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13 Museums You Can Visit Online During Your Quarantine
-- If you're stuck at home, why not get some culture?
• The Guggenheim, New York City
• The Musée D'Orsay, Paris
• The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
• The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
• The Uffizi Gallery, Florence
• The Boboli Gardens, Florence
• Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru
• The Museu de Arte de São Paulo
• The Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City
• The Art Institute of Chicago
• The Palace of Versailles, France
• The Tokyo National Museum
• The National Palace of Sintra, Portugal

Read more: 13 Museums You Can Visit Online During Your Quarantine

Image: 3D animals are on Google! Lions and tigers to pandas and sharks3D animals are on Google! Lions and tigers to pandas and sharks
-- Google an animal and click to view in 3D. It will pull up the animal in a 3D view. Depending on your phone, you will be able to put the animal virtually in your location.

Read more: Which 3D animals are on Google? Lions and tigers to pandas and sharks - the full list

Virtual Field Trips for Kids
-- The freedom to go on field trips is a huge homeschool perk. However, there are many times that a trip isn’t possible. Luckily, that’s when virtual field trips can come in handy.

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Five Gardens You Can Virtually Tour, Just in Time for the First Day of Spring
-- List ranges from Claude Monet's garden in France to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden to Waddesdon Manor in England.

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Go whale watching on the Oregon coast remotely with a live video feed
-- Gray whales have returned to the Oregon coast for their annual spring migration, but it will be empty shores they pass going north.

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A Treasure Hunt for The Secret
-- Looking for something new to do with your family while spending time indoors? How about a treasure hunt! We visited St. Augustine, Florida, with our Secret treasure map in-hand, and we want you to help us find the buried riches!

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A 360° Virtual Tour Of Seven Incredible Irish Castles
-- 360° degree virtual tours of Ireland's most beloved and sought-after tourist destinations and sites of cultural and historical significance. This is not only beneficial for those looking to plan a trip, but also for those who have always wanted to really see Ireland without the need to travel – and now you can!

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Explore the world in stunning 3D
-- Walk through a collection of unique and fun places captured by people around the world.

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Virtual Tours Of Canadian Museums And Attractions For While You're Stuck At Home
-- But being at home will also give you time to explore some of the incredible Canadian landmarks, museums, and animals you can't see in person, all from the comfort of your couch. (Or your bed, or your desk chair, or maybe your bedroom floor because you're sick of your couch and your bed and your desk chair.)

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Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
-- You can see Frida Kahlo at MoMA or visit the Shedd Aquarium without leaving the couch.

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The 75 Best Virtual Museum Tours Around the World
-- Includes many museum walk-troughs and ability to examine paintings, sculptures, and other pieces up close and personal. Jam-packed with enough details to make you feel like you're really visiting the museum.

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Toronto Zoo goes online, offering educational resources and animal streams
-- Every day at 1 p.m. they’ll bring the zoo to you through Facebook Live sessions with staff, keepers and of course, the animals. If you're looking for educational content for younger animal-lovers, the zoo has partnered with Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants to host live streams every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m.

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Image: Keep a journal for the next 5 weeksWhale experts launch free, virtual marine biology camp to entertain and inform kids
-- We thought maybe it would be fun for a group of us to be able to hang out online and talk about whales and dolphins and other marine life, said Erin Ashe, executive director and scientist with the nonprofit institute.

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Free Toddler Games and Educational Games for Babies
-- Designed to bring you the best engaging educational and entertaining toddler games and videos. Featuring a collection of interactive online games designed especially for babies, toddlers, and preschool kids.

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Housebound Horror Fans Can Take a Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs
-- In the late eighteenth century, when major public health problems tied to the city’s cemeteries led to a decision to transfer their contents to an underground site. Paris authorities chose an easily accessible site that was, at the time, located outside the capital: the former Tombe-Issoire quarries under the Plain of Montrouge.

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Winchester Mystery House Offering Virtual Tours to Homebound Horror Fans
-- Originally known as Llanada Villa, today it stands as an architectural wonder, a time capsule of a bygone era and one of America's most celebrated haunted mansions.

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Joe Wicks Is The Nation's P.E. Teacher With Free Daily Kids Workouts On YouTube
-- Keep the kids moving during school shutdowns or isolation

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All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home
-- While nothing can replicate the swell of a live orchestra or the quiet murmur of an art gallery on a Saturday morning, there are countless cultural experiences at your fingertips to make your time indoors more artful and imaginative.

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Aurora Borealis - Northern Lights
-- Welcome to nature's most amazing light show. Located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, this live cam is located directly underneath the aurora oval--one of the best places on earth to watch the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights.

