We’ve been at this stay-at-home thing for about a month now. If you’re like me you’re probably really sick of all the dishes, new math and Zoom. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got Covid-19 Fatigue.
Thankfully I’m still working. I’ve lost a few gigs, but I’ve got work and I’ve got my websites so I’m busy. Still, I’m really bored with being stuck inside. The weather here has not been cooperating. We had half a foot of snow on Easter (really, did we really have Easter?!?!?!) last week so going outside sucked all over again. It’s just finally getting warmer again – we might see 60°F this weekend!!!
I can’t watch the news anymore and since I can’t help with homework I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing New Horizon, thankfully I got one of the last available Nintendo Switches so that keeps me entertained – if you’re playing leave a comment with the name of your island and I’ll come visit you. Feel free to visit me at Terminus, I froze when it came time to name my island, and did not realize that I couldn’t change it later. That said – I have apples, pears, peaches and oranges. OMG what has happened to me?
If you’re running out of things to do or binge and just need a break from the real world for a few minutes, I’ve put together a list of over 100 things you can do online (mostly for free) while you’re stuck at home. From visiting all the best museums in the world to learning a new language there’s something for everyone to discover, there’s also a whole bunch of animal cams!!
This too shall pass. We will get through this.
Stay safe, and stay at home.
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You can’t tour any museums in person, but you can tour all the great museums of the world from your couch.
The Louvre (requires Flash)
From panda cams to baby eagles, you can get up close and personal to nature with these animal cams from some of the best zoos in the country.
Smithsonian National Zoo Panda Cam
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks from Google – Includes digital tours of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska.
Instructables – Choose from hundreds of great instructional videos and online course including everything you need to know about cooking. Bread baking, canning and preserving, the science behind cooking and even how to make pasta!
Cooking with the New York Times
America’s Test Kitchen – $1 for three months
Storyline Online – Storyline Online is another award-winning, interactive children’s literacy site that features famous actors like Kevin Costner, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Eva Longoria, and others reading children’s books alongside minor animation elements.
Storyberries – Free fairy tales, bedtime stories and poems for kids.
Oxford Owl – Discover expert advice, educational resources and free eBooks to support children’s learning at primary school and at home, from Oxford University Press.
Open Library – Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
ManyBooks – Great selection of modern and classic books waiting to be discovered. All free and available in most ereader formats.
Gutenberg – A library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
A Mighty Blaze – Due to travel restrictions many book tours have been postponed or cancelled, A Mighty Blaze was created to bring readers and authors together – a virtual book tour with new books released every Tuesday.
WordPress – Start your own blog for free on WordPress.com. Free hosting and themes as well as plenty of support for building your own blog.
Etsy – after spending weeks at home you may have produced enough crafts to open your own virtual store – you can do just that on Etsy.
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