Virtual Free Things to Do While Quarantined Due to COVID-19

Looking for Virtual Free and Fun Things to Do Online while you are staying home or home schooling?  We have down below sorted by different categories some great things that different businesses are offering to help us through this crisis.

We will be adding more things as we come across them - so check back periodically.

Click on the underlined links below to take you directly to the Website offering the free service.

FITNESS

Blink Fitness

Blink Fitness is hosting Facebook Live sessions weekdays at 8 a.m. ET. The fitness chain will host virtual workouts, give tips to stay motivated and answer fitness questions from the comments. 

"Just because we have to stay in doesn't mean we can't stay active. Let us bring the gym to YOU," The company said. "Together, we're virtually unstoppable!" 

Orangetheory

Orangetheory is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world. According to the fitness center, the workouts don't require any special equipment, but may feature everyday household items. 

Orangetheory's first at-home workout was designed to help alleviate stress and elevate your mood.

"Just because we can't meet in the studio, doesn't mean we aren't committed to helping you achieve More Life," the company wrote on its website. 

Peloton

For the next 90 days, Peloton is offering its app to new users for free. Even if you don't have the bike, the app has yoga, meditation, strength, stretching, bodyweight cardio and strength training exercises. According to the company, all you need is a mat to get started. 

305 Fitness

305 Fitness is offering cardio dance live streams twice a day on YouTube. The sessions are held at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET, and are hosted by the founder of the studio, Sadie Kurzban. 

"Social distancing doesn't have to be boring," the gym said on Facebook. 

Down Dog Yoga

Due to the current outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including at yoga studios and other fitness spaces. We believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out.

So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, we are making all of our apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - completely free until April 1st.

In response to the many school closures taking place, we are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school's domain by visiting downdogapp.com/schools.

We hope that everyone will stay healthy and safe in these uncertain times.

With love,
The Down Dog Team

Planet Fitness

Physical and mental health is extremely important, especially during uncertain times. While our clubs are temporarily closed, we are bringing the best of the Judgement Free Zone® to you. Visit our Planet Fitness Facebook Page as we are hosting "Home Work-Ins" - a series of free fitness classes for everyone - that will be streamed live daily Monday – Friday at 7 p.m. ET hosted by our trainers and surprise celebrity guests!  For anyone who can’t participate live, each workout will also be available to view on both the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel after the broadcast is over. There is no equipment needed and all classes will be 20 minutes or less. United We Move!

Also we encourage you to download the Planet Fitness app which includes access to fitness content and more than 500 exercises that can be done at home!

There are also free fitness apps like FitOnFreeletics and Simply Yoga.

EDUCATIONAL

Discovery Children's Museum
The are offering free classes and resources for kids online at DiscoveryKidsLV.org.

Google Arts and Cultural 

Looking for collections from the greatest artist in Museums around the World this is a great resoure Arts and Cultural Collections

FREE EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS

Libby (formerly OverDrive) offers a selection of free ebooks and audiobooks.

Scibd is offering unlimited books, audiobooks, magazines and more for 30 days

FREE TV SHOWS AND MOVIES

Hoopla is a web and mobile library. You can borrow movies, TV shows, comics and more for free.

Amazon Starting today, a selection of family titles including our Amazon Original kids and family shows will be available to stream for free for all Amazon customers on Amazon Prime Video

FREE MAGAZINES

There are many free magazines that you can get through RBDigital through your local library if they offer it.

CLASSES

Scholastic is offering free online courses while schools are closed.

Minecraft: Education Edition teaches Common Core math for grades 3-5, social-emotional learning and coding.

Mystery Science has lessons for students in grades K-5 that they can do at home.

SmartMusic is a great mini musicians to practice and access a large music library.

Raddish Kids is offering 10,000 free kuits filled with educational and entertaining activities

Khan Academy, a free online learning resource offering lessons, exercises and quizzes, has daily schedules for organizing at-home learning for students ages 4 to 18 years. On weekdays, Khan Academy is also offering daily livestreams on FacebookYouTube and Twitter to help parents and educators best utilize the website's tools and resources.

Crash Course is a YouTube channel offering engaging educational videos suitable for high school students. The channel features a wide range of subjects, from anatomy to world history.

