Virtual experiences offer kid-centric entertainment and educational activities

Raleigh, NC (May 2020) – New and existing virtual experiences at many of Raleigh's top attractions make it easy to explore North Carolina's capital city right now. Treat the entire family to an afternoon of art, science and history. Or, let local experts engage the kids on their own with a do-at-home craft or experiment. There's fun to be had and no need to wait! Highlights follow.

Marbles Kids Museum’s Daily Dose of Play
Designed to spark the imagination and keep hands-on learning happening at home. These short, engaging how-to videos produced and hosted by museum staff demonstrate experiments, crafts and games using household items.
T: @marblesraleigh; FB: @marbleskidsmuseum

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Science at Home
A full roster of learn-at-home opportunities, easy to navigate and categorized by age and content, resides at the museum's "Science at Home" website. Discover virtual competitions and experiments; listen to wild animal podcasts and watch the Jellyfish cam; tune into scientist presentations; and participate in a "Citizen Science" project.
T: @naturalsciences; FB: @naturalsciences

North Carolina Museum of Art’s NCMALearn
An extraordinary resource originally designed to help educators integrate art into core academic content has become an ideal home school platform for parents-turned-teachers. Explore works of art relevant across multiple subjects and all grade levels, access teacher-developed multimedia lesson plans and tap into an ongoing calendar of virtual learning opportunities.
T: @ncartmuseum; FB: @ncartmuseum

S.P.A.R.K. Kid Lab
This non-profit, community art collective has taken their downtown Raleigh Kid Lab online, offering a series of engaging, educational activities geared toward children ages 10 and younger. Free video lessons include an experiment component paired with age-appropriate learning extension ideas based on subject (i.e., science, technology, math). Parents and kids can also download printable worksheets and access a DIY activity blog.
T: @kidlabraleigh; FB: @kidlabraleigh

North Carolina Symphony Education Concert
A free, digital broadcast of one the NC Symphony's half-hour education concerts showcasing a live performance with break-out lessons on "What Makes Music, Music." This unique listen and learn opportunity takes children on a journey to explore such fundamentals as rhythm, melody and tempo through the music-with-storytelling concept.
Password to access the video: 1932 (the year the NC Symphony was founded)
T: @ncsymphony; FB: @ncsymphony

North Carolina Museum of History's History at Home
An opportunity to explore NC's colorful history from the comfort of home, this online hub of activity features digital tours of museum exhibits and At Home Learning Packets — compilations of Beyond the Exhibit resources that include background information, articles and activities designed for individual student use at home. Online guests will also find videos on demand, podcasts, printable color pages and craft templates.
T: @ncmuseumhistory;  FB: @ncmuseumofhistory

Looking for more virtual activities and attractions? Check out the Visit Raleigh Blog

For Raleigh's complete list of things to see and do: Visit Raleigh Activities and Attractions

About the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh):
As the official destination organization for Wake County, the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) is responsible for promoting Wake County as an attractive travel destination and enhancing its public image as a dynamic place to live and work. Through the impact of travel, the organization strengthens the economic position of and provides opportunity for people in the community. Raleigh/Wake County, N.C., welcomes nearly 17 million visitors annually whose spending tops $2.7 billion. The visitor economy supports more than 27,000 local jobs in Wake County and generates $268 million in state and local tax revenues, saving each Wake County household $700 in taxes annually.

Media Contact:
Jessica Holt, Public Relations and International Tourism Manager

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