Updated: Jun 25, 2020
We're bored, you're bored, celebrities are going stir-crazy in social isolation - we get it! The coronavirus has forced states and cities across the nation to "shelter in place" or take "pause" forcing us to social distance in our homes until it passes - a sure-fire recipe for the cabin fever.
We have compiled a list of FREE things to do from free streaming apps to virtual tours of museums, to free concerts, to virtual dinner parties and Nextflix parties We've got you covered! There's even free things to keep the youngins busy.
MOVIES & TV
Netflix Party lets friends have movie nights while social distancing. To set it up, add the Netflix Party extension from the Chrome web store, then open a video on Netflix. “Create your party” by clicking on the red “NP” icon adjacent to the toolbar and then click “Start Party” to share the party URL with friends you want to screen-share with. Friends need only click the party URL, and they’re in.
Watch free unlimited films for 7 days at IFC CENTER.
Watch shows and movies for free on IMDb TV.
SlingTV rolls out free TV to US consumers. Available on Roku, Amazon, and Android TV devices as well as Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge browser.
Pluto TV Viacom, offers over 100 live and original channels, including Paramount Movie Channel, CNN, and NBC News, as well as thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with TV networks, movie studios, publishers and digital media companies.
Tubi features thousands of hours of streaming video content from studios like Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.
Xumo an ad-supported streaming site, available in the contiguous United States, provides free live and on-demand entertainment.
MUSEUMS + ART GALLERY
Enjoy hundreds of museums from around the world Via Google Arts & Culture.
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia checks out this one-take video journey through the second-largest museum in the world. The museum houses some three million art and culture artifacts, including paintings by 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt, such as “The Return of the Prodigal Son.”
Louvre offers three virtual tours including one of the moats that were the original perimeter of the Louvre when it was first built as a fortress by French king Phillippe Auguste.
For the launch of UMF Radio, will broad Sirius XM cast the “Ultra Virtual Audio Festival”, starting this Friday, March 20th at 5 pm ET. The virtual concert will feature Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer and more.
The New York Metropolitan Opera will stream a different encore Live in HD performance every day through Sunday, March 22. Each performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. ET and remain available for streaming for 20 hours.
The Paris Opera From 17 March, the Paris Opera will be putting its most beautiful shows from its archives online free of charge. From Don Giovanni to Swan Lake and The Tales of Hoffmann.
FREE EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS
Hoopla offers patrons a large selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks, and comics.
Free ebooks and audiobooks from Libby.
#DancewithDebbieAllen every Wednesday the star of Grey Atnonmy and Fame is offering free dance classes every Wednesday and starting this March 21, 11 AM PST at 2 PM EST @therealdebbiallen ages 3-7 years old ballet and African dances.
Planet Fitness is offering free classes online.
Cumbe is a home for African and Diaspora dance and music is offering free online classes.
Epic is offering a trio of free games worth $48.
GOG is giving away 27 PC games.
FREE COOKING TUTORIAL CLASSES
Gucci Osteria’s Massimo Bottura is offering free virtual cooking classes at @massimobottura on Instagram.
Milk Street is offering free cooking classes through April 30th. “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.”
Each week, Traeger Kitchen Live goes live with a professional chef or pitmaster to walk viewers through one of their favorite grilling recipes, all while sharing their best tips and tricks and answering questions in real-time. Videos stream Thursdays at 6pm EDT, and previous week’s videos are available 24/7.
Adobe is offering The Digital Summit for free March 31, 8:30 am – 10:30 am PDT.
Brit + Co is offering free creative tutorial classes through March 31st.
VIDEO CONFERENCE - VURTIAL DINNER PARTIES AND HAPPY HOUR
Zoom to host a virtual jam session among yourselves or host an online dinner party, happy hour, or hangout.
FOR THE YOUNGINS
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.
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.
Code Monster Particularly useful for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does.