Dana Williamson who will serve as your tour guide and don’t forget to get your questions answered during the livestream. The museum also offers several free downloadable coloring and worksheet activities and videos to view.

Cost: Free w/suggested donation – sign up for a time slot

Website: https://openphysed.org

 

4. California Science Center

Child with Planets

Recommended Age: 3+

The California Science Center is adding new content to its website with its “Stuck At Home Science” program. The website features science projects on topics including how to stop ice from melting and how to “eat like a bird.” Each experiment includes a downloadable instruction guide available in English and Spanish. Keep checking back fro more projects appropriate for a variety of ages to this page, plus videos and live content.

Website: https://californiasciencecenter.org/stuck-at-home-science

 

5. FIDM Museum and Galleries

Outlander Costumes

 

Recommended Age: 9-12

If you have a child who loves fashion The FIDM Museum and Library, Inc. has various online exhibits ranging from the Art of Television Costume Design, Founding Fashion to Haute Couture. Your child will be inspired by various collections while learning about the creative arts and entertainment industries.

Website: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/fidm-museum

 

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6. Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Garden

Recommended Age: 2-8

While you can’t tour the Huntington, you still can take a virtual walk around its gardens. The Huntington offers eight virtual tours, among them the Rose Garden, the Dinosaur Plants and the Children’s Garden. The step-by-step slideshow-style walks through the gardens, with photos and accompanying descriptions are perfect for the youngest ones in your family who can’t sit through a long video. The Huntington’s Teacher Resources Section offers lessons for parents to work on with their kids.

Website: https://www.huntington.org/botanical-collections-tours

 

7. Grammy Museum

 

Recommended Age: 6-12

As part of its just-launched “Museum at Home” free programming, the Grammy museum is sharing a selection of  unique interviews for the first time publicly. This digital series will go up on the museum website at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The first set of appearances includes Bob Newhart March 23, Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas April 1 and Kool and the Gang April 6. The museum will also present “At-Home Exhibit Explorations” on Fridays and music education lessons and activities on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Website: https://www.grammymuseum.org/exhibits/museum-at-home

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If you’d like more information on what to expect and how to handle school closures, check out our article 7 Unexpected Stages of Being Stuck Home with Kids Because of the Coronavirus.”