As our new normal of social distancing lingers on, it’s easy to become stressed or obsessed with the news. While it’s important to stay informed, it’s more important than ever to find ways to entertain, educate and inspire ourselves and our families. We’ve posted another blog with ideas for at-home fun and games, and below is a list of resources that will stimulate your body and mind to help you escape the pull of the television.
Workout At Home
While we may not be able to go out as much, it’s important to stay active. Whether you’re taking a walk most evenings or having fun in your backyard, getting those feel-good endorphins from a workout definitely helps reduce stress. The YMCA has posted a series of home workouts ranging from strength training to cardio to yoga. Also, trainer Lita Lewis posted a free 30-minute HIIT video for those looking for a high-intensity workout, and Anna Renderer’s family fun cardio workout is a great way for the whole family to get moving inside.
Just because the museums have closed and theaters are dark doesn’t mean your inner artist has to take a pause. In fact, artists are stepping up with the power of the internet to let our creative spirit flow. The Metropolitan Opera is streaming an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. featuring operas including Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutti, Aida and many more. Google Arts & Culture’s collection will take you on a virtual tour of 12 famous museums including the Guggenheim in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and even Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. Want an active art experience? Check out the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems’ streaming collection, where you can doodle along with Mo and create your own works of art.
Learn At Home
We get it. It’s easy to plant yourself in front of the television and binge the saga of the Tiger King or the Harry Potter movies. While you should take time to entertain yourself, every now and then put down the remote and take your mind on a journey as well. Escape into new adventures with 1,000 free audiobooks or 800 free eBooks. You’ll find adventures for all ages and interests on these sites. Planning for a dream vacation when the crisis is over? These nine websites offer free language lessons for learners of all ages.
And for those of us taking on the role of teachers, there are plenty of online resources for you, too. Our public library has created several resources to help parents with their students’ education. These include online storytimes from librarians, Great Parks nature programs, local artists leading lessons and more. It also continues to offer Homework Help Now service. This connects a student with a tutor in a wide range of subjects from K-college from 2 p.m-11 p.m. daily.
The library also offers many databases to let you learn something new. Have you wanted to learn to knit? Learn a new craft from Creative Bug. Want to know about your family history? Ancestry.com is available from your home for free via the library. And when you need a few moments of quiet time for a work meeting or to simply enjoy a cup of coffee, Disney and Crayola have free printable pages for your children to color.
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