Delightful Distractions

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Animal Cams

NOTE: That  animals are constantly on the move and may not always be visible on camera. ​

Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s Panda Cams, where you can watch giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang. Be sure to toggle back and forth between Panda Cam 1 and Panda Cam 2 using the tabs at the top of the video player to get the full Panda Cam experience.  Mei Xiang gave birth at 6:35 p.m., Aug. 21, and is caring for her newborn attentively. Keepers are watching Mei Xiang’s behavior and hope to see her nurse the cub and cradle it close to keep him/her warm. They’re also listening for loud squeals, which are signs of a healthy cub. Watch at Panda Cam and while you are there you can learn more about pandas.

Reef Cam is Australia’s first ever rocky-reef, live-feed, combined under and above water webcams, staring some of Port Phillip Bay’s coolest residents – the local flora and fauna from deep under the sea at Reef Cam

The Loch Ness webcam, you chance to maybe see “Nessie” at Loch Ness Cam

Experience Polar Bears with a Virtual Field Trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada at Tundra Connections

The Bald Eagle Webcams provide an intimate view of the breeding and nesting behavior of bald eagles at the Channel Islands at Bald Eagles

The Coral City Camera is an underwater camera streaming live from an urban coral reef in Miami, Florida Coral City

Sheep on YouTube, a herd of sheep grazes below the vines of Shafer Vineyards outside Napa, for more than six hours, at Relax with Sheep

Baby Osprey Cam  The Virginia Institute of Marine Science features a camera on the birds’ platform in the York River in Gloucester Point, Virginia. Baby Osprey

See the Farallon Islands‘ craggy peaks and rocky shorelines and scan the islands for marine mammals and birds off the San Francisco coast with high-definition webcam streaming live from a lighthouse atop Southeast Farallon Island. Farallon Cam

The International Wolf Center cameras are live-broadcasting the International Wolf Center’s ambassador wolves at Wolf Cams. You’ll also find information on wolves including a section for kids.

Watch at chicken keeping life with the Hen Cam

Weekdays the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens host Home Safari at 3pm EST at Facebook

Cheetah Cub Cam at the National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia live streams Echo gave birth to four cubs on April 8, Cheetah Cam

Penguin Cams  The Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach, California, streams two views of its Magellanic penguins on the surface and underwater. Penguins on the Surface and Penguins Underwater

Elephant Cam, a watering hole near the border of South Africa and Mozambique Elephants

Jelly Cam The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s immersive livestream which runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific time Jelly Cam

Brown Bear Cams Follow the lives of the brown bears of Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska from internet.  See the bears live on the cams during the summer and early fall, typically late June through early October. In the off-season, enjoy highlights from the previous year at Katmai Nat. Park

San Diego Zoo website has about two dozen animal cams ranging from baboons to butterflies , tigers to owls all at San Diego Zoo

Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Cam at Sea Otters and several ocean environment cams Monterey Cams

The Houston Zoo has several animal cams operating from 7am to 7pm CST

Giraffe Feeding Cam at Giraffe Cam

Gorilla Habitat at Gorilla

Elephant Yard Cam at Elephants

Leafcutter Ant Cam at Ants

Rhino Yard Cam at Rhinos

Chimp Window Cam at Chimpanzee

Flamingo Cam at Flamingos

Cal Berkeley’s Peregrine Falcons cam with mom and her baby birds Falcons

From the Connecticut Beardsley Zoo is a view into the Red Panda habitat. Camera Hours: Live Feed from 8:30AM-6:00PM EST. The indoor cam at Indoors and for the outdoor view at Outdoors

Koala cams from Australia’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary at Koala Cams. Be sure to page down to see the platypus cam, dingoes, birds and more.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has several wildlife cams, showing beavers, walrus, salmon and of course, bears plus a sea ice cam at Wildlife

Piedras Blancas Seal cam at Live Stream

Watch walrus swim on your cell phone and see penguins play on your laptop with a virtual visit with your some of your favorite animals — from macaques to tigers, penguins to macaws, and more. Indianapolis Zoo

Naked mole-rats live underground and are the only true eusocial mammals, spending their lives in large colonies with a single breeding female  Naked Mole Rat.

The Newport Aquarium has videos of sharks, fish, otters, jellyfish and a very social penguin at Facebook

Zoo Atlanta has a panda cam at Zoo Atlanta

The San Antonio Zoo has art activities for kids with their PAWSITIVE Facebook page San Antonio Zoo

Manatee Cam at Florida’s Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Manatees

And for more animal, space, bug, nature and lots more cams go to Explore.Org

Cats aren’t really  “animal cam” material, but you can look at lots of cats on Instagram

Art Ideas & Activities for Kids

Flynn Creek Circus will have a Halloween Circus Camp at Friendship Park, Mendocino in late October.  Kids will have room to play and learn in the colorful big top with the guidance of the professional circus staff.  This limited enrollment workshop will work train students in aerial arts, slack-line and acrobatics while maintaining comprehensive COVID safety.  PLEASE NOTE: Full refunds will be automatically issued in the event of cancellation due public health order. To register go to Circus Camp

