Online Academy - Aquarium of the Pacific
Aquarium of the Pacific is offereing free daily (Monday - Friday) online (virtual) ocean learning opportunities from July 27, 2020 - August 21, 2020. There are several different classes to choose from and 4 different learning programs from beginning to more advanced learning. You can attend all programs if you would like. Did you know that about 97 percent of Earth's water is in the ocean and the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the surface of our planet? Learning more about our ocean creatures should be a lot of fun.
You can find out more about each of the 4 programs here:
Go here for a calendar view of specific activties and times:
Quick Brain Tests
This video has four short tests you can use to see how quickly the left and the right side of your brain can work together and react.
This free website has a bunch of word searches that you can print out or you can complete them online. There are many categories to choose from. You can also build your own word search and share it with others.
Easy Magic Tricks for Beginners
Here are 7 easy magic tricks for beginners.
Here's 7 more easy magic tricks.
Google's 3D AR (Artificial Reality) Animals
Lions, tiger and bears in your own home? Oh my!
Lily the cat has a new lion friend with the help of Google AR (Artificial Reality). Doesn't it look like the lion is stepping on her tail?
While it sounds scary in real life, Google's 3D Artificial Reality (AR) makes it easy, fun and safe with a smart phone (Android 7 operating system or newer / iPhone ios 11 or newer).
See the YouTube video below for instructions:
Here's a list of animals that have 3D viewing capabilities:
- Angler fish
- Ball python
- Brown bear
- Dog (Bulldog, Pomeranian, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, Pug)
- Emperor penguin
- Giant panda
- Shetland pony
You can use Google Chrome or Safari web browsers but always do the animal search using google.com. If you are unable to see the 'View in 3D' or 'View in your Space' options, make sure that you give permission for your web browser to access your camera.
Online Jigsaw Puzzles
We know a lot of our participants like jigsaw puzzles. Did you know that you can put puzzles together on your computer? Click on the link below to explore puzzle options. You can search for any type of puzzle picture and they probably have it and it's all free. You don't even have to create a login unless you want to save your puzzles to finish later. The puzzles are also timed so you can try to improve your speed the next time you do the same puzzle.
Do You Know the Answer To These Riddles?
Here are 5 tricky riddles for you to solve.
How Good Are Your Eyes?
Here’s a quick and simple eyesight test that will show how sharp your eyes are. Can you make it all the way through stage 4?
Guess the Food
Can you guess the food by the picture clues?
Guess the Animal
Can you guess the animal by the picture clues?
Guess the Disney Villain
Can you guess the Disney Villain by their voice?
Which image do you notice first in these optical illusions pictures? What does it reveal about your personality?
Expand Your Vocabulary
This video teaches 15 vocabulary words that you may not know but could use in regular conversations to impress your friends and family.
The Science of Cute
Here is a YouTube playlist that teaches about various animals from 'The Science of Cute' BBC series.
Talk about cute! While this next video is no brain workout, it sure will put a smile on your face.
Free Audio Stories
For a limited time only, audible.com has decided to make their stories free to all while we practice social distancing. This is great alternative to our closed public libraries.
Other Story Options
Former first lady Michelle Obama is reading some of her favorite short stories on YouTube. Below she reads “The Gruffalo,” a book about a mouse who uses his wit and imagination to outsmart other animals in the woods.
For more stories like this, go here: PBS Kids Read-Along Stories Playlist
Oprah Winfrey reads the 'Hula-Hoopin' Queen written by Thelma Lynne Godin.
Read a new book for free online called 'The Ickabog'. This book was written by the same author who wrote the Harry Potter book series - J.K. Rowling. This entirely new story with new characters will be published for free on the website link below, a chapter (or two or three) at a time, over the next few weeks.
Every PIXAR Movie Easter Egg: From Toy Story to Onward
Have you ever heard of an Easter egg in a movie? An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, image, clue or call back to another movie. If you're a fan of Pixar movies (there's 23 of them so far), you'll like this video that uncovers Easter eggs in Pixar movies.
'Where Are You From' song
This video has a great song and will teach you about flags from different countries. There's a really special message in this video that we always should remember.
Tetris is the puzzle of all video games.
Cool Math Games
The website may be called Cool Math Games, but this website has all sorts of fun games.
One of our favorites is this super fun 1 minute quiz - click here to play 'Real or Cake'
Cartoon Network Video Games
Based on popular Cartoon Network shows and characters.
This is the very first version of the Minecraft video game. This does not require an account or download, just enter a username and play! It is also possible to play online with other people using this website link. You play by using the WASD keys to move, spacebar to jump, left-click to break blocks, right-click then left click to place blocks to make fun and interesting builds along the way and look around with your mouse. You can also pause with the Esc key.
Here is a basic tutorial for beginners on how to play Minecraft:
Retro Super Nintendo Games Online
If you like old school video games like Super Mario or Pac Man, you can play them for free using your computer here.