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55 Things to Do at Home During the COVID-19 Quarantine

No question, these are unprecedented times. A lot of us are feeling uncertain, stressed, and to be honest…sick and tired of being cooped up. We get it. But here are over 50 fun and safe activities to do at home during the quarantine…


Live Streams from Zoos & Aquariums 


Nothing says calm, positive energy like animals. Just because these places are closed to the public doesn’t mean you can’t get in a healthy dose of the wild. Zoos and aquariums all over the world have free live streams so you can enjoy these amazing creatures from the comfort of your couch.



Live cams from the San Diego Zoo: Watch koalas, polar bears, tigers, giraffes, and many more!


Experience the tranquil waters and the animals who live there with live cams from Monterey Bay Aquarium:


Chillax in real-time with the Panda Live Cam from the Smithsonian National Zoo:


Go on “safari” with the Cincinnati Zoo (home of Fiona the Hippo!) live on their Facebook page, airing every weekday at 12 pm Pacific Time:


See creatures great and small, from a hummingbird cam to a Bald Eagle’s nest with the wide variety of live nature streams from


The Elmwood Park Zoo in Pennsylvania is offering Zoo School on Facebook Live on weekdays at 8 am Pacific Time: 


The Houston Zoo has live cams in several of their animal habitats, from giraffes and gorillas all the way down to the Leafcutter Ant:

Bonus: The Houston Zoo also has Facebook Live videos on weekdays at 9 am Pacific Time:


Wild Earth can take you on a sunrise or sunset safari via their live streams all the way from South Africa: 


Penguins, jellyfish, sea otters, and more, oh my! Check out the live streams from the Georgia Aquarium: 


Swim with the fishes (and sharks!) via the live cams from the National Aquarium in Baltimore: 


Tours of Museums and Interesting Places


Whether you’re looking for something educational to share with the kids while they’re home from school, or you just always wanted to see the Louvre, check out one of the many live streams offered by these world-famous locations.  



Take a virtual tour of the bizarre Winchester Mystery House: 


Tour the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam: 


Go on a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of England: 


Take a tour through time with the British Museum in London, England: 


Enjoy several different virtual tours inside the National Museum of Natural History: 


Explore the Guggenheim Museum in NY with several tours: 


The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. offers two online exhibits, Fashioning a Nation, and Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: 


Visit Paris for lunch! Explore the Musée d’Orsay with their virtual tour:  


Journey to Korea and explore the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: 


Visit the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam via a Google street view from the inside: 


Art lovers can see two exhibits, “Vincent van Gogh’s love life,” and Which Books did Vincent van Gogh Read?” from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam: 


The titles alone have us curious about two exhibits you can see from The Getty Museum in LA. Check out Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well and Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: 


Show some love for the country of Italy when you tour exhibits from Uffizi Gallery in Firenze: 


See six different online exhibits, from Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, in São Paulo, Brazil: 


And finally, see the Louvre in Paris, France: 


Ride Disneyland and Disney World Rides–Without Leaving Home!


Bring the Disney magic to your home with virtual rides you can go on again and again. No need to wait! Just hit refresh and you’re at the front of the line again. 



Splash Mountain 


Pirates of the Caribbean 


Peter Pan’s Flight 


It’s a Small World 


The Seas with Nemo and Friends 


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway


The Jungle Cruise 


Expedition Everest 


Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye 


Free Online Cooking Lessons 


One of the best DIY projects is one you can eat! Tantalize your tastebuds with these free cooking lessons. Just think about how you’ll be able to impress your friends when we can all go visit again…


Chef Massimo Bottura is offering a free nightly cooking lesson on his Instagram page: 


Learn to bake bread with your kids via King Arthur Flour: 


Delish is offering free daily digital cooking classes for kids at 10 am Pacific Time via Instagram Live: 


Learn how to recreate your junk food favorites like Twinkies, Cheetos, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and more from Bon Appetit Pastry Chef, Claire Saffitz: 


Milk Street is offering their online cooking classes for FREE through the end of April. You’ll learn recipes, and new ways to approach food and cooking: 


Don’t Forget the Library!



Get an Electronic library card from the OC Public Libraries and start downloading content such as EBooks, EMagazines, music, and more. 


The Internet Archive opened the National Emergency Library allowing you to virtually borrow over 1 million titles, while schools and libraries across the country are closed. 


Free Online Fitness Classes


With gyms closed, many of us are re-inventing our fitness routines. These free online classes can help…you might just find something new you love!


YMCA is offering 60 free fitness classes ranging from Tai Chi to Bootcamp, Barre, Yoga, and more: 


Core Power Yoga is offering free classes: 


Free at-home workouts from OrangeTheory Fitness: 


Twice daily intense Cardio Dance live stream workouts from 305 Fitness: 


Gold’s Gym is offering free virtual workouts: 


Planet Fitness is offering Facebook Live at-home workouts daily at 4 pm Pacific Time:  


Lifetime Fitness is offering its most popular classes for free on-demand, including cardio classes, yoga classes, strength classes, and more:  


Art & Cultural Activities 


Art and drawing are perfect activities for when you’re enjoying the great indoors. Hone your drawing skills, take in an opera, or even do a little singing yourself!


