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Fun Ways to Pass the Time While “Social Distancing” (Mostly Free!)

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by 50Plus-Today

Many of us are hunkered down for now with lots of anxiety about how the coronavirus pandemic will play out. As the time goes by, though, I find myself looking at this time at home in a more positive light. With a whole lot less rushing around, I have time for some of the things I try to make time for regularly, but don’t.

For example, since I started to “social distance” myself, I organized a particularly messy closet, caught up with numerous out-of-town friends by phone and took a few long walks with my Spotify song list for company. I also played about 20 games of backgammon with my husband on our old set from college, which was more fun than I remember. One friend told me she continues her yoga practice from the gym by herself at the park, or at home in her hallway when the weather is bad. Another shared she cooks and freezes healthy meals. One of my writer friends said she spends time composing long letters on paper, not on the computer, to send through USPS to friends; what a wonderful gift those letters will be for the recipients!

Here are some additional ideas about how to continue to pass the time moving forward:

Every Thursday, some of the best British theatre is free to stream for a week on their YouTube channel .Starts April 2nd with the online premiere of One Man Two Guvnors featuring James Corden. Read more
These essential documentaries capture some of the most fascinating and legendary entertainers, writers, and musicals in Broadway history Read more
Create a room online and invite your friends! Read more
With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. Read more
Experience the beauty of Japan from the comfort of your own home! Read more
Visit the plantation of George and Martha Washington online! The estate is situated on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia. Read more
Find your favorite games from the past, get some popcorn and enjoy! Read more
13 Books to Transport You to Sun, Surf and Sea Read more
Adriene hosts the YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene, an online community of over 6 million subscribers. She publishes free Yoga Videos and has a library of over 500 free videos and growing. Read more
Free online drawing lessons for beginners Read more
Wide variety of unique and interesting self-paced courses to choose from Read more

 

This site celebrates art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever. Read more
Spring is here and still beautiful…take a virtual walk through these seven Southern gardens Read more
Wonderful free streaming to pass the time. Read more
Breathtaking virtual tours, some led by rangers—others self-guided. See the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Sequoia, Kenai Fjords parks…and more! Read more
“Did you know…” You’ll love these fresh and fun perspectives on various topics: music, sports, politics, Hollywood and more. Read more
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Anne Frank House – Take a 360-degree tour of Anne Frank’s home in Amsterdam.
Buckingham Palace – Tour the famous London palace virtually.
Farm Tours – Learn about agriculture through these virtual tours of farms in Canada.
Great Wall of China – This panoramic virtual tour allows you to walk the Great Wall.
Houston Zoo – Watch animals in several of their exhibits via live webcam.
Mars – Explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about the planet and space exploration.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Watch sea creatures in this California aquarium with the live animal cam.
The Louvre Museum – Explore exhibits at this famous art museum in Paris, France.
“I was 32 when I started cooking. Up until then, I just ate.” Witty and entertaining, Julia took the world by storm with her cooking shows
BRAIN GAMES
Mind Games-Brain, math, puzzle and word games, sudokus and memory games
Neverending quiz, memory & brain games to train your thinking.
You can take virtual tours of some of the most famous works of art around the world. Stay healthy in the comfort of your own home while experiencing masterpieces housed in twelve wonderful museums located all over the world. Google has partnered with venues such as the Guggenheim, the British Musuem , the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art,the Musee d’Orsay, the Van Gogh Museum and others for your low risk enjoyment! Read more
Stuck at home? Here’s a list of good shows to take your mind off the coronavirus. Depending on what you like, this list provides programming sure to help pass some time. Read more
Find your favorite games from the past, get some popcorn and enjoy! Read more
Find thousands of free audiobooks online Read more

GOOD STREAMING- More shows to binge on

Stuck at home? Here’s a list of good shows to take your mind off the coronavirus. Depending on what you like, this list provides programming sure to help pass some time. Read more

FEEL GOOD BOOKS TO READ

Browse this list of books from Andrea Peskind Katz from Great Thoughts, Great Readers if you are someone who enjoys spending time immersed in a great read! Read More

BEST PERIOD DRAMAS ON NETFLIX

If you are self-isolating and have a thing for bonnets and a love story, these period dramas will keep you entertained for hours. Read more

VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOURS

You can take virtual tours of some of the most famous works of art around the world. Stay healthy in the comfort of your own home while experiencing masterpieces housed in twelve wonderful museums located all over the world. Google has partnered with venues such as the Guggenheim, the British Musuem , the National Air and Space Museum, the National Gallery of Art,the Musee d’Orsay, the Van Gogh Museum and others for your low risk enjoyment! Read more

What are you doing to keep yourself entertained? We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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