And now, just for fun....
While we are stuck at home, we wanted to share with you some fun activities you can do at home. You can expand your mind and explore the world without having to leave your couch!
Check back frequently for more updates!
Check back frequently for more updates!
Youth Enrichment League Classes
Youth Enrichment League is offering many free online classes relating to Chess, Fencing, and Lego Brick Builders. More classes are currently in development. Click here for a full schedule of activities available this month.
Fine & Performing Arts
UK National Theatre LIVE at Home - Each week, the UK's National Theatre is streaming a free broadcast of a past production.!
Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall - Berlin's Philarmoniker is giving the public free access to their Digital Concert Hall, which includes live broadcasts, documentaries, and archived concerts.
Royal Opera House - London's Royal Opera House is streaming opera and ballet performances as part of their "Our House to Your House" program. Be sure to check out the kid-friendly classic, Peter and the Wolf.
Le Gallerie degli Uffizi - Florence's Gallerie degli Uffizi's HyperVisions provides the opportunity to explore their collection, which includes famous works such as Michelangelo's David, through English-language multimedia.
The Metropolitan Opera – New York’s Metropolitan Opera had to cancel the remainder of their performance season, but, each evening on their website, they are now streaming a different encore presentation from their catalog of the company’s Live in HD series, allowing you to enjoy the opera from the comfort of your own home!
Musée d'Orsay – Visit Paris’ Musée d'Orsay’s virtual collection, which includes legendary works by impressionist and expressionist painters, including Van Gogh, Manet, Gaugin, and more.
National Gallery of Art – The National Gallery has more than 42,000 works in its collection. You can also explore their app for children, which contains interactive activities inspired by works from the museum, along with the ability to create original art.
Nature and Wildlife
Zoo and Aquarium Livestreams – Numerous zoos and aquaria around the world are hosting daily livestreams where you can watch the animals and learn more about how these institutions care for their special creatures! The San Diego Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Smithsonian National Zoo, and more are all sharing their activities online.
National Park Service – While most of our national parks have been closed, the National Park Service is providing online opportunities to “tour” the parks and learn more about their history. You can take a virtual tour of the USS Constitution, visit Yellowstone National Park, or check out their “Watching Wildlife” webcams.
Mind Your Manners!
Good Manners for Kids with Myka Meier - Myka Meier is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette and offers etiquette lessons at the Plaza Hotel. She just launched a YouTube channel for kids called Manners with Myka where children can learn and practice good manners.
History & Culture
Visit Early American Heritage Sites - History buffs are invited to “visit” Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, which have both expanded their virtual tours and offer online archaeology and scavenger hunt activities for scholars wanting to learn more about early American history.
Smithsonian History Explorer - The Smithsonian Institute's History Explorer connects students with exhibits and artifacts from the National Museum of American History and invites them to engage with topics from the past and present.
The British Museum – You can browse the collection or take a virtual tour through the British Museum’s remarkable collection, which includes the Rosetta Stone, friezes from the Parthenon, and much more!
Acropolis Museum – The Acropolis Museum in Greece focuses on the archaeological findings from the original dig site at the Acropolis of Athens. Their website hosts resources for self-guided “visits” to the museum’s online collection and interactive activities.
Science & Technology
NASAatHome - In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 13th mission, NASA has expanded their NASAatHome platform to include a wide range of interactive material related to the mission.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Fun for kids and adults of all ages, the National Museum of Natural History offers a variety of virtual tours.
The American Museum of Natural History – A variety of activities, from virtual tours to fossil digs, is available at the American Museum of Natural History’s website.
The Field Museum – Chicago’s Field Museum’s Mission to the Mesozoic will send you on a quest to find plants and animals across the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods and is just one of the many online activities they are offering during their closure.
The Franklin Institute – Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute is sharing a variety of videos, interactive online exhibits, and instructions for science demonstrations that can be done at home.
The Exploratorium – The Exploratorium, a science museum and public learning laboratory in San Francisco, has an Explore page where you can play and learn.
Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday!
Happy birthday to the bard! April 23, 2020 marked the celebration of Shakespeare's 456th birthday. This is always a fun day at Parnassus Check below for fun videos and activities from the Parnassus staff and more that we used to celebrate this special day!
Parnassus Teachers & Staff Celebrate Shakespeare
Get Creative and Have Fun
Watch a performance of a play:
Walk in Shakespeare's Footsteps