Free Activities to do from Home During COVID-19

For the most up-to-date information about the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Staying home during this quarantine can be challenging! I’ve gathered some things to do while we’re at home to explore the wider world around us. Hopefully some of these help you feel more connected and part of community, as they do for me.

Tours of Spaces

Tour 500+ Museums on Google Arts and Culture

US National Parks – virtual tours of Kenai Fjords, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and Dry Tortugas National Parks

New York Botanical Garden, Virtual Tours




Khan Academy



New York Botanical Garden classes and lectures for kids and adults


NPR is curating an ongoing list of concerts and performances to live stream

Metropolitan Opera – one recorded opera available each day

Listen to playlists to lift your spirits


Yoga with Adrienne

Planet Fitness work-in videos posted daily (recordings available)

Life Time Fitness video workouts

Modo Yoga daily livestreamed classes

Mental Health

Guided Meditations by Tara Brach

Meditations and resources by Calm

Social Connections

Check in on loved ones and have phone or video chats!

Watch movies or TV together on one of the many streaming services, synced through an app below or just started at the same time.

TV and Movies

Kanopy is free with a Minuteman library card, or a number of other cards – watch documentaries, classic and indie movies


Libby gives access to your library’s ebooks, audio books, and other digital media. This is the web version but there is also an app.

Hoopla gives access to your library’s ebooks, audio books, music, comics, TV, movies, and other digital media.

Project Gutenberg – free ebooks, most out of copyright date, so focused on older books. You can volunteer to proofread books too!

LibriVox – free audiobooks in the public domain. You can volunteer to read books too!

Volunteer or Donate Time and Skills

Make protective masks and covers for medical and care personnel
Video tutorials:

Join a Mutual Aid network in your area – help or get help with groceries, supplies, and more in local groups.

Write thank you notes and words of love and encouragement to service people in your community and around the world!

Dust off that camera, or use your phone and take photos or make other media to share on WikiMedia Commons. Practice your photography and share images with others freely!

Make observations of plant, insect, animal life and more at iNaturalist, and contribute to science!

Tag, transcribe, and comment on documents to make them more accessible at the National Archives Catalog

Transcribe records for the Smithsonian – field notes, photos, log books, manuscripts, biodiversity speciments, and more.


Play Cards Against Humanity remotely with friends (this one’s not for kids)



Arts and Crafts

Make uplifting art and display it in your windows for passersby to view

Paint along with Bob Ross

Enter a coloring contest!

Animal Cams


Write down recipes you use all the time and share them with family and friends. I do this on Google Drive, where I made a folder with recipes inside and share the whole folder.

Bake something from The Great British Baking Show, or just binge-watch the episodes and crave eating everything.

Stay well, stay safe, and leave comments with other suggestions or with what you’re doing while weathering this season.

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