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Taking the Angels Flight Railway, Los Angeles, California

Angels Flight Railway Los Angeles California

Taking the Angels Flight Railway, Los Angeles, California

Take a very quick trip on the world’s shortest railway, the Angels Flight Railway in Los Angeles, California.

Angels Flight Los Angeles

The Angels Flight Railway is a landmark in the Bunker Hill district of Downtown Los Angeles. We walked to it from The Broad museum, to give some context of where it is located. The funicular railway has two cars, Olivet and Sinai, which run in opposite directions on the 298 feet long railway. 

Angels Flight Los Angeles

It is indeed a very short trip, taking only a few minutes to transport passengers between Hill Street and Grand Avenue. Since the railway opened in 1901, it was given more than 100 million rides up and down the steep hill.

Angels Flight Los Angeles

The Angels Flight Railway has been a popular inclusion in many TV shoes and movies, and is now mostly a tourist attraction.

Angels Flight Los Angeles

Location
The Railway’s Top Station is located at California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90071. The Lower Entrance is located at 351 South Hill Street, Los Angeles 90013, across from Grand Central Market.

Angels Flight Los Angeles

Cost
To ride the Angels Flight Railway, fares are $1 each way. Buy a souvenir round-trip ticket for $2. There is a a $0.50 Metro fare discount is available for TAP Card users with Stored Value for a one-way trip. You will need to tap your valid TAP Card on the validator located at the Angels Flight Station House to be granted the discount.

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Angels Flight Railway
350 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles
Hours: Daily 6:45am-10pm
angelsflight.org

Inside Funko Hollywood

Funko Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Inside Funko Hollywood

Funko Hollywood is a shop filled with larger-than-life photo opps and immersive sets inspired by movies, TV shows and characters. 

Funko Pop Store Hollywood Los Angeles

The store is Funko’s second brick-and-mortar location, a 40,000 square shop catering to lovers of pop culture. 

Funko Pop Store Hollywood Los Angeles

The store is set out into various themed zones, such as Harry Potter, Marvel, Disney, Jurassic Park, Star Wars and more. Each zone has Funko Pops plus other brands such as Loungefly items available for sale. 

Funko Pop Store Hollywood Los Angeles

There is a section to make your own Funko Pop and some limited edition pops available. 

Funko Pop Store Hollywood Los Angeles

Photo opps here are a huge part of the attraction. If you’re visiting solo, don’t be shy to ask the very willing staff members to take some photos for you.

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Funko Hollywood
6201 Hollywood Blvd #100, Los Angeles
Hours: Daily, 11am-8pm
https://www.funko.com/hollywood-1

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Mandarin Picking at Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Picking Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Mandarin Picking at Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Pick your own mandarins in the crisp country air at Watkins Family Farm, in Wisemans Ferry, NSW. 

Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Watkins Family Farm is a family-owned business, the land being granted to James Watkins in 1867, and farmed by the next seven generations. 

The end of autumn / beginning of winter marks the start of mandarin picking season at Watkins Family Farm.

With over 2000 fruit trees to pick your own fruit from and farm animals to meet and feed, a visit to Watkins Family Farm is an excellent outing for all ages.

Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry
Chicken shed

Note: During COVID-19 the farm animals are not available and there are no picnics permitted on the property. Visitors are asked to responsibly comply with social distancing rules and maintain 1.5m distance from others.

Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

The farm specialises in mandarins: juicy imperial and hickson mandarins are on offer each season for picking.

We were surprised at how popular the farm was and how many people were there on the day we visited. A lot of the low-hanging mandarins had already been picked, but we found trees with fruit that was within the reach of our child when we walked right to the very back of the farm to the last rows.

Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Tips for visiting Watkins Family Farm

The farm is cash only.

There is no mobile phone reception on the farm.

Wear shoes appropriate for mud and dirt.

Arrive before opening for the best experience. 9:45am at the latest. If you plan to arrive at the farm after 11am you will find it hard to get a parking spot and enter the farm.

Each adult must buy a bucket – $10 for a small bucket or $15 for a large one.

You may not take any bags into the farm, including handbags that are large enough to fit anything larger than a wallet. 

The only toilet facilities are portaloos – use the bathrooms in Wisemans Ferry beforehand if you have the time.

Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

Watkins Family Farm
1006 Singleton Road, Laughtondale
Hours: 10am-4pm
https://watkinsfamilyfarm.com.au/

 

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Picking Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm Wisemans Ferry

The Undara Experience: Lava Tubes, Micro-Bats and Sleeping in Trains

Undara Experience, Qld, Australia

The Undara Experience

Venture into Outback Australia with the Undara Experience, in Tropical North Queensland. Explore the oldest lava tubes on the planet, sleep in refurbished train carriages and enjoy bush walks surrounded by wildlife.

Located 260km south-west of Cairns (or a 3.5 hour drive), the Undara Experience is located in the Undara National Park, a private enterprise operated by the Collins family, the earliest white settlers in this locality whose cattle have grazed in the area since 1862.

The Undara Experience was created to showcase the lava tubes located on the Collins’ family property in 1987, protecting the formations for future generations by developing a sustainable visitor experience.

Visitors to Undara can stay on the property in a range of accomodations that suit all budgets and preferences. To see the lava tubes, visitors must book into a tour, which ensures the numbers passing through the tubes are kept to a sustainable number and keep the ecological impact to a minimum.

Undara Cairns

Like many visitors to Undara, we arrived at the property in the early afternoon to check into our accommodation. We stayed in the rail carriage rooms, which are all restored turn-of-the-century Queensland Railway Carriages.

For a truly unique experience, the rail carriages cannot be beat.

Undara Cairns

There is a swimming pool on the property for some cooling down and several bush walks to take if you are after some exercise and wildlife spotting. We saw plenty of wildlife around the swimming pool as well as in the bush.

Undara Cairns

The star attraction is, of course, the lava tubes, which are 190 million years old. Over 300 roof collapses have been detected from the air, which should equal 300 caves – however only 69 have been discovered, and leaving the majority as yet unexplored. David Attenborough, upon visiting Undara, proclaimed it to be one of the most unexplored geological features on earth.

Tours at the Undara Experience

There are three tours offered by the Undara Experience, of which we enjoyed two – the Big Sky Sunset Iconic Australian Wildlife and Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour.

Big Sky Sunset Iconic Australian Wildlife

This tour takes visitors by mini bus through the bush to enjoy the sunset over the bush with sparkling wine and cheese and a highly knowledgable guide to point out the iconic wildlife easily spotted along the way, as well as the history of the land. We saw plenty of pretty face/ whip tail kangaroos, eastern grey kangaroos, swamp wallabies and wallaroos as they came out at dusk.

Undara Cairns

After the sunset, visitors are taken to the mouth of a lava tube to witness one of the most memorable experiences imaginable – thousands of tiny insect-eating micro-bats emerge from the darkness to find food. Waiting for them at the entrance are pythons and brown tree snakes hoping to catch a meal. Up to half a million micro-bats swarm out of the tubes each night to hunt for insect, returning at dawn.

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Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour

This is the the ultimate tour of Undara’s lava tubes. It’s takes two hours to complete and runs from mid-March to October – bookings essential. The tour picks up visitors in a mini bus and drives them to the lava tubes, through the arid, red landscape into the lush rainforest that has grown out of the mouths of the lava tubes.

Undara Cairns

Each tour visits up to three sections of lava tubes, which are easily accessible however do contain staircases that need to be descended and ascended again. An accessible lava tube with a chair lift is available for those who cannot use stairs.

Undara Cairns

The Archway Explorer Lava Tube Tour was an experience was breathtaking. There was something very “Indiana Jones” about descending down into the lava tubes through a collapsed roof, where a lush forrest of greenery has sprung up, and greeted by swarms of tiny Common Australian crow butterflies and yellow greasies butterflies. Birds, insects, butterflies that live in the collapsed section can be found nowhere else in the region.

Undara Cairns

Wind Tunnel Explorer

This tour takes two hours to complete and runs between April and September. A tour for the adventurous, it allows visitors to explore the lava tubes in their rawest form – by scrambling over rocks with less infrastructure. Expect uneven surfaces, not suitable for children under five.

Families at Undara

Kids are very welcome at Undara. Lover of trains, caves and wildlife all find their way to this magical place and enjoy its wildness. While there are no specific family tours, the guides tailor their talks to the visitors present.

Food at Undara

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There is a restaurant in the main settlement serving dinner each night. The food is hearty and wholesome and a welcome end to the day.

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Breakfast is served over campfire, a traditional billy tea with a choice of hot and cold food.

Undara Cairns

Undara Cairns


Where to stay at Undara

There are several options for staying on the property.

Railway Carriage Accommodation

Stay in a beautifully restored railway carriage. Each carriage has its own bathroom. There is an accessible carriage available. 