To support educators and families and to keep young minds engaged this summer,  National Geographic Summer Learning Series offers unique opportunities for young people to stay engaged in meaningful learning, ignite their spirit of exploration, and connect with others. Each week, virtually visit a different part of the world and learn about its geographic features, population, climate, ecology, biodiversity, culture, history and more.  Explorer Classroom has a new schedule Wednesdays and Thursdays. The live video events, streamed on YouTube, with National Geographic Explorers—leading scientists, researchers, educators and storytellers—as they share their stories and experiences from the field. Explorer Classroom

Reading Rockets’ “Start with a Book” program is free and sort of an online book club for kids ages 6 and up. With 24 topics—including dinosaurs, time travel, and sports—to choose from, your child will be matched with the books to check out as well as corresponding activities, apps, and ideas to keep the fun going after the book’s done. Reading Rockets

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has a page full of things for kids to do at Museum At Home

The Charles M. Schulz Museum with the all the Peanuts gang has a web page where you will find resources for families, teachers, and  fans to enjoy at home. You’ll find art project, puzzles, physical activities and Lucy’s Psychiatric Advice Teller all at Peanuts

You could buy a bottle of basic bubble mix with an included plastic wand. Or you could DIY this bubble wand and extreme bubble solution for GIANT bubbles DIY Giant Bubbles

The Healdsburg Jazz is offering  Virtual Jazz Village Campus, FREE Online Music Education Classes for levels K-5 at Jazz Camp

Little Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project brings engaging and meaningful arts integration material for every classroom to teachers and students everywhere at  Teach Rock

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum has actives for families to get creative and have fun with your family or class with these highlighted activities Asian Art Museum.

Mo Willems, the bestselling author and illustrator of the “Pigeon” picture book series, Willems is hosting daily “Lunch Doodles” videos that viewers can take part in wherever they are. New lessons are posted to the Kennedy Center’s YouTube channel each weekday at 1:00 p.m. EST. Lunch Doodles

At the Public Broadcasting Service,PBS, website you’ll find educational activities for kids of all ages at PBS Learning

Resources for parents,or anyone who works with children.  Thousands of fun kids activities like kids crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more at All Kids Network

Super Make It, a blog with crafts made from things you have around the house, empty toilet paper rolls, empty cans and boxes, all at Super Make It

The Rock and Roll Playhouse is offering a music-and-movement workshop focused and a pop concert of color-themed tunes.  For more information go to Rock & Roll Playhouse

Nat Geo Kids has a step by step video on how to make several different types of paper airplanes at Paper Planes

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum has art activities for ages pre-school to college at Asian Art Museum

The Royal Academy of Arts has a Family how-to: photograph, paint or collage a portrait at Royal Academy of Arts

Make a Fold Up a Jumping Origami Frog with LED Eyes Origami Frog

The De Young Museums’ collections and exhibitions support curiosity and discovery at home with Get Smart With Art program De Young

Art projects for kids, with a Salvador Dali flare at The Dali

The Boston Children’s Museum welcomes online visitors into its exhibits (no lines!) and you can supplement the images with your own at-home activities and games. Boston Children Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a special section of their website just for kids with a “Time Machine” and Videos for Kids at Met Kids

The Disney animators have put together a series of safari animal drawing tutorials that you can watch at Disney

Whether you’re looking for craft activities to do as a family, or want to explore art in a different way, go to Pallent Gallery Check back here frequently page will be updating regularly

Asian Art Museum helps kids make a little paper kimono at Kimono

Syndicated cartoonist Joe Wos is posting “how to ‘toon” lessons on his YouTube channel every weekday at 1 p.m.. Last week’s subjects included how to draw a zebra, seaside scenes and creative “creepy characters.” How To Toon

Feeling lonely? Make a friend with a Posable Papercraft Makey Mascot Robot

Britain’s Tate Modern has art activities for kids at Tate Kids

The National Constitution Center has interactive-constitution/classroom-exchanges lessons on America’s foundational document for middle and high schoolers. Chat-enabled Zoom will let kids engage with topics like freedom of speech and civil rights, with prominent guest speakers. On the website documentarian Ken Burns discusses the Constitution in times of crisis, from the Civil War to the Great Depression to World War II. Nat. Constitution Center

Gail Simone, who has written for DC, Marvel and just about every other company, is offering on Twitter — five days of lessons on writing comics at Comics School

Build a model Viking ship, the education team at the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg teaches you how to cut out and construct your own slender sea vessel from paper or cardboard. Viking Ship

Looking for fun ways to pass the time at home? The Archaeological Institute of America challenges you to build your own monument!  Try your hand at replicating some of the most iconic archaeological sites of all time. There will be separate competitions for youth, families, and adults and considerations will be made for the sites that are the most realistic and/or use the most original materials. Monument Challenge

Levi’s, the folks who made you jeans have a coloring book at Levi’s

Hachimaki is a type of cotton band once worn by samurai and believed to help ward off evil. Today, the Japanese headpieces are associated more broadly with endurance and are worn on many occasions. To make yours go to Hachimki

