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Finding Something to Do

MemoryLines

https://www.plantain.me/memorylines
Phone calling service with a professional interviewer for people to record their memories. Recordings are uploaded on a personal password protected website and can be used to create life story/family history books, video clips.

ChatterPack

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home
Free, online, boredom-busting resources compiled by ChatterPack

Bored at home (COVID-19/Coronavirus Spring 2020)

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/1100836506948047/
Ideas for things to do at home for people of all ages.

Locked Down 2020

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/lockeddown2020/about/
Locked down - a Facebook group to share ideas of things to do

What Shall we do today

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/whatshallwedotoday/about/
A Facebook group that powers a random ideas generator for things to do while in lockdown at this website:
πŸ”—www.whatshallwedo.co.uk

Less Wrong

πŸ”—https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/eeZQunErdm6oWyhTy/how-to-have-a-happy-quarantine
Article including a list of suggestions for activities you can do on your own at home

Daily Diversions

πŸ”—https://dailydiversions.club
A website of ideas of things to do during the lockdown

Quarantino

πŸ”— http://quarantino.net/
A website which provides "all you need" resources and links to free or free trial offers that make staying at home bearable. It includes links to reliable COVID-19 information (WHO, official case numbers), entertainment (virtual museum and city tours, games, things to do with kids), mental health & fitness, remedies to feel less alone, tools for effective work, and resources for courses and other learning, including kids education.

Open Culture

πŸ”—http://www.openculture.com/
A website which gathers thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, films, lectures and courses that are available for free in the internet, including detailed comments.

Learn Something

Parlia

πŸ”—https://parlia.com/c/BLgnPDvGQrxmbZnSszZZdtxWG/what-are-the-most-useful-skills-to-learn-while-social-distancing
Parlia asks: what are the most useful skills to learn while social distancing?

Bored.Solutions

πŸ”—https://bored.solutions/
A place to find ideas of things to learn, make & do while self-isolating

ChatterPack

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/resources-list-for-home-learning
ChatterPack compilation of home-learning resources for schools and families

Magazine Education

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/jean.worsley/posts/10156608078391076
Free magazine education (Link Not Working)

Magic Tricks

Good Tricks

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.good-tricks.net/
Learn free magic tricks

Watch Something

πŸ”—https://www.wikihow.com/Connect-HDMI-to-TV
How to connect different types of video devices, including computers, cameras, and gaming systems to your TV's HDMI port.

Films

Brodies Notes

πŸŒπŸ”—https://brodiesnotes.blogspot.com/2020/03/free-cheering-or-inspiring-films-to.html
Free films to watch online: from Internet Archive

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival

πŸ”—https://talkingshorts.com/festivals/my-darling-quarantine-short-film-festival
Short film magazine Talking Shorts has created an online film festival featuring seven short films each week, all of them with dystopic themes.

Filmoteca Online

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ”—https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR-HevYBcWn_bylxmW8hjDA
Argentinian TV show Filmoteca, Temas de Cine (dedicated to showing classic films) has created a YouTube channel to show rarities such as old short films and trailers throughout the quarantine. With introductions (in Spanish) by Fernando MartΓ­n PeΓ±a, one of the show's hosts.

DOCA Filmoteca On-Line

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡·πŸ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1d-87l-rR-b9HeviLCNr1kK_PwzFRw5TIAJmHvKgDwuM/edit
As a result of the cinemas being closed during the quarantine, an Argentinian documentarist's association has released a list with 100 documentaries that can be watched online for free in different platforms (in Spanish).

Binge Watching

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.wired.co.uk/article/best-shows-netflix
52 of the best Netflix series to binge watch.

