Welcome to the City of Lincoln's Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! This is your one stop shop for virtual recreation and all things fun!
We know that these are very trying times and we are committed to bringing our community the resources they need to stay active and engaged.
Be sure to visit this page often as well as follow us on Facebook and Instagram for new updates and ideas to help keep you and your family entertained and informed. Please note that we do not endorse nor receive funds to advertise any of the third party sites or services listed on this page. Many of these sites and activities are our Kids Kamp favorites!
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We hope you enjoy this time with your kiddos!!
Staying Active during this time is so important. Here are a few activities you can do both indoor and outdoor! Don't forget your social distancing!
- Nature Walks
- Walk/Run - Lincoln has beautiful trails that are great for walks and runs!
- Visit a local park - Our parks are free and remain open during this time.
- Visit a state or county park.
- https://harmonyplace.com/blog/learn-endorphins-running-health/ Thank You to Greta, Breanne, and GiGi who picked out a neat article about running. It has great info on the benefits of running and resources on virtual 5Ks
- Take a virtual Fitness Class
- For the Kids
Staying connected during these times is going to be important. We are humans and as humans, we need to stay connected emotionally. Here are a few things you can do to stay connected while social distancing.
- Call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in.
- Write a letter.
- Support a local restaurant - Many restaurants are still open for take out or delivery orders.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep. Make time to unwind.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Work on Mindfulness - Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
This is our favorite. Whether you have kids at home or you're a kid at heart, Here are some resources and activity sheets that you can watch and print from home with limited supplies!
- Finding Nemo Coloring Page
- Puppy Dog Pals Coloring Page
- Toy Story Coloring Pages
- Unicorn Ice Cream
- Unicorn Cake
I SPY Printables:
Connect the Dots:
Crafts, Science & Experiments:
- Shark Cootie Catcher
- Shark Cootie Catcher Instructions
- Skittles Experiment
- Super Soft Cornstarch Playdough (Only TWO Ingredients)
- 10 Quick Water-Science Activities
- How to Make Your Own Sanitizer
- 15 Very Simple Science Experiments (Using what you already have at home!)
- 9 Do-it-Yourself Easy Science Experiments You Can Do At Home
- 32 Easy Home Science Experiments That Look Like Pure Magic
Try one of these STEM picks at home with your kids or as part of your online or remote learning strategy:
- A fun collection of ideas for using cardboard tubes (like all those empty toilet paper rolls)
- https://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog?blc=50 Science Buddies Summer of STEM
- Explore Matchstick Rockets: make tiny rockets from aluminum foil and matchsticks and learn more about propulsion and Newton's third law of motion.
- Build a Paper Rocket: make simple paper rockets that launch by blowing into a drinking straw. What changes to the design of a paper rocket will make it fly farthest?
- Rocket Science: How High Can You Send a Payload?: what is a rocket's payload? Turn a water bottle into a rocket with compartments for fuel and payload and explore the role of each.
- Launching Homemade Baking Soda Rockets: experiment to see how changes in the ratio of baking soda to vinegar affect the launch distance of a film canister rocket.
- Build a Two-Stage Balloon Rocket: make a balloon rocket to find out why a rocket has stages in which parts of it fall off and burn up in the atmosphere.
- Bottle Rocket Blast Off!: use a water bottle rocket launcher to model how a rocket's reaction engine creates thrust and propels a rocket into space
Need Daily Schedule Ideas?
Wide Open School is an amazing resource to help plan out your days to keep children busy. Choose your child's age and a list of resource is provided for you! Head on over to http://wideopenschool.org for more information.
Here is just a few things to get you started! We will be posting more information daily...So stay tuned! Also, thank you to our friends at the City of Watsonville Parks and Recreation for the Virtual Recreation idea! We hope that you find these resources helpful!
Take a virtual trip...
visit some cool places
- San Diego Zoo Live Cams
- Cincinnati Zoo livestream with Fiona the Hippo
- California Academy of Sciences - Animal Live Cams
- National Geographic Kids - Learn about geography and animals from National Geographic.
- Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam https://youtu.be/_6wbfVWVk8Q
- Smithsonian’s National Zoo https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
- Reid Park Zoo Lion Cam in Tuscon, AZ http://reidparkzoo.org/cameras/lion-cam/
- Ouwehand Park Polar Bear Cubs Rhenen, Netherland https://explore.org/livecams/polar-bears/polar-bear-ouwehand-twin-cubs-cam-2
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
- Pier 39 Live Sea Lion Live Cam
- Aquarium of the Pacific - A collection of webinars, live-cam footage, and classes for all ages.
- Georgia Aquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
- National Aquarium Virtual Tour http://samuraivirtualtours.com/example/nadc/index.html
- Virtual Tour of the Seattle Aquarium
- Visit one of many museums around the world through their virtual tours.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art - A wonderful way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
- Artsology - Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.
- Smithsonian Zoos and Museums - No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to your screen.
- There are a variety of resources for exploring museums such as Google Arts and Culture. A collaboration with more than 1,200 leading museums and archives, this app represents an amazing storehouse of monumental artwork. Choices include Street View virtual tours and Art Zoom guided tours. You can also explore many institutions through individual links.
Boston Children’s Museum
The Boston Children’s Museum’s virtual tours let kids explore all three floors with exhibits ranging from the Japanese House to Explore-a-Saurus.
