Many people have made the hard choice to start social distancing to lower the chance of COVID-19 spreading. While you may be confined to your home where you’re comfortable and safe, those same four walls can turn boring and bland quickly. Here are our 10 recommendations for how you can entertain yourself while social distancing:

 

 

1. Free Broadway Plays

We know how being cooped up in your house all day can make you feel pretty lackluster. Nothing beats that like jazz hands, full orchestras, and masterful choreography! For a limited time, BroadwayHD is letting people watch filmed productions of Broadway musicals for free! Start your 7-day free trial today! 

 

 

2. Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari 

Many businesses have had to deal with the repercussions involved with having fewer customers at this time. Many have decided to take a hiatus and close their doors until more information is released. The Cincinnati Zoo is one company out of many who have closed their doors to the public but the zoo is offering a free look into what the animals are doing each day via their Facebook Live. Join the fun and check out what animals they are featuring every day at 1 P.M. MST. 

 

 

3. Google Earth National Parks Virtual Tours

The National Parks system is one of America’s greatest treasures and Google Earth has released virtual tours of 31 of them. Don’t let social distancing distance you from nature. Plus, this may be the only time you can tour these beautiful parks in your pajamas. 

 

 

4. NASA Media Library

NASA has made their entire media library available online and copyright-free. Take social distancing to the next level and use your senses to float around in space. Their library consists of over 140,000 images, sounds, and videos ready for you to use and peruse as you please. 

 

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Are you @nasahubble? Because you seem…reflective. ???? ? Okay. It's time to get deep. Real deep. We live in a time when we can witness the marvels of the universe and look into the past. We can look at the stars to learn about what we're made of. We are made of star stuff. ???? ? The hydrogen, helium and nitrogen that formed in stars? That also makes up our bodies and it’s how we’re connected to the Big Bang—the birth of the universe. Our great space observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the recently decommissioned Spitzer Space Telescope have peered millions of light-years into the past to better understand our place in the universe. So, the next time you gaze up at the stars, remember this: you are star material.????? ??? ? 1. Galaxy NGC 4258 located about 23 million light-years away. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA??? 2. Carina Nebula’s “Mystic Mountain." Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)???? 3. Messier 2 star cluster located in the constellation Aquarius. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, G. Piotto et al.???? 4. Unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 5033, located about 40 million light-years away. Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; Acknowledgment: Judy Schmidt???? 5. A brilliant nebula located in the constellation Centaurus, about 4,900 light-years from Earth. Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA???? 6. Arp 299, located about 140 million light-years from Earth. Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ. of Crete/K. Anastasopoulou et al, NASA/NuSTAR/GSFC/A. Ptak et al; Optical: NASA/STScI???? 7. Image released in 2017 of the Horsehead Nebula in infrared light. Credit: NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team???? 8. Galaxy NGC 6861, part of a group of at least a dozen galaxies called the Telescopium Group. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA; acknowledgement: J. Barrington???? 9. The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, assembled by combining 10 years of Hubble photos. Credit: NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team???? ??? #YouGotThis #hubble #space #nasa #yes

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5. Free Online Courses 

Let’s be honest… you’re going to have a lot of time on your hands and you may get bored! Don’t worry! You can always take this time to learn a skill you always wanted to. Whether that is art, computer science, health and medicine, or anything else, there are unlimited excellent online resources that can have you learning in a matter of minutes. Class Central is a good resource for free University documents and courses on a wide variety of subjects. LinkedIn has made their online courses available to the public, covering everything from tips for leading video conferences to advice on how to best work from home. Plus, there’s always YouTube, a free domain where you can watch homemade/corporate tutorial videos on basically any subject. The last one (but definitely not the least) available is Adobe. They have granted students and educators with free at-home access to its Creative Cloud applications which includes Photoshop, Premiere Pro and many more digital tools for creators.

 

 

6. Online Fitness Instruction

Some fitness corporations are seeing the need to have people exercising from home and filling it. Peloton is an app that gives you free access to view thousands of live and on-demand workout classes (90-day free trial). Planet Fitness is hosting a free lead exercising session daily at 5 P.M. MST on Facebook Live.

 

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7. Make Music Online

Moog and Korg have made their synth apps free to help musicians stuck at home. That doesn’t mean you can’t take this opportunity to try something out that you’ve always wanted to! Fun fact, some of the hardware being converted to apps are worth over $4,000! 

 

 

8. Finally Learn How To Solve a Rubiks Cube

If you’re like the majority of people, at one time you have tried to take on the task of learning to solve a Rubiks Cube, and if you are still like most you have given up and that Rubiks Cube has since collected dust, tucked away somewhere. It is finally time to take your Rubiks Cube out of retirement and learn it once and for all. For a limited time, Cubing MKE, owned by 15-year-old Levi from Milwaukee, is offering free online one-on-one classes. Visit his website and book your time slot.

 

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Another new cuber.

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9. Binge Watch a Series 

If there’s a time to be lazy and proud, it’s right now. It’s the perfect time to catch up on the ridiculous shows that your family and friends have been talking about. Make yourself some popcorn, get comfortable, and enjoy endless hours of entertainment. 

 

 

10. Read a Free eBook

Everything gets old after a while. Even video streaming services like Netflix. If you need a break from that you can browse the free eBook catalog at Project Gutenberg. This website offers over 60,000 eBooks so you have no reason to worry about finding something enjoyable to read! The Edmonton Public Library also has an extensive list of free eBooks available to borrow!

 

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The Underworld by James C. Welsh ??????1/2 I read this to potentially use for my dissertation as I’m planning to write about the Proletarian novel genre. This book is essentially a bildungsroman for its title character, as he goes to work in the mines at the age of 12 and eventually becomes a major local figure in the Trade Union movement. The author is writing from experience as Welsh was also a miner from age 12 who would go on to become a member of parliament and an active Trade Unionist. It’s a really interesting novel that depicts unflinching poverty but also reflects the heart at the centre of mining communities, exemplified by Nellie, Robert’s mother. At times the writing was a little trite but equally the message it makes is well done and sincere. I look forward to researching the topic further. There’s loads more I want to say about the novel but I’ll save it for my dissertation… #robertsinclair #theunderworld #jamescwelsh #thestoryofrobertsinclairminer #reading #read #reader #proletarian #proletariannovel #review #dissertation #books #kindle #ereader #projectgutenberg

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