Have a pile of unwanted magazines or paper scraps? Use them to decorate the National Museum of Australia’s template of a friendly camel—the hardy, shaggy traveler that once carried trading goods along the Silk Road. You can also print and fold a colorful chatterbox (also known as a fortune teller) that provides snippets of advice for your camel’s journey at Silk Road Crafts

Family Art Project: Celestial Mounts, Hindu deities have celestial mounts used as modes for transportation. Design an animal mount of your own. Celestial Mounts

How to draw in six steps, with a video of each step at Drawing

With just cardboard, yarn, scissors, tape, and a needle, you can create your own loom by following this video published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Weave on Mini Loom

Save those empty soup cans: the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a step-by-step guide to transform them into containers inspired by Maya clay vessels. Maya Vessels

Artist Will Sliney, who is based in Ireland is using his Twitter account to encourage kids to draw with an art challenge each day at Will Sliney

The Arts Council of Mendocino County Community Foundation of Mendocino County. This visual arts project can be undertaken at home with a few basic supplies and a helpful adult (previous drawing experience not necessary): Color, Form, Shape And Design—A Visual, Hands-On Journey In Modernism Art With Georgia O’Keefe March Project  April’s project is Get Arts in the Schools Program Model Project was created by Elk-based poet Cathleen Micheaels to integrate the literary and visual arts through poetry writing, printmaking and bookmaking  April Project

Origami Samurai Helmet The Metropolitan Museum of Art Met Kids—Fold an Origami Samurai Helmet (and while on the page check for art projects) Samurai Helmet

The Getty, downloadable coloring book with dragons, flowers, unicorns, and more in this coloring book made up of images from the Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.Coloring Book

The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art has started free online lessons aimed at kids called Arts@Home

San Diego Zoo has a page full of art activities for kids at San Diego Zoo Kids

Los Angeles Times Food Coloring Books at LA Times

Download 9 popular Wilco designs to color during these quarantine times. All designs contained in 1 PDF at Wilco Coloring Pages

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has coloring pages for kids at Aquarium Kids

National Geographic Kids has fun activities for kids at Nat Geo Kids

Pages to color from over 500 libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world are sharing free coloring sheets and books based on materials in their collections at Color Our Collections

California Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) will be offering our new broadcast-style Home Learning Programs for K-12 students from various park locations across California. Go to Ports

Learn to paint with Bob Ross, the soft spoken guy painting happy clouds, mountains and trees in about twenty-six television minutes on You Tube

The Smithsonian Natural Museum of American History Explorer website offers activities for kids K-12 at Explore Online History

National Gallery of Art has ten different digital classes on line
♦ Children’s Video Tours A selection of 50 video tours allows you to take a closer look together and explore paintings, people, places, and surprising scenes from distant lands and times. Kids Videos
♦ Family-oriented art resource introduces children to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities that inspire artistic development, focused looking, and creative writing Family
♦ Make connections with art and with one another by using these conversation starters online. This resource guides you in selecting a work of art, sharing your observations, and making comparisons together. Look Together
♦ The NGAkids Art Zone app contains 8 interactive activities that draw upon works in the Gallery’s collection, with a sketchbook for freehand drawing and a personal exhibition space for saving and displaying art created with the program. A child-friendly interface, easy-to-use tools NGA Kids
♦ Narrated by John Lithgow, this 30-minute, closed-captioned documentary surveys the career of the American artist Stuart Davis and includes original footage shot on location in New York and Massachusetts; interviews with scholars and a musician; images of Davis’s paintings; and archival footage and photographs of the artist.Full Swing
♦ Inspire creativity in your pre-K and kindergarten-aged kids through various hands-on art activities. Download coloring pages of works in the Gallery’s collection for extra fun. K & Pre K
♦ Grades 1 and 2 Lessons and Activities cover the basic elements of art and other interdisciplinary activities Grades 1 & 2
♦ Grades 3 to 5 Lessons and Activities for exploring connections between art and writing, math, science, and history.Grades 3-5
♦ The Art of Romare Bearden, become inspired by the work of this preeminent African American artist. Teaching
♦ Uncovering America: what it means to be American through art at the Gallery. Uncovering

Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Children’s Discovery Museum will share hands-on learning activities that you and your little ones can do at home Children’s Discovery Museum

Science Activities

We all live on earth, so why not learn about it with help from the United State Geological Survey at USGS

Virtual Marine Biology Camp, Join Oceans Initiative’s scientists, Dr. Erin Ashe and Dr. Rob Williams, on Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. PDT, streaming live on both Facebook and Instagram for an informal talk about whales and dolphins and other marine life. Go to Bio Camp

The California Academy of Science  may be closed—and quarantine may sometimes feel like detention—bu science never stops! At 10 am on select mornings, Academy experts bring you discoveries, insights, and stories from around the world, spanning a wide range of subjects through live, informal presentations followed by Q&As with the viewing audience. Streamed simultaneously to our YouTube and Facebook pages, these mini-classes are for everyone (because each one of us is a brain). Breakfast Club