The Metropolitan Museum
New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum virtual tour showcases 26 online galleries. Exhibits include the Art of Music Through Time and a New Look at Vermeer.
The Smithsonian’s virtual experiences allow you to take self-guided tours room-by-room through past, permanent, and current exhibits. For the ultimate fossil virtual field trip, have your kids check out the Hall of Fossils and the Fossil Lab.
The Louvre in Paris also offers many virtual exhibit tours, including its Egyptian Antiquities collection and the remains of the Louvre’s moat, built in 1190 AD to protect Paris from Viking attacks via the Seine River.
- Virtual tour of National Parks
- Yellowstone National Park - virtual tour
- Virtual Field Trips - Take a trip to a number of museums, zoos, aquariums, and landmarks around the world.
Disney Parks Virtual Rides
Travel the World
In this day and age, it is easier than ever to travel the world without leaving home.
- Google Maps street view will allow you to visit almost any destination around the world. Check out this view from Pompei.
- Visit the Great Wall of China https://www.thechinaguide.com/destination/great-wall-of-china
- Virtually discover Yellowstone National Park https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
- Tour England through this 360 video.
- Take a live look at Colonial Williamsburg.
- Go on a virtual field trip to Ellis Island.
Biomes Virtual Field Trip OptionsAre your kids ready to explore biomes all over the planet in search of biodiversity? From the vast coral reefs of Palau to the deserts and grasslands of Africa and the mindboggling biodiversity of Peru’s coastal ecosystems, there are fantastic virtual options.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy has created 11 excellent virtual field trips that will change how your kids view the natural world. Each field trip lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Great Lakes Now
If you’re looking for an exploration of ecosystems a little closer to home, check out the virtual field trip from Great Lakes Now. This tour explores three topics in brief five-minute-long videos: coastal wetlands, algae, and lake sturgeon.
The US Geological Survey
For kids interested in geology and volcanoes, there’s also the US Geological Survey’s interactive volcano map. It allows kids to click on and learn about any volcano located in the US.
Stellarium Web lets kids take astronomy virtual field trips where they get to explore more than 60,000 stars and try their hand at locating planets. They’ll also enjoy the opportunity to watch eclipses and sunrises. What’s more, when you enter your location, your kids will see constellations visible in your area’s night sky.
What’s one of the best things about virtual field trips? The chance to explore places where no human has ever set foot. Such is the case with the virtual field trip to Mars by Access Mars. It allows your children to explore the real surface of Mars based on images recorded by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.
Explore American History
With these online field trip options, your kids will step back in time, learning firsthand about American history and the people and ideas that shaped our nation.
Virtual Field Trip of the Mayflower and Plimoth Plantation
The Scholastic virtual Mayflower trip allows kids to learn more about the Mayflower’s journey to the New World and the colonists aboard. Through four 20- to 30-minute-long videos, they’ll explore daily life in a pilgrim village, the lifeways of the indigenous Wampanoag tribe, and preparations for the first Thanksgiving.
Virtual Field Trips: Underground Railroad
On this trip along the Underground Railroad, children will travel back in time to the year 1860. They’ll witness a young slave’s flight from a Kentucky plantation to freedom in Canada following the Underground Railroad. In the process, they’ll learn more about the lives of slaves, the dangers of the Underground Railroad, and the brave abolitionists who helped runaways achieve freedom.
Gettysburg Battlefield Virtual Tour
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the most scenic and historic Civil War sites in the country. This 360-degree Gettysburg virtual field trip lets kids follow in the footsteps of soldiers, exploring famous places such as Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Let your kids go on an Ellis Island virtual field trip to explore the former immigration inspection station in New York Harbor, home to the Statue of Liberty. America’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954, the station processed approximately 12 million immigrants.
The Statue of Liberty
Besides a field trip to Ellis Island, your kids will also enjoy this virtual field trip Statue of Liberty option. They’ll learn more about the statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886 and its role as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Mount Rushmore Virtual Field Trip
Amidst South Dakota’s rugged Black Hills sits one of the nation’s most iconic monuments, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Showcasing four of America’s most prominent presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt—this virtual exploration lets kids view the monument from multiple angles.
Uncover Iconic Destinations Around the WorldYour kids can explore some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and monuments from the comfort of your living room through virtual field trips, too.
Son Doong Cave
National Geographic has created an interactive map that lets you explore the world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam. The map immerses you in the full experience of the cave, so make sure your computer’s sound is on.
Your kids can also explore the secrets of Easter Island through Nova’s virtual tour, which provides the inside scoop on the island’s impressive megaliths.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China represents a series of fortifications built across the historical northern borders of China beginning in the 7th century BC. For a closer look at the ancient site, check out this virtual tour with three viewing options: the watchtower, winter, and Jinshanling to Simatai.
There’s also an incredible Machu Picchu virtual field trip. Quite possibly, one of the most amazing urban creations of the Inca Empire, kids will explore its giant walls, ramps, and terraces cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. They’ll also enjoy breathtaking views.
Egypt Virtual Field Trip
The Discovering Egypt website lets kids dive into an exploration of Ancient Egypt. Kids will explore hieroglyphs, pyramids and temples, kings and queens, gods and mummies, and much more.