Opera

MetOpera

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.metopera.org/
New York's Metropolitan Opera: free live streaming

Live Theatre

National Theatre at Home

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home
London's National Theatre at Home: free live streaming

Talks

Ted Talks

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.ted.com/playlists/239/the_most_jaw_dropping_ted_talk
Ted Talks: a playlist of the most watched Ted Talks

The Earth

NASA

πŸŒπŸ”— http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-iss-stream
Watch the Earth from afar: a live NASA stream from spaceΒ 

Attend a Virtual Event

Music

Virtual Music Events

πŸ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/11wWL_7I4BG76t0V2kw1a4yIeWxUSfGwMQFYdUWAgSnA/edit
Virtual Music Events Directory: Contains a list of tools that artists and speakers can use to host virtual shows, panels and meetups, and a calendar of virtual/livestreamed events that artists and music organizations are hosting in the coming months.

Socially Distant Fest

πŸ”— https://www.facebook.com/groups/sociallydistantfest
Socially Distant Fest: a virtual stage where performers (musicians, poets, puppeteers, fire spinners, etc...) share their talents live with the world liveοΏ½

Literary

Book Gig

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”— https://bookgig.com/
Book Gig: a roundup of live online book events for adults and kids: readings, author talks, and literary festivals

Take a Virtual Tour

Google Museum Tours

πŸŒπŸ”—https://artsandculture.google.com/partner
Virtual tours of hundreds of the world's finest museums, via Google Arts and Culture

Zoos, museums and more

πŸŒπŸ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YfcmgRDbP-Kfrh0-jTyFP2fNWsbNXdJAemblLiCRHdA/editΒ 
Mixed list of Virtual Tours of museums, zoos and other cultural places

Virtual Museum Tours

πŸŒπŸ”—https://people.com/travel/stuck-at-home-these-12-famous-museums-offer-virtual-tours-you-can-take-on-your-couch/
Online Museums

Listen to Something

Music

My Noise

πŸ”—https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php
White Noise and ambient sounds generator- Stream hundreds of different soundscapes direct to your headphones, calibrated to your preferred frequency. Ideal for those who dislike working in quiet environments or for those who are working in noisy households and need to tune out. Includes cafe background noise, nature sounds, speech blocker and more.

Festicket

πŸ”—https://www.festicket.com/magazine/features/livestream-concerts/
For all the music lovers, specifically electronic dance music, this website lists and provides links, dates, and times of all the upcoming live streams of popular DJ's and related artists.

Playlists

πŸ”—https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/821398638/press-pause-and-hit-play-the-best-new-songs-youve-missed-during-quarantine
A playlist updated daily, keeps track of new music released during quarantine, selected by NPR music staff.

How to survive quarantine, in 215 songs

πŸ”—https://www.vox.com/culture/2020/4/6/21210117/quarantine-playlist-coronavirus-spotify-music-for-isolation
The coronavirus spootify playlist that lasts just over 16 hours in 215 songs, featuring everybody from the Beatles to Frank Ocean.

Podcasts

Signal To Noise Podcast

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.buzzsprout.com/748181/2949838-30-canceled-shows-downtime
A light-hearted podcast episode on what to do during the downtime

UK Audio Fiction

πŸŒπŸ”—https://ukaudiofiction.com
A list of audio fiction podcasts made by people in the UK.

Audiobooks

Audible

πŸŒπŸ”—https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Find a new favourite audiobook: free as long as school in the US is closed (also has adult titles)

Read

Book Clubs

Self-Quarantine Book Club

πŸ”—https://www.producthunt.com/posts/self-quarantine-book-club
Self-quarantine book club

Free E-books

Project Gutenberg - Free eBooks

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/
Find a new favourite book. A collection of thousands of online books.Β 

Scribd

πŸŒπŸ”—https://blog.scribd.com/home/2020/3/17/a-letter-from-the-scribd-ceo-to-our-communityh
Books, audiobooks, magazines, sheet music, and more, free for 30 days: Collection of thousands of online books, including all the new bestsellers and popular ones that the free library currently has waitlists for. If you use the link above, free for 30 days (no credit card info required).Β 

7 digital libraries you can visit from your couch

πŸ”—https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/19/us/digital-libraries-from-your-couch-trnd/index.html
Seven US libraries that have thousands of books on different specialized topics that can be read online.

