The Ultimate Guide to Indoor Fun
These resources will help turn your time while stuck indoors into a time of fun, learning, and family camaraderie.
READ A GREAT BOOK
- Amazon list of 100 books to read in a lifetime
- Libby connects to your local library and has both audio and eBooks.
- Scribd has a large library of audiobooks, eBooks, and even digital magazines.
- Audible has a huge catalogue of audiobooks.
- Librivox makes public domain audiobooks available for free.
CREATE YOUR OWN FILM FESTIVAL
- IMDB list of 100 top rated films
- The Hollywood Reporter top 100 movies of all time
- Rotten Tomatoes list of the top 100 documentaries
- Rotten Tomatoes list of the top 100 comedies
TAKE AN ONLINE CLASS
- edX has thousands of courses from top institutions like Harvard and MIT.
- The Great Courses has courses on everything from photography to secret societies to algebra.
- LinkedIn offers courses on a huge variety of business subjects.
- Masterclass offers courses taught by experts in their field (James Patterson, Steve Martin, Gordon Ramsay, and more).
PLAN A TRIP
- Google Maps allows you to place pins on specific locations that you’ll be visiting.
- Google Trips app scans your inbox for things like hotel reservations, car rentals, and itineraries. Then it organizes them together.
- The Lonely Planet app has guides to thousands of cities which provide tips and advice from experts.
- Google Earth uses satellite imagery to give you a detailed look at millions of locations around the world.
TAKE A VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP
- If you love animals, check out the Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta.
- With the Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager live cam, you can observe thousands of fish, including sharks!
- Star Atlas allows you to explore the constellations that dot the night sky.
- Yellowstone National Park has a number of interactive maps and a live stream of the Old Faithful geyser.
- If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the virtual tours offered by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
- With Google Arts & Culture, you can virtually peruse more than 1,200 museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Colonial Williamsburg has a number of webcams which give you a sense of what it was like living in America 200 years ago.
- The Great Wall of China virtual tour allows you to explore one of the seven wonders of the world.
CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
- The Houseparty app allows you to video chat with a group of people on your smartphone or computer.
- Zoom is primarily designed for business use, but also works really well for video chat with a group of people.
- Marco Polo enables you to send video messages to friends and family which they can view at any time.
- WhatsApp is a group chat app that makes it simple to have text conversations with multiple people at one time.
- Netflix Party allows you to watch movies along with friends and family. You can chat in real-time and everything is kept in sync for all parties.
- Waking up– Join Sam Harris—neuroscientist, philosopher, and New York Times best-selling author—as he explores the practice of meditation and examines the theory behind it.
- Headspace has a huge number of guided meditations, sleep sounds, mini-meditations, and more.
- Calm offers numerous meditations of varying lengths, breathing exercises, nature sounds, sleep stories, and much more.
- Aura offers personalized meditations, music, stories, and coaching based on your mood.
- Glo combines yoga and meditation, allowing you to strengthen body and mind simultaneously.
GET SOME EXERCISE
- Our online yoga portal has a great collection of yoga videos designed to get you started at home until we able to reopen the studio.
- The Nike Training Club app offers more than 190 different workouts, all for free.
- If you use a Fitbit, consider using the Fitbit Coach app, which recommends workouts based on your activity.
- If you’re pressed for time, the 7 Minute Workout app guides you through a quick cycle of proven exercises.
WATCH A TED TALK
- Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability
- Simon Sinek on great leadership
- Dan Pink on the puzzle of motivation
Dan Gilbert on the science of happiness
- Elizabeth Gilbert on creative genius
- r/askscience – Deep dives into scientific questions and issues
- r/todayilearned – Interesting facts that people just learned
- r/Futurology – Explores the latest, most interesting technologies
- r/nonononoyes – Entertaining video clips of disaster being averted at the last second
- r/Gifs – A collection of the greatest gifs from around the internet
- r/IAmA – Different individuals, including many celebrities, talk about the unique aspects of their lives
LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
- Yousician offers online lessons for a variety of instruments.
- Guitar Tricks will help you get up and running quickly on the guitar.
- Live Music Tutor connects you with musicians who will personally teach you to play your instrument.
READ A BOOK TOGETHER
- Time Magazine lists of the The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time and The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.