These resources will help turn your time while stuck indoors into a time of fun, learning, and family camaraderie.
Read a Great Book
Amazon list of 100 books to read in a lifetime
Libby connects to your local library and has both audio and eBooks.
Scribd has a large library of audiobooks, eBooks, and even digital magazines.
Audible has a huge catalogue of audiobooks.
Librivox makes public domain audiobooks available for free.
Create Your Own Film Festival
IMDB list of 100 top rated films
The Hollywood Reporter top 100 movies of all time
Rotten Tomatoes list of the top 100 documentaries
Rotten Tomatoes list of the top 100 comedies
Take an Online Class
edX has thousands of courses from top institutions like Harvard and MIT.
The Great Courses has courses on everything from photography to secret societies to algebra.
LinkedIn offers courses on a huge variety of business subjects.
Masterclass offers courses taught by experts in their field (James Patterson, Steve Martin, Gordon Ramsay, and more).
Udemy offers a wide variety of affordable and free online courses.
Plan a Trip
Google Maps allows you to place pins on specific locations that you’ll be visiting.
Google Trips app scans your inbox for things like hotel reservations, car rentals, and itineraries. Then it organizes them together.
The Lonely Planet app has guides to thousands of cities which provide tips and advice from experts.
Google Earth uses satellite imagery to give you a detailed look at millions of locations around the world.
Take a Virtual Field Trip
If you love animals, check out the Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta.
With the Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager live cam, you can observe thousands of fish, including sharks!
Star Atlas allows you to explore the constellations that dot the night sky.
If you’re a history buff, don’t miss the virtual tours offered by the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
With Google Arts & Culture, you can virtually peruse more than 1,200 museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Colonial Williamsburg has a number of webcams which give you a sense of what it was like living in America 200 years ago.
The Great Wall of China virtual tour allows you to explore one of the seven wonders of the world.
Connect With Family and Friends
The Houseparty app allows you to video chat with a group of people on your smartphone or computer.
Zoom is primarily designed for business use, but also works really well for video chat with a group of people.
Marco Polo enables you to send video messages to friends and family which they can view at any time.
WhatsApp is a group chat app that makes it simple to have text conversations with multiple people at one time.
Netflix Party allows you to watch movies along with friends and family. You can chat in real-time and everything is kept in sync for all parties.
Send greeting cards through Postable.
Headspace has a huge number of guided meditations, sleep sounds, mini-meditations, and more.
Calm offers numerous meditations of varying lengths, breathing exercises, nature sounds, sleep stories, and much more.
Aura offers personalized meditations, music, stories, and coaching based on your mood.
Glo combines yoga and meditation, allowing you to strengthen body and mind simultaneously.
Get Some Exercise
The Nike Training Club app offers more than 190 different workouts, all for free
If you use a Fitbit, consider using the Fitbit Coach app, which recommends workouts based on your activity.
If you’re pressed for time, the 7 Minute Workout app guides you through a quick cycle of proven exercises.
Tackle Some Home Projects
Home Depot has an extensive list of DIY projects you can do around the house.
Martha Stewart has all kinds of ideas to spruce up your space.
Watch a TED Talk
Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability
Simon Sinek on great leadership
Dan Pink on the puzzle of motivation
Dan Gilbert on the science of happiness
Elizabeth Gilbert on creative genius
r/askscience - Deep dives into scientific questions and issues
r/todayilearned - Interesting facts that people just learned
r/Futurology - Explores the latest, most interesting technologies
r/nonononoyes - Entertaining video clips of disaster being averted at the last second
r/Gifs - A collection of the greatest gifs from around the internet
r/IAmA - Different individuals, including many celebrities, talk about the unique aspects of their lives
Learn to Play an Instrument
Yousician offers online lessons for a variety of instruments.
Guitar Tricks will help you get up and running quickly on the guitar.
Live Music Tutor connects you with musicians who will personally teach you to play your instrument.
Youtube offers lots of free videos on how to play an instrument.
Learn How to Code
Create a Family Website
Make a Movie
Play Word Games
Learn a Language
Activities Outside The Internet
Dress up fancy and have food delivered.
At home spa day.
Knit / Needlepoint / Crochet
Garden. If the weather is bad start seeds indoors.
Write letters to send to family and friends.