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Kids (and grownups too!) can learn to draw cute characters with illustrator Rob Biddulph, with new videos posted every Tuesday and Thursday:  


The Metropolitan Opera is offering daily opera streams: 


Join the OCEvents “Quarantine Karaoke Challenge” Facebook Group and post a video of yourself, or your kid singing a song. Just for fun!


Kids can take drawing classes via Instagram Live with illustrator Wendy MacNaughton weekdays at 10 am Pacific Time. Classes stay live on her IG stories for 24hrs: 


Take a live stream dance class, or enjoy a dance performance with “Dancing Alone Together.” Multiple activities daily: 


Kids can take drawing classes with illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka via YouTube. New classes daily! 


Free Virtual Learning


Try your hand at something new, or improve upon your skills in an area you already love. You never know, you could unlock a hidden talent!



There are hundreds of courses currently available for free if you’re interested in learning something new, such as “Improving Communication Skills”, “Hollywood: History, Industry, Art”, “Wonders of Ancient Egypt’, and more: 


How many languages can you say “awesome?” Learn a new language for free with Duolingo, including High Valyrian for all you Game of Thrones fans out there: 


Fun Things To Do In Orange County This Weekend, March 8-9

Here’s what’s happening this weekend in OC, the Dana Point Festival of Whales kicks off the weekend with a parade, “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic” opens at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana,  Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival continues in Anaheim, Hoag Classic golf tournament is in Newport Beach, and more!

  • The 49th Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales returns for its first of two fun-filled weekends, in Dana Point. Events include a parade, sand castle building competition, street fair, and more! FREE to attend.
  • The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival continues this weekend and runs through 4/21. Attend celebrity chef events, sample California-inspired menu items in the Festival Marketplace, attend seminars and more. Park admission required. 
  • “Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic” opens Saturday 3/7 and runs through 8/30 at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. Stroll through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props. Admission required. 
  • The Hoag Classic golf tournament is all weekend at the Newport Beach Country Club. Watch exciting world class golf in OC. Tickets required. 
  • There’s plenty of fun to be had at various OC Parks this weekend including a full-moon hike, sunspot spotting, “amazing snakes”, several hikes, and more! Some events charge a nominal fee. 
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC


Things To Do in Orange County This Weekend, 2/29-3/1

Happy Leap Day, Orange County! In honor of this strange day, we think it’s only fair to get out and enjoy what Orange County has to offer. From sparkling gems to sparkling wine, there’s something for all of you to enjoy.

All Weekend:

  • For lovers of sparkly things, the Gem Faire is at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Friday through Sunday. Peruse fine jewelry, crystals, precious stones, and more from nearly 200 vendors. Tickets and parking required, admission good for all three days. 
  • The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is back! The festival starts Friday 2/28 and runs through 4/21. Attend celebrity chef events, sample California-inspired menu items in the Festival Marketplace, attend seminars and more. Park admission required. 
  • Both Saturday and Sunday have several different Farmers Markets to choose from all over OC! Check out a full list of Orange County weekend Farmers Markets.


  • The city of San Clemente is celebrating its 92nd anniversary Saturday, 2/29 with a kids’ fishing derby and family-friendly event featuring face painting, crafts, and photo ops. It is also a free swim day for the family, featuring a giant inflatable obstacle course in a warm-water pool. Free to attend. 
  • Old Town Tustin’s Sip & Stroll returns Saturday 2/29 featuring a walking taste tour of Old Town featuring live music, delicious food, award-winning wines, craft beer, and more! Festivities begin at noon. Tickets required. 
  • Soak up the natural beauty of the OC at the Leap Day Bluff & Beach Sunset Walk on Saturday 2/29 in Crystal Cove, beginning at 4:30 pm. Bring your binoculars, and you might even catch a glimpse of migrating gray whales. Small fee required. 


  • Adventureland Day 2020 (an unofficial themed day at Disneyland) is a day that celebrates the jungles of Adventureland and everything that makes it such a special land for so many guests. Adventureland Day 2019 was held in March of last year and had an amazing turn out for only being its second year. Attendees of this themed day (known as AdventureLanders) dressed in safari wear (think Pith helmets), and went on a treasure hunt, which was planned by the event organizers.  For all the details visit:
  • Welcome Spring at the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on Sunday 3/1 11 – 3 pm. Snack on some free mochi treats as you watch demonstrations in bonsai, taiko, and even candy sculpture! Museum admission required (free for museum members). 
  • The OC Food and Wine Festival is Sunday 3/1 from 1 to 5 pm at the Marconi Automotive Museum. Enjoy food from top OC restaurants as well as wine from wineries in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara. Ticket proceeds benefit charity. 


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