Oh, we have to tell the truth. If you had asked us a few months ago what we planned to do in the spring of 2020, we would not have said that we would spend most of our time at home in front of a computer.
We could be out making movies and other things for you all to enjoy now that the snow is melting, but we’re not.
Instead, we’re stuck inside with everyone else, going a little stir crazy while hiding from an enemy that can only be seen with a microscope.
We’re all a little bit sad. We had hoped for better outcomes. But one thing is for sure: none of us is bored.
People who are stuck at home because of the COVID-19 epidemic or who just want to have some fun can find a lot to do on the Internet.
But we’d like to draw attention to the many free things that have come about because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
We can’t always be out exploring, so this page will continue to be updated with fun things you can do at home, even after we get rid of this item. Can we?
This list of problems that have come up because of the epidemic will be updated as soon as new information is found. (you can also give ideas in the comments)
YALE HAPPINESS CLASS ON THE SCIENCE OF WELL-BEING
I think everyone could learn something from a course on happiness, but you know it’s going to be good if it comes from Yale.
In fact, more news outlets from around the world have talked about this course than any other in Yale’s 317-year history. I don’t know what else to say, it’s pretty cool, right?
In 2018, Professor Laurie Santos made a course called “Psychology and the Good Life” in response to the high number of sad, anxious, and stressed students. Santos wanted more people to be able to learn about it, so he made it into an online Coursera course.
And it doesn’t cost anything!
During the course, each of the following is talked about in weekly segments:
- Ideas that aren’t true about happiness
- Why our expectations are wrong and how to fix them
- How to get past our biases
- Things that really make us happy
- Putting Plans to Work
“READ” BOOKS IN JUST 12 MINUTES
Are you a voracious reader who often picks up business and self-help books? Have you gotten so many that you can’t possibly read them all?
Right now, you’re in luck!
Readitfor.me is giving away a free year of its service on AppSumo. This service promises to help you read a book in just 12 minutes. readitfor me takes great books on business and self-improvement and breaks them down into 12-minute chunks that can be read or listened to.
WATCH ADVENTURE FILMS FROM THE BANFF CENTRE MOUNTAIN FILM AND BOOK FESTIVAL
Seeing an adventure film that won an award at a film festival in the Canadian Rockies is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The next best thing is to watch it online. The event is still planned for 2020, and the shortlisted films for both the 2018 and 2019 festivals have been made available.
In other words, you can now stay home and watch epic films about sports and outdoor adventures that last anywhere from 6 minutes to 30 minutes.
WATCH MUST DO CANADA ON YOUTUBE
If you haven’t heard, we make a YouTube show about amazing things that happen in all of Canada’s provinces and territories.
All the free information you need to go to Tuktoyaktuk, see killer whales in Vancouver, and look at icebergs in Nunavut is right here.
SELF CARE IN THE INTERNET AGE
Because this epidemic has caused a lot of people to worry, CreativeLive.com is giving away free access to its library of health and wellness films.
Books like Meditation for Everyday Life, Managing Stress Through Mindfulness, and The Science of Happiness:
How to Live Your Best Life are some examples. There are also lifestyle shows like “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss and a number of documentaries about health and fitness.
WITNESS NATURE FROM INDOORS
Even though the magic really happens in nature, if you can’t leave your house because of an emergency, the next best thing is to watch live cams online.
There are live cameras strategically placed all over the world to get a bird’s-eye view of the different ecosystems on the planet.
Some of these are, of course, in Canada. Here are a few things to think about:
From Cracroft Point, you can see orcas (Hanson Island, British Columbia, Canada)
Balaenoptera physae (Churchill, Manitoba)
Watching platform for orcas at Rubicon Beach (Hanson Island, British Columbia, Canada)
Some of these are out of season right now, but explore.org/livecams has many more, as well as live cameras from all over the world (including Africa!).
Online, you can look at Canadian museums.
Even though you can’t “get inside” any of the country’s museums right now, that doesn’t mean they’ll always be closed.
Working with Google has led to a number of museums giving their visitors virtual tours. From Italy to Mexico to London and beyond, there is more to learn than you can ever take in.
After a careful search, twenty of them were found. Even though this is a great place to start, there might be more.
