Visit the Vatican
Wander the richly decorated halls of this unique holy city-state—completely free of crowds!
Explore a Country Through Art and History
Choose a country, read about it, and then explore the art and images that help define it. (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity.)
Be a Movie Critic
Watch a movie (or show) of your choice. Sign up for a free Common Sense Media account, search for the title you watched, and write a review to share your thoughts.
Drawing to Music
Learn about synesthesia and how it influences musicians and artists. Then put some music on, get inspired, and draw.
World's Zaniest Buildings
Take a virtual tour of some of the world's most unconventional buildings. Then, using materials from home (or just pen and paper), try designing your own.
Leaves of Grass
Celebrate Walt Whitman's life by reading Leaves of Grass with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, hip-hop artist Nas, and an array of contemporary poets.
Create a Character Profile
Imagine a fictional, yet realistic, person. Write a profile of their life, including traits like physical appearance and personality. Describe their family, school, job, and more.
A Modern Reimagining of Shakespeare
Watch this unique, modernized take on one of Shakespeare's later—and lesser-known—plays.
Four Notes That Changed Music with Ezinma
Watch as violinist Ezinma honors the history and legacy of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony—and its famous four notes—in this awesome modern take.
Black Is Beautiful
Analyze and discuss the influential photography of Kwame Brathwaite with a friend, family member, or teacher. Use the guiding questions to get things going.
Frida Kahlo: No Simple Truths
Learn about the life and art of Mexican surrealist painter Frida Kahlo, who explored disability, relationships, and Mexican culture in her work.
History of American Soul Music
Explore the Stax Records archives online, with this fascinating digital library of album covers, posters, and other rare items. Then, listen to the music!
Learn the Japanese art of paper folding and make your very own origami box. Decorate the paper before folding to add a personal touch!
A Matter of Fact
Explore the drawings of Toyin Ojih Odutola. Use the questions throughout to examine Ojih Odutola's artistic techniques and her exploration of wealth and Blackness.
Hour of Code
Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.
Art and Drawing Master Class
Dive into some art instruction from YouTuber Ross Tran in this playlist of helpful drawing tutorials.
The History of Breakdancing
Discover the origins of breakdancing in this short documentary-style video. See if you can pick up a few basic, easier moves and try them yourself.
Ever wonder about Edvard Munch's famous expressionist painting? This short interactive answers the awesome questions you didn't even know you had.
Urban Love Poem
Explore San Francisco's history, from the gold rush to today's Silicon Valley, by reading Marilyn Chin's "Urban Love Poem" with Chin and others.
Explore and Imagine Two of Poe's Classic Stories
Work through these lessons that examine two of Edgar Allan Poe's dark tales. Along the way you'll visualize movie adaptations of the stories.
Toy Boat Design Challenge
Design and build your own toy boat using recyclable materials from around your home. Then think of other DIY vehicles you could make!
Draw with Drew (and Rosie)
Draw along with Drew and his special guest, fourth grader Rosie. Their helpful tips and silly banter are sure to get your creative juices flowing.
Quick Coding Course
Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.
Design a Distortion Pedal
Discover the history of the distortion pedal, a little box that changed rock music. Then learn about what distortion is and design your own pedal.
Dream up an invention you think could help make people's lives better. Design it, then build it. Check out the two examples for inspiration.
Persuasive Political Cartoons
Practice analyzing political cartoons and the persuasive techniques used by artists with this interactive activity from the Library of Congress. (Flash required.)
Swipe through short, simple DIY videos on crafting, cooking, and more. Or create your own DIY tips for your favorite hobby. (Some alcohol content.)
Go Viral with Gratitude
Use your favorite video-creation tool to make a video thanking someone who's made a difference in your life: a teacher, a parent, or another mentor.
Soundtrack to Life
Use this tool to see how different music can affect how we interpret a movie scene. Then come up with a 10-song soundtrack for your own life.
Learn to Cartoon
Follow along with professional cartoonist Joe Wos as he shows you how to draw a cartoon scene.
Draw a Flower
Think of your favorite flower -- real or imaginary. Now draw it with as much detail as you can. Use a photo or just your mind.
Ages of Art
Examine how artists in Ancient Egypt used proportional guidelines for their work. Can you identify all of the rules they used? Create a grid to start.
Explore the exhibit "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" from the British Library. Look for everything from real "magical" artifacts to J.K. Rowling's original sketches.
Can you design and build a sneaker that's environmentally friendly? As you work, consider the effects of the materials you're using.
Basketball Poem Breakdown
Join NBA player Shaquille O'Neal and others for a poetic play-by-play on Edward Hirsch's poem "Fast Break," which captures a slow-motion basketball play.
Art from the Heart
Explore the intersection of love and art with this tender virtual exhibit. Then create a piece of art or a poem for someone you care about.
Calling All Artists and Advocates
Raise awareness of how climate change is impacting Earth's oceans. You can use poetry, art, film, prose, multimedia and more in this solution-oriented youth competition.
Women in Arts and Culture
Get acquainted with influential women artists, activists, and icons in this extensive virtual exhibit on women in culture.
The Poetics of Hip-Hop
Join hip-hop artist Nas as he discusses his song "N.Y. State of Mind" and considers hip-hop’s place in the poetic canon. Note: Mature content.
