All things virtual; Your guide to online entertainment in Hampton Roads during coronavirus closures

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – During these trying times, social distancing has become our best option at minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. 

For now, a lot of local parks and beaches are open for business ­– while maintaining the necessary health recommendations and precautions ­– but what about during bad weather or while parents have to get work done?

Living Local and have you covered. 

Here is a complete guide on how Hampton Roads companies are providing virtual entertainment for everyone staying indoors. 

The Virginia Zoo

The zoo began offering a daily Virtual Voyage at 2 p.m. on their social media accounts back on March 16. Viewers are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo while learning about the animals, zookeepers, and education staff.

They are also offering an Augmented Reality Tour that features 12 stops around the zoo allowing viewers to get “insider information” about the animals and the organization’s conservation efforts, according to its website.

Check the Virginia Zoo website at this link for their latest virtual offerings.

Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum

Although the museums might be closed in person, both Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum can be accessible through online sources via apps, blogs, interactives, videos and a series of curriculum-based lesson plans for teachers and students learning at home.

Staff have provided a History is Fun at Home virtual experience for students to visit museums as museum educators host behind-the-scene visit FREE.

The Virginia Aquarium 

The trainers take viewers on daily virtual tours throughout the aquarium while posting different Facebook activities and feeding time videos.  

Virginia Living Museum

Join the Virginia Living Museum educators and animal welfare and conservation staff on the Museum’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts daily. Engaging lessons, animal ambassadors, adventure challenges and LIVE feedings and activities will be showcased. 

The day-long schedule begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. with a bedtime story (targeted to nature lovers 5 and under).

In addition, every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., watch the museum’s live otter cam as the trainers journey into Moe and Molly’s river habitat to feed and care for them!

During the evenings, check-in on the museum’s Twitter page as they take you on a daily journey through the Virginia Skies where you can discover all the night sky has to offer.

For more information, visit the Virginia Living Museum’s website.


Join the Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin on a Virtual Adventure every day at 11 a.m. that can be watched via social media. They are also offering virtual battleship tours and educational resources to keep the kids up on history and the sea.

Nauticus also launched an all-new contest for house-bound families to get those creative juices flowing.

Create a unique, deep sea creature for Nauticus and you might just win a dinner for four from a local restaurant and other goodies!

The Virginia Beach History Museums

While the VB history museums are closed, they are still offering virtual tours of two famous historical homes. The tour of the Francis Land House brings you circa 1805 where you can view the period-correct residence of Francis Land VI. From there, visit the Thoroughgood House, one of the oldest surviving colonial homes in Virginia Beach.

Suffolk Public Library

The Suffolk Public Library is keeping kids entertained with virtual DIY classes and storytime. The virtual classes began Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the staff is working to put out a schedule with weekday events like DIY Slime, How to Make Your Own Sensory Bottles, and Fandom Crafts using everyday objects. The schedule will be released on the Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Virginia Beach Public Library

The Virginia Beach library released a schedule of online programs for adults and kids including rhymes and storytimes. Join Ms. Katie on the VB Library YouTube Channel for stories, rhymes, songs, concepts (i.e. colors, shapes, letters) and build early literacy skills with your curious toddler, as they develop independence and social skills.

Joint Base Langley- Eustis

JBLE is offering several ways for service members and the rest of the community to stay connected through online resources.

Be it worship services, daily concerts from the Army Field Band, or Zumba and other fitness routines to help the community to stay active, JBLE has the online connection.

Dominion Energy

Dominion Energy’s ‘Project Plant It!’ program, which began in 2007, is a great at-home learning resource during the coronavirus pandemic. And it’s Free! The resource teaches students about the benefits of trees to the ecosystem. For more information, click here.

Health and fitness

Check with your local gym to see what the options are as many like the YMCA and One Life Fitness have put virtual portals up for their members. If you don’t have a membership, don’t stress since you can Take Your Workout ‘To-Go’ with the Hampton Roads Show!

Did we miss something? Email the Living Local team and let us know what we should add!

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