So we’re all stuck at home for the time being and probably getting a bit stir-crazy (plus you might have kids or a partner/spouse to entertain). Accordingly, we’ve rounded up a massive collection of resources that we’ll keep updating as we learn about more. We hope it can help keep you and your family sane! Here is our free resource roundup during COVID-19.
Free Resource Round-Up During COVID-19
You know you need exercise, and depending on where you live, you may not be able to take a walk outside. So here is a workout resources list of free fitness apps and workout videos of everything from yoga to HIIT training.
Work out with fitness instructor Cassey Ho. Check out her 10 minute videos targeted to specific parts of your body like arms, abs and legs.
Looking for yoga? DoYogaWithMe offers a ton of free online yoga courses for all skill levels. Many are perfect for kids and beginners. The whole family can practice yoga together.
Fitness Blender offers 593 FREE workout videos, including yoga, pilates, strength training, cardio and toning exercises.
Work out with celebrity trainer Nicky Holender,.
Download the Nike Training club app for access to workouts from professional trainers.
Watch fitness guru Pamela Reif’s exercise videos on YouTube, perfect for women. Choose from a variety of targeted toning exercises from 10 to 20 minutes long.
Planet Fitness is streaming live “United We Move” workouts on their Facebook at 7pm ET. No membership required.
Try the Peleton App at home, now free for 90 days. You don’t need a bike! Meet your goals with a mix of running, strength, toning, yoga and meditation. Lauren swears by this!
Enjoy free fitness classes from Active by Pop Sugar. Try everything from Core, Cardio and kickboxing to Booty-Shaking with celebrity trainers!
World class workouts from personal trainers that range from yoga to strength and endurance and you can do them all at home.
Get ready to sweat with The Fitness Marshall, Caleb Marshall and his original dance workouts.
Browse her library of free yoga videos to find a practice for all levels, including meditation.
Free Education Resources
Here is a list of free education resources to help you homeschool your kids.
Free worksheets, hands-on activities, printable games and more! Resources for all ages from toddler, pre k, kindergarten, 1st grade through junior high, and more!
Virtual Science Fair through the Buffalo Museum of Science!
Lessons, games and discussion guides for elementary, middle and high school students.
Lessons include videos, reading, review questions and more. CK-12 offers free resources for students, parents, teachers, schools and districts.
Free printable At-Home Activity packs for Math and Reading and i-Ready Personalized Instruction to support student away form school.
Discovery K-12 has everything you need to homeschool. This online homeschool platform and curriculum is for Pre-K to 12th grad
A series of worksheets and activities focused around precious gems and minerals (also nice for parents who want to look at something sparkly while their kids learn).
Live webinars created by Anthony Santella, DrPH, associate professor of public health and an infectious disease expert feature age-appropriate, medically accurate information for elementary and middle school students and high school students.
HMH offers countless free resources so you can keep teaching and learning no matter where you are with lesson ideas, blogs, videos, and PD resources.
Microsoft Learning Tools are free tools that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for learners regardless of their age or ability.
This game-based learning platform promotes creativity, collaboration and problem-solving in a digital environment.
Learning activities for at-home learning with few supplies or supplies commonly found at home. These activities are self-directed for Elementary through High School students with minimal support needed from parents.
Scholastic Learn At Home offers day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing for students grades PreK through 9.
Studyladder is a free comprehensive program of online educational activities for students aged 4 to 12, mapped to the curriculum.
Miss going to the museum or just want to catch up on some culture while you’re self-isolating? These museums have virtual tours and some of them are even doing live tours on Facebook and Instagram so you can get your fix.
*If you have an AppleTV or similar device, we suggest “flinging” these to the TV for a more immersive experience.
The Louvre has virtual tours of some of its most popular exhibits including the storied Egyptian antiquities wing.
Google Arts and Culture has always offered up some amazing content, but it might be more popular and valuable than ever right now. You can virtually tour places like the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu, and more.
You can take two pretty compelling tours of the Getty Museum’s amazing collection online right now and escape into the Renaissance or the Middle Ages.
Walk through the Sistine chapel via your phone or laptop and relax a little.
