By Selina Mohr
Social distancing and staying indoors can either drive you crazy with cabin fever or be the perfect moment to learn something new. Even better, all this art, culture, wellness and learning is FREE during the pandemic.
It’s like Groundhog Day, for real—and you’re Bill Murray, about to become the consummate Renaissance man (er, woman).
For Your Brain
- The eight Ivy League schools are offering hundreds of online courses to the public for free. Dhawal Shah, founder of the online course aggregator Class Central, compiled a list of more than 400 classes that are available in subjects as varied as Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics from Columbia University; HOPE: Human Odyssey to Political Existentialism from Princeton University; The Science of Well-Being from Yale; and Gamification from the University of Pennsylvania.
- The publishing company Scholastic announced its free digital learning hub to “support virtual learning plans.” The curriculum covers English language arts, STEM, social studies and social-emotional learning.
- Headspace, the mindfulness and guided meditation app that is a favorite of many influencers, is offering a free trial session with their “Basics pack,” a 10 day beginner’s course. They are also offering their premium membership FREE to any health care provider who works in public health in the US, through the end of the year.
For Your Body
- Peloton is offering new users a 90-day trial on its app, which includes HIIT and Yoga classes, for those who don’t own a bike. This news comes as the company announced the closing of its showrooms until at least March 29. This week, they began producing content from their new studio in New York, “but it will be entirely closed to the public until further notice.”
- Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, until the end of May. There are more than 600 audio and video workouts along with DJ mixes that get you ready to work up a sweat.
- Planet Fitness is offering “Home Work-Ins” streamed live at 7 p.m. ET daily on its Facebook page.
- A few paid yoga sites are offering some free online classes, including Core Power Yoga and Down Dog.
- Glo is offering a free trial – yoga, meditation, Pilates (over 4,000 classes!)
- The Tone it Up App is free until April 13th, after that it’s $14.99/month. Available in the App Store.
- Orangetheory is posting workouts that can be done in the home to their IGTV page.
- Pure Barre is offering a free 14 day trial of their on demand streaming classes. Regularly $29.99/month.
- Tracy Anderson’s Online Studio is offering a 14 day free trial for dance cardio and toning classes.
- The Class by Taryn Toomey is doing a Free 14-day trial. It’s $40/month otherwise: https://digitalstudio.theclass.com
For Your Sports Jones
- With the 2019-20 NBA season on hiatus, Turner Sports and the NBA are giving all fans a free preview of NBA League Pass, the league’s premium subscription-based product, until April 22. You’ll get access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season and a giant archive of classic games and content.
For Your Book Club
- Libby (formerly OverDrive) has a selection of free e-books and audiobooks.
- The New York Public Library is offering over 300,000 free e-books.
- Over 450 manga volumes are being released for free.
For Your Art Monster
- Museums around the world are closing due to the coronavirus. But you can explore hundreds of them virtually on Google Arts & Culture.
- The New York Metropolitan Opera will stream a different Live in HD performance every day through Sunday, March 29. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. PT) and remains available for streaming for 20 hours. You can watch the streams in a browser, or use one of the Met Opera on Demand streaming apps available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices.
- The Paris Opera is streaming its most beautiful and famous shows, like Carmen and Don Giovanni, until May 3.
- 10 free university art classes you can take online with various topics ranging from art psychology to modern Japan.
For Your Kids
- Color Our Collections has free PDF downloads of coloring pages created from art in the collections of 117 institutions, including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, RISD Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Canadian Canoe Museum and The Royal Horticultural Society libraries.
- Children in grades 3 to 12 can learn to write their names in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs with this step-by-step guide from the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada.
- Kids can visit the surface of Mars in a high-resolution, 360-degree photo tour, created from images captured by the Curiosity rover.
- Here’s a list of kid-friendly podcasts: https://podyssey.fm/list/podcast-episodes/id1400-Podcasts-to-Entertain-Your-Kids
- Take a virtual tour to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or the San Diego Zoo.