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An ever growing list of things to keep you and your family entertained, amused and educated

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Visit the Swiss HQ of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, and walk the impressive length of the Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The virtual interior tour is from Google Maps and part of an incredible amount of resources on Google Arts and Culture.



We’re missing the great outdoors and it doesn’t get greater than the Barrier Reef. Google Maps’ Ocean Views collection makes it possible to explore from the indoors. Through 360 degree panoramic images you can find a sea turtle swimming among a school of fish, follow a manta ray and experience the reef at sunset. 

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New York

The Met 360 is a series of six interactive short videos in which viewers can explore the buildings of one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Ascend the staircase in the Neoclassical Great Hall before exploring the majestic vistas of the Met Cloisters, the Roman Temple of Dendur, the modernist Met Breuer, sculptures in the Charles Engelhard Court, and the Arms and Armor Galleries.

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On the Boards theatre hosts a website that delivers full-length, high-quality, contemporary performance to your home. The subscription service is now offering free streaming of its 60 films until the end of April.

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You’d normally have to venture to the West End to see Showstopper! The Improvised Musical but quick-off-the-mark crew have recorded a custom version that can now be streamed on its Facebook page.

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Visit the world’s largest art museum and historic monument in France’s capital city through a series of virtual tours. Explore Egyptian Antiquities; Remains of the Louvre’s Moat (it was originally a fortress built by King Philippe Auguste) and the Galerie d’Apollon.

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Oliver Jeffers, Irish children’s author and illustrator of Here We Are, Heart in a Bottle, Imaginary Fred and many more books, will be reading and discussing one of his books every weekday, at 10am, from his self-isolation in New York. Broadcast via his Instagram, videos will be available for 24 hours. 

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While the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo is closed and kids are home from school, experts are hosting a live home safari on Facebook every day at 11am. One amazing animal will be highlighted and a fun, educational activity will be posted on its website for children to complete afterwards. All videos will be posted to the zoo’s webpage shortly after the event ends for those who miss it or don’t have Facebook.

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Be delighted by the antics of sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of jellyfish via webcams streaming live footage from an impressive aquarium on the central California coast. You can switch between 10 cams, including the aviary, coral reef area, kelp forest and open sea. 

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The Dutch National Opera shares a full-length performance of Ritratto – a new opera by Willem Jeths, first Nederlandse Componist des Vaderlands (2014-2016). The piece features stunning costumes by fashion designer Jan Taminiau and is inspired by a painting depicting Luisa Casati – the wealthy Italian heiress who gained her place in the art world by posing for numerous artists. 

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Museum-lovers can travel back in time and explore thousands of years of history from home with new online digital discovery sessions. A series of Facebook videos will examine artefacts from the Leeds Discovery Centre, home to more than a million objects from pre-history, Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire.

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Rappel into a crevasse, kayak through icebergs and watch a glacier recede in the Kenai Fjords. This virtual tour, led by a US National Park ranger, is part of the Hidden Worlds of the National Parks series from Google. 

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Enjoy incredible views over the city of romance from the top of the Eiffel Tower – just one of the incredible landmarks you can visit virtually with Google Streetview. 

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Together At Home is Global Citizen’s virtual concert series in partnership with the World Health Organisation. Artists such as Chris Martin and Christine and the Queens have performed so far and new ones are being scheduled all the time. 



With its racing, concentrated plot and intense dramatic details, Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most exciting, atmospheric and heartbreaking plays. Where better to see it performed than at the Globe Theatre? Globe Player is a paid-for service on which you can rent or buy live recordings of a huge catalogue of performances from the famous home of the Bard’s plays. 

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Combining panto, drag and storytelling, Mama G is streaming live sessions on her Facebook page every Wednesday and Sunday evening at 6pm. With a mix of her own stories, published books, arts and crafts and experiments, the 30-minute sessions are fun and family focused. 

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Piano Day is an exclusive broadcast from the Sydney Opera House featuring Jon Hopkins, Joep Beving, Margaret Leng Tan, Nils Frahm and more. It’s part of a catalogue of cultural performances being made available on demand alongside a weekly programme of full-length performances, live recordings and never-before-seen footage from the Opera House archives.



A live recording of children’s musical The Wind in the Willows is streaming from the Palladium. Viewers are asked to make a pay-what-you-can donation. 



The House of Fine Art presents a VR experience of Nova, an exhibition by Zhuang Hong Yi, featuring his lush flowerbed paintings, created by folding pieces of rice paper into blossoms. 



The National Theatre at Home is streaming a recorded performance into living rooms across the country every Thursday night. This week (9 April) is Sally Cookson’s adaptation of Jane Eyre. In a 2017 review we said: “Like the heroine herself the stage show is unadorned but there is nothing plain Jane about it.”



The Arts Society Connected is a new online platform being launched this Tuesday by the UK arts education charity. A series of fortnightly lectures will begin with an examination of the 1656 painting Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, given by art historian and linguist Jacqueline Cockburn. 



Beloved children’s author David Walliams is reading chapters from his World Worst Children series daily at 11am. 



Flip between panda cam, penguin cam, tiger cam, koala cam and pockhopper penguin cam on a live remote visit to Edinburgh Zoo. 



Opera North is streaming Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle in full online. The marathon of music runs for a total of 15 hours and took place over four days in 2016*. Modelled on ancient Greek dramas, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung can be viewed separately, but lockdown gives little room for excuses not to watch them consecutively. 


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