Reading Lists

CRIN's Stuck-at-home reading list

πŸ”— What CRIN is reading: the stuck-at-home edition
A list of things to read, watch, and listen to, curated by the Child Rights International Network

Pandemic Literature: A Meta-List of the Books You Should Read in Coronavirus Quarantine

πŸ”—http://www.openculture.com/2020/04/pandemic-literature-a-meta-list-of-the-books-you-should-read-in-coronavirus-quarantine.html
Open Culture compiles a list of fiction and nonfiction books about epidemics that have been mentioned in several lists in other media outlets since the coronavirus outbreak started.

Financial Times - The best books of the week

πŸ”—https://www.ft.com/content/ff0a954a-38ed-11e9-b856-5404d3811663
Subscription required

Play

Videogames

90skids

πŸŒπŸ”—https://90kids.com/games/
Play games from the 90s', including Sonic and Mario.Β 

Animal Crossing

πŸ”—https://animal-crossing.com/
Make friends with animal villagers and create a world of your own in the Animal Crossing series.

Minecraft

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ”—https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/
Build from the simplest of homes to the grandest of castles, mine deep into the world or craft weapons and armours to fend off enemies in the Minecraft games.

Video Game Streaming

πŸ”—https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/19/17581510/how-to-stream-gaming-twitch-youtube-mixer
How to stream your gaming sessions on PC, XboxOne, PS4, mobile, and the Switch.

Puzzles

PuzzleBaron

πŸŒπŸ”—https://logic.puzzlebaron.com
De-stress with brain teasers: those fun puzzles you used to do in math class with the grid!Β 

Digital Escape Rooms

Harry Potter Digital Escape Room

πŸ”—https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform
Hogwarts digital escape room

Instruments

Online Guitar Tuner

πŸ”—https://www.fender.com/online-guitar-tuner/
Tune your acoustic, electric, bass guitar, ukuele.

Get Creative

Cook Something

Corona Lockdown Recipes

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/2886625451383570/
Recipe sharing Facebook Group

Covid Back to Basics Recipes

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/201326071149399/
Facebook Group to share basic recipes for cooking during the coronavirus crisis

Make Something

Video Jug

πŸŒπŸ”—http://videojug.com/
Learn how to make something new: everything from recipes to candles.

Bird Feeder

πŸ“Ίhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DKzHucqY1I
DIY homemade plastic bottle bird feeder

Write Something

Daily Page

πŸŒπŸ”—https://www.dailypage.co/Β 
Write daily - DailyPage sends you a writing prompt daily and if you don’t like the prompt it also gives you an option to free-write.

Film Something

Green Screen

πŸ“Ίhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fboCu1_lQ2E
Green screen Chroma key tutorial in 4 minutes - walking on water

Outdoors: through the window/in the Garden

RSPB

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-songs/what-bird-is-that/
Identify garden birds by their songs, with the RSPB


National Trust

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/top-tips-for-stargazing
Stargazing tips


National Trust Gardening

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/how-to-garden-in-small-spaces
Start your own tiny garden


Swimming Pools

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ”—https://www.splashandrelax.co.uk/products/Swimming+Pools/Inflatable+Pools
Inflatable swimming pools

Gardening

Tomatoes

πŸ”—https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/video-slideshow-growing-tomatoes/7902.html
Growing tomatoes from seed to harvest.

Cucumbers

πŸ”—https://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Cucumbers-Indoors
How to grow cucumbers indoors step-by-step.

Join a Community

The Corona Crisis Collective

πŸ”—https://collective.thecoronacrisis.org/feed
The Corona Crisis Collective is a proactive community of individuals who are innovating, volunteering, entertaining, advising and supporting one another during the Corona Crisis. We believe in the power of community to make us more resilient in even the darkest times!