Want to know more about the weather? The National Weather Service Online Weather School, JetStream,  is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety.The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large-scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornados, tropical storms, cyclones and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are “Learning Lessons” which can be used to enhance the educational experience. Click to see all topics in JetStream go to Topic Matrix

The universe is a big place but the Live Virtual Astronomy Shows Weekly brings everything in space to the small screen, and invite you to enjoy a trip through the cosmos without leaving home. Explore a new topic every week, and a Museum Astronomer will guide you every step of the way, from the planets next door to the farthest reaches of the universe. Bring your questions to help guide future journeys, and they’ll provide our usual dose of surprising and fascinating facts.   No registration required. Simply head to Facebook Thursdays at 2 pm EST.

Dinosaurs, who doesn’t love dinosaurs. Kids of all ages, can learn about them at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County Dino Hall

Come explore a realm often overlooked – the incredible world of bees at the online exhibit at the Museum of the Earth, Bees

Take a field trip to Mars at the American Museum of Natural History’s YouTube channel at Mars Field Trip

The Nature Conservatory has 5 Ways to Connect with Nature at Home at Nature At Home

Projects for kids The Tech Interactive Tech Projects at Tech at Home

37 Cool Science Experiments for Kids to Do at Home at Science for Kids

Be a part of Globe at Night, without leaving your own backyard It’s a campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of light pollution. Use the organization’s online tools to choose a constellation appropriate to your location, and make observations about which stars you can see. These data points will help Globe at Night understand how light pollution is impacting different places across the world. Globe at Night

The Exloratorium:Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception has fun science things you can do at home at Exploratorium

Take a 360-degree, virtual tour of the Hubble Space Telescope’s home for mission operations, the Space Telescope Operations Control Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Hubble Tour

Did you miss the last meteor shower, eclipse or space event? Now you can get reminders at Solar Events calendar

Want an educational scavenger hunt you can do in your own backyard? With Biodiversity Bingo, kids can look around their backyard or local green space and try to find enough biodiversity for bingo .Bingo Card

The Griffith Observatory Sky Report is updated weekly to show what is in the California sky along with photos from their telescope at Sky Report

Dig School, a partnership between the University of Lincoln in England and the Council for British Archaeology, is offering online workshops, styled for junior archaeologists between ages 10 and 15, that teach the basics of excavatory science through at-home exercises and lessons from the field Dig School

NASA at Home offers tons of resources for students in elementary, middle and high school: E-books, virtual tours, podcasts, videos and much more, all with an eye to linking the agency’s work to science, technology, engineering and math. NASA at Home

Container Garden Projects Kids at Little Gardens

The National Museum of Mathematics, an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us. They are offering online programs and virtual field trips at Math Museum

At the San Diego Zoo kids can learn about animals, where they come from, how big they are, what they eat and more at San Diego Zoo Kids

California Science Center stuck at Home Science Projects Science Center


James Taylor‘s website has lots of fun stuff. like guitar lessons, videos, CD releases, ticket presales, tour dates and more at James Taylor

ArtistWorks for Libraries provides Mendocino County Library patrons with free world-class instruction through self-paced video lessons taught by highly accomplished and Grammy Award–winning music and art professionals. Classes range from the fundamentals to intermediate to advanced online interactive lessons for voice and instruments to find out which course is right for you lessons. Go to the Mendocino County Library ArtistWorks page.

To celebrate 50 years since the release of Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, McCartney,  see the newly restored ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ music video, on YouTube at McCartney You Tube

Just because the Sequoia Room is temporarily dark, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the past performances. The North Coast Brewery’s Facebook Video Page has over 60 hours of artist-approved music available to you for your streaming pleasure. As long as the artists allow them to provide these shows for you – they will continue to offer them to you. Sequoia Room Facebook

The Grateful Dead have announced a new streaming concert series “Shakedown Stream” that will feature a weekly live stream of one of the band’s classic live performances on the official Dead YouTube Channel on Friday’s 8PM EST. Fans are encouraged to submit questions for David Lemieux and Gary Lambert in advance at the Submissions Page with a limited number being answered during the live pre-show. The “Shakedown Stream” live broadcast will also feature a “Donate Now” button directly support the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund to help support the music community during these challenging times.

