Beat The Quarantine Blues With These 34 Free Things To Do

Social distancing and the COVID-19 quarantine is enough to make us go stir-crazy. This pandemic has undoubtedly upended our social and travel lives. As non-essential business shut down and shelter-in-place restrictions rise across the U.S., it’s easy to fall victim to Netflix binges. However, companies and organizations across the world are coming together to keep individuals motivated. Whether it’s keeping their exercise routine going, the travel bug alive, keeping their social lives active or providing free development opportunities.

Here are 34 (with lots of bonuses) free things to do to help you beat the quarantine blues.

FITNESS

Gold’s Gym is offering free access to its app until the end of May 2020. Gym-goers can stay productive and in-shape with access to more than 600 workouts

Planet Fitness livestreams workouts every day on their Facebook page at 7pm EST

Peloton is offering a free 90-day trial through their app. No Peloton bike needed. This includes yoga, meditation, running, strength training, etc… You have to put your CC in BUT they send out an email 3 days before the trial is up to cancel

Core Power Yoga On-Demand is giving everyone free access to their online classes, guided meditations and breathing practices. New classes will be posted each week.

READING

Amazon Kindle is offering TWO months for free to its unlimited ebooks for new users. While it requires your credit card to gain access, users can cancel before the two months is up.

Scribd has dropped their paywall for the next 30 days and is offering free ebooks, audiobooks and magazine articles through their app or online

Don’t overlook your local library! You can sign up for a free library card online and use apps such as Hoopla, Overdrive or Libby to access your library’s free ebooks and audiobooks

LEARNING

Ivy League schools (Yale, Harvard, Princeton, etc…) are offering 500+ courses online for free through Class Central

YouTube has a plethora of free learning available right at your fingertips. You can learn anything from photography to building a business to knitting and so much more

Language learning apps such as Duolingo and Memrise offer enough free that you don’t need to upgrade to paid if you don’t want to.

11 celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Rachael Ray and Antoni Porowski are sharing their tips and advice on cooking quarantine-friendly foods through their Instagram accounts. Antoni Porowski started an Instagram series called Quar Eye where he shares his recipes. London’s Borough Market is also streaming cooking classes on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

ENTERTAINMENT

Showtime has a free 30-day trial to new customers who sign up before 05.03.2020. CC is required BUT you can cancel before the 30 days ends without being charged. AT&T and Xfinity are making Cinemax, HBO, Starz, Showtime and other premium channels for free for a limited time (until the end of April)

NHL (GO BLACKHAWKS!) is streaming full replays of games from 2019-2020 regular season

Big Drop Brewing Co. is holding a free virtual pub quiz game live-streamed every Tuesday at 7:30pm UK / 2:30pm EST

A Berlin, Germany nightclub has taken their raves online. Their website shows the line-ups and an opportunity to donate to keep the nightlife culture alive

Fender Play is offering free virtual guitar lessons for three months. You can choose from a variety of songs, tools and short lessons. All you’ll need is your own guitar

BROADWAY

The Met is streaming their encore presentations of is Live in HD series for free. Each day there will be a different performance that will be available for 20 hours starting at 7:30pm EST until 3:30pm the next day

BroadwayHD is streaming classic shows like “Cats” and “The King and I”

Lauren Gunderson, a renowned playwright, is offering a free Playwriting class titled Playwriting Class Part 1, Beginnings and Endings, through her Facebook page for aspiring artists

WANDERLUST

Hotels in Colorado, California, Israel and St. Barth’s are streaming their luxury hotel room views and the sound of the beach waves for those who are missing out on travel

Are you a National Park enthusiast? U.S. National Parks such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Channel Islands and 28 more are offering virtual tours for nature enthusiasts

NASA has an app (Space Center Houston) that offers a tour of the space center, virtual reality experiences and astronaut selfies

Check out the Instagram hashtag #MuseumMomentsOfZen to see dozens of exhibits to satiate your desire to explore

Famous museums such as London’s British Museum, National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and more are offering virtual tours of their exhibits

Disneyland, Epcot and Disney World are offering 360-degree tours of their parks for free. You can even take virtual roller coaster rides

ANIMALS

San Diego Zoo lets you watch their koalas, giraffes, apes and polar bears – who needs Netflix?

Smithsonian National Zoo live-streams their two giant pandas, Tian Tian and Mei Xiang

The Nature Conservatory Australia is perfect for Finding Nemo lovers. They have a live camera of their Port Phillip Bay reef

The Georgia Aquarium – watch their adorable puffins as they swim or take in their underwater landscape

Old Friends Animal Sanctuary is perfect for dog lovers. They have an ongoing broadcast of their dogs

Goat Mulk Stuff has two live cameras that show their adorable farm of 200 baby dairy goats; Beekman 1802, a body care company, also has a live-stream set up to watch their baby goats

Warrior Canine Connection broadcasts the training of their future service dogs and adorable puppy adventures

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a “Jelly Cam”

The Cincinnati Zoo hosts live “Home Safari” sessions where they showcase a different animal each session

Here’s to beating the quarantine blues! Enjoy!

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