Virtual edu-tainment for the whole family
Stuck at home and desperate to experience a bit of culture? From museums to funfair rides, we highlight some of the best virtual tours available.
Never before has wi-fi been as critical as it is now. Thanks to Vodacom data offerings and the various free experiences offered online, you can still stay connected, informed and entertained.
Experience theatre together. At a time when theatre fans around the world aren’t able to visit live productions, you can now watch some of the best British theatre from the comfort of your lounge. During lockdown, every Thursday from 7pm UK time, National Theatre at Home is giving you free access via Youtube for a week. This initiative kicks off with James Corden in the hilarious ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ on 2 April at 7pm UK time.
It’s the perfect antidote to cabin fever. The many splendid wonders of the Yosemite National Park can be experienced with just a ew clicks of your mouse. As an online visitor, you can explore over 200 different locations within Yosemite and its surrounding areas. The high definition, 360° interactive panoramas invite you to zoom in and out to see particular details – or pan around the dizzying views from the tops of Yosemite’s famous cliffs and waterfalls. Best of all, there are no crowds or queues!
When you’re feeling a bit cramped, spare a thought for Anne Frank and her family, who survived for more than two years hiding from the Nazis in a 42 square metre secret annexe during World War 2. A virtual visit to The Anne Frank museum allows you to fully understand the conditions in which she lived. The official Anne Frank House museum teamed with game developer Force Field VR to re-create the confined quarters inside an old Amsterdam office building. It’s an eye-opening visual account of where the teen and her family lived from July 6, 1942 until their capture by the Nazis on August 4, 1944.
For light relief – and sheer escapism, take a VR tour of Walt Disney’s world, including the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot. Your youngster will also be impressed with the Virtual Disney World YouTube channel. Although its unaffiliated with the Walt Disney Company, it offers virtual rides through 360-degree videos and is compatible with a VR headset or smartphone with a headset. Fans of Frozen 2 will be delighted.
You might not be able to visit a European gallery in person for a quite a while, but lockdown doesn’t mean you can’t still access your favourite exhibitions remotely. Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with over 2 500 museums and galleries to bring you virtual tours of some of the finest masterpieces and buildings around the world. The collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in New York City. Just the inspiration you need.
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