The Grammy Museum museum at home Grammy Museum

Fender Guitar offering 3 months of free online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to the first 100,000 who sign up for Fender Play. Going to be spending more time inside might as well make some noise. Fender Guitar

Metropolitan Opera a free series of encore Live in HD Opera

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (2pm EST) it’s Live with Carnegie Hall it’s some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments. During the free live streams, episodes can be viewed  on the Hall’s webpage and on Facebook

Little Steven’s Roadshow is a virtual talk show that explores issues in education and the world through music – Co-Hosted by Stevie Van Zandt and Drew Carey at Facebook
Proceeds and donations to the Roadshow series will benefit TeachRock the nonprofit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s national K-12 curriculum initiative

Explore the Class of 2000 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees in the class include Hal Blaine, Eric Clapton, Nat “King” Cole, King Curtis, Clive Davis, Earth, Wind and Fire, Billie Holiday, James Jamerson, Lovin’ Spoonful, The Moonglows, Scotty Moore, Earl Palmer and James Taylor.   Watch live performances including Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge on “Thing Called Love,” James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” and a super jam on “Route 66” with Natalie Cole in tribute to the late Nat “King” Cole. Dive into all speeches and performances. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Play Ukulele by Ear, one-hour, introduction to finger-picking lesson on Facebook Live each Sunday beginning at 3pm Mountain Time lessons

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra a new show on YouTube channel every Thursday at  Orchestra


Art Institute of Chicago Virtual Tours at Art Institute Tours

The U.S. Postal Service is one of the oldest federal agencies, check out a museum dedicated to the post office National Postal Museum Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, the Continental Congress turned the Constitutional Post into the Post Office of the United States

The Mendocino County Museum is temporarily closed, but they have  new digital content to our website under the Engage section. Formerly titled Teacher Resources, this page features downloadable activities, videos, and more at Mendo County Museum

Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County Natural History

Winchester Mystery House: San Jose’s famed tourist attraction has a 40-minute video tour of the 160-room mansion available for free on its website at Tour and page down

Tate Museum London has art podcasts, performances and more at Tate

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is home to  more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. Cowboy Museum

The Frick Museum, an opulent house-turned-museum in New York City, is stuffed with stunning paintings and decorative arts Frick Museum

Guggenheim Museum and Foundation has several virtual tours at Guggenheim

University of Oxford’s History of Science Museum This museum is stocked with sundials, octants, and a whole lot more Oxford Museum

Sourdough Museum information Sourdough

Museo Frida Kahlo, Mexico City: Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe” an intimate study of the fascinating, highly stylized clothing and accessories that defined the look of the famous Mexican painter at Frida Kahlo

Russia’s Hermitage, a 5 hour video tour Hermitage

The Louvre may be closed, but you can still access its many treasures online. The French museum’s virtual tour takes you to some of its galleries, including into the basement ruins of the building’s original moat, which dates back to 1190. The Louvre

Andy Warhol Exhibit from the Tate Modern

You can visit the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian online at American Indian Museum

Tour the Van Gogh Museum and see his art work at Van Gogh

De Young is is offering a chance to see their collection at Museum From Home De Young

The Palace Museum in Beijing, whose website and app allow you to explore the galleries and residences of the Forbidden City in very high definition. (The site has an English interface, but information on individual objects is only in Chinese.) The Palace Museum

The at the Dali Museum website you can see work of Salvador Dali at The Dali

The Neon Museum has it’s own You Tube Channel at You Tube Neon

The Courtauld Institute of Art at the College of the University of London, Enjoy a virtual stroll through each room of The Courtauld Gallery, as it was before it closed for its current extensive renovation at Courtauld

A visual tour of Ancient Athens 3D Athens

The Vatican Museums site has immersive views of the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms at Vatican

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum Tour Step into this San Jose, California, museum’s 360-degree gallery tours to learn about the afterlife, alchemy, and much more. Rosicrucian Museum

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC NGA

Take a virtual tour of the exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style at the California Jewish Museum CJM

National Gallery of London Art Tours

Rabbit Holes, websites  you can delightfully get lost in wonder & fun

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more Internet Archive

Since people can’t visit the Point Arena Lighthouse during the COVID-19 SIP period lighthouse tour Guide Mike Chandler created a 3-D tour of the Tower from the ground floor to the Lantern Room at the top at Point Arena Lighthouse

Library of Congress website offers an astonishment of riches including up-close looks at our history in hundreds of films, maps, soundbites, exhibits, music, books and they’re all free. Library of Congress

Tate Museum London has art podcasts, performances and more at Tate

We may not be able to travel, but we can always dream and the Roadside American website has lots of off beat suggestions, like World’s Tallest Thermometer’s, Toy and Action Figure Museum or the Creepy Farm People Dummies and many more

Among the many curiosities owned by the Museum of Portable Sound, based in London, is an audio recording of the toilet flushing in Sigmund Freud’s former house in Vienna. Recorded in 2017, the rough gurgling initially resembles the grind of a garbage disposal, and then softens into pitter-patters. You can book an online visit at Portable Sound

The Exloratorium:Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception is full of “rabbit holes” at Exploratorium

With all the travel restrictions still in place, many would-be tourists are seeking out safe, socially distant options for getting a much-needed change of scenery. Luckily, a new digital venture is here to help: Instead of staring longingly out of your own window, simply visit the WindowSwap portal to see views shared by strangers around the world. Note you have to be willing share your window too at Window Swap

We have all had a time when you wanted to be some place else, now you can with Take Me Elsewhere

Need a creative activity? How about a coloring book of San Francisco music venues at APE

