During this time of social distancing we need to remember the importance of being social, active, and create! Being home all day can create boredom and frustration, the best way to relieve boredom is finding ways to practice leisure and recreation at home. Below are some fun virtual ways to engage your mind, body, soul through creative virtual tours, concerts, and experiences. There are links to free exercise classes, language lessons, culture and more. You can watch a movie with friends online and have a virtual sleepover! Get creative and find ways to get engaged!
Music artists offering virtual concerts
Rend Collective offering live social distancing worship club
Lindsey Sterling offers a live virtual tour
BalletNova Center for Dance: https://www.facebook.com/watch/BalletNovaCenterForDance/
Virtual art tours
Art Institute of Chicago: http://www.openculture.com/2018/10/art-institute-chicago-puts-44000works-art-online-view-high-resolution.html?fbclid=IwAR3OKwIe_h5mzurhO9VMQX7V2M7l0ceOcAbaTMhUFIrOybvG3woeHzKkzc
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfYVzk0sNiGHp2Aj1di-ETXG3ZOXXCRwz
Brainscoop from Chicago’s Field Museum of Chicago: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop
Take a virtual Zoo tour!
Cincinnati Hippo enclosure:
Live animal cams!
Exercise studios and gyms offering free classes through live stream.
Cardio, Yoga, bootcamps and more!
Take a hike!
Take a virtual hike: http://www.gcpano.org/how-to/take-a-virtual-hike/
A walk in the woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkwSp_OSXPY
Guided Imagery for mindfulness practice
Collection of Calming virtual arts and culture experiences: //medium.com/@andrewrecinos/let-culture-calm-you-66156d16cc59?fbclid=IwAR1Vp_NRPUdXJwx3umKpQLwkuPt5XSDjsgBT-LAPUAGd7JZ8_ZoGRsIWZgQ">https://medium.com/@andrewrecinos/let-culture-calm-you-66156d16cc59
Guided Imagery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rRo6cgM_E&t=143s
You can also download the Breath App for your phones for extra mindfulness and relaxation practice.
Poetry Read by Celebrities: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq86vWqtInbNUAGYUXULBC2qyVDaXqXF
Nature/Outdoor fun and learning: https://wildtimelearning.com/
Facts videos about animals: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOHbM4GGWADc5bZgvbivvttAuWGow6h05 &app=desktop Cincinnati Zoo
British Museum podcasts on civilizations found objects: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00nrtd2/episodes/downloads?page=4
Presidents of the United States: https://www.coolkidfacts.com/us-president-facts/
Presidential Fun Facts: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/presidential-funfacts/
National Geographic for kids: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
Laern a new language!
Learn 48 new languages http://www.openculture.com/freelanguagelessons
Virtual language schools: https://www.fluentu.com/blog/virtual-language-school/
Download Dualingo and learn a new language for free: https://www.duolingo.com/
Travel the world!
The Louvre The Louvre
The Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
Play online with friends!
Watch movies online with friends: https://www.wptv.com/entertainment/how-to-have-movie-or-game-night-with-friends-while-social-distancing
Board games to play online with friends: https://www.boston.com/culture/entertainment/2020/03/18/board-games-online-with-friends
Popular board games and card games to play online with friends: https://lifehacker.com/you-can-play-these-games-online-with-friends-1842347093
Play Jackbox games online with friends: https://jackboxgames.com/how-to-play-jackbox-games-with-friends-and-family-remotely/
- by Leanne Murrillo, CTRS, Socialization through Recreation Coordinator, Empowering Youth Transition Coordinator