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Pioneer Huts Accommodation

The pioneer huts are modern cabins each with their own bathroom, private verandah and air conditioning. 

Undara Cairns

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Swags Tent Village Accommodation

Undara Cairns

Glamp in the bush in one of these large, permanent tents, which are close to a central amenities block. There is an undercover camp kitchen available for use with hot and cold water, free gas barbecue, fridge, gas hot plates, picnic tables and chairs. 

Safari Shelter

The large campground area is perfect for groups with their own tents, vans and motor homes. It has a separate amenities block available, access for mobility impaired guests and a dedicated undercover camp kitchen with hot and cold water, free gas barbecue, picnic tables and a private campfire.

Motorhome, Caravan Park and Camping

There are 11 drive-up camp sites (tents, small vehicles and camper trailers), 38 powered van sites (22 drive-through, 16 reverse-in) and 26 un-powered van sites available in this are, with individual campfire pits/barbecues on some sites and firewood available for purchase. This section of the property is surrounded by bush, and located close to amenities blocks.

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Undara Experience
Undara Volcanic Park, Savannah Way QLD
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Undara Experience, Qld, Australia

A visit to Wildwood Garden Bilpin, Blue Mountains Sydney

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

A visit to Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains Sydney

Enjoy seasonal colours in the fresh mountain at at Wildwood Garden, a privately-owned cool climate garden in the Blue Mountains, 90 minutes drive west of Sydney.

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

Wildwood Garden was created over 38 years by Wayne and Sue Tapping. Located in Blipin, on the fringe of the Blue Mountains and deep in apple country, the garden has a glorious collection of plants which are stunning to behold throughout the year.

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

Currently the garden is only open each Saturday and Sunday between May 16 and June 7. Its final opening day before winter closure is Monday, June 8. During this time, the garden, cafe and shop will all be open in line with current Covid-19 restrictions. The garden will reopen in spring.

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

The garden features a waterfall, fairy grove and dragon den, lots of well-placed statues to discover, topiary animals, and plenty of seasonal in colour.

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

During autumn, the garden is alight with deciduous trees and shrubs change from green to red, orange and yellow. Spring brings a cheery walk which is in peak flower mid-September, a fragrant daphne hedge, and plenty of shrubs, climbers, bulbs and perennials bursting into bloom. WIldwood Garden is home to 600 camellia varieties, which bloom through late winter and spring. Summer brings roses and perennials to bloom.

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

Wildwood Garden is beautifully landscaped with wide gravel paths, which are suitable for some strollers and wheelchairs with bigger wheels. 

Wildwood Garden Bilpin Blue Mountains

The onsite cafe is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a stunning view of the gardens below with a coffee, cake or lunch. No kids’ menu, however plenty of the items are suitable for kids.

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There is also a gift shop and nursery to check out before leaving.

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Wildwood Garden
29 Powells Rd, Bilpin NSW
0417 042 460
wildwoodgarden.com.au

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Gosford Chocolate Factory, Central Coast, NSW

Chocolate Factory Gosford

Make a sweet stop at the Chocolate Factory Gosford, home of Australian confectionery producers Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate and The Sydney Marshmallow Co.

Chocolate Factory Gosford

The factory is open for visitors to enjoy trying and buying locally made chocolate, nougat and marshmallows, take a guided tour or enjoy a signature hot chocolate and cake in the cafe.
Chocolate Factory Gosford
 
Kids can take part in a fun-filled Junior Chocolatiers Workshop.
 
The café is generally open Wednesday to Sunday 9am-4pm for all-day breakfast and brunch, serving up simple meals and a kids’ menu.
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Factory tours are approximately 30 mins in duration and cost $10 pp, $8 for seniors and children under 14. Book your tour online in advance to ensure it’s not sold out.
Chocolate Factory Gosford
 
Junior Chocolatiers Workshop run during the school holidays, for 60-80 mins in duration and cost $40 pp. The workshops are available to kids between the ages of 5 and 14.
Chocolate Factory Gosford

Chocolate Factory Gosford
Hours: Daily, 9am-4pm
6 Jusfrute Dr, West Gosford NSW 2250
Phone: 02 4322 3222

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Gosford Chocolate Factory, Central Coast, NSW

Four Stunning NSW Road Trips To Start Planning Today

NSW Road Trips To Start Planning Today

Stunning NSW Road Trips To Start Planning Today

Dreaming of hitting the road? Us too. Start planning your NSW road trips that will take you to beautiful beaches, lush wineries, and cosy country towns.

