If you’re having to stay at home as most of us are, here’s a variety of things to see, do or listen to online and off.
Whether you want to watch movies or music, get in a workout, learn to draw or view amusing recreations of works of art made with things around the house, there’s probably something here you’ll enjoy.
Some are free for a limited time, some are free through certain dates, and some are always free. Some require an account, most don't. I've been gathering sites as I come across them, I’ll add more as I find them.
Things to watch:
YouTube Stay Home With Me channel
YouTube creators are performing everyday tasks or taking on crafts and activities and sharing how they do things. Everything from concerts from well known names, channels for baking and cooking, games, drawing, dance, cleaning, crafting, meditation, workouts, study, growing plants, journaling, sports and movies.
Dav Pilkey, Author and Illustrator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, Collaborating with the Library of Congress
Dav Pilkey, Author and Illustrator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants will be live with fun and free activities starting April 1st. There will be how-to-draw demonstrations, engaging read-a-louds and inspiring resources from the Library’s collections.
The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall
Welcome the Berliner Philharmoniker into your home – on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone. Live or on-demand from our archive. Requires creating a free account.
'Quarantine soirées': classical music and opera to stream at home
From The Guardian “With concert halls and opera houses closed due to coronavirus, organizations and musicians across the world are live-streaming concerts from their homes, or from empty halls, and opening up their digital archives so that everyone can still access music”.
Quarantine Live Stream Consequence of Sound
Stay connected with Neil Young, Ben Gibbard, Miley Cyrus, Rufus Wainwright, Yo Yo Ma and more.
Here Are All the Live Streams & Virtual Concerts to Watch During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating) | Billboard
Ongoing updates of musical events from Billboard.
Levi’s 5:01 Instagram Live concert series
A series of concerts from some well known and less known artists.
Movies and shows
359 free movies to watch on YouTube
A curated list of free movies by Phandroid (some are private and most are available in the US only)
Free Video Streaming to Help During Coronavirus Isolation
The Wirecutter has a list of free streaming services (and some to skip) with a few just for kids. Some are free, some have access to limited free content.
Art, Culture and Museums
Quarantine Culture: 6 Ways to Experience Design and Art Without Leaving Your Home
A good collection of items.
5 National Parks You Can Visit Virtually |Travel + Leisure
Take virtual tours of five of America's National Parks.
10 of the world’s best virtual museum and art gallery tours
Collected by The Guardian
Take a virtual tour of the Louvre
Since they are closed, the Louvre created a virtual tour of the museum.
SMARTIFY makes all museum audio tours free for rest of 2020
Explore world-class museums from home with smartify’s free audio tours.
The app features a database of some two million artworks housed at more than 120 venues.
Available on Android and iOS:
Google Arts & Culture has partnered with over 2500 museums and galleries around the world, including Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, London’s National Gallery and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The featured collections vary depending on the museum, but most include online exhibits, a “street view” that lets you explore inside the institution itself, as well as galleries of the artwork. Don't know where to start? Here are Google's ten top museums.
Draw and color
Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators
Illustrators have stepped up to create virtual resources and free classes for kids, parents and anyone else who needs a creative break in the midst of the pandemic.
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems
Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home.
A series of videos on doodling, geared towards kids but adults can enjoy them as well.
Eric Scott Art Studio| Facebook
Eric Scott Art Studio is offering free live streams featuring techniques used in creating personal journals on Facebook. No Facebook account is needed to view the videos.
Download Coloring Pages – The New York Academy of Medicine Library
The New York Academy of Medicine has an on going yearly collaboration with over 100 museums, libraries and galleries that offer free printable coloring sheets from their collections. A diverse and wide selection of pages to print and color.
10 Best Free Online Mandala Makers
Online mandalas are fun to create and some sites let you print them out.
These fitness studios are live-streaming workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak
A list from CBS News that includes Planet Fitness and Gold’s Gym among others. Most are free for a limited time. Planet Fitness is offering free live streamed daily workouts on their Facebook page, but you don’t need a Facebook account to view the videos.
Travel Workout Cards
Free printable workout cards. Useful even if you're traveling to the next room.
How to Help Librarians and Archivists From Your Living Room - Atlas Obscura
If you’re cooped-up and curious, use your free time to decipher handwriting, tag images and more.
Galaxy Zoo — Zooniverse
Galaxy Zoo is a crowdsourced astronomy project which invites people to assist in the morphological classification of large numbers of galaxies. It is an example of citizen science as it enlists the help of members of the public to help in scientific research.
Yale's most popular class ever is available free online:
The Science of Well Being (Coursera)
The Getty Challenges People to Recreate Great Artworks at Home
The Getty Museum issued a challenge on social media for people to recreate works of art with items around the house. The results are brilliant.
They can be found on the museum’s Twitter feed and with other museums at Art and Quarantine on Instagram.
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