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Free Things to Do at Home During Social Distancing to Keep You Distracted

Updated: Mar 23



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.


Download the CW app and NBC app No login or subscription needed.


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.


MUSIC


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.


Garth Brooks has announced will stream a free concert on March 23 at 7:00 PM EST/4:00 PM PST via Facebook.


OPERA


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.


WORKOUTS


#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.


And of course, Youtube. Our favorite workouts are from POPSUGAR Fitness, MYLEE Dance, and HASfit


GAMES


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.”


SUMMITS


Adobe is offering The Digital Summit for free March 31, 8:30 am – 10:30 am PDT.


TUTORIAL CLASSES


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.


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 have four animal webcams, and there are six webcams at the Houston Zoo.


Code Monster Particularly useful for kids, Code Monster features two adjacent boxes. One displays code, the other shows what the code does.