North: Sydney to Coolangatta

Coolangatta, QLD

It’s about nine hours to drive straight from Sydney to the northernmost coastal NSW town of Coolangatta, perched on the NSW/Qld border. Along the way are some of the prettiest coastal towns you’ll ever see, each one worth a trip to alone. 

Only an hour north of Sydney you’ll find the beautiful Central Coast, followed by Newcastle, Port Stephens, Port Macquarie and plenty of tiny little towns in between until you hit Coffs Harbour. Further north is Yamba, Lennox Head, Byron Bay and then Coolangatta.

I highly recommend a few days in the stunning Hunter Valley region, which is north-west of Newcastle, and renowned for its wineries, cheese and chocolate. 

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North-West: Sydney to Dubbo

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Go west and head inland to Dubbo (approx 5 hours direct), and stop off at some of NSW’s best country towns along the way. Head to the Blue Mountains and spend a few days exploring the stunning bush, flowing waterfalls and cosy cafes, then take the route that goes through the historic wine town of Mudgee in one direction, and return via the route with Orange (another great wine town), Bathurst and Mayfield Garden

When you get to Dubbo, spend a few days exploring the town (including the famous Dubbo Goal), and of course, Taronga Western Plains Zoo! If it’s on your budget, glamp overnight in a Zoofari Lodge.

South-East: Sydney to Albury

Gundagai, NSW, Australia

It will take around 5 and a half hours to drive direct to Albury, the town perched on the Murray River at the border of NSW and Victoria. Keep going to hit Melbourne, or just enjoy the little towns along the way such as Gundagai, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn and Holbrook

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South: Sydney to Eden

Hyam's Beach, NSW, Australia

This spectacular road trip down Sydney’s south coast takes around 6 and a half hours if you do it all in one hit. We highly recommend taking at least a week however to do this stunning drive, which winds down through some of Australia’s most beautiful white sand beaches.

Start with a few days in Kiama and Jervis Bay, home to the world’s whitest sand beach, then stop by Mollymook, Ulladulla, meet the friendly kangas at Pebbly Beach, Bateman’s Bay, nearby Mogo Zoo, inland cheese town Bega, popular beach town Merimbula and Tura Beach, ending in Eden and the stunning Ben Boyd National Park.

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Disney Activities For Kids and Adults

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Imagineering in a Box

Disneyland Resort California
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The Disney Imagineers have put together Imagineering in a Box, a free online program created in partnership with the Khan Academy and Pixar. The program is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. With 32 videos including actual Imagineers, case studies, and activities, the program is a fun way to dream up your own theme park. 

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Draw Disney characters

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The perfect (virtual) day at Disneyland

The perfect (virtual) day at Disneyland

The perfect (virtual) day at Disneyland

 

Can’t make to a Disney park right now? There’s no reason you can’t enjoy Disneyland and Walt Disney World parks in the mean time, albeit virtually. Through the magic of the internet, you can stroll through the parks, meet characters, ride the best attractions and finish up the day with fireworks. 

Disney released a series of 360-degree panoramas on Google Street View that feature top Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort locations. Take a virtual stroll through the parks to bring back those happy Disney feelings and also help plan your next vacation.

Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland California
Matt Stroshane, photographer

You can also virtually experience Disney’s incredicoasterFrozen Ever After, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, Smugglers Run, Indiana Jones, Expedition Everest, It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, and the new Rise of the Resistance rides.

Disneyland Resort California

After the full Disney experience? Try character dining, listening to music streamed live by Disneyland musicians, enjoy a princess makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, tour Mickey Mouse’s house, meet characters, watch Disney’s Soundsational Parade, try the latest snacks, watch World of Color and finish it off with front row seats to the fireworks

You can even score the best view in the house to see Disneyland California’s brand new Magic Happens parade.

Miss the Dapper Dans? Us too! Enjoy their performances from home through the magic of YouTube.

You can even virtually visit Tokyo Disneyland, thanks to their excellent YouTube Channel, where they have uploaded Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea stage shows.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TDRofficialchannel

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How to travel the world with kids – without leaving your home

How to travel the world with kids without leaving your house

How to travel the world with kids – without leaving your house

Homebound with itchy feet? Yep, us too. The world and its treasures are still there to be discovered, however, all with a few clicks of the mouse. Take kids around the world and beyond all from the comfort of your living room.

