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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: 


9 Best Valentine’s Day Dessert Spots in Orange County

What better way to celebrate your sweetheart than with a delicious sweet treat? Orange County has tons of instagrammable delights to choose from to amaze and impress your honey this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re celebrating love or just love to eat, you won’t want to miss these. 

Here are our top Orange County dessert picks: 

Hula Girls Shave Ice

If you can’t take your valentine to a tropical island, take them to the next best place – Hula Girls Shave Ice. Serving up authentic Hawaiian shave ice, Dole Whip, as well as this tropical POG Dole Whip Float, it’s a treat that will make you think you’re in the tropics.

Huntington Beach.


AFTERS Ice Cream

The couple that milky buns together stays together. AFTERS is known for their out of this world flavors like Cookie Monster, Cookie Butter, and Milk & Cereal, but if you really want to indulge, try a milky bun. It’s a delectable ice cream sandwich with the ice cream stuffed into a doughnut. If that doesn’t get your heart racing, we don’t know what will.

Multiple Orange County locations.


Sidecar Doughnuts

Speaking of doughnuts…don’t just say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day…say “hey babe, I woke up early and got your favorite doughnuts from Sidecar before everything sold out.” Sidecar Doughnuts is the must-have for every doughnut lover in OC, and their special Valentine’s Day event includes a flower shop pop-up for one-stop shopping to impress your sweetheart this weekend.

Costa Mesa.




There’s no better place to ask your sweetie to make it Facebook o-fish-al than SomiSomi! They specialize in the Korean dessert ah-boong, which is a fish-shaped pastry filled with soft serve! They offer traditional flavors like black sesame and ube as well as chocolate, oreo, coffee, and more. They are as tasty as they are adorable.

Multiple Orange County locations


The Loop: Handcrafted Churros

They’re sweet, pretty look at, and twisted–kind of like your ex. But these tasty-as-they-are-gorgeous treats won’t break your heart! Go for a loop churro by itself, with a dip, or atop a delicious soft serve sundae. 

Multiple Orange County locations.


Eiswalt Gelato

For a treat that is truly an art, you can’t miss Eiswalt Gelato. First of all, it’s gelato and that should be reason enough to pay them a visit, but their fun, sculpted gelato creations are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We’re sure you’ll find a way. 



Honey and Butter

Is it even legal to make a list of desserts and not include macarons? We weren’t sure, and we wouldn’t want to skip them anyway! The macaron creations at Honey and Butter are a feast for the eyes and your sweet tooth. 

Irvine and Garden Grove


The Pie Hole

Don’t you know pie love you so?! The Pie Hole boasts both sweet and savory pies in a variety of traditional and unusual flavors. Their Chocolate Covered Strawberry pie of the month for February would make the perfect bite for two on Valentine’s Day!



Coffee Dose

Sometimes life isn’t all flowers and hearts. So if you’re feeling a little anti- this year, Coffee Dose is just what you need. Simmer down, sip a cup, and maybe take the edge off with a cookie. You earned it.

7 Fun Things To Do in OC this Weekend


There’s no shortage of fun things to do this weekend in Orange County. Watch dogs surf at the Surf City Surf Dog Competition, shop from 70 vendors at TikiLand Trading Co. tiki marketplace, stroll through a car show, visit Old Tyme Fall Festival, enjoy music on the sand at Ohana Fest, and more!

  • Tikiland Trading Co., tiki marketplace is back for another incredible event on Sunday, 9/29 from 10am-4pm at the Heritage Museum in Santa Ana, CA. Shop from 70 tiki artists, makers, and vendors, enjoy live music, tiki cocktails from 320 Main, shave ice, pineapple Dole Whips, and food by TK Burger, Aloha Acai Bowls, and Tres Compas Mexican Grill. Visit for event tickets, address, and more info. Tix are $6 in online (prices go up 9/28 at midnight) or $8 at the door (cash only).
  • The 11th Annual Surf City Surf Dog Competition is Saturday 9/28 at Huntington Dog Beach. Watch dogs from around the world compete in a surf completion. Surfing starts at 8am. FREE to attend.
  • Boo-uena Park Old Tyme Fall Festival is Saturday 9/28 from 12pm-5pm. Spooky storytelling, ghostly tours, halloween-themed vendors & more. FREE to attend.
  • The 20th Annual Crusin’ For a Cure s Saturday 9/28 from 6am-4pm. Over 3,500 vehicles on display. Admission required. 
  • The 8th Annual Taste of Lake Forest is Saturday 9/28 from 12-3pm. Tastings from 20 restaurants, live entertainment & more. FREE to attend. Tasting ticket is $1, buy as many tastes as you would like.
  • The Ohana Music Festival is all weekend at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Enjoy performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eddie Vedder, more. Tickets required.
  • The San Juan Capistrano Greek Festival is all weekend at the SJC Community Center. Greek food, pastries, live music, dancing, greek market, kids zone & more! FREE to attend.
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