COVID-19 What To Do At Home List
Most of the world is stuck at home with this COVID-19 thing out there. And if you're anything like me boredom can creep in easily which can sometimes lead to outright depression. So here are a few things you can do inside to keep life interesting.
Audible - Amazon’s smash hit audio book service is making things a little easier for parents of young kids by offering a curated list of children’s books available for free than can be found by clicking on this link.
Amazon Prime Video - adding to Amazon’s attempts at helping parents keep kids busy is a limited collection of free to watch kid’s shows that don’t require a subscription to Amazon Prime that can be found here.
GoNoodle - specializing in helping kids move more and practice mindfulness, their video content is free to access and a great resource for parents or teachers alike to keep kids entertained.
Virtual Trips - whether it’s a field trip to a museum, a walk at the zoo, or a family vacation these virtual trips can help you take a look around even if you’re stuck inside; link 1, link 2, and link 3.
Fun In First - rather than this being a free service itself, it’s a compilation of free services or free add-ons for child education.
Zoom - this may be one of the best video call services around, offering tools for everything from remote happy hours with your family to business seminars and team meetings. Their team has slapped together a wealth of resources to help you run your business, your team, or just your life remotely that can be found here.
Zencastr - with everyone being stuck at home, there’s never been a better time to start a podcast. Zencastr allows you to host a call with guests, record audio, edit live, and even subscribe to have their team automatically edit your podcast in postproduction. They’re currently offering unlimited guests and recording time for anyone who signs up to their free tier.
Loom - an excellent tool for collaboration, allowing you to record your screen and yourself at the same time to share experiences on projects or workflows is an excellent tool for working remotely. They recently announced that they will be removing the recording limit of their free tier, cutting the price of their pro tier in half, and extending the pro tier trial from 14 to 30 days from now through July 1st.
MasterClass - this is a service I personally subscribe to and highly recommend. The team at MasterClass brings together some of the best of the best in various fields to offer very well put together classes taught by the professionals themselves. Learn how to cook with Gordon Ramsay, play basketball with Stephen Curry, or science from Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Skillshare - touted as “an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people,” it allows people from various professions to offer courses you can take to learn a new skill. It’s particularly great for creatives wanting to learn new skills for video/photo editing, graphic design, and more.
Duolingo - a popular and free to use service, Duolingo provides everyone from kids to adults the ability to start learning the basics of new languages from all over the world. With both mobile and desktop apps, it’s a great way to learn something new while you’re hanging out.
Scholastic - the longstanding education and book company has curated a free digital learning hub for people to use for kids in pre-k to the 9th grade and up that can be found through their Scholastic Learn At Home program.
The Metropolitan Opera - the Met will be uploading a special encore performance of their Live in HD series that can found by heading here. Each performance will only be available for 23 hours, and will cover the past ~14 years of opera performances.
Digital Public Library of America - did you know that there was an online resource with over 36 million images, texts, videos, and sounds that catalogue US history? Me neither, until now, and it’s definitely worth a look.
Odds & Ends
This final piece before we close it out is less about links to established resources you can access and more about the random things you can do at home in general:
Take a walk, bike ride, sit outside or go for a swim (if and where allowed of course).
Try a new recipe, watch a new cooking show, or involve your kids.
Organize your closet, the kitchen cabinets, or a room that’s been set up the same way for the past five years.
Clean your bathroom, do your laundry, or give your car a deep dive so it looks brand new again.
Learn to knit, read a book, or tackle some projects around the house.
The list really could go on and on here, but hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’ve come up with an idea or two that can help you stay busy and entertained during crazy times!
Have an idea that we can add to the list?
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