Stay-at-home: Here’s how you can learn ‘virtually’

As social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have forced local museums, entertainment venues and recreation centers to close, some organizations are now offering free, virtual experiences where those stuck at home can tune in, right from the comfort of their living room.

The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is just one of the local organization on the Peninsula to offer education programs from live animal feedings on Facebook and sustainable conservation tips on Twitter.

“Education soars at the Virginia Living Museum with new Natural Education – virtual learning programs that keep Virginia residents of all ages engaged and informed,” according from the museum’s news release. ” Begin living your day with Natural Education at 8 a.m. and finish by putting your child to bed with a bedtime story.”

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation said Friday a 360-degree virtual tour of the Governor’s Palace, part of the organization’s “Explore from Home” programming. The foundation recently launched its new TV channel available on Amazon Fire TV or Roku TV devices.

Here’s a list of other organizations offering online learning programs suitable for children and adults alike. From virtual tours and arts and crafts to history facts, there is something for everyone. This is not a comprehensive list and will be updated as needed.

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