Volunteer

Thrive Global

πŸŒπŸ”—https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-coronavirus-and-the-rise-of-the-virtual-volunteer/
Virtual Volunteering
Some things you can do while housebound, to make the world better

Things to Do Together

Intimacy

The Guardian

πŸŒπŸ”—https://t.co/p8w84y0whB?amp=1Β 
A guide to intimacy during self-isolation

BBC

πŸ”—https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-52232551/coronavirus-love-and-dating-in-lockdown
A guide to love and dating during the lockdown period

NYC Health

πŸ”—https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf
NYC Health Guide to Sex during the Coronavirus period

Cosmopolitan

πŸ”—https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a32005551/masturbating-during-coronavirus-pandemic/
Article with advice and links on solo intimacy during Coronavirus.

With family and friends (online)

School of Life

πŸ”—https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/virtual-dinners-conversation-menus/
Arranged to accompany a virtual dinner party, these "Conversation Menus" invite us to open up around key themes: the virus, love, money, travel, ambition, self-knowledge and the meaning of life.

The Old Lock INN

πŸ”—https://www.facebook.com/groups/208770497045561/
An online Facebook Group Online Pub for chats, quizzes, fancy dress Fridays and fun!

Play

Jackbox Party Pack

πŸŒπŸ”—How to Play Jackbox Games with Friends and Family Remotely - Jackbox Games
Jackbox Party Pack on Zoom: Jackbox is a series of game packs that are akin to trivia night at your local pub or boardgame night at your friend’s house. One person needs a copy of the game on their computer and then uses the Screenshare option on Zoom for other players. The other players use their cellphones to answer questions.

Online adaptions of board games

Codenames

πŸ”—https://www.horsepaste.com/Β 
Play Codenames online across multiple devices on a shared board

Avalon

πŸ”—https://avalon.fun/
Avalon: an adaptation of the board game The Resistance. Good and Evil battle to control the future of civilisation

Secret Hitler

πŸ”—https://secret.ethanl.ee/
Secret Hitler: a dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal set in 1930's Germany.Β 

Planet Minecraft

πŸ”—https://www.planetminecraft.com/project/drehmal-v2-prim-rdial-12k-x-12k-survival-adventure-map/
12K by 12K Minecraft Adventure Map to explore alone or with friends during Isolation

Drawasaurus

πŸ”—https://www.drawasaurus.org/
Drawasaurus - distributed pictionary with private rooms

CNET

πŸ”—https://www.cnet.com/how-to/11-best-ways-to-entertain-yourself-when-youre-in-quarantine-update/
11 best ways to entertain yourself when you're in quarantine

Games Collection

πŸŒπŸ”—https://docs.google.com/document/d/10iOD7Wy_YU4NmkPU7ZH7YTrq11qJAANjZZ0PAotKhR8/preview a huge collection of games you can play online for free or at a cost.

Onigo Escapes

πŸ”—https://www.onigoescapes.com/atlantean-chest/ Free indoor escape game and daily riddles via their instagram account.

Watch or Listen With Friends or Strangers

Gaze

πŸ”— https://letsgaze.com/#/
Gaze lets you watch videos with one other person in perfect synchrony.Β 

Plug DJ

πŸ”—https://plug.dj/
Lets you share music videos or YouTube clips with their friends rather than watching entire movies or TV shows. Plug.DJ creates a private room for all your friends to chat in and to line up a list of music videos.

Netflix Party

πŸ”—Netflix Party
Netflix Party is a browser extension exclusive to Chrome. It allows users to synchronize Netflix video playback on multiple computers, and chat with each other via a simpletext chat interface. Once you install the extension, navigate to Netflix and choose a film or TV show to watch. Once it loads, pause your video and click on the red β€œNP” button in the top right of your browser window. This will generate a unique link that you can send to other people. Those folks will be directed to your β€œroom” where they can watch your video in sync with you.

JQBX

πŸ”—https://www.jqbx.fm/
JQBX: This site/app lets you create virtual β€œDJ Rooms” with friends (or strangers), allowing you to listen to synced music.