From March Madness to intimate dinner parties, events small and large have been canceled as people nationwide are encouraged to practice social distancing in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.
But we’re here to tell you that being housebound doesn’t have to be boring! Check out these virtual and at-home experiences to keep you and your family occupied.
- The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s on-demand video streaming archive of #DSOLive webcast, DSO Replay, is FREE to all
- Kerrytown Concert House is livestreaming performances as part of their Live @ the 415 initiative.
- Bump this COVID-19 Quarantine Party playlist on Spotify.
- Get ready to laugh your butt off… Planet Ant is streaming live performances from their YouTube channel every day.
- Stream Broadway performances from the comfort of your couch.
- For those of you who prefer the finer things, The Metropolitan Opera is hosting free nightly opera streams.
- WKAR has compiled a list of concerts available via live stream.
- Need book ideas? WDET’s Meta Stange compiled a list of recommendations, which you can check out here.
- Check out the Detroit Public Library’s Digital Collection for e-books, audiobooks and media, and Royal Oak Public Library’s Digital Collection
- Hoopla is a digital streaming platform that lets library cardholders instantly borrow digital movies, music, and eBooks.
- RB Digital has a variety of digital magazines (National Geographic, Cooks’ Illustrated, etc) as well as audiobooks.
- Libby lets you borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks.
- Art museums including the Detroit Institute or Arts are using their social channels to bring world-renown works of art directly to your newsfeeds
- Local studios including Detroit Barre and Citizen Yoga are offering digital workout classes that you can do at home
- Planet Fitness is live-streaming fitness classes daily
- Home cooks, rejoice! America’s Test Kitchen has made their 50 all-time favorite recipes free for everyone during the COVID-19 emergency
- Are you a stress baker? We recommend testing out some recipes from the Sister Pie cookbook
- Join Theatre and Dance at Wayne for a daily storytime on their Facebook page
- PBS LearningMedia provides educational resources
- The Historical Society of Michigan is making its Michigan History for Kids website available to everyone
- Try your hand at a science experiment with Metro Parent Virtual Science Camp
- Get Your Teach On is offering a free downloadable curriculum
- Check out virtual tours, digital collections and other activities courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Museums
- GoNoodle provides free videos for “movement and mindfulness created by child development experts”
- Breakout the crayons and download free coloring pages
We asked listeners what they were watching now that they had more time, and here’s what they shared:
- Star Trek (Netflix)
- Hunters (Amazon Prime)
- The Stranger (Netflix)
- The West Wing (Netflix)
- The OC (Hulu)
- CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire spoke to the the New Yorkers’ Sarah Larson about her recommendations on podcasts to listen to while you’re social distancing.
- WDET’s Shiraz Ahmed and has a list of conversation topics that are mostly unrelated to COVID-19.