Children & Family

Virtual Learning for the Kids

While you and the kids are stuck at home, here's how to keep everyone entertained.

Zane Harrington
Posted on Apr 9, 2020

In Dallas, it is officially week four of children being home from school. We finally have all those hours in the day that we have wished for, and now… how are we going to fill all them? Countless studies have been done that show a clear correlation between travel experiences and cultural awareness and aptitude. When boiled down to one statement, the conclusion is this: travel makes us better humans.

Unfortunately, we all know that isn't an option right now. But why not try the next-best thing. Here are a few virtual cultural experiences that families can do together.

The Perot Museum of Nature & Science:
Amaze Your Brain at Home program lets you explore nature and science at home and in your backyard – all while using the most common household objects. This week's activities all involve the topics of physics and chemistry. What's even better is the Perot Museum has divided the activities into age-appropriate categories.

The Nasher Sculpture Center:
In addition to all of the great creative resources already offered by the Nasher - such as coloring pages and 40 at-home activities - the Nasher has designed a way for "guests" to build their very own virtual tour here. Guests may not be able to physically be there, but this immersive experience should tide you over until you can go see it in-person.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra:
Although these resources are available all the time, the DSO offers tons of great and immersive resources for kids of all ages through DSO Kids. Young musicians and fans can dig deeper into composers, musical style and theory, instruments, musical etiquette and so much more!

The State Fair of Texas:
The Fair has online curriculum that combines the unique culture of the Fair with Texas history and agriculture, as well as STEM subjects for grades 4 through 12. And if you've had enough STEM for one day, how about a lesson in one of the most important subjects: Texas music. The Fair has put together this playlist for all to enjoy.

Spark is a Dallas-based company that provides children from second grade to high school with a fully immersive creative environment and hands-on learning. They have launched Spark Creative at Home, a new online series of programs designed to keep children engaged in the creative process, problem solving, and education from the safety of their homes. Check out the videos here.

The Dallas Zoo:
A Dallas Zoo web series offers the latest videos like Grand Cayman Rock Iguana, Lioness Training Demo, OKAPI chat, Brown Mountain Tortoise and more to come. Along with the online videos, the zoo is offering coloring pages updated regularly to include connect the dots activities and crossword puzzles.

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum:
The museum is offering a virtual book club for families every Friday. The virtual book discussion is led by Museum Educators through the online platform Zoom. Space is limited, so register to participate early.  Please register for one ticket per device used.

Reunion Tower:
You can visit virtually and still have a ball, enjoying the best views of Dallas!

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden:
Spring is the best time to get out in the yard together as a family, get your hands in the dirt and plant. But before you do that, check out these videos from the Arboretum and teach your kids about botany from the best in the business!

Virtual Dallas Puzzles from VisitDallas:
Does being at home have you missing some of your favorite Dallas neighborhoods and attractions? Explore the beauty of Dallas through our new virtual puzzles.