With “shelter in place” in full effect, I think we’re all looking for some sort of entertainment.
One silver lining, a really bright spot in this situation really, is our ability to virtually visit places you may never see otherwise… or to watch something you’d never get to see on a regular old day.
Perhaps you’ll get a look into the everyday life of someone you admire. Visit the living room of Andrew Lloyd Weber as he plays a selection from Phantom of the Opera. Curl up and listen while Dolly Parton reads you a book. Sketch with Mo Willems at lunch. The list goes on and on!
Enjoy these ways to virtually leave home… all from the comfort of your couch!
Take me to the Zoo!
- Go on a Home Safari with The Cincinnati Zoo (live each day at 3pm)
- Riverbanks Zoo and Garden hosts Z-Learning each day at 10am. Watch it live on their Facebook page or catch the replay here.
- Watch the Sea Otter Cam from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 10am – 10pm PST
Read me a book!
- “Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. Catch it live on Thursday evenings at 7pm starting April 2.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 1, 2020
- Josh Gad , the voice of Frozen’s Olaf (among other things), will be reading a book on Twitter each evening.
Travel the world!
- Get a bird’s eye view of cities from all around the globe with Google Arts and Culture’s “11 Incredible Views from the Top“.
- Smithsonian Channel has released 68 free ‘Aerial America’ episodes for your quarantine viewing. In each 45-50-minute episode, “Aerial America” surveys natural wonders, gives overviews of cultural landmarks and tourist attractions and details sites’ histories. All episodes are now streaming for no cost and with no login required on Smithsonian Channel Plus.
- Google Arts and Culture has teamed up with over 500 museums and galleries around the world, allowing to explore the museum without leaving home! Don’t miss our Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Museum Center in there!
Learn something new!
The Smithsonian has a WONDERFUL set of daily lessons online. Enjoy things like Live Chat: Careers in Aviation, Workshop: Meditation and Mindfulness, Young Portrait Explorers, and MUCH more.
Walt Disney Imagineering has partnered with Khan Academy to bring you “Imagineering in a Box”. ‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine.
Amazon Future Engineer is offering free computer science courses during COVID-19. Most of the workshops are for grades 2-12 but a few are all ages.
Get three months of free guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons from Fender! Offer good for the first 500,000 who sign up for Fender Play. There’s no cost. No catch. Just music.
Nikon has open up all of their online photography classes (free) for the month of April.
Theater Performances, Broadway, Opera, and more!
- Broadway World is inviting you in for Living Room Concerts, a collection of Broadway artisits/stars performing from their homes / remotely.
- Watch for the Nightly Opera Stream from The Metroplitan Opera each day
- National Theatre at Home is streaming a free play every Thursday in April (starting at 2pm EST). You will be able to watch some of the best British theatre from the comfort of your living room, via YouTube for free for one week.
- This one isn’t actually a virtual workshop or show but if you’re not watching Andrew Lloyd Webber over on Twitter, you’re missing out on some great entertainment from one of the great masters of Broadway music!
- This one isn’t free but it’s pretty great if you’re a Broadway lover. Check out Broadway HD and stream Broadway hits. They are currently offering a free seven day trial if you want to give it a try.
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) March 18, 2020
Come on and dance with me!
- Dance with Debbie Allen! Head over to her IG Live at 11am PST / 2pm EST to participate. No prior experience necessary.
- The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is offering some pretty amazing dance classes on a daily basis. Watch via Zoom, Instagram, YouTube, and more.
- The Rockettes are teaching a weekly dance class on Instagram.
- Kids can get creative with Lincoln Center at Home, a pop-up classroom that brings you a daily dose of creative art. Every weekday beginning at 2:00pm ET, a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist leads families and kids in a workshop that uses simple materials found at home.
- Get some Lunch Doodles in with Mo Willems. He’ll be in his studio each weekday for some guided doodle sessions. Happens live at 1pm (weekdays).
- Have some Stop Motion fun with @trishazemp’s Stop Motion Kids’ Camp. The camp is for kids of all ages! Yes! That means grown ups too!
- Milford, Ohio’s own McHarper Manor is offering some great hands on art classes each day on Facebook. They just moved over to YouTube too.
Virtual family friendly fun:
- For as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories from Audible. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.
- The Center for Puppetry Arts is hosting “Bring it Home“, a daily puppet show. Sometimes it’s a puppet building workshop, sometimes it’s a show, sometimes it’s all about puppet artistry.
- Enjoy a Virtual Playdate with Indy with Kids. Sit down with the kids and enjoy a virtual playdate at 10am each weekday.
- Kids Cooking Lessons – Erin Chase of $5 Dinners is cooking with her boys each day
Know of a great resource that we missed? Let us know in the comments!