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Virtual Learning

Amazing At-Home Activities  

With popular museums and destinations temporarily closed and families currently sheltering-in-place, many local area museums have risen to the occasion and gone virtual with fun and FREE activities for families to do at home. While more educational, informational and amazing online offerings continue to be added each week, a sampling of the virtual activities include the following: 

Powerhouse Science Center

s we continue to keep our community safe by staying at home, Powerhouse Science Center is doing their part in continuing the learning and the fun! Powerhouse Science Center is pleased to bring science directly into your living room, laundry room, kitchen, under the table, and in the backyard with our new digital programs!


Catch a new Science Storytime every Monday, Try It! Science on Wednesdays and Night Sky Minute on Fridays.

Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum

Since gatherings can't happen in-person right now because of COVID-19, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum started hosting a series of arts workshops online. The Youth Virtual Pop-Up event series takes place every first and third Fridays of the month.


The pop-ups are designed to bring families together in celebration of the arts. They feature experts and artists who present poetry, dance, mixed-media visual arts, music, even exercise and a TikTok dance talent show.

Folsom Historical Society

While we're unsure how our current crisis will play out, we are certain that we are living through a historic moment. As an institution committed to collecting the history of our area, we are asking our community to assist us with collecting information about how your lives have been impacted by COVID-19. Please take a minute to answer a few questions. Your answers today will be a part of history! https://forms.gle/VGwPPTXtuWg2PbF6A

Sacramento History Museum

The Sacramento History Museum offers a website and free app for iOS and Android devices that takes users on a journey through some of the more amazing moments in Sacramento’s history. “Anytime Tours” feature 50-minute digital walking tours through the Historic City Cemetery and Old Sacramento Waterfront highlighted by 10 stops at each location. The tours can be accessed at www.sachistorymuseum.org or downloaded free of charge from the App Store or Google Play by searching Anytime Tours.


In addition, the Museum has launched a robust “Home Made History” series of at-home activities that include games, videos, coloring pages and more. New programs are added each week and can be accessed at www.sachistorymuseum.org.

Roseville Utility Exploration Center

Roseville Utility Exploration Center offers online educational resources filled with learning opportunities, games and activities to do at home. Families can discover comic books, coloring pages, craft ideas, science lessons and ways to continue to learn while having some fun. For more information, visit www.roseville.ca.us/explore


The Roseville Utility Exploration Center has an educational resources web page full of learning opportunities, games and activities to do at home. Visit the page with your family to discover comic books, coloring pages, craft ideas, science lessons and ways to continue to learn while having some fun. Stop by the site every few days as our list of resources continues to grow.

www.roseville.ca.us/news/what_s_happening_in_roseville/educational_resources_for_children

Museum of Medical History

Online users can access a virtual tour (originally launched 10 years ago) that highlights many intriguing medical artifacts and interesting tidbits at http://www.ssvmmh.org/virtual_tour/FloorPlan.html. In addition, numerous articles on interesting aspects of medical history are available at www.ssvms.org/museum.aspx.

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker provides relaxing, refreshing and uplifting art experiences online. Virtual art and gallery tours and activities for all ages are available on the museum’s blog at www.crockerart.org/oculus, the Google Cultural Institute, on the museum’s YouTube channel as well as on their social media channels @crockerart. The community is invited to spend “Thursday Nights In” this April with alternative ways to experience Crocker programs including a spring film series, ArtMix, and a pre-recorded Global Rhythms concert featuring Jessica Fichot. CrockerCon Goes digital on April 17 as the museum celebrates comic book art and family-friendly virtual cosplay; for more, please see the Crocker blog and social media channels for details and updates.

Center for Sacramento History

Center for Sacramento History offers original film productions, a “Staff Favorites” section with new film clips updated regularly, and recordings of past Speaker Series events such as the following:

  • “Devoted to the Union: Sacramento and the Civil War” by Dr. Glenna Mathews   - “The Time is Now: The Civic Life of Sacramento’s Nathanial Colley” by Dr. Mark   Brilliant


  • “Red Menace! The Sacramento Conspiracy Trial of 1935” by Dr. Kathryn Olmsted

To access the 100+ history-rich films and video clips, visit

www.youtube.com/centerforsacramentohistory.

California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum – offers virtual versions of All Aboard for Story Time! on Mondays at 11 a.m. with local influencers reading children’s railroad-related books via Facebook Live. Each week, live and previously recorded book readings are available for viewing on both the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation Facebook pages @CaliforniaStateRailroadMuseum or @CaliforniaStateRailroadMuseumFoundation.

California Museum

Has launched a new Distance Learning program providing educational materials for K-12th grade students aligned with Common Core and California State Content standards. A State Symbols Coloring Book and a series of five California Indians Oral History worksheets are currently available. Additional activities furthering learning on the state’s diverse history, culture and arts are scheduled for release through the end of the 2019-20 school year, both as downloadable PDF files and as paperless, shareable assignments in Google Classroom. For details or to access activities, visit www.californiamuseum.org/distance-ed.

Aerospace Museum of California

Is tapping into creative expertise provided by museum staff and team members, the Aerospace Museum offers hands-on activities and tutorials that are fun for children and families. Easy-to-replicate demonstrations are available on the museum’s Facebook page @AerospaceMuseumCA. For additional online events, including Hubble’s 30th Birthday Celebration, please visit aerospaceca.org/events.