Stuck at home? Here are 5 ways to stay entertained

Keep calm. Stay indoors.

As the entire world faces new challenges, we are obligated to change the way we entertain ourselves and our families. With many of us forced into isolation, it is important to keep busy and find some joy in this unprecedented situation. Because we believe it’s the everyday moments of delight that make for a well lived life, we want to share some new methods of entertainment during this strange and difficult time. Here are five ways to keep you and your family busy during this lockdown. 


1. VIST A MUSEUM

I'm sure you're thinking, "um, do you know the definition of quarantine?" Well, these five popular museums now offer virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your bed or couch. Click the links below to virtually view famous works of art, iconic architecture and experience the most incredible exhibits. 

You can also visit Frida Khalo's famous Casa Azul and experience her legendary wardrobe and famous works of art. 

A Van Gogh fan perhaps? You can view the largest collection (three floors) of Van Gogh's artwork. 


2. TRY A NEW STREAMING SERVICE, FOR FREE

With so many options to choose from, sometimes choosing can be overwhelming. Well, in case you didn’t know, you may qualify for free trials or subscriptions. For example, if Verizon is your cellphone provider, you qualify for one year of Disney+. Click the links below to learn more on how to claim your free subscription or trials. 

Have kids? Try Disney+ and let Verizon pay for a year.

Try Prime Video with your Amazon Prime account or try it for free for 30 days. 

Watch more than just funny cat videos with Youtube TV.


3. GET IN SHAPE

With gyms and workout classes such as yoga and cycling closing temporarily, you may be wondering how can you stay in shape during this mandatory quarantine. Worry no more––bring the gym and classes to your home with these nifty apps and channels.  

Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout are now completely free until April 1st, and if you are a teacher or a student, you qualify for free access until July 1st. Whether you are quarantined or not, you should take advantage of this epic promotion.

If you need to relieve stress with meditation or simply want a breather from all the COVID-19 news, tune in to Instagram and follow MOD Fitness or Wanderlust Yoga Austin for free live workout sessions. Reach out to your local workout studios to check if they offer virtual workouts and how you can join.

Lastly, Planet Fitness is offering free online classes streaming on the company's Facebook page. These classes are open to anyone, including non-members and will be also be available on-demand on the Planet Fitness YouTube channel. 

Extended free workouts for students and teachers. 

Tune in to your local yoga studio for live virtual workouts. 

Workout from home or stream the workouts on Youtube. 


4. PICK UP AN OLD HOBBY, AGAIN

With time to spare, it might be the perfect time to pick up that old paint brush, camera or dusty old sewing machine. Going back to a hobby you've lost touch with might require some help. Here are some of our favorite sites to visit for tutorials, tips and daily inspiration. 

Blueprint: learn how to sew, draw and bake with curated kits and supplies. 

A Beautiful Mess: create, craft and learn with the talented sisters, Elsie and Emma. 

Honestly WTF: read curated stories about fashion, travel, art, interior design and DIY.


5. BRING THE CONCERT HOME

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “A life without music is no life at all,” and he is right. With festivals such as SXSW, music venues, bars and concerts being canceled across the world, our planet is all of a sudden, a bit quieter. Thankfully some artists and bands have decided that they must be heard and are now streaming their concerts on social media platforms for their fans to listen. NPR has compiled a list of virtual concerts with times and links.  

Click here to view the list and discover new musical talent from the comfort of your home. 


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