Virtual Travel

Five great places to 'take' kids without leaving home during lockdown

Keep the children entertained - and engaged with the world - with these online options: virtual rollercoasters, jellyfish webcams and more

29 March 2020 - 00:00 By Elizabeth Sleith
Legoland has on online visit option - where you can ride the rollercoaster in VR.
Legoland has on online visit option - where you can ride the rollercoaster in VR.
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1. LEGOLAND

It's true: everything is awesome, thanks to Visit Orlando, which offers virtual tours of several attractions in Florida, US. This includes Legoland where you can ride the Dragon rollercoaster in VR or join Emmet and friends (from The Lego Movie, silly) as they check out the park's attractions. Visit visitorlando.com

2. SPACE CENTRE

The Space Centre Houston has a free app, which allows virtual tours of Nasa's various research centres and augmented-reality experiences, along with videos and audio stories about space. Download the app here.

3. ROALD DAHL MUSEUM

With classics like The Witches, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda, marvellous Roald Dahl is just the man to keep the kids busy. But before (or after) you delve into his books, visit the website of the Roald Dahl Museum, a near-London homage to the storyteller.

The website has a splendid collection of Dahl-related "things to do", from building a grasshopper out of bits around the house to taking a quiz about sweets - a dose of escapism we all could use right now. Visit roalddahl.com

4. SAN DIEGO ZOO

This zoo in California is home to more than 3,500 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies. It has 11 live cameras, so pop in any time and see what the pandas, tigers, owls, polar bears, and koalas (and more) are up to. Visit zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

5. MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM

With 10 live cameras, the wonders of the ocean - from adorable penguins to sea otter pups to hypnotic jellyfish - are yours to explore. Visit montereybayaquarium.org