Download or print and color in the Bill Graham Civic, Greek Theatre, Fox Theater and The Independent in whatever shades speak to you.
Explore some of the great pyramids of Egypt with a clickable Pyramid Then have a look inside the Pyramid of Giza with this 360 video from the BBC

The United States is connected by four million miles of roads, and it’s full of surprises. This summer might be best spent close to home, dreaming of ribbons of asphalt and wide-open landscapes. So take a virtual road trip across each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Atlas Obscura

Art is not just what’s on a museum’s walls. “Art” is a whole collection of experiences and ideas and principles, and a museum’s digital and physical programming have to operate as coequals and you’ll find the at the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, Walker Art Center

This year marks the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with over 200 photos from the past at Bill Graham Civic

At the Rocky Sound Library,  you can experience the soundscapes recorded throughout Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado at Sound Library

What does a National Park sound like?  Find out at Natural Sounds

A Royal home and fortress for over 900 years, Winsdor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world and remains a working palace today. The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home, and as an official Royal residence at which she undertakes certain formal duties. For a virtual tour of Windsor Castle

For more than 200 years, the White House has been more than just the home of the Presidents and their families. Throughout the world, it is recognized as the symbol of the President, of the President’s administration, and of the United States. For an online tour go to White House

In Azerbaijan, the art of carpet weaving is one of the most important aspects of culture and history. So naturally, the country is home to a museum dedicated to carpets and rugs—at the time of its establishment, the only one of its kind. National Carpet Museum

You can visit San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on your computer with special live cams, virtual tours and photo albums that feature some of Golden Gate Park’s hidden treasures, trails, flowers and popular destinations. Golden Gate Park

The National  Museums Scotland has rabbit holes for all ages to to get lost in Scotland Museums

Denmark’s Louisiana Museum invites you to explore Louisiana Channel, a collection of 750 videos featuring the most prominent and interesting artists, writers, architects etc. Louisiana Museum

Take a Virtual Tour of Two Recently Excavated Homes in Pompeii Tour

The British Museum tour is interactive, with artifacts searchable by era, region or type, and you can discover all sorts of interesting objects, including a bank check from Barclays and a papyrus poem from ancient Egypt. British Museum

Maps to get lost in Cornell University

Enjoy a collection of wildlife photos at Tree Hugger

Videos from Smithsonian Magazine on a wide range of subjects Videos

Sketchfab A collection of public domain cultural heritage 3D models at Sketchfab

Stories, Films, Books, Etc

In the last “several” months you be though all you cookbooks looking for something new.  The Cookbook and Home Economics Collection has  cookbooks from the Young Research Library Department of Special Collections at UCLA,The Bancroft Library at The University of California, Berkeley, and the Prelinger Library. Books take us back to an America in the early decades of the 20th century covering topics on cookery, textiles, family and home, budgeting, domestic sciences, and many other delightful topics with over 10,000 titles at Cookbooks

Harry Potter At Home hub, a free online collection of child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, articles and much more, that will bring the magic of the wizarding world into your home at Harry Potter World

Mendocino Country Library webpage has links where you can get eBooks, in English and Spanish, along with streaming music, videos as well at audio books at Mendo Library


IDW, is offering several free comics to download at Corona Comics

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman Is a bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, with ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way. Everyone Worries

The New York Public Library has a treat in store for fans of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline.” Starting Tuesday (5/12), the library will kick off a virtual reading of the book, a dark fantasy children’s novella about a young girl. Gaiman will read Chapters 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Chapters 3 and 4 on Wednesday. LeVar Burton picks it up on Thursday and Friday; Rosario Dawson on Saturday and Sunday; and Dakota Fanning on Monday. It happens on the New York Public Library’s YouTube Channel and on the New York Public Library website

The coronavirus pandemic this year prompted the Public Theater to cancel its annual Free Shakespeare in the Park, but you can watch in online, along with other theater projects at Great Performances

Children’s author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers reads from one of his (many!) books each weekday at 2 p.m. on Instagram. Story times are archived on his website for those who can’t join live. A Book A Day

Each Wednesday morning at 10, the Noyo Center for Marine Science‘s outdoor educator extraordinaire Sue “Magoo” Coulter is braving the digital realm to bring art and science to all the kiddos at home. She’d rather be exploring with them outside, but in the mean time, you can find her every week on Facebook

On Halloween eve in 1938, the power of radio was on full display when a dramatization of the science-fiction novel “The War of the Worlds” scared listeners.You can hear it at War of Worlds YouTube

On Thursday at 7 p.m. EST, Dolly Parton will stream her reading a different book from her Imagination Library every week at the same time for 10 weeks, at Good Night with Dolly Facebook page

During the COVID 19 crisis, Mendocino County Library is offering free access to Kanopy, where you can stream over 30000 documentaries, classic, indie and kids films on your Desktop, Mobile and Roku for Students, Professors & Library Patrons. Go to Kanopy

Tumble Book Library is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games which is used by thousands of schools and public libraries in over 100 countries across the world. TumbleBooks can be accessed from the comfort and safety of home, at any time. You don’t even need your library card! Just go to Tumble Books

