We know that this is like no other Spring Break, so we thought we’d share some great resources of things that you may not yet have come across.
Besides reading a great book, doing a puzzle, or socializing online with friends and family, here are some other ideas to fill stay-at-home days.
Just for Fun
- Learn how to make paper airplanes that fly really far and have a contest.
- Recreate a classical painting using three items from home, a current trend sweeping the Internet.
- Using Google 3D Animals to bring a tiger, shark or pug into your home.
- Visit the jellyfish webcam at the Georgia Aquarium.
Take a Virtual Trip
- Go on a virtual LIVE Safari. WildEarth broadcasts daily sunset and sunrise safaris on Youtube.
- Ever been to Tajikistan or visited the spectacular ancient sandstone city of Petra, Jordan? If not, then maybe now is the time to head off on a virtual trip.
- Yosemite Park in California also has a fabulous virtual tour – definitely worth a trip!
- This website has more suggestions for amazing places to tour virtually.
Experience a Classical Music Concert
- The Berlin Philharmonic’s Digital Concert Hall is now free for everyone.
- Nightly Opera Streams from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City are available with English Subtitles. Their upcoming schedule can be found here.
Visit a Museum
- Google’s Arts & Culture platform has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits and offer virtual tours online.
- You can start with the Tokyo National Museum or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence?
- Or take a virtual stroll through the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
- After lunch, you can head off to the National Gallery in London.
- Have an indoor scavenger hunt – it works for all ages.
- Put a family member up to a Lego Building Challenge, this website has several ideas for everyone on what to build with Legos.
- Find an activity on this home crafts activities guide (PDF) for those that want something more artistic.
Something to Watch That’s Not a Movie
- “The Kid Should See This” is a vast collection of smart, curated videos for curious minds of all ages from institutions such as MIT, Harvard and NASA, and range in topic matter from technology, space, and nature to the arts and more.
- Do a relaxation exercise like the one from Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams, which features a series of breathing and visualization techniques.
- Learning proper breathing techniques is very helpful for relaxation, Dr. Andrew Weil MD teaches us how.
- Do a family yoga session on Youtube, this channel is full of resources.
- If you are feeling up for something more vigorous, try a 30-minute intense Cardio & HIIT workout.
- Zumba is fun for those that like to dance and exercise.