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Take Your Mind Off Corona

With many of us spending most of our time at home as the Coronavirus crisis swirls around us, activities to keep the spirit and mind activated and sharp are at a premium. Try out some the online activities below.

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Safe at Home: Baseball Hall of Fame
For centuries, baseball has been a source of solace during some of the world’s most trying times. And now, the National Pastime is with us to help once again. While the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s doors in Cooperstown may be closed to the public during this global emergency, there are still many ways for fans of all ages to learn the game’s history, explore its connection to global culture and experience the magic of the Museum from afar.

 

SiriusXM radio announced it will be free for all listeners in North America now through May 15, 2020. Listeners can access all 300+ stations of the satellite radio streaming service with no subscription or fee
To take advantage of this limited offer, new listeners can download the SiriusXM app or go to SiriusXM.com/streamfree to start enjoying all the ad-free channels, including music, sports talk, politics, live news radio, comedy, and religious content. Listen to popular Channels like Today Show Radio, Howard Stern, Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, and a new #StayHome Radio channel starting April 1 featuring feel-good music to stream while you’re spending more time indoors. Plus, tune into The Top 1000 Channel featuring a new genre countdown twice a month. 

"Goodnight with Dolly" Premieres Thursday, April 2 at 7 pm EDT
Goodnight With Dolly” will feature Dolly Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books all carefully chosen for their appropriate content at this moment in time. The books Dolly will read will include:

“There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long
“Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney
“I Am a Rainbow” by Dolly Parton
“Pass It On” by Sophy Henn
“Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell
“Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen
“Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper
“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton
“The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper 

Live Nation - Live From Home
They may have canceled a lot of the concerts at the amphitheater but that doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Check daily for live streams from around the globe — follow artists live from their homes as they share music, stories, and more.

Some Good News with John Krasinski
John Krasinski from The Quiet Place and The Office has started a new Youtube channel that is dedicated to good news from around the world.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard Fans: Patrick Stewart's Sonnet a Day on Twitter
What could be more soothing then to listen to Sir Patrick Stewart, classically trained actor and star of “X-Men” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” recite Shakespeare sonnets in his strong, commanding voice.  Find it: Visit @SirPatStew on Twitter.

 

Meditation and Relaxation 

Time for a little stress release...

Get a Moment of Zen with Jelly Cams 
For a calm and soothing experience, visit the jelly cams and take a ten minute meditation break with the moon jellies.

Monterey Bay Aquarium  - Jelly webcam complete with relaxing music
Morning MeditOcean — A Guided Meditation with the Moon Jellies of the Monterey Bay Aquarium 

Other aquariums with jellies include the Georgia Aquarium and Vancouver Aquarium

Oprah & Deepak's 21-Day Meditation
Experience makes meditation easy and inspiring, offering daily guided audio meditations via a free online, interactive program. Enjoy easy access to the daily program anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Join the global community for each 21-Day Meditation Experience. Together, we will create lives filled with increased peace, joy, and well-being.

  

Virtual Tours 

Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is closed to the public due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but they are offering fans a free digital tour of the Estate for guests to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes through April 7.

Museums
Google Arts & Culture teamed with more than 2500 museums and galleries around the world to bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world. Now, you can “go to the museum” and never have to leave your couch.

British Museum, London
This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. You can also find hundreds of artifacts on the museum’s virtual tour.

Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home where you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul
One of Korea’s popular museums can be accessed from anywhere around the world. Google’s virtual tour takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there. This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de'Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de'Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.

MASP, São Paulo
The Museu de Arte de São Paulo is a non-profit and Brazil’s first modern museum. Artworks placed on clear perspex frames make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair. Take a virtual tour to experience the wondrous display for yourself.

National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Built in 1964, this museum is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tour one of the city’s most-visited museums without the crowds (and in your pajamas). The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a series of six videos that use spherical 360-degree technology to allow viewers to see the museum in a totally new way: empty. Through its series, tour the Great Hall, the Cloisters, the Temple of Dendur, the Met Breuer, the Charles Engelhard Court, and the Arms and Armor Galleries, all from the comfort of your couch. For more information the other online activities MOMA offers check here.

To see more of Google Arts & Culture’s collection of museums, visit the collection’s website. There are thousands of museum Street Views on Google as well. Google Arts & Culture also has an online experience for exploring famous historic and cultural heritage sites.

 

National Park Virtual Tours
Google Arts & Culture has teamed up with five national parks in the U.S. so people can enjoy the beauty of the natural world while sitting safely on their couch. These parks feature different climates and environments from across the country, including famous desert vistas and snowy terrains. Below is a list of the national parks that are currently offering virtual tours.

