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Virtual Family Adventures & Activities

You can travel through Maryland with your family from the comfort of your living room.  There are many ways to experience Maryland, no matter your age.  

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For your family time, here is a short list of virtual experiences to get you started.  Explore Maryland with organizations who have devised adventures and activities just for you and the family.  So get the gang together and see what you can enjoy or even create together.  Nature, animals and science projects are some of the virtual experiences listed below.  Crayons optional.



 

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National Aquarium Exhibit Livestreams
Blacktip Reef Shark reside at the National Aquarium

National Aquarium Exhibit Livestreams with its At-Home Activities are soothing (and educational) favorites.  How many residents of Blacktip Reef can you find on the coloring page section of our activity page? This view is considered the most popular virtual experience in Maryland.

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Chesapeake Conservancy Wildlife Webcams and Virtual Tours
Osprey
Chesapeake Conservancy

Chesapeake Conservancy Wildlife Webcams lets you follow the secret life of birds in Maryland. Virtual tours allow you to see the John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail so you can plan your next adventure. 

Peregrine Falcon, live on a ledge on the 33rd floor of the Transamerica building in downtown Baltimore.  (Note: cams are a unique way to watch these beautiful birds of prey in their home, but of course that is not always easy for humans to watch.) Evidently these birds chose urban living for its executive office appeal.  

Great Blue Heron are tall, bluish-gray wading birds with long, pointed bills and graceful, S-shaped necks. They live year-round in marshes and wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region and are also found on freshwater lakes, ponds and impoundments. They spend about 90 percent of their waking hours hunting for food.

Osprey spend the Spring in Kent County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.  They migrate thousands of miles each year to and from Central and South America, mate for life, and return to the same spot year after year, despite spending the winter apart from each other.

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Maryland Science Center Comes to You
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Maryland Science Center

Let's Science TogetherScience at Home and Facebook ​showcase popular programs the Maryland Science Center offers.  Now you can virtually participate in experiments at home.

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Maryland Zoo Live
Flamingo at Maryland Zoo
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Maryland Zoo Live cameras bring home your favorite zoo animals in real time. Enjoy live cams and feeds featuring Penguins, Swan Nest, Lions, the Flamingo, and the Goat Corral. You'll feel like a friend when it is time to visit in person.

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Waterfront Partnership Downloadable Coloring Pages
Waterfront Partnership

Waterfront Partnership has created downloadable Activity & Coloring Pages for children. Scenes around Baltimore's Harbor are featured. Our favorite is Mr.Trash Wheel. What's your favorite?

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Historic Ships in Baltimore - 19th-Century Life at Sea.
USS Constellation
USS Ships in Baltimore

Experience 19th-century life at sea with one of the most impressive collections of military vessels in the world.

USS Constellation, famous for its place in history and a Baltimore icon, can be toured virtually.  

USS Torsk, a submarine, reveals the waterproof Conning Tower, not usually visible to the public.

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The Sultana and Life on the Chesapeake Bay
Sultana Education Foundation Virtual Classroom Lesson
Sultana Education Foundation

The Sultana team relates insider stories of the Chesapeake Bay daily. They also teach skills and history.  The Sultana calls it their Virtual Classroom.  We think you'll call it "after this, I can't wait for a visit."

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Chesapeake Bay Foundation On Screen
Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Journey of a Raindrop
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Watershed Journey of a Raindrop tells a simple story of a single raindrop as it travels to the Bay, going through pristine waters and polluted streams.  Charming illustrations accompany the raindrop's adventures.  This is one of many such short videos produced by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

 

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Goes Inside to Go Outside
Maryland Wildlife Coloring Book
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers Wildlife & Heritage activities that are fun for all ages.  Many projects can be accomplished indoors or close to home.  You can even learn how to attract pollinator bees to your property.

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Piney Point Lighthouse's Coloring Pages
Piney Point PALS Coloring & Activity Book
Ellen C. Halbert

Piney Point Lighthouse Museum & Historic Park in St. Mary's County has happy, ready-to-color downloadable pages, excerpted from the full book.  Created by a local artist, the whimsical characters of Lighthouse PALS may even be familiar to some.

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B&O Railroad Museum Live
B&O Railroad Museum History
B&O Railroad Museum

B&O Railroad Museum Live illuminates the history of railroading and even throws in a virtual Morse Code keyboard!  "SOS" anyone?  Just by scrolling down the page, you will trace the Railroad's founding days, its many innovations, its influence on Baltimore and the introduction of what was the internet of the day: the telegraph and of course "Morse Code."

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Virtual Rec Programs for All Ages
Virtual Rec Center
Baltimore Recreation & Parks

Virtual Rec, curated by Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, has ideas for all ages:  the very young, teens, adults, seniors and those who want exercise without even standing up!  Link to read-alongs, creative play adventures, science projects, a virtual Hogwarts, coding tips, meditation, even bird watching. Thinkport made the list, with fun and thoughtful educational programs known nationally for their quality. 

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Maryland Ensemble Theatre - Fun Camp 2020 Is Virtual
Maryland Ensemble Theatre logo
Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Who says you can't attend Summer Camp this year?  You can if you enroll in a virtual FUNCamp with Maryland Ensemble Theatre.  Campers work with MET professionals and their camp ensemble in an experience that creates bonds beyond the virtual realm. Camps help to foster meaningful relationships and a sense of togetherness, using theatre as a vehicle to build, create, and explore what connects us all.

FUNCamp programs are taught by experienced MET Teaching Artists, along with guest instructors and performing artists. For details....

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Outer Space Is Part of Maryland Too!
International Space Station
NASA

NASA's International Space Station TV -  Watch the view and when on duty, even hear the crew talk to Mission Control; otherwise enjoy the view.

Tour the International Space Station - Take a guided tour and see what it is like to float through the Station with an expert guide.  You can do it in your socks!

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