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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! https://bit.ly/2WL0tLI

 

Experience the tranquil waters and the animals who live there with live cams from Monterey Bay Aquarium: https://bit.ly/33N7E7B

 

Chillax in real-time with the Panda Live Cam from the Smithsonian National Zoo: https://s.si.edu/3bvs9If

 

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: https://bit.ly/2UFMYtO

 

See creatures great and small, from a hummingbird cam to a Bald Eagle’s nest with the wide variety of live nature streams from Explore.org: https://bit.ly/2WJ3nAw

 

The Elmwood Park Zoo in Pennsylvania is offering Zoo School on Facebook Live on weekdays at 8 am Pacific Time: https://bit.ly/2UALMrM 

 

The Houston Zoo has live cams in several of their animal habitats, from giraffes and gorillas all the way down to the Leafcutter Ant: https://bit.ly/2UEpYLE

Bonus: The Houston Zoo also has Facebook Live videos on weekdays at 9 am Pacific Time: https://bit.ly/3duAZIh

 

Wild Earth can take you on a sunrise or sunset safari via their live streams all the way from South Africa: https://bit.ly/2QNbVT1 

 

Penguins, jellyfish, sea otters, and more, oh my! Check out the live streams from the Georgia Aquarium: https://bit.ly/33LNVF1 

 

Swim with the fishes (and sharks!) via the live cams from the National Aquarium in Baltimore: https://bit.ly/2UzKw8o 

 

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: https://bit.ly/3dsCUgp 

 

Tour the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam: https://bit.ly/2xpfFDo 

 

Go on a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the Queen of England: https://bit.ly/39pKu8w 

 

Take a tour through time with the British Museum in London, England: https://bit.ly/39eWGbP 

 

Enjoy several different virtual tours inside the National Museum of Natural History: https://s.si.edu/3dsKJCM 

 

Explore the Guggenheim Museum in NY with several tours: https://bit.ly/2wu0OYt 

 

The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. offers two online exhibits, Fashioning a Nation, and Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting:  https://bit.ly/3bqOnev 

 

Visit Paris for lunch! Explore the Musée d’Orsay with their virtual tour: https://bit.ly/2Ul8J3f  

 

Journey to Korea and explore the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art: https://bit.ly/2Uj39hN 

 

Visit the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam via a Google street view from the inside: https://bit.ly/3aqe3YU 

 

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: https://bit.ly/39ly6Gp 

 

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: https://bit.ly/3anmuE0 

 

Show some love for the country of Italy when you tour exhibits from Uffizi Gallery in Firenze: https://bit.ly/33K8Msq 

 

See six different online exhibits, from Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, in São Paulo, Brazil: https://bit.ly/3brSqHz 

 

And finally, see the Louvre in Paris, France: https://bit.ly/2WJFcC3 

 

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 https://bit.ly/3dqTeye 

 

Pirates of the Caribbean https://bit.ly/2QODRpM 

 

Peter Pan’s Flight https://bit.ly/2y4rXRT 

 

It’s a Small World https://bit.ly/3aj2zWN 

 

The Seas with Nemo and Friends https://bit.ly/2JhrUEU 

 

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway https://bit.ly/2UxNl9Q

 

The Jungle Cruise https://bit.ly/3akTJYM 

 

Expedition Everest https://bit.ly/33KcJgV 

 

Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye https://bit.ly/2xpg9cG 

 

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: https://bit.ly/39kez9t 

 

Learn to bake bread with your kids via King Arthur Flour: https://bit.ly/3dqTE7M 

 

Delish is offering free daily digital cooking classes for kids at 10 am Pacific Time via Instagram Live: https://bit.ly/2UlCAZw 

 

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: https://bit.ly/39eH740 

 

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: https://bit.ly/33KehY0 

 

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. 

https://bit.ly/2QKWeeW 

 

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. https://bit.ly/2wvl9fY 

 

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: https://bit.ly/2Ji5Lq2 

 

Core Power Yoga is offering free classes: https://bit.ly/2QIucRh 

 

Free at-home workouts from OrangeTheory Fitness: https://bit.ly/2wF1fPr 

 

Twice daily intense Cardio Dance live stream workouts from 305 Fitness: https://bit.ly/2UDVPw6 

 

Gold’s Gym is offering free virtual workouts: https://bit.ly/39japhR 

 

Planet Fitness is offering Facebook Live at-home workouts daily at 4 pm Pacific Time: https://bit.ly/2wDTZTV  

 

Lifetime Fitness is offering its most popular classes for free on-demand, including cardio classes, yoga classes, strength classes, and more: https://bit.ly/2Jlh2FL  

 

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: https://bit.ly/2WNcU9B  

 

The Metropolitan Opera is offering daily opera streams: https://bit.ly/2UzLqBO 

 

Join the OCEvents “Quarantine Karaoke Challenge” Facebook Group and post a video of yourself, or your kid singing a song. Just for fun! https://bit.ly/2Uk8aGS

 

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: https://bit.ly/2UhhgUT 

 

Take a live stream dance class, or enjoy a dance performance with “Dancing Alone Together.” Multiple activities daily: https://bit.ly/2QL1Nu2 

 

Kids can take drawing classes with illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka via YouTube. New classes daily! https://bit.ly/2UCCGuv 

 

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: https://bit.ly/39iLFGw 

 

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: https://bit.ly/2vOvzqu 

 

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. http://bit.ly/2kSq03O
  • 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. http://ocevent.co/1ROHxhh 
  • “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. http://bit.ly/2VNnxJ3 
  • The Hoag Classic golf tournament is all weekend at the Newport Beach Country Club. Watch exciting world class golf in OC. Tickets required. http://bit.ly/2Iq6J2O 
  • 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. http://bit.ly/2GCgAAu 
  • Visit one of the many weekend Farmers Markets in OC https://ocevents.co/farmersmarkets/

 

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. https://bit.ly/3a9s4tj 
  • 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. http://ocevent.co/1ROHxhh 
  • 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. https://ocevents.co/farmersmarkets/

Saturday:

  • 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. https://bit.ly/384qM1k 
  • 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. https://conta.cc/3abUsLt 
  • 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. https://bit.ly/2VqtifJ 

Sunday:

  • 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: http://bit.ly/2TaIYlq
  • 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). https://bit.ly/37Ylhkx 
  • 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. https://bit.ly/384tNyG 

 

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