Happening Now: Virtual Resources for Families

With the real prospect of a never-ending- summer, here are a few resources to spark quality together time with the family.
by Katherine Poole

Navigating how to safely get back to what we enjoy most is challenging, and while many events and activities have been canceled or postponed, there is still much Happening Now. Local businesses and organizations are finding innovative ways to entertain, engage, connect and reinforce our sense of community, even from a distance. Gathered here is a resource guide for family experiences, so you can stay up on virtually everything. 


History at Home brings the resources of the museum right to you. Tour virtual exhibits, view documentary films and inter- views with historians or link out to other historical resources. Then, plan an outing to visit a state historic site or park. ncmuseumofhistory.org/history-at-home


Science at Home offers budding scientists ideas and activities to explore the world around them. Learn how to identify trees in the neighborhood, join a live round of Trivia Tuesday, watch a video on slime- eating insects, classify the bug living under your porch by Asking a Naturalist. Science at Home is just the jumping off point for discovering unchartered territories. naturalsciences.org


Parents may feel they are losing their marbles, so Raleigh’s beloved kids museum is here to help. Daily videos high- light activities to do at home from finger knitting to making a backyard obstacle course. Downloadable Play Poster activ- ity sheets make learning fun and Playful Parenting tips make adulting easier. And once everyone is playing well together, pick up a prize (curbside) from the museum gift store. marbleskidsmuseum.org


Wake County is fortunate to have a thriving parks and recreation system. Take time to explore a little deeper into the resources at our disposal with Play Anywhere with Raleigh Parks. Learn the basics of watercolor, make solar s’mores, go on a Pullen Park scavenger hunt, learn how to help a turtle cross the road, prac- tice chair yoga or finesse your forehand. There is also an updated list of park and facility openings, closings and best prac- tices for enjoying spaces while respecting fellow travelers. And when you just need a little laugh, call the Raleigh Parks Laugh Line at 919-996-2759 for the joke of the day. No kidding. raleighnc.gov/play-anywhere