We are particularly obsessed with the Balenciaga and Spanish Painting virtual tour, but this Madrid museum has a lot to offer.
You can virtually walk through most of the Smithsonian – which is fun for adults and kids alike and you can use it as an extra educational activity.
The Costume Institute Conversation Lab at the Met is still open for business and you can tour it right from your laptop.
Another world class museum that is now virtually available for you and your family’s viewing needs.
Are you or your kids interested in space? Then doing NASA tours via the Houston Space Center app could be a fun way to spend a couple hours. The Glenn Research Center and the Langley Research Center have virtual tours as well.
Celebrate Women’s History Month virtually with the online tours available from the National Women’s History Museum.
The Berlin Philharmoniker is live streaming for free if you sign up before March 31 – host a private concert (maybe invite some friends via Zoom or Slack for a virtual evening “out”) from some of the best musicians in the world.
Four of the museum’s most iconic exhibits including the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera works are available for your online perusal.
Learn about the Dutch masters including Rembrandt and Vermeer from the comfort of your couch.
National and State Parks Free Resources
Visit our amazing National Parks via webcams! See stunning views with multiple webcams and feel like you are there.
See the view north across the lake from the Sinnott Overlook at Rim Village. On a clear day, it takes in Wizard Island, Llao Rock, and Mt. Thielsen.
View from Alaska Railroad Depot, see the Restling Grizzly, Wonder Lake and more!
See Apgar Mountain, Lake McDonald and Logan Pass.
View Grand Canyon National Park via webcam at the Yavapai Museum of Geology on the South Rim and more views.
This is from Lauren’s home town near Buffalo New York. They offer environmental education programs and historical programs throughout Western New York.
See a list with links to all our National Park webcams here.
Because we all need to see something beautiful, cute, or otherwise interesting and hey, sometimes we like animals better than people.
Join the zoo Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm EDT where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and then on their YouTube channel.
Earth Cam has a great round-up of animal-focused webcams from around the world, including elephants, eagles, falcons, lions, and tigers.
This world class aquarium is offering up a bunch of webcams where you can view penguins, jellyfish, and more.
At 11am each day, Facebook Live broadcasts from Mystic Aquarium feature different animal care professionals and a variety of species. They will answer all your questions!
While the Chicago aquarium is temporarily closed, you can check out the adorable penguins touring the aquarium seemingly by themselves and experiencing interactions with other aquatic creatures for the first time – the trainers are keeping the penguins amused!
If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own farm in the English countryside, you’ll fall in love with this strangely soothing webcam of goats, lambs, and other animals.
One of the world’s best zoos has lots of animal cams, but we’re particularly partial to the polar bears.
You can watch pandas and a lot of other animals via this Scottish zoo’s web cams.
We might not be able to go on safari right now, but you can do it via these virtual cameras – just be warned you might see big cats hunting and things can get wild!
Because puffins are just adorable.
Sometimes you just need to watch baby snow leopards do their thing.
Adults: Books, Meditation & Podcasts
Podcasts, audio books, actual books (use the Kindle app to stay isolated) and meditation can all help keep us sane in these strange times. Here are some of our favorites, starting with our own!
Want to laugh and commiserate with your fellow over 40 badass ladies? Of course you do, and you can join us by listening to our podcast.
Because our love for Hollywood ridiculousness and gossip might never die, and there’s something to be said for having a moment of escapism.
Because sometimes you need to laugh until you cry, plus these two fabulous comedians – Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson – have awesome guest stars (including Michelle Obama).
If you’re a true crime or murder mystery fan, this surprisingly hilarious podcast might be a great way to take your mind off real life things for a while.
Right now might be the perfect time to take a renowned Yale course from the comfort of your couch, and it’s available for free online.
Because sometimes it is okay to not be okay, and this podcast can reassure you.
This free meditation app might help you feel more calm and centered during these crazy times.
A free meditation app that has over 30,000 sessions available could be a good way to discover the style and type of meditation that works for you.
How are you dealing with self-isolation or quarantine?
What are your tips for escaping the cabin fever and if you have any additional virtual resources or ideas, please add them in the comments or on our Facebook group, Growing Younger!
– Jacqueline Zenn
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