The art gallery in Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC)
The Province of British Columbia’s Museum (Victoria, BC)
The Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario)
The Museum of Bata Shoes (Toronto, Ontario)
Museum of Textiles of Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
The Council for the Arts in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
Indigenous Cultures Museum (Toronto, Ontario)
A museum of things that are fashionable (Cambridge, Ontario)
Canada’s National Ballet puts on a show (Toronto, Ontario)
Canada’s Rich Cultural Past (Gatineau, Quebec)
The Gardiner Museum of (Toronto, Ontario)
The Montreal Museum of History and Archaeology (Montreal, Quebec)
The Canadian Museum of Flight and Space is about airplanes and space travel (Ottawa, Ontario)
The Museum of Science and Technology in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario)
The Canadian Museum of the Great War (Montreal, Quebec)
The Canadian Theater Museum (Toronto, Ontario)
Ontario Museum of Archaeology (London, Ontario)
the movement for ESSARTS (Saint-Pie-de-Guire, Quebec)
An Evening of Opera on the Web
Have you ever been to an actual opera? We don’t either. The Met Opera in New York City has put this show online at MetOpera.org so that everyone can see how exciting it is for themselves.
WATCH NETFLIX WITH FRIENDS SORT OF
Right now, the only way to watch Netflix with friends is alone, but you can watch it online together.
With the Netflix Party Chrome extension, it’s easy to invite your friends over to watch the premiere of the new season of Ozark.
In general, Netflix has saved lives during this outbreak. In fact, it’s always a good thing. How do you feel about the films they make? Incredible.
Excellent, much better than anything you’ll find in Hollywood. That is, except for the Joker. There’s also Bohemian Rhapsody. And… Even though more and more great movies are coming out, Netflix is still the best.
There aren’t many well-known Canadian movies or TV shows, but Trailer Park Boys, which was shot in Nova Scotia, is probably the most famous.
If you like crude humor, you should definitely check it out. On Dragon’s Den, Canada’s version of Shark Tank, entrepreneurs from all over the country come together.
What are we stuck on right now? I am glad you asked. On the contrary, we can’t get enough of dramas based on true stories. Narcos is a great show, to give just one example. We also caught up on The Spy and Unbelievable, two more great short series.
Whether it’s a new skill or a better understanding of history, there’s something very special about being happy and learning something new at the same time. We also like the Ozark series and the Pandemic series.
We also never miss a chance to watch the latest animal documentaries.
FREE 92ND STREET Y
To begin, let’s define 92nd Street Y.
This cultural and community center is right in the middle of New York City. It now streams everything from classical music performances to lectures by John Mulaney, Bill Hader, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Bill Nye.
SEO FOR THE ENTREPRENEURS
SEO, or search engine optimization, is a key part of making sure that both people and search engines can find your website.
MOZ is known as the best place to learn about search engine optimization (SEO), and for a limited time, you can take all of their courses for free. We chose to sign up.
VIRTUAL FUN THINGS TO DO IN CALGARY
Even though there is an epidemic, Calgary has fully embraced the online world and is giving its residents a lot of fun things to do.
For example, you can find the LED Challenge at the Calgary Tower. The Calgary Tower is holding a fun contest where locals can submit their own ideas for unique light shows that will be made with LED lighting.
The Calgary Zoo’s “Daily Dose Show,” which is on YouTube, gives people an inside look at the zoo. You can also watch a live stream of the giant pandas.
The Telus Spark Science Centre is also offering Spark Science from Home. There are do-it-yourself experiments, chances to be a citizen scientist, online challenges to help people think creatively, and much more. If you have kids at home, I think it’s a must-have.
Last but not least, check out these great clips from the Esker Foundation.
EXPLORE YOUR DISNEY IMAGINATION
The goal of the Imagineering in a Box series was to show curious people how ideas are made by giving them a set of hands-on activities that mimic the planning and building of a theme park.
It has 32 films of real Imagineers, real-world case studies, and a lot of interactive activities that let you imagine and make your own theme park experience.
That’s a great thing!
At least for the time being. In fact, we could probably come up with a lot more ideas, but that would be too much.
Please also include any other information you may have. We wish we could give them to you so you’d never be bored again.