Hey y’all, how’s it going in your corner of the world? Personally, I’m on Day Four of Social Distancing, but so far, so good. I know it’s going to get worse before it gets better, so I thought I’d post my list of Things To Do Online while being at home for the foreseeable future. This is by no means a complete list of things that are out there, but just a few that I’ve taken notice of and will be taking advantage of while homebound.
Do you have any to add to this list? Shoot me an email or reach me on twitter and let me know!
The Metropolitan Opera
Starting tonight, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances will start at 7:30 PM ET and can be viewed from their website or the Met Opera on Demand subscription service.
Visit their website for more info and a schedule of performances.
Ken Burn’s Baseball
Ken Burns announced on Sunday, via Twitter, that he has asked PBS to stream his nine-part documentary, Baseball, free of charge. It is available to view now on the PBS site and its streaming apps.
Watch Baseball on PBS HERE.
Arts & Crafts
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
From the Kennedy Center website: “Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.
New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterward. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!”
Find his Doodle Videos HERE.
Yoga with Adriene
Yoga With Adriene is a 100% free yoga channel on YouTube offering a wide variety of videos for anyone, regardless of experience. She even has 30-day practices you can follow.
Browse her extensive collection HERE.
Move Daily Fitness
Move Daily Fitness is another free workout channel on YouTube. Hosted by Tracy Steen, MDF offers a ton of workout videos ranging from 15-minutes to no equipment needed, to intense hour-long workouts.
Find Tracy’s videos HERE.
Scholastic Learn at Home
From their website: “Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!”
Explore each grade level HERE.
Frolic’s Free Courses
From their website: “We are pleased to be able to offer our two know-how courses for free during this difficult time: Learn how to build your Bookstagram brand with Hikari Loftus and learn creative writing from Christina Lauren.”
Cooking Lessons with 177 Milk Street
From their website: “At the Milk Street Online Cooking School you won’t learn just recipes, you’ll learn new ways to approach food and cooking, giving you a reinvigorated enthusiasm for putting dinner on the table.
As most of us will be spending more time at home and in the kitchen over the coming weeks, we are making our entire line of online cooking classes available for free through April 30, 2020.“
Find their online catalog HERE.
12 Virtual Tours of Famous Museums
Travel + Leisure magazine rounded up the 12 best virtual museum tours such as the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the Guggenheim in New York City.
Read the full article, with links to each virtual tour, HERE
People Get Ready Daily Reads
People Get Ready is a community bookspace located in New Haven, CT and they are doing live read-alouds from their collection every morning at 9 AM ET via FB Live.
Visit People Get Ready on Facebook.
Goodnight Moon with Mike Rhyner
If you aren’t from North Texas, you may or may not be familiar with the sports radio station The Ticket. It’s been a staple in our house for years and has recently undergone some big line-up changes. One of the OGs of the station, Mike Rhyner, recently retired from the station, but he’s given us one more gift. A YouTube reading of Goodnight Moon. His voice is like velvet and will be the perfect way to end a night.
View the video HERE.
From their twitter account: “We lend ebooks worldwide, for free. Over two million free ebooks available and 1M more in our lending library. A web page for every book.”
Thanks to JuliaDelbel for the tip!
Visit Open Library HERE.
The Public Library
The library has a treasure trove of online resources you can use to still get your read on:
OverDrive – Check out ebooks and audiobooks using your library card
Hoopla – A digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics, and TV shows
Libby – An app created by OverDrive offering thousands of ebooks and audiobooks that you can borrow right from your phone.
Kanopy – Watch up to seven films per month. Unlimited plays on Kanopy Kids and The Great Courses.
Creative Bug – Access to over a thousand arts and craft video classes. From drawing and illustration to jewelry making, knitting, and crocheting. Not available through every public library. Check here to see if your library participates.