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Explore glaciers, fjords, and icebergs located in the Alaskan wilderness. Descend into an icy crevasse, kayak through majestic icebergs, and even see how a glacier melts and the effects that climate change has on this frozen terrain. Kenai Fjords has over 40 glaciers in the Harding Icefield, and the tour begins with a peek into Exit Glacier, one of the only accessible glaciers by road within the national park.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
One of the most popular national parks in Hawaii is now totally accessible online. This virtual tour lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, which is a cave formed by flowing lava, which can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption. Enjoy the stunning view from the volcanic coastal cliffs, “fly” over an active volcano, and see the effects of an eruption from 1959.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, this popular park has over 100 caves. On this virtual tour, you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations, and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even “experience” life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
The beautiful, red and orange hoodoos of this famous desert landscape are now on full display, even if you’re in your living room. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this Dark Sky certified national park, get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon from the comfort of your own home.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
This remote and severely underrated park is located 70 miles west of Key West, according to the National Park Service website. Thanks to this virtual tour, you no longer have to book a seaplane or boat to get there. Visit the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world, and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.

Live Stream Webcams of Nature

You don’t have to travel far and wide to see the amazing creatures that inhabit the world’s wild places, zoos, and aquariums. Use livestreaming technology to bring all that wonder and morale-boosting cuteness into the safety of your own home. Use live animal cams to keep kids entertained (and educated) in the wake of school closures.

Decorah Bald Eagle Webcam, United States
A round-the-clock look into the nest of a pair of wild bald eagles living in Decorah, Iowa.  The present nest was built for the eagles by the Raptor Resource Project in 2015.  

Tembe Elephant Park Webcam, South Africa
The waterhole cam at Tembe Elephant Park transports you from your couch into the remote wilderness of a community-run game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Turn the sound up and listen to the calls of exotic birds and animals as they come down to the water to drink. It operates 24 hours a day, with night vision giving you a front row seat to the park’s nocturnal activity. 

Tropical Reef Aquarium Webcam, United States
24-hour access to the largest exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in California. Inspired by the famously pristine reef ecosystems of Palau in Micronesia, the Tropical Reef Habitat contains 350,000 gallons of water and more than 1,000 colorful fish and corals. 

Royal Albatross Webcam, New Zealand
Operated by The Cornell Lab since 2015, this live cam focuses on a northern royal albatross nest on New Zealand’s breathtakingly beautiful Otago Peninsula. Northern royal albatrosses are endangered and endemic, and the largest seabirds in the world with a wing span of almost 10 feet.

Wolong Grove Panda Webcam, China
One of three live cams at the Panda Center in Sichuan province’s Wolong National Nature Reserve offers the chance to watch these adorable black-and-white bears sleeping, eating, playing, and interacting with one another in lush bamboo enclosures that simulate their natural environment.  

Alligator and Spoonbill Swamp Webcam, United States
This 24-hour cam overlooks the swamp at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. Reptile fans can watch hundreds of American alligators basking on the banks or keeping cool in the water, with daily feeding demonstrations at midday and 3 p.m. local time. The trees above the swamp are full of native birds including herons, egrets, spoonbills and wood storks. 

Great Horned Owl Nest Webcam, United States
This livestreaming feed has watched great horned owls that nest on a property in western Montana since 2012. The project is conducted in partnership with the Owl Research Institute, which promotes conservation by studying the behavior and ecology of owls in the area. 

Underwater Otter Webcam, Canada
An amazing insight into the daily lives of the sea otters at Vancouver Aquarium with this underwater cam, which shows just how agile they are in their aquatic element. Watch them playing, feeding, and interacting with the camera, then switch over to the aquarium’s overwater live cam to watch how they behave on land. Due to low light conditions underwater, this cam is best during daylight hours.

Tau Waterhole Webcam, South Africa
Located in Madikwe Game Reserve on the South Africa-Botswana border, the 24-hour cam regularly captures over 27 different species of game including lions, elephants, and the highly endangered African wild dog. Birders are in for a treat as well, as avian species flock to the site to drink and bathe. You might even catch the waterhole’s resident Nile crocodiles as they prey upon their unsuspecting visitors. Look for majestic sunrises and sunsets.

Magellanic Penguin Exhibit Webcam, United States
This live cam one focuses on the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Here you can watch everybody’s favorite flightless birds as they swim, preen, snooze, and bicker over food. All 20 of them are Magellanic penguins (native to South America), and each with its own distinct personality. 

Canopy Lodge Fruit Feeder Webcam, Panama
This fruit feeder cam is located in the grounds of Canopy Lodge in El Valle de Antón, one of Panama’s top birding destinations. From the moment you tune in, exotic bird calls and singing cicadas bring the sound of the tropics into your living room; while gaudily plumaged feathered visitors flood your screen with color. Keep an eye out for jewel-bright flycatchers and tanagers, motmots, and hummingbirds, in addition to the occasional reptile or rodent.  

Kitten Rescue Webcam, United States
Get your feline fix with the live cam at Kitten Rescue Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter located in Los Angeles. The sanctuary has another cam too, which lets you watch the rescues that live there permanently, including a little white dog and three adult cats with cerebellar hypoplasia lovingly known as the Powerpuff Girls. 