Roar into the zoo

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has an excellent website for kids to learn all about animals from the comfort of home. There are plenty of videos to watch, animal-related art and craft activities to make at home, colouring sheets to download, games to play and stories to read. There is a dedicated section to animal conservation to give kids tips on how they can do their part to help save animals from going extinct as well.

kids.sandiegozoo.org

Visit an art gallery or museum

MetKids

Thanks to the internet, kids can still experience the beauty of art collections around the globe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of our fave galleries in New York, has the excellent online MetKids program so kids jump into a time machine and explore over 5,000 years of art from around the world, discovering fun facts, project ideas and behind-the-scenes videos made by kids along the way.

metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

Want to see even more art around the world?

This article rounds up the best virtual art gallery tours around the world.

The National Gallery of Victoria is offering free virtual tours of their blockbuster exhibitions as well as free activity downloads for kids.

ngv.vic.gov.au/channel/ and ngv.vic.gov.au/kids

The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida has a virtual tour of the whole museum.  

thedali.org/virtual-tour/

The Louvre in Paris can be toured virtually.

louvre.fr

Picasso Museum, Barcelona, has a virtual tour.

courtyard.museupicassobcn.org/virtual-tour

The Guggenheim Museum, NYC, offers a free virtual tour of their contemporary art collection.

artsandculture.google.com

Explore the natural history of the world

AMNH OLogy

Another of our fave museums of all time, the American Museum of Natural History, has a fantastic science website for kids called OLogy. There are lots of fun science-related activities on the site such as quizzes, games, stories, videos as well as a hands-on section with experiments, colouring books, model-making and more. 

amnh.org/explore/ology

Want to see more?

Museums Victoria have gone online. Visit Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Immigration Museum all from home.

museumsvictoria.com.au

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has an incredible virtual tour of all of its exhibits online. 

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The British Museum has an interactive timeline where users can scroll through time and explore artefacts from all over the world.

britishmuseum.withgoogle.com

The Vatican now has virtual tours including the Sistine Chapel.

museivaticani.va

Dance your way to the ballet

Australian Ballet

Thanks to YouTube, plenty of the major dance companies around the world have their own YouTube channels packed with videos of their incredible works. You might not be able to see them live for the time being, but get an up close look at dancers in training and performance through these insightful and inspiring videos.

youtube.com/user/TheAustralianBallet

The Royal Ballet is uploading their new season to their YouTube channel to watch for free.

youtube.com/royaloperahouse

youtube.com/user/ABTBalletTheatre

youtube.com/user/newyorkcityballet

Fly around the world

Google Earth

Thanks to Google Earth, you can fly to anywhere you like in seconds. The new Voyager section has games and travel ideas. Stem that wanderlust by visiting the far corners of polar bear central in Manitoba or the Eiffel Tour in Paris.

earth.google.com

Visit Disneyland

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Take a virtual stroll through Disneyland and Walt Disney World thanks to Google Street View. 

disneyparks.disney.go.com

You can also virtually experience Disney’s incredicoaster, Frozen Ever After and the new Rise of the Resistance rides.

Get a full guide to virtually visiting Disneyland.

Get close to nature

Alaska

If you can’t venture out into nature, let it come to you.

Watch brown bears trying to catch salmon in Alaska.

explore.org/livecams/brown-bears/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

Yellowstone National Park has nine webcams of the park to see the current conditions and hopefully some wildlife going about their business.

Live stream animal cams from around the world.

nps.gov

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef

Frankland Islands Cairns Australia

Let Sir David Attenborough take you on an adventure into the Great Barrier Reef.

attenboroughsreef.com

Blast off into space

NASA

Why stop at the world when you can explore the galaxy? Log onto the NASA Kids’ Club page and enjoy educational space-themed games and activities. Learn about NASA and its missions through STEM games and browse their image gallery featuring some of NASA’s coolest space pics. Take a look at what life is like in space with the Now in Space slideshow, which introduces young explorers to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station, and download activity sheets to do offline.

nasa.gov/kidsclub

More things to do at home with kids

Travel the world with kids without leaving your house.

Free online educational resources for kids.

Live stream animal cams from around the world.

Enjoy the perfect virtual day at Disneyland.

Help little ones stay zen with these free online yoga videos for kids

Get creative at home with these online art classes for kids.

Get fit with kids’ exercise videos and online classes.

How to travel the world with kids without leaving your house