How to Tune a Guitar for Beginners
Give that guitar a tune-up! With this easy-to-follow video, learn to tune a guitar, even without an electric tuner.
Get rocking and learn how to make your own drum kit out of simple, household materials. As you build your own, remember to improvise!
Your Own Space Film
Make a movie about space using images from NASA's archives. If you're under 18, have your parent submit your final video to the competition.
The $150,000 Banana
Consider the ways that artworks are valued and priced with this quirky, 12-minute video. You can also think about the ways we define art itself.
How to Make a Balance Board
Watch this short tutorial, then see if you can build and use your own balance board with materials you already have in your home.
History of Books
Tour libraries, ancient manuscripts, and famous authors' bookshelves with this virtual exhibit on the history of books. Afterward, read a chapter of your favorite novel.
Found Object Art Re-Creation
Browse the Getty Museum's collection, then re-create something you've found using objects (and people) from your home. See the Twitter feed for inspiration!
Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Your Head?
Wiggle into the world of earworms, songs that get stuck in our heads. Then listen to a song you love, and see if it sticks.
Step into Shakespeare
Watch modern interpretations of classic plays and dive into the Bard's lasting legacy with this virtual exhibit on performing Shakespeare.
Making Music With Math
Create your own music while learning math. Start with the math vocabulary activity and see how factoring integers and identifying ratios can sound so good.
Explore Threatened Landmarks
Tour gorgeous cultural and historical sites being threatened by climate change in this virtual exhibit. Learn about ways architects are working to preserve them.
Rube Goldberg Machines
Check out these crazy contraptions that are all about cause and effect, and draw a plan for your own.
Respond to a Piece of Art
Find a piece of art of any kind and from anyone. Write a response to it. What does it make you feel and think?
Make a Rebus Puzzle
Use The Noun Project's icon library to make a rebus. What's a rebus? It's a puzzle made up of pictures and symbols that represent words.
Room in a Box
Gather some art supplies and odds and ends you can use to make a miniature room inside a box. Watch the video for inspiration.
Imagine the Past
Float around the Met's ancient Temple of Dendur exhibit in this virtual video. Draw what you think the temple looked like at its peak.
Design and create a board game based on something you've learned recently. Try to incorporate that learning into the gameplay, not just the theme.
Create a Cardboard Arcade Game
Grab some cardboard and any art supplies you might have. Build a playable game for your family; think Skee-Ball but made out of boxes!
Nature as Art
Discover the beauty of the wild with this virtual exhibit on natural history. Get up-close looks at sea creatures, dangerous wildlife, and dinosaur bones.
Your Own Art
Watch this 30-minute exploration of Emily Dickinson's poem. Pick out one line that moved you. Capture that feeling in your own poem.
Watch this video about artists who explored identity through portraiture. Create a portrait of yourself that shows who you are (or how people see you).
Listen to Some Shakespeare
Find a comfy chair, get out your headphones, and listen to a Shakespeare play performed by actors from the Folger Theatre.
Create with Colors
Click on a color and see famous fine art that contain it. Then pick a color to feature in your own art! (Note: There are a few paintings with nudity)
Explore Ancient Drawings
Step inside the Chauvet Cave, a 36,000-year-old gallery of ancient human art. See what we can learn from what our ancestors left behind.
Discover Street Art
Check out the vibrant world of graffiti and other street art with this virtual exhibit. Discover how murals connect to social movements and communities.
Tiny Desk Concerts
Watch your favorite musicians give live performances at the desk of All Things Consideredhost Bob Boilen.
Vi Hart: How to Make a Hexaflexagon
Follow along with this video (and use the printable linked in the description) to do a fun, quick craft activity perfect for fidgety types. It also has some secret math in it.
Get Doodling with Mo
Visit with author and illustrator Mo Willems as he invites you to doodle with him in his home studio.
The Great Depression, Ken Burns in the Classroom
Examine this gallery of photos taken during the Great Depression. Use the Photo Analysis Worksheet to guide your thinking.
Explore some of the tutorials in Microsoft's MakeCode Arcade. These step-by-step guides show how to modify and create simple games using drag-and-drop code blocks.
Gerhard Richter: Painting After All
Explore this beautiful website that digs into why the artist Gerhard Richter continues to use the medium of painting for his work. As a follow-up, analyze and interpret one of Richter's paintings.
Meme Maker Tutorial
Play through Vidcode's super-simple but fun tutorial that focuses on creating custom social media-style filters.
Imagineering in a Box
Perfect for Disney lovers, this incredible course covers the renowned Disney Imagineering method for storytelling and gets kids designing their own theme park attractions.
Start from Scratch
For new coders, check out the tutorial or play around with some projects to get a sense of what's possible.
Beyond Scrolls & Screens
Use this interactive exhibit to explore Japanese scrolls and screens in close detail, learning about the different things they represented.
Write a letter to someone important that you'll never actually send. Afterward, reflect on the experience.
Make a song or beat using this super-fun visual sequencer. If you've got something good, download it and save it!
Your Own Music Studio
Use Audacity to start recording and editing audio. Musician? Record a song. Got something on your mind? Record a podcast.