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Learning Extends Beyond the Classroom
-- At-home resources including our favorite STEM activities, printable resources, and a virtual field trip to ease this transition for all families. Visit their Parent Resource Center for inspiration to turn at-home learning into an engaging experience for your child!

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Kids Resources | Happy Fox Books
-- We put together some activity sheets for children that may help families at home at this time. They include coloring pages and some fun puzzles.

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Time For Kids Digital Library Free For The Rest Of The School Year
-- TIME for Kids is in a unique position to help kids understand this unprecedented moment. Turnkey teaching tools, with worksheets and quizzes for families or teachers, are available.

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FREE: Humane Heroes and Their Stories
-- The three-book, eBook series can be read on any eBook app – Kindle, Nook, Apple books, or any other – on their computers, tablets, or phones. Each book contains 12 age-appropriate stories – and color photos as well. The Chicken Soup for the Soul website includes supplemental photos and videos, and even fun worksheets kids will love. Parents and teachers can find everything they need, including the links to Kindle, Nook, and Apple to download the free eBooks.

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Your Kids Can Now Watch Astronauts Reading Stories From Space
-- If you need to mix up your bedtime story routine a little bit, the Global Space Education Foundation has just the thing for you: Story Time in Space. It is exactly what it sounds like — astronauts on various missions in space read popular children's books while floating about, and the videos are edited and shared with kids way down on Earth.

Read more: Your Kids Can Now Watch Astronauts Reading Stories From Space

Tens of Thousands of Free eBooks
-- 45 places you can download tens of thousands of books, plays, and other literary texts completely legally for free.

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YMCA launches 60 free online classes for people stuck at home
-- The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties announced the launch of more than 60 free online exercise classes and youth programs to support the health and well-being of the community, the organization said in a press release. Among the classes: boot camp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, boxing, Tai Chi and more.

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Disney, Kennedy Space Center offering free online activities for kids during school closures
-- Big-name attractions are bringing fun right to your home. Disney and the Kennedy Space Center are stepping in to help keep students busy while schools remain closed.

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20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids
-- Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos, and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever it is easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.

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30 Virtual Field Trips
-- Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

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Here's The Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings
-- With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in a bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home.

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Scholastic Learn At Home
-- Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

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Ripley's Believe It Or Not | Outside the Odditorium
-- Explore the wonders of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums at home and learn all about the strange and unusual! Check their site for a schedule of live Facebook content, at-home activities, printables, and educational materials.

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Archive of 6,000 Historical Children's Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online
-- Their digitized collection currently holds over 6,000 books free to read online from cover to cover, allowing you to get a sense of what adults in Britain and the U.S. wanted children to know and believe.

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Ink: Noir Color by Number Book
-- Ink is a refreshing game designed to make you rediscover the joy of coloring. It contains a wonderful collection of beautifully designed illustrations to provide you hours of fun, calm and relaxation through creative expression.

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60+ Indoor and Outdoor Garden Craft Projects for Kids
-- Whether you have a huge garden, a few raised beds, pots on the balcony, or just a windowsill, you can get some garden therapy and teach the next generation how to care for and love plants with these 60+ projects.

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Online Educational Resources
-- Quick educational resources to help your children start learning at home today!

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10 University Art Classes You Can Take for Free Online
-- The world of MOOCs (short for massive open online courses) is a booming one, featuring more than 10,000 online courses listed by 800 different universities. Many are free, and even more, are self-paced — allowing you to take classes at your own convenience — meaning it's never been easier to go back to school.

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24 Things To Do When You're Bored Online
-- Bored? Procrastinating? Got time to kill? If you have access to the Internet, any and all of these things will entertain you for HOURS.

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15 Fun Websites for Instantly Beating Boredom Online
-- Looking for websites to go to when bored? Don’t let boredom get boring. Even Steve Jobs was a fan of boredom. He believed that boredom allowed room for creativity. We all know how that turned out.

Read more: 15 Fun Websites for Instantly Beating Boredom Online

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Canada's Wonderland is doing virtual roller coaster rides you can take from home
-- Canada's largest theme park reminded everyone yesterday that they can experience all 34 of its rides and coasters on YouTube. The video for the world's tallest coaster that opened last season, the Yukon Striker, is especially satisfying to watch.

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You Can Go On A Virtual Tour Of Petra, The Ancient Rose City, From Your Living Room
-- You’ve probably seen the iconic facade of The Treasury in movies, and almost definitely on multiple Instagram feeds in the past few years. This was in large part thanks to the collaboration between Google and Queen Rania of Jordan, where a concerted effort was made not only to boost tourist numbers but to also help preserve the wonder and awe of the stone city for future generations.

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Watch the Healthy Habits video series from Sesame Street
-- Then print their free activity book that goes along with it. The printable book covers healthy foods, easy games and exercises, and how to practice good hygiene.

