Change Up Your Quarantine Routine With These Fun Online Resources!

Dated: May 4 2020

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  • It seems as if there is no part of our everyday lives that has been left unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you find yourself stuck indoors and ready to climb the walls, don’t worry - we totally get it! There’s only so much Netflix a human being can watch before the boredom sets in. This is doubly true if you have little ones stuck at home with you. Even in this digital age, it’s hard to keep kids engaged. And of course, parking them in front of the TV for hours is a solution, yes, but is it the best one?

  • We thought it would be nice to take a break from the stress and the anxiety of self-isolating with something fun! We’ve gathered up some fun and educational resources to help keep you (and the kiddos) entertained while we all do our part to flatten the curve. You may have seen a few of these links featured on our social media this week by our fearless team leader, Ross Hardy. You’ll find the full list below. With just an Internet connection and a few clicks or taps, and you could be riding roller coasters and touring museums from the comfort of your home! Please feel free to share this list with anyone who could use a little change in pace from their quarantine routine.

  • How would you like to take your kids to Disney? Well, we’re not sure when the famous theme parks will re-open, but in the meantime, you and your little ones can enjoy some of the most popular Disney rides - including Space Mountain and Frozen Ever After - virtually via YouTube.

  • There’s no better time like the present to brush up on your kitchen skills! Whether you’d like to get the little ones more involved with preparing family meals, or you’re just looking to add a few techniques to your repertoire, there are some great online cooking classes available. Delish is hosting free digital classes for kids on their Instagram page. Milk Street Cooking School’s entire line of online courses is free through April 30th, 2020. And local grocer Publix has an amazing YouTube channel full of recipe ideas and short instructional videos.

  • Is visiting the Louvre on your bucket list? How about taking your kids to the Guggenheim? You can tour these and several other prestigious museums from the comfort of your living room - you don’t even have to change out of your jammies! Google Arts & Culture also allows you to explore museums, global landmarks, special exhibits, and much more with just the click of a button.

  • Do you want your kids to have some time away from the screen for a bit? Try having an indoor scavenger hunt! First one to collect all the items gets an extra quarantine snack?

  • Schools may not be open right now, but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Or that it has to be boring! Take a virtual field trip to Plimoth Plantation, a museum dedicated to the history of the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts. They’re hosing History at Home sessions to teach people about life as a settler, and include various topics, like the history of the indigenous people, fashion history, and everyday life in the 17th century. Sessions have multiple dates, and cost $10 each. Some sessions may also require certain software (such as Google Meet). Be sure to check the details before joining a session!

  • Educational company Scholastic is offering free classes for kids from pre-k through 9th grade. These classes are completely free and require no sign-up; the company has stated that the site will remain open indefinitely. Ever wondered why zebras have stripes or how emojis were created? Scholastic has you and your kiddos covered! For now, it currently has about 5 days worth of content and learning per grade level (there are four), but not to worry - there’s another 15 days that are in the works!

  • The Smithsonian has also put together some resources for students, including a central portal that will let them access a wide variety of learning options, including STEM webcasts and American history podcasts. With each of the 19 museums, galleries, research centers and the National Zoo having their own webpages and over 1.7 million multimedia experiences available, Smithsonian magazine curated a list of 8 online tools; these will help students, parents, and educators access tons of info and engaging materials.

  • Have you been meaning to brush up on Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the 19th century orchestra? Or how about the principles of biochemistry? If you’ve ever wanted to expand your own higher education, but lacked time or resources, you’ll be happy to know that Harvard University (yes, that Harvard) is currently offering over 50 free online courses with subjects ranging from science and math to language arts, religion, and literature. There’s even a class on the science of cooking. Availability and requirements differ from course to course, so be sure to read through the particulars before you get started.

  • Many people are also using their newly found downtime to take a step back, reflect, and work on becoming better versions of themselves. Mindvalley, the “world’s leading personal growth platform” (according to their website), offers learning courses and content to help people transform their lives into something more fulfilling and balanced. Subjects can range from classes on meditation, health and fitness, changing your relationship with money, to overcoming doubt and self-esteem issues, and more. While paid content is available, they’re also offering free courses.

We hope this list helps break up the monotony of being stuck at home all day! If you’ve been working from home and practicing social distancing, and I say thank you. An even bigger thank you to the folks out there who can’t stay home, like healthcare workers, retail workers, law enforcement and first responders, the military, and infrastructure workers, truck drivers who keep us up and running!

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Elvin Rivera Velez

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