ABCmouse.com is offering a free 30-day trial of its comprehensive early learning academy for children aged 2-8 and includes educational games and activities designed by teachers.

 

SCIENCE LEARNING

Teen science fans will nerd out over Nova Labs at PBS, where they'll discover multimedia experiences that combine video, animation and games to delve into fascinating scientific topics, such as polar ecosystems, solar storms and renewable energy.

NASA isn't just sending missions into space; the agency has also launched Teachable Moments, connecting classrooms — and homes — with resources for investigating the latest discoveries about our universe. There are a range of activities and lessons that are suitable for grades K-12.

NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is another source of free online content. Educators share daily Facebook Live videos that pair with hands-on activities (instructions are available as free downloads) using materials that can be found at home. Topics include rocketry 101, tours of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Astronaut Training Experience, and living in space and on Mars.

"Space Racers," an animated series for preschoolers about spacefaring cadets at the Stardust Space Academy, also offers science-based lessonsgames and space-related educational activities that families can explore together.

Ranger Rick, the children's magazine of the National Wildlife Federation, is making its website free to all visitors through the end of June. Free Ranger Rick Educator’s Guides and Ranger Rick Jr. Parent Reading Guides are also available to parents and educators.

Beginning physics students will find plenty to discover in the Physics Classroom, and there are teacher toolkits for supplementing the site's online lessons with videos, animations, simulations and exercises.

Want to have a family Q&A with a scientist? Sign up at Skype a Scientist and get matched with an expert, for a live Skype chat with your family about real scientific research. 

Explore simple plant science with this list of Live Science experiments, or learn about non-Newtonian fluids by making colorful slime — regular or extra puffy— with glue and food coloring.

CREATIVE AND RELAXING FUN

Color Our Collections offers free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.

Got a 3D printer? You can download digital 3D models from NASA and print miniature satellites, landing sites, asteroids, spacecraft, spacesuits and astronaut tools.

Artist and writer Mo Willems (author of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!") is hosting daily Lunch Doodles video sessions every weekday at 1 p.m. EDT. Each daily episode is accompanied by a downloadable activity page. 

What could be more soothing than watching jellyfish drifting serenely through the water? In "MeditOcean," the Monterey Bay Aquarium hosts a soothing 11-minute guided meditation video, featuring the undulating and graceful ballet of several aquarium jellyfish. 

Children in grades 3 to 12 can learn to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, in this step-by-step guide from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.

A good story sounds even better when it's read in microgravity. Story Time from Space sends children's books to the International Space Station (ISS), where the books are read on video by astronauts as they orbit hundreds of miles above Earth.

Take a virtual field trip! More than 2,500 museums around the world have made their collections accessible online through Google Arts and Culture; you can also use Google to access virtual tours of national parks in the U.S. 

There are 10 live webcams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can peek at sharks, sea otters, penguins and more. The San Diego Zoo has 11 animal webcams, Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has four animal webcams, and there are six webcams at the Houston Zoo.

Visit the Georgia Aquarium  through their 8 webcams where you can see the beluga whales, jellyfish, underwater puffin, Indo-Pacific Barrier Reef, Piranhas, Ocean Voyager, California Sea Lion, and African Penguins.

Click on over to the Atlanta Zoo to check out the Panda Cam or their amazing Keeper Stories

And if you're feeling really adventurous, you can visit the surface of Mars in a spectacular high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover.

Travel through time at the Atlanta History


Looking to learn a new skill - there are 500 free online courses offered by Ivy League universities online

There are classes on just about anything you can imagine, from Shakespeare to classical music to Buddhist philosophy, but here's an example of some that might be of particular interest to business owners:  

  • "The Science of Well-Being," Yale 
  • "Introduction to Computer Science," Harvard 

  • "American Capitalism: A History," Cornell 

  • "Introduction to Marketing," University of Pennsylvania 

  • "Economics of Money and Banking," Columbia 

  • "The Computing Technology Inside Your Cell Phone," Cornell

  • "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies," Princeton 

  • "Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health," Harvard 

  • "Viral Marketing and How to Craft Contagious Content," University of Pennsylvania  

  • "Entrepreneurship 1: Developing the Opportunity," University of Pennsylvania 

  • "Machine Learning," Brown 

  • "Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes," Princeton 

 

We hope this helps and stay safe!

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