Updated: Mar 31, 2020
From weekend hiking adventures to home-isolation -- I, like so many others around the world, have been guided to stay home to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As this invisible threat spreads around the globe, we have given up our daily routines and parted ways for temporary social distancing in an effort to ‘flatten the curve’ and protect others in our community.
However good our intentions, when it comes to staying home for extended time, especially when that time is due to something as worrisome as the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to remain mentally stimulated and engaged when social interaction is at a minimum and a change of scenery is restricted.
To help those looking for ways to keep their mind busy and their stress at ease during these times of quarantine and lockdowns, I’ve tried to gather as many resources as possible from brands and online communities who have put together a variety of free digital resources to help pass the time at home.
Planet Fitness - Offering a variety of online fitness classes, free of charge.
Snap Fitness - Providing free, 90-day access to its virtual workout platform.
Enjoying The Arts At Home:
Streaming Concerts - A complete list of artists that are planning daily concert streams such as Rhett Miller, Vienna State Opera, Landon Elliott, Dave Hause, Lang Lang, Indigo Girls, Sofi Tukker, German National Youth Orchestra, Nightly Met Opera Streams from the Metropolitan Opera, and more.
Online Museum Exhibits and Resources - A variety of online arts and cultural tours for museums around the world including digital tours and exhibits of The Louvre, The Vatican Museums, Dali Theatre-Museum, Museum of Flight, The Kremer Museum, Museum of Natural History, Yellowstone National Park, National Museum or the U.S. Air Force and more. This guide also includes a variety of artist portals from China’s National Cultural Heritage, Mexican Ministry of Culture, The Smithsonian, Google Arts, Europeana, ArtUK, Nasa and more. In addition, there are a variety of e-learning opportunities for adults and kids.
Online Museum Tours - This is an additional list of museums around the world featuring online tours and exhibits that can be experienced in the comfort of your own home.
Enjoy the theater with Shakespeare’s Globe digital content, free Globe Player films, and education resources. The perfect Shakespeare filled movie nights.
Educational Resources for Adults:
There are over 500 online courses available from eight Ivy League Schools you can take online for free in a variety of fields of study.
Resources for Kids:
We Do Listen Foundation - Providing children’s books, songs, behavior lessons and interactive games.
Pete the Cat - A collection of children’s books, songs, videos and printable activities.
PBSKids - A variety of children’s videos, activities and games.
Freckle by Renaissance - Differentiated student activities in Math, ELA, Social Studies, and Science with class rostering and activity tracking.
Starfall - Pre-K through 3rd grade puzzles and learning activities and lessons.
National Geographic Kids - A variety of online games, videos and informational learning resources.
Scholastic - 20 days’ worth of reading and cross-curricular learning activities and courses.
ABC Mouse - An online early learning academy providing free membership with promo code: SCHOOL7771.
United Way, COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund - A national program assisting with bills, rent and food needs that are a result of COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about applying for resources and aid call 866-211-9966.
USBG National Charitable Foundation Bartenders Emergency Assistance Program - This assistance program is designed for qualified bartenders, bar backs, bar servers and other industry professionals in need of financial assistance as a result of a life-changing event or emergency hardship.
Las Vegas - Specific Resources:
Freedom Meats - Offering online meat and cheese orders for pickup or delivery.
Cured & Whey - Everything from simple to exotic, meat and cheese combinations for order online for pickup or delivery.
The Southern Nevada Health District - Providing continued updated information and available to answer COVID-19 related questions online, or by phone at: 702-759-4643.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation - An online resource for filing unemployment insurance claims for those laid off during the pandemic-related business shutdowns.
United Citizens Foundation - Offering therapy sessions through Telehealth or at the nonprofit’s two community locations:
4485 South Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147
2048 N. Las Vegas Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89030.
with no out of pocket cost to Nevadans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 702-888-6300 for scheduling.
YMCA of Southern Nevada - Continuing to operate as a Three Square Open Meal site at three locations:
Bill & Lillie Heinrich YMCA | 4141 Meadows Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89107
Durango Hills YMCA | 3521 N Durango Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89129
SkyView YMCA | 3050 E Centennial Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89081
CCSD - School food distribution pods will be set up at 22 school locations across Southern Nevada from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. A school-aged child must be present for food to be distributed. The locations are the following:
Basic High School
Boulder City High School (Boulder City)
Canyon Springs High School
Centennial High School
Chaparral High School
Cheyenne High School
Cimarron-Memorial High School
Clark High School
Desert Pines High School
Hughes Middle School (Mesquite)
Indian Springs High School (Indian Springs)
Las Vegas High School
Laughlin High School (Laughlin)
Lyon Middle School (Overton)
Mojave High School
Sandy Valley High School (Sandy Valley)
Shadow Ridge High School
Sierra Vista High School
Silverado High School
Spring Valley High School
Ute Perkins Elementary School (Moapa)
Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy
30-days at home can feel like torture for some people and a blessing for others. Regardless of how you are planning on passing the time, take the opportunity to enjoy some of these resources and remember, we are doing this to help protect others and give our healthcare workers a fighting chance to help those infected.