Yes, we’re all stuck at home, or at least limited in our entertainment and activities. Don’t sit in front of the tv binge watching your normal tv shows – save that for your normal tv viewing time. Use some of your free time to check out new types of entertainment and virtual events and broaden your horizons while you stay at home!
We’ve gathered a list of free on demand and virtual events and activities so you can feel social while at home.
Don’t know how to stream content to your tv? Don’t watch this great entertainment on you phone or computer screen. Living on the Cheap put together an article about how to stream on your TV. Check it out here!
Virtual Events and Activities for Anyone!
Virtual Museum Tours and Exhibits
Google Arts & Culture has joined together with over 500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
The Met has launched “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” a free series of encore Live in HD presentations streamed on the company website during the closure.
All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps.
The Philharmonie Berlin is closed until April 19. But the orchestra will continue to play for you – in the Digital Concert Hall. The Berliner Philharmoniker invite you to visit their virtual concert hall free of charge. You’ll have access to 600 orchestral concerts from the Berliner Philharmoniker in the Digital Concert Hall from more than ten years!
Log on to the Digital Concert Hall ticket page with the code BERLINPHIL and use the Digital Concert Hall free of charge for 30 days. Cancellation is not required. The latest date for redeeming the code is Tuesday, 31 March 2020. If you are not yet a user of the Digital Concert Hall, registration – without obligation – is required.
Experience great opera and ballet at home – worldwide and for free! Vienna State Opera is now opening its livestream archives, so that music lovers all over the world will still be able to enjoy opera and ballet. Starting on Sunday, 15 March 2020, Wiener Staatsoper will broadcast recordings of previous opera and ballet performances daily via its streaming platform www.staatsoperlive.com – worldwide and free of charge. This online programme will even follow the originally planned schedule at the house, with a few exceptions only. Streams start at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. EST respectively (for Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) and remain available for 24 hours.
Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday at 3pm will highlight one of the amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Join them starting Monday, March 16 at 3pm for the first Home Safari- featuring Fiona!
Watch 2 sessions of Columbus Zoo Q’s Series on their Facebook page. On Zoo Qs, they’ll offer answers with weird, wacky, and fun facts about the awesome animal kingdom. There are 10 episodes available, and each is just a few minutes long, such as “Why do giraffes have spots?” or “Wombat Poop Is What?”.
You can also watch a new video of Aurora’s 15 week old cub explore his behind-the-scenes yard and pool!
The Cleveland Metroparks Virtual Classroom is sponsored by Raising Cane’s, as part of its commitment to investing in the community and education. Following each Virtual Classroom, parents of children 12 and under who participated in the Facebook Live will have a chance to earn an achievement award that can be exchanged for free food and drink. One parent of a child age 12 and under will be selected following each Virtual Classroom.
At 11 a.m. visit Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Facebook Page to join our biologists who are working to secure a future for wildlife at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Check-in with your favorite Zoo animals and learn about what it takes to care for some of the most endangered species in the world.
Then, at 1 p.m., visit Cleveland Metroparks Facebook Page to join our park naturalists as we explore the Emerald Necklace and look for early signs of spring, learn about the forest floor, birds and more.
Tune in daily at 3:30 p.m. to Cleveland Metroparks Facebook Page to hone outdoor adventure skills with our experienced outdoor recreation team. Topics will include things like backpacking, watersports, cycling and park exploration.
Upon the conclusion of each live Virtual Classroom session, the full videos can be viewed at clevelandmetroparks.com/virtualclassroom. To complement each live experience, additional video content will be available on the Cleveland Metroparks YouTube page – be sure to hit the subscribe button!
Iron chef Michael Symon Facebook Live cooking demos using pantry ingredients
Stuck at home? Hungry? Iron Chef Michael Symon is going to save your day! Cleveland native and restaurateur is going to teach us how to turn pantry ingredients into a meal with his Facebook Live cooking demos!
Symon is going live every day for 10 days on @foodnetworkkitchen Facebook page to demo some of my favorite pantry recipes. The 10-day Daily Dinner series (inspired by followers sugggestions begins on Monday, March 16 at 5 pm EST, live on Facebook.
Located in Delaware, the studio is offering two ways to get creative. While they are continuing to offer in-studio art classes, they are also offering virtual live painting classes and take home kits as an options for those who prefer to stay home and “art”.
The Yoga Loft in Columbus is sharing Facebook Live videos of yoga classes so you can practice at home.
Can’t make it to Broadway? Check out this Playbill.com list of Broadway shows that were filmed live on stage, and available for viewing from your couch with various streaming services.
Live Streaming Concerts
Concerts and tours are cancelled, but so many national artists are streaming concerts online for free, pay-what-you-can, or tip – and it’s amazing! Check out this compilation article by NPR with upcoming concerts!
This series of short courses is excerpted from OSU’s Master Gardener online course, allowing you to study specific fundamentals of gardening. OSU’s Master Gardener Short Course Series includes 12 on-demand vegetable gardening courses.
In Vegetable Gardening, you will learn how to select a site, prepare soil and plant vegetables properly as well as gain skills to successfully produce food and identify common insect and disease problems.
More Virtual Events
Since all local events have been cancelled, we’ll be adding virtual events to our website to help keep you entertained at home. Check out the developing schedule here!
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