As we were preparing our annual Spring events and “things to do” list, we thought we would change it up a bit. To better fit in with this new world of social distancing that has entered our lives over the past month, our team pulled together the following list of resources and ideas to help fill our days with fun, learning and laughter (with a little healthy exercise mixed in).
We wanted to share our list in hopes that it brings others a little enjoyment as well. We’ll be updating and adding to it over the next few weeks, so if you have any suggestions, leave a comment, send us an email or DM us on Facebook!
Online Cooking Resources
Virtual Field Trips
Get Lost in a Book or Podcast
Hang out with Friends…via Video
Activities for Kids
Fox Presents iHeart Living Room Concert
Enjoy local performances online - Concord, NH Local Music Scene
Live Virtual Concerts - Update Daily from NPR
Watch Broadway at Home
Free Streaming Nightly Opera
Offering free full-length plays every Thursday, 3:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM BST
The following museums and galleries are offering online exhibits and virtual tours so you can enjoy the collections from your home!
- British Museum in London
- Guggenheim Museum, New York
- J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
- Musée d’Orsay, Paris
- Museu de Arte, São Paulo
- National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
- National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
- Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
- The Louvre, Paris
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
- Uffizi Gallery, Italy
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Staying active on an ordinary day can be challenging, never mind when your entire schedule is disrupted. Here’s a list of business that are trying to make it a little easier to fit in a workout at home.
Check out their live stream fitness classes (available at 7:00 PM ET) or visit their YouTube channel for on demand workout sessions.
The YMCA is offering on-demand classes from yoga to boot camp to weightlifting.
Get a great workout in using everyday house hold items. No special equipment needed.
Orange Theory Fitness
New 30-minute workouts added each day! No special equipment needed.
Tone It Up
Normally a subscription based service, Tone It Up has made their App FREE for the next month!! (ending 4/22/20)
This athletic clothing company has created a great online community with free classes from yoga to meditation and bodyweight workouts.
Although it is a subscription service, Peloton is offering 90-days of free live and on-demand classes.
Monthly subscription service will provide access to some pretty cool virtual biking and running routes. The best part is you participate with others from all over the world! Virtual races and group rides and runs also available.
- Bon Appetite Cooking Videos
- BBC Basic Food Techniques
- Top Chef University
- Texas A&M Quick Healthy Cooking Videos
- Food & Wine list of Chefs offering online cooking demos
- Binging with Babish Cooking Videos
Need food inspiration? Checkout this NPR article: Cooking Through the Coronavirus with Chef Amanda Freitag
- Boston Children’s Museum
- Yellowstone National Park
- Explore the Surface of Mars
- The Great Wall of China
- Ellis Island
Check out the live animal cams at these Zoos and Aquariums:
Live Animal Cams at the San Diego Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Houston Zoo, Georgia Aquarium, Smithsonian National Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Ouwehand Zoo
NPR’s Book Concierge
Not sure what to read next? Check out NPR’s Book Concierge to skim through reviews and suggestions. If you have a Goodreads account (also free) you can save books you want to read to your account! Prefer to listen instead of read? NPR also has a great podcast library!
National Emergency Library
A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed
Audible is a subscription service but they offer a free 30-day membership to try out and they have a large selection of children’s books available for streaming.
Although most have closed their physical locations, many have audiobooks and magazines that can be borrowed. If you are located in New Hampshire, visit NH Downloadable Books Consortium to find your local library online.
Local Food Delivery & Other Services
Check out our list of local restaurants and other business who are providing alternative dining and shopping solutions.
Hang out with Friends…via Video
Thanks to many tech and social companies offering free video calls, you can keep those plans you had with friends and meet up online! Here are a few video/chat platforms that make game night possible:
- Google Hangouts
- Facebook Messenger
- Facetime (Apple devices)
- PBS Learning Media
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, Kennedy Center Education, Artist-in-Residence
- Scholastic Learn From Home
- eBird a project of TheCornellLab
Subscription service with a 30-day free trial
Free, curriculum aligned math platform
- Art for Kids hub