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free e-pub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Project Gutenberg

SFMOMA has pulled together a selection of videos and written pieces focused on alumni and former faculty at SFMOMA

Librivox is a free a digital archive of public domain audiobooks (read by volunteers) you can download LibriVox

British actor Patrick Stewart shared a reading of William Shakespeare’s sonnets on Instagram. The 14-line verse, one of composed by the English poet and playwright, collection of sonnets, first published in 1609, encompasses romance, daily life, finances and politics. Sonnets

Children’s author Roald Dahl’s website has things to keep you busy with art projects, writing ideas, story telling, science , crafts, puzzles, & Quicksy quizzes all at Roald Dahl

Shelter in Poems. For National Poetry Month readers to share a poem from our collection that helps to find courage, solace, and actionable energy, and a few words about how or why it does so at Shelter In Poems

Storyline Online provides free story telling video and resources to foster a love of reading in children Story Line

World Book Online publisher of nonfiction and mixed-genre children’s book series, reference materials, and digital learning platforms is offering open access through April 30th to to World Book

AudioBookCloud, a database of streaming audio books features over 1200 titles, including dozens of genres and interest levels. The collection includes popular literature, classics, children’s and teen books, mystery, sci-fi, history, biography, and more! There are no special programs to install, or files to download. Go to Audio Book Cloud

Ben Model – silent film accompanist/historian with a collection of silent films at Silents

The Poetry Foundation is a Chicago-based American foundation created to promote poetry in the wider culture offers the Poem of the Day at Poetry

Lincoln Center’s Pop-Up Classroom brings dancers, visual artists and other performers into your living room. Programming ranges from hip hop dance lessons to puppetry workshops to flipbook-making. Lincoln Center

Dance together and get the kids moving and social—with free apps like GoNoodle, which has three- to five-minute dance routines that they can share

While we may not be able to get to the ocean right now, the team at the International Ocean Film Festival has curated a list of highlights and award winning films for you to enjoy at home, at Int. Ocean Film Fest

Children’s author and illustrator, Debbie Ridpath Ohi is posting a daily creative challenge on Twitter through the end of April. Previous challenges, aimed at kids 12 and under, have included turning circles into different creatures and creating a found object collage at Debbie Ridpath Ohi

The Virtual Cinémathèque at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne is also hosting remote screenings. (They’re weekly, and free.) Find the schedule here


Quick easy way to make a face mask at No Sewing Mask

How to sew a fabric face mask, go to Sewing Mask

What maternal to use to make your Mask

All the news about the Coronavirus getting to you, make Coronavirus Piñata and then smash it! Make at Pinata

The Boston Public Library needs your help to turn their collection of handwritten correspondence between anti-slavery activists in the 19th century into texts that can be more easily read and researched by students, teachers, historians, and big data applications. To find out more go to Transcribe  Note: This project is not currently supported on mobile and tablet devices.

You may find history boring, but how about a “live” chant with Thomas Jefferson or seeing a Revolutionary War musket being fired or discovering what life was like in 18th and 19th century New Mexico.  Find out at the below links

♦  Mystic Seaport Museum has all sorts of nautical lectures and demos; track the times and dates on Facebook Recent programs have included lessons in maritime navigation using tools like compasses and star charts, demos on how to draw sea birds, and lectures on famous boats

♦  See the “citizens” of Colonial Williamsburg  from 1700s, with live interactions and “electronic field trips” every weekday at 2 p.m. Past events include a visit from Cherokee leaders, Q&As with figures like Patrick Henry and Gowan Pamphlet (a former slave who became the nation’s first African American ordained Baptist preacher), and “ask an archaeologist” sessions. There’s also a live music lesson every Thursday at 4 p.m. Facebook

♦  Place Heritage Park is the spot where, in 1847, Mormon leader Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley that would become his wandering people’s new home. Today it is a living history village, with costumed interpreters recreating the lives of 19th-century pioneers. Join in at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays on Facebook to tour different parts of the village and learn frontier skills like wool-dying

♦ Tuesdays, tune in as a costumed Thomas Jefferson interpreter shows you “his” house and gardens and chats about topics from architecture to agriculture. On Thursdays, special kids programming includes a look at what school was like for Jefferson’s grandchildren . You’ll also get activities like historical cooking lessons, using produce that would have grown in the gardens at Monticello in Virginia, during Jefferson’s time. Watch it on Monticello Website or on Facebook

♦ Dedicated to the immigrant experience, New York’s Tenement Museum now a live online learning experiences. Upcoming events include a virtual field trip of an early 20th century Jewish immigrant family’s apartment, a lecture on the history of street peddlers and a family-friendly lesson on making time capsules. Some events require registration and fill up fast; check the calendar.Tenement Website

♦ New Mexico’s El Rancho de las Golondrinas was once a fueling-up stop on the Camino Real, the 1,200-mile trade route that extended from Mexico City to the state capital of Santa Fe. During normal times, costumed interpreters demonstrate the activities of daily living in the 18th and 19th century—raising goats, gardening, weaving and more Recent livestreams include a tour of the tannery and a Q&A with an archaeologist. Facebook