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Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free
-- The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.

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Borrow eBooks or audiobooks from the library using the Libby app
-- Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks? You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

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Work on learning a new language for Free
-- Duolingo is a good place to start. Learn a language for free. Forever

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Indigenous Cinema | Massive free catalog of Indigenous films online
-- Looking for more to read or watch during social distancing? CBC Arts will be publishing new stories and videos throughout.

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Free movies and documentaries on the National Film Board website
-- Films, Documentary, Animation, Interactive, Education

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179 History Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now
-- All of these shows are available to watch right now without a membership. Just click the links and press play. Or better yet, find them in the free PBS Video app for your Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV Stick, phone or tablet. Enjoy!

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Free Daily Art and Craft Tutorial
-- Our focus is elementary-aged children, but because art is about the process preschoolers and even older kids will enjoy this as well.

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Daily Science Activities With Telus World of Science
-- Just because you can't come to the science center to have fun, doesn't mean you can't have a great time experimenting together at home. Science is EVERYWHERE -- even in your kitchen! Check out these exciting DIY science experiments you can try, using household items.

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Free 21 days of meditation
-- Join Deepak Chopra, Oprah, and millions of meditators around the world to find peace of mind in the midst of turmoil, and do your part to help our global community find hope and optimism.

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Parent Turns Normal Bicycle to Stationary Using Sneakers For Daughters to Exercise Indoors
-- This parent changed his daughters' normal bicycles into stationary by blocking the rear wheel using sneakers. The two girls happily pedaled their bikes in front of the TV screen indoors.

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The Met Opera Streaming Free Operas Online
-- According to Opera Wire, in an effort to continue providing opera to its audience members, the Met Opera will host 'Nightly Met Opera Streams' on its official website to audiences worldwide.

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Smithsonian Releases 2.8 Million Images Into Public Domain
-- The launch of a new open-access platform usher in a new era of accessibility for the Institution

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Celebrities reading children's books aloud!
-- Streaming videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Available 24 hours a day for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide. Each video includes an activity guide with lessons for K-5 students to do at home.

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The Ultimate Free Book Collection
-- Free Books to Read During your Isolation or Lockdown Period. These authors have teamed up to provide you with a collection of free books across multiple different genres to help you get through your time in isolation.

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NASA makes their entire media library publicly accessible and copyright free
-- Their entire collection of 140,000 images, sounds, and videos are available and publicly searchable online. Type in the term you want to search for and browse through the database of stunning images of outer space.

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COVID-19 Family Resources
-- The Rose and Rex team has compiled a list of resources to help keep children engaged, calm and happy despite school closures and social distancing.

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FREE eBOOKS From the New York Public Library
-- The New York Public Library released an app (SimplyE) today allowing anyone with a library card (and smartphone) to borrow any of the 300,000 e-books in the collection - allowing you to read books on your phone. The online collection will continue to grow, and there are Kindle and web browser versions in development.

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FREE STICKERS! How many badges could you earn?
-- If you have a printer and some self-adhesive paper, these COVID-19 stickers, by Gemma Correll, would be fun to make. If you don't have self-adhesive paper, regular paper, and a safety pin work too! Sarah suggested: I've printed these out and I’m sending them in ‘happy mail’ as a surprise to my colleagues as a way to stay connected and have fun while we are apart.

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Audible just made hundreds of titles completely free
-- For as long as schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of their audible titles. This means books read by Westworld's Thandie Newton and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens are available to stream at no cost at all. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.

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FREE Coloring Books from 113 Museums
-- Museums and libraries worldwide took part in a campaign where they provided free coloring books, letting you color artwork from their collections and share it on social media platforms...

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FREEBIE FUN: DIY CARDBOARD DINOSAUR HEAD
-- My kids loved making things out of cardboard - one time my son made a batmobile! If your kids love making things, check out this site!

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FRUGAL TIP: Cardboard Slide
-- If you happen to have a couple of large appliance boxes, just open the tops and bottoms of the boxes and tape and lay the boxes end to end down the stairs to make a toy car run - or if you are brave - a slide!

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FREEBIE: 1001+ Dot-to-Dot - Online and Printables
-- Thousands of dot to dot online and printables for all ages, ranging from very easy up to extremely hard...

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FREE eBOOKS: Tons of Free eBooks To Grab Index
-- Lots of free ebooks to choose from!

📗 Tons of Free eBooks for Children (US/CDN/UK)
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📗 Tons of Free Cookbooks eBooks To Grab! (US/CDN/UK)
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📗 Tons of Free Religious/Inspirational Fiction eBooks To Grab! (US/CDN/UK)
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