Some of Our Favorite Livestreams and Virtual Tours

By FPL_JenB

We know many people are reluctant to leave their homes right now, but you can experience a lot through the magic of free live-streaming and virtual experiences. There’s a ton of content out there, so here are our top picks to try.

Zoos and Nature:

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering a “Home Safari” show, airing every weekday at 2 p.m. CST. They will present a new animal on each edition of the show and an accompanying activity for kids. 

The Houston Zoo has live webcams on their website. During daytime hours, you can tune in and see what different animals are doing. Watch as a gorilla takes a snooze under a palm tree or giraffes being fed some of their favorite treats. 

The Monterey bay Aquarium not only has live-streaming, but also staff are working from home to narrate videos on Facebook Live as well as answering viewer questions.

If you want to see creatures in the wild, Explore.org, is the world’s largest live nature cam network. You can watch bald eagles nesting in Washington state, the Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa and even live streams of puppies and kittens at various rescue organizations.

Authors and Illustrators:

Mac Barnett will be reading a book a day at 2:00 pm CST on Instagram Live. He’s says he’ll keep it up until “the world gets better.” Instagram @macbarnett

Mo Willems will be hanging out and doodling every day at 12:00 pm CST.

A daily read aloud on Facebook from Peter H. Reynolds, author and illustrator of Ish, The Dot, and many other picture books. 

Misc:

This isn’t exactly live-streaming, but how about taking a tour of an art museum or gallery any time you want? Check out Google’s Art and Culture link to take a look at the world’s treasures.

For you that want something s little more sophisticated? explore the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art.

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