Virtual Activities

Welcome to the City of Ventura’s Parks & Recreation Virtual Recreation and Resource Center! 

This is your place for fun, educational, and useful resources through these uncertain and challenging times. We are committed to ensuring that our resilient community members have resources to maintain healthy lives, grow meaningful relationships, and continue to have extraordinary experiences. 

Visit this page often and follow us on Facebook for new updates and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained, and informed. Please note that we do not endorse or receive funds to advertise any of the third-party sites or services listed or referenced on this page. Some resources may require the creation of an account.

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Stay Active

As our daily lives are filled with more indoor time, there are many ways to stay healthy and active. Here are a few ideas for staying active at your home or neighborhood. 

Indoor Exercises

Outdoor Exercise

  • Take a walk in your neighborhood or at one of our City parks and beaches.
    • They are the perfect place for "recess" and to get some fresh air.
    • For information on parks near your home, check out our parks map.
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Exercise your Brain 

  • Visit the Ventura County Virtual Library – The library has created free reading activities for teens and children.
  • Participate in an online story and song time – Facilitated by local librarians from the Ventura County Library, Monday through Friday in English and Spanish or check out an Ebook to read from home.
  • Explore Audible’s list of free audiobooks – Including stories for all ages and in multiple languages.
  • Learn a new language – The Spanish Experiment provides free Spanish lessons with audio for beginners.
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Stay Entertained

Fun for the Kids (or kids at heart) 

  • Take a virtual car trip through the USA.
  • Hold a virtual play date through video chat. 
  • Teach a young person how to write and send a letter. 
  • Take a Virtual Vacation – Explore a National Park using Google Earth. Use Street View to see places like you’re physically there. 
  • Take a virtual ride on a Disneyland ride. 
  • Watch the San Diego Zoo Livecam. 
  • Head to the Scripps Aquarium website to view the Kelp Cam
  • Visit one of many museums around the world through their virtual tours
  • Take a mobile tourwith The San Diego Museum of Man. 
  • Check out some recycled arts and crafts ideas
  • Check out some “rainy day fun” on Pinterest
  • Try your hand at the Daily Doodlelessons by Mo Willems. 
  • Spark your creativity with art lessons at the Art for Kids Hub
  • Find free coloring pages from Crayola
  • The San Diego Padres are offering free kids activities on their Compadres Kids site, as well as a list of additional resources offered by their partners. 
  • The San Diego Air and Space Museum offers a growing collection of content including rare archival footage and exciting stories on their SDASM TV site. Additionally, they are hosting weekly STEM Challenges to push your creativity and problem-solving skills.

Virtual Tours & Experiences

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Nature Activities

  • Back Bay Science Center:Online educational resources for kids ages 13-18, including online classes, a virtual aquarium, live webinars, and more.  
  • California State Parks PORTS:California State Parks is broadcasting its PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) home-learning program catered to grades K-12 from park locations all over the state.  
  • Environmental Nature Center: The Environmental Nature Center is bringing the Earth’s wonders right to you through your computer screen! Take virtual field trips; subscribe to their YouTube channel for fun and informative videos; and enjoy live streams of their butterfly house, reptiles, birds, and more. Learn more at encenter.org
  • FindNature.org: Help kids stay connected to nature while at home through online tools, webinars, and blogs by the Children & Nature Network.
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Older Adults & Seniors

Arts & Opera  

  • LACMA: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is offering exhibition walkthroughs, short films, documentaries, and online courses for free.  
  • Paul J. Getty Museum:Explore exhibitions online and browse free reading materials on art and cultural heritage.  
  • LA Opera at Home:Access the opera at home, dive deeper into the opera with podcasts and audio lectures and find fun at-home activities to do yourself or with grandkids.

Fitness & Outdoors

  • AARP Get Moving Where You Are:Watch online exercise videos where fitness experts share workouts you can do in your living room.
  • Virtual YMCA: Try out chair yoga, barre, cardio fitness, and more workout videos catered to older adults.  

Travel & Literature

Social

  • Call a Friend or Relative: Mental health is important during times like this, especially when spending more time at home than usual. Call friends and relatives regularly to hear another person’s voice and stay socially engaged. 
  • Have a Virtual Hangout: Have a party on your computer! Use FaceTime, Skype, or other platforms to get together with family and friends digitally.
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Get inspired

Creative Art Lessons & Virtual Exhibits

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Stay Connected

Although we’re all social distancing physically, as humans we need to stay connected emotionally. Try one or two of these out every day. 

  • Call, video chat, or write a letter to a friend or relative you haven’t spoken to in a while to check in – These are healthy ways to maintain relationships even while practicing social distancing.
  • Support a local restaurant – Many restaurants are now open, and most are still providing take-out and delivery options.  
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media – Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Make sure you take time throughout the day to unplug from your electronic devices – this can help lower your stress levels.
  • Take care of your body – Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and make time to unwind.
  • Connect with others – Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Work on Mindfulness – Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
  • Talk to your family – The CDC offers tips on how to talk to your children about the COVID-19.
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Stay Educated

Additional Educational Resources

Kids & Teens - Educational Resources

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Arts & Design Projects

Try out these fun, at-home art projects designed by Irvine Fine Arts Center staff. Click the links below for easy-to-follow PDF instructions.  

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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

  • NASA Library: Explore the stars, moon, and the universe beyond thanks to NASA, which has made its entire media library available online. Learn more at nasa.gov.  
  • PBS SoCal Science Documentaries: Browse through 161 free science documentaries on animals, engineering, biology, chemistry, computers, and more.  
  • Code.org: Learn computer science with fun projects and online courses.  
  • Edgerton Center: The Edgerton Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides ideas for hands-on engineering and science projects for students of all ages. Build a balloon-powered toy car, make an LED flashlight, build and create a 3D snake, and much more.  
  • Stuck at Home Science: Use easy-to-find items you already have lying around your household for fun science projects and activities from the California Science Center.  
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium:Enroll in free online classes where kids can learn about tidepool science, kelp forests, ocean pollution, and more.
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Self-Care

This is a stressful time for many of us. Self-care and finding ways to safely connect with friends, family, and neighbors is an important part of staying well every day.  

  • Here are five mental health and wellness tips provided by the County of Ventura that you may find helpful in reducing stress and staying connected during this time.
  • Watch a video from Teacher and coach Erik Conklin discussing mindfulness for stress management, sharing the neuroscience behind the practice of mindfulness and leading viewers through four exercises that can be done from home to manage stress and anxiety.