Theatre and Music

Jake Shimabukuro
Ukulele extraordinaire Jake Shimabukuro wanted everyone to have plenty of music to listen to during the days ahead so he has unlocked some FREE Jake LIVE MP3 archives Download Jake's concert in Folsom, California on 12/17/2016, Concert download is free for a limited time, enter coupon code: GIFTOFMUSIC during checkout and don't miss his performance of Bohemian Rhapsody on the ukulele!  

Free guitar lessons from Fender for the first 100,000 people.
With everything happening in the world, music has the power to connect us. We want to do our part to see you through – the way we know how. Fender is offering 3 months of free online guitar, bass and ukulele lessons to the first 100,000 who sign up for Fender Play. We’re all going to be spending more time inside – so we might as well make some noise.

The Metropolitan Opera
Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain at least through the end of the month over COVID-19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances. The Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The performances were originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has opened a digital concert hall, with classical musicians performing solely for an online audience. In addition to free live-streamed performances, CMS has an impressive archive of concerts, lectures, and classes available online for no charge.

Instagram, YouTube and Facebook Concerts

With music artists cancelling individual performances and postpone tours amid the coronavirus outbreak, some of the industry’s biggest stars are treating fans to mini-concerts on social media to lift spirits during this crazy time with #TogetherAtHome concerts.

Keith Urban  Urban went live from his warehouse and entertain the masses for about half an hour -- and brought wife Nicole Kidman with him

Chris Martin Coldplay's frontman Martin kicked off an “informal” Together at Home series with a mini gig from home

Pink provides a soulful rendition of the Bob Dylan hit "Make You Feel My Love.

Lizzo plays a little mediation music

David Foster and Katharine McPhee Plan on performing at 5:30pm PST every day

John Legend  performed his own #TogetherAtHome concert

Bruce Springsteen  The Boss shared his “London Calling: Live In Hyde Park” online in its entirety

Garth Brooks  The country superstar will play a concert on his weekly “Inside Studio G” Facebook series 

For a more extensive list, check out Billboard's Live Streams to Watch During the Corona Crisis or NPR's Where to Live Stream Concerts.

Cooking for Foodies

Free Cooking Classes at Milk Street 
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street cooking school is free through April for anyone who wants to use their time at home to brush up on their cooking skills, whether it is a course on improvising in the kitchen or better ways to use the Instant Pot. For a full list of classes and to get started, head here.

Bon Appetit! with Julia Child
Binge watch Julia Child' French Chef on PBS via the free Julia Child Video Collection, consisting of full-length episodes of select Julia Child programming (including some early The French Chef episodes) as well as shorter interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and other snippets.

FOR THE KIDS

Free Drawing Classes
Check out Fast Company's list of illustrators have stepped up to create virtual resources and free classes for kids, parents, and anyone else who needs a creative break in the midst of the pandemic. Other illustrators will be using Instagram Live to read their books aloud during a daily story time. Times are posted on their Instagram feeds should you and your kids want to participate.

Storytime Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Josh Gad on Twitter
Actor Josh “Olaf the Snowman” Gad will be hosting a story reading session every night during the quarantines for children online at #GadBookClub.

American Museum of Natural History
Get scientific with online programs from the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to its research collections databases and courses for educators, the museum is offering many remote learning programs for students. These include OLogy, a science website for children, museum quizzes, educator materials, and grade-specific activities based on the latest exhibitions. And each day at 2 p.m., the museum will go live on Facebook previously recorded tours with guides.

Neil Gailman's Cool Stuff
For kids or adults, NeilGaiman.com has a ton of cool stuff to download, read and listen to, including short stories such as the Hugo Award-nominated How To Talk To Girls At Parties, his 'David Bowie fan fiction' The Return Of The Thin White Duke, essays by and about Gaiman, audio interviews, readings and book excerpts.

For kids, head over to MouseCircus.com, The "Official Neil Gaiman Website For Young Readers", where you can listen to the author read the entirety of his best-selling The Graveyard Book on video, as well as another video where Gaiman and "lots of other people" read the whole of Coraline.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems! Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence at Home
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

Minecraft Fans
Microsoft wants to help students keep flexing their mental muscles even if they aren't in the classroom. So kids and parents can explore some free Minecraft challenges, made available for free through June 30 in the Minecraft Marketplace, found within the game played by more than 90 million each month. The special activities, already used by teachers, let users visit the International Space Station, tour landmarks in the Nation's Capital, learn to code with a robot, explore marine biology and explore 3-D fractals.

Free Audiobooks for kids from Audible
For as long as schools are closed, they're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.

#Save with Stories
Actresses Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have teamed up with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, and are offering stories read by their famous friends on Instagram and Facebook to provide fun and education to kids and parents stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak. Some of their famous friends reading books include Camila Cabello, Reese Witherspoon, Beanie Feldstein, Ron Howard, and Senator Kamala Harris 

Onondaga County Libraries
Links to more databases and free educational sites to help your children learn. 

In memory of Tomie dePaola
Beloved children's book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola passed away at the end of March. Best known for his Strega Nona series, Tomie wrote and illustrated over 250 books. Celebrate his life by taking a look inside his art studio and enjoy a read-aloud of Strega Nona by the author.