Tired of your kid watching that garbage they call “cartoons” nowadays? I mean seriously, TV is not what it used to be. On the flip side, what else could they watch that’s as entertaining without rotting their brains? Well, remember that trip you wanted to take to Yellowstone Park, but couldn’t afford it? Or that time you wanted to go to the aquarium, but work got in the way? Here’s a solution to both these issues: Live webcams
No, don’t go there. That’s not what I meant at all. Live cams for kids. With our advanced technology, zoos, aquariums and other places have set up live-stream cameras so people can watch what’s going on whenever they want. Crazy, right? I thought so. Anyway, here’s some webcam recommendations for your young ones:
This site offers a variety of live cams from zoos to tourist attractions. Tired of watching the New Yorkers over at Times Square? Then let’s go watch people in Moscow. Bored of people already? Watch the animals. You can witness all sorts of things from live births to mundane everyday habits. It’s almost like your own personal Discovery or National Geographic channel. Minus the commercials. And in real time. If your kid is really interested in wildlife, you might want to check out…
These live cams are set up in different parts of the world and broadcast live wildlife. So you get wolves, bald eagles, bears, and even meerkats. (Timon and Pumbaa anyone?)
Unfortunately, some of these live streams operate on different time zones — like Central Africa Time — so you might not get the chance to see much at 3 p.m. If you watch some cams early on in the day, you might be able to see something interesting. Who knows?
Have you ever wanted to visit the San Diego Zoo? Well now they have set up live cams on animals like pandas, polar bears and apes. They aren’t the only zoos to do so either. If you do a quick online search for “live zoo cams,” a plethora of links to zoo cams will pop up. So if you get bored live camming one zoo, just move on to the next one. Easy peasy.
On to bigger and better things…
4. Old Faithful
Yellowstone National Park has set up their first live webcam, thanks to Canon U.S.A. When the geysers erupt, the cam zooms in for optimal view for online viewers. The cameras also zoom in if random deer or other critters stroll by. It’s not the most entertaining of cams on a daily basis, but the geysers are awesome to watch when they finally blow.
Courtesy of Discovery Channel, these live cams are similar to other live animal cams. Currently, there’s an osprey cam and underneath it tells the story of the birds seen on camera. There’s also a bison cam, arctic tern cam and a brown bear cam. They also happen to have a live cam set up to view the Hawaiian pipeline. Awesome right?
Live cams can’t replace the real thing, but watching wildlife from the comfort of your own home has never been easier — or more educational. And you can eat popcorn while doing it … which would get you killed in the wild.