While a home folks are working on their gardens, the Surfrider Foundation has tips on making yours an Ocean Friendly Garden

Have you been watching too much CSI?  Take an online class and discover forensic psychology and solve a crime using only eyewitness evidence at Open University
The Keukenhop Garden in Holland has virtual tulips garden tours at Keukenhop Garden
With their doors closed due to the pandemic, museums in the UK and beyond have been taking to Twitter to showcase the most terrifying items in their collections, and it might be enough to make you glad to be safe at home. Curator Battle
Looking for real excitement, check out the World’s Greatest Marble Race On You Tube
Amigurumi: hobbies don’t get much cuter than amigurumi – the Japanese art of crocheting small creatures or characters. It’s a cheap hobby to start, and if you already have yarn lying around you can find plenty of free patterns online, like make a tiny Freddie Mercury
Time to learn basic first aid online from the University of Glasgow at Future Learn
The Kids in the House  is a public service provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages.Kids In The House

Make a teddy bear from a sock, directions with photos at  Teddy Bear  Editor’s note, if you don’t have “stuffing\filling” use soft fabrics, like old tee shirts

Animal cams not your thing, try the Duluth Harbor Cam on Lake Superior in Minnesota at  Duluth Harbor Cam

This year’s Iditarod dog sled race was canceled but you can see excerpts from past races at Inditarod Race

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has art projects for adults and older on their Open Studio page at SFMOMA

No matter where you live, your home is probably teeming with skittering, winged, or multi-legged life...bugs! To find out more about your unknown roommates go to Never Home Alone

The Willits Community Theater has moved online, with performing arts classes via Zoom, go to their website to see what’s offered Willits Community Theater

The Mendocino Art Center had to cancel all their art classes for all of 2020, but now they are offering many of them online at MAC Classes, check back often as they are always adding classes

If you haven’t heard of Mel Blanc before, you’ve definitely heard him. Nicknamed “The Man of a Thousand Voices,” Blanc brought countless now-classic cartoons to life by voicing characters like The Flintstones’ Barney Rubble, The Jetsons’ Mr. Spacely, and many seminal Looney Tunes mainstays, including Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck. Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast dedicated to exploring some of the world’s most recognizable sounds, released two episodes that delve into Blanc’s life and career, at Twenty Thousand Hertz

Right now you can’t go out for a hike, but you can dream with the help of Nat Geo photos

Wherever you are, you can still look out the window and up at clouds.  Here are a few ways to marvel at and identify the meteorological mainstays and what they mean—anytime, anywhere. The International Cloud Atlas World Meteorological Organization Clouds

Many are experiencing fear, loss, isolation, and stress.  Meditation and mindfulness can be calming,  the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City has ten-minute reflections, guided meditations and musical offerings, at Rubin Care Package and the  National Museum of Asian Art in Washington, D.C. is hosting online workshops on meditation and mindfulness online tours, podcasts and virtual exhibitions at National Asian Art

At the Corning Museum of Glass website you see just about everything about glass ; Corning Museum

Remember the old “What book would you take with you to a desert island?” game: Artist Maurizio Cattelan has partnered with the New Museum to launch a new audio series called Bedtime Stories, in which David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Takashi Murakami, and more artists will read aloud from their all-time favorite texts. Bedtime Stories (These are NOT stories for little kids)

Peeps, emerge victorious in the Peep Your Science 2020 Competition. Blending marshmallows with scientific rigor, the contest offers levity during a difficult time to see the winners go to Peeps

National Parks to Visit—Virtual National Parks

Play the Smithsonian Magazine Weekly Puzzle at Smithsonian

Art In Isolation from the New York Time, keep paging down for more art New York Times

SPACE School School for Performing Arts  is offer a class schedule by offering free ZOOM classes  at SPACE Classes

Tried of playing video games, try something different, learn to knit with start to finish videos at Lion Knit Video Or maybe try Crocheting 

The American Museum of Natural History has a variety of live pictures on Facebook every week—tour the Hall of Mammals, debate “space versus dinos” with museum scientists, learn about trilobites with a paleontologist at Facebook

Mendocino Dance Project has lessons for kids during the school day, at school, now they are sharing lesson with K-12 students and adults at Mendo Dance Project

Yoga, these are good ones to learn as you build a regular yoga practice. These 10 poses are a complete yoga workout. Yoga

This stand-alone poetry lesson was created by Point Arena poet & GASP artist Blake More. It can be read, watched and/or listened to — plenty of options abound. Poetry Lesson

Qigong Class – Perfect Circle T’ai Chi Martial Arts with Scott Menzies at Qigong Class

The NBA has launched “Jr. NBA at Home,” an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help young players around the world stay active and develop their game in a safe and healthy way. The initiative will include a series of daily posts on Jr. NBA social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and NBA digital properties around the world that provide drills, activities and instruction to promote skill development, physical activity and character development. Details at Jr. NBA

Tips on dealing with Isolation