Several institutions in the country offer educational and recreational programs to enjoy at home
P-22 photographed in front of the famous Hollywood sign. Photo: Steve Winter / National Geographic
Steve Winter / National Geographic
The country's museums, cultural centers and recreational organizations are doing their best to offer alternatives to their temporary closings, with the idea of continuing to entertain the population in times of crisis.
We tell you about some of the options available to enjoy with your family and in the comfort of your homes.
New NHMLA portal
Los Angeles County's natural history museums, including the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart Museum continue to search for ways to keep their doors open, even if virtually. That is why these institutions recently launched NHMLA Connects, a portal to explore the natural and cultural wonders of these venues digitally from home.
Visitors can learn about NHM's new paleontological discoveries, including the world's smallest dinosaur, or explore Los Angeles' biodiversity, from insects, bats, and birds to the city's city's favorite feline, the mountain lion P- 22.
They will also be able to participate in community science projects and watch videos of exhibition facilities. Activities focused on the family are, for example, how to make a fossil-shaped puppet with a clothespin and tips for observing nature. The link for the new portal is nhmlac.org/connects.
The Children's Museum of Manhattan at home
The Children's Museum of Manhattan premiered CMOM at Home, a series of educational and entertainment activities for children and parents to do together at home. Among the alternatives are doing slime, dance parties, transport to Japan with a recipe for sushi, make puppets from recycled materials that are in the house, make a routine to go to sleep and read stories.
Each week will have a different theme. Mondays will be Magical Monday, a day for math, science and technology. Tuesday is Move & Groove Tuesday, day of physical activities. On Wednesday at Our World Wednesday the children and their parents explore the world. On Thursdays at Artsy Thursday the boys explore their creativity, and on Fridays, on Feel Good Friday, the physical well-being and mental health of the children are formed.
On Storytime Saturday, parents read a story to their children on Saturday, and on Surprise Sunday, there is a surprise activity. More details in cmom.org/learn/cmom-at-home/.
Live music concerts
Levitt Live is a concert series featuring the Levitt Pavilion in Los Angeles that will air for five consecutive weeks. The shows will be presented by local artists and bands from March 25 to April 22.
During the next Wednesday, Blanco y Negro, Cutty Flam and The Expanders will participate. The hours vary although the concerts will be after noon. The presentations will be broadcast live on the instagram account @ Levitt.LA; Then the recordings will be uploaded to Facebook at @Levitt_LA. More reports at levittlosangeles.com
Podcast for children
The NPR radio network premiered Wow in the World, a podcast with a game show that will be available every Monday. And from Tuesday to Friday, children and their parents will be able to listen Two Whats and a Wow! an interactive science-based gaming program. They will be led by Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, and will last seven minutes. More details at tinkercast.com.
Lincoln Center home
Lincoln Center launched Lincoln Center at Home, a new portal that allows families to keep abreast of the fine arts, with options such as Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, which consists of a daily dose of creativity with artists and educators. Every day at 10 a.m. EST. And also Concerts for Kids, which are short performances by artists who offer shows from their homes. Some of them are Elena Moon Park, Zeshan B, The Pop Ups, and Sonia de los Santos.
At the Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, artists and educators will teach children to create puppets with simple objects, write songs, do crafts with recycled materials, and dance classes. More details at lincolncenter.org.
Tours of the Petersen museum
While closed, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles will offer hour-long tours of its impressive Vault, or vault. They will be driven by collections manager Dana Williamson and will be given access to never-before-seen race cars, cars that have been in films, and culturally important vehicles. Admission is $ 3. More information at Petersen.org.
Academy in the aquarium
The Aquarium of the Pacific developed Aquarium Online Academy, a portal containing an educational program as well as fun and entertaining activities for children of all ages. Includes a schedule of interactive live programs with aquarium educators. The page will be updated periodically with new content and dates. More details at aquariumofpacific.org/news/aquariumacademy.