You Can Now Live Stream Aquariums & Zoos for Your Kids (Even Just to Watch the Penguins)

Looking for a new way to spend time with your kids during this period of social distancing? Aquariums and animal exhibits across the country are lending parents a hand by live-streaming their tanks and enclosures online. 

Yup, shuttered zoos and aquariums are keeping their public engaged by sharing their live animal content virtually, so children and families can still experience wildlife from the comfort of their own homes. 

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in California announced on Twitter that it has a wide range of live cameras (including the one above) up and running. “Until we reopen, you can check in on the sea otters, sway with the kelp forest, find tranquility with the jellies and look for wildlife out on Monterey Bay,” they wrote.  

However, if aquatic life is not so much your thing, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo has webcams available for giant pandas, lions, elephants and more. 

And the Cincinnati Zoo is really stepping things up. They recently announced that every weekday at 3 p.m. ET they’ll do a Facebook live stream showcasing an animal in their exhibits along with an activity for kids to follow along with at home. 

First the Met and now this? Looks like social distancing won’t be getting in the way of culture.