Just because you may be stuck at home in Greenfield, Indiana for a few weeks, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy springtime fun and creative activities from your laptop or smartphone! Numerous cultural and educational centers are offering free live streams, tutorials and virtual tours for families to view at home. Inspire creativity and alleviate boredom with these unique virtual activities.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering a Home Safari live on Facebook each weekday at 3 p.m. EST. Every day will focus on a different animal in the zoo and also features an activity to do at home. Previous videos can be viewed on the Cincinnati Zoo website and their YouTube channel.

National Gallery of Art Online Exhibit

The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. offers two online exhibits that can be viewed online via Google or through the Google Arts & Culture app on your phone. The exhibits feature American fashion from 1740 through 1985 during the colonial and Revolutionary time periods, as well as a collection of paintings by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. Many other cultural experiences are also available with Google Arts & Culture.

American Dairy Association Virtual Farm Tours

The American Dairy Association North East hosted several virtual classroom tours of local farms in 2019, which have now been made available to stream on YouTube. These interesting tours are separated by recommended age, last nearly an hour each and take you to visit farms in New York and Pennsylvania.

Kennedy Center Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems, renowned children’s author, is hosting a live stream drawing tutorial every weekday at 1 p.m. EST. The videos are also available to stream later on the Kennedy Center website, where Willems is the current Artist-in-Residence. Children can even email Willems with questions via the Kennedy Center so that he can try to answer them during his tutorials.

Metropolitan Opera Live Streams

The Met Opera has announced a “Nightly Met Opera Streams” series (March 16-22), after cancelling all performances through at least March 31. These award-winning Live in HD performances begin each night at 7:30 p.m. EST and are also available on their homepage for 20 hours.

Disney World and Disneyland Street View

You may be missing the mouse right now, but you can still take a Google Street View tour of these two iconic Disney theme parks. These virtual tours include the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and you can even take a trip around the world through Epcot in Disney World.

We hope these various tours and live streams help your self-quarantine feel a little less lonely. Remember that you can also take time to get outside in your backyard or in outdoor trails or parks at least 6 feet away from others.