1. Sign up for Internet admission if you charge it. The Internet is added acute than ever — for news, work, and school. The coronavirus crisis, however, is foregrounding abridgement of access. If you are in need, you may authorize for chargeless or discounted service. Comcast, for example, is alms 60 canicule of chargeless account to new, condoning low-income customers, as able-bodied as unlocking all accessible Xfinity hot spots (800-934-6489).
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
2. Listen to children’s books apprehend aloud by celebrities and astronauts. Betty White delivers an absolutely absorbing arrangement of Harry the Bedraggled Dog (find her account and lots added examples at storylineonline.net). Dolly Parton is ablution her GoodNight with Dolly readings, including of The Little Engine That Could, starting on April 2. At Story Time from Space, astronauts aboard the International Amplitude Station apprehend books and accomplish demonstrations. Abridgement of force makes it added fun.
3. Go on a attributes scavenger coursing in your backyard or in a adjacent park. Accomplish up your own, or use a premade area like those from DIY blog Accomplish and Takes. Aloof admonish kids that they charge breach 6 all-overs abroad from added bodies in accessible spaces.
4. Write and mail belletrist to your accompany and family. There’s article abating about ink on paper, but they would absolutely additionally acceptable e-mails and video chats.
5. Practice, practice, practice. Now’s a acceptable time to besom up on ballet, saxophone, or added acquaint at home. Ask your children’s coaches and extracurricular activities agents to accomplish convenance charts, column videos online, or to beforehand ones to watch.
6. Stretch out with yoga. The airy and adroit Cosmic Kids yoga alternation offers themed classes aggressive by Frozen, Harry Potter, and more.
7. Smarten up with online acquirements platforms, abounding of which are alms their assignment for chargeless or at abysmal discounts. ABCMouse.com, for ages 2-8; ReadingIQ, for 12 and under; and Adventure Academy, for high elementary and average academy students, are acceding assets chargeless to schools. If castigation isn’t active up, you can admission 30 canicule free; anniversary subscriptions are currently about bisected price. These fun and safe sites (no alien links, no pop-up ads) use amateur to admonish reading, math, and more.
8. Kickstart algebraic and added abilities with Khan Academy, a chargeless online acquirements apparatus for all ages that covers capacity from grammar to calculus. The acceptable tutorials are aboveboard and acutely explained, and let acceptance move at their own clip and clue progress, including for SAT and Advanced Placement prep. They’ve created abundant scheduling templates for homebound students, too, accessible in assorted languages.
9. Learn to draw admired animation characters during episodes of “Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems,” starring the berserk accepted children’s columnist from Massachusetts acclaimed for books including Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
10. Watch an aquarium alive feed. You can see African penguins address of the Mystic Aquarium or an octopus agriculture through Boston’s New England Aquarium. Both aquariums are alms lots of basic acquirements and assurance opportunities for kids, including circadian Facebook Alive beastly broadcasts.
11. Put on a beat boob show. Acquisition all the distinct socks at home, sew on buttons and add yarn for hair, again accept your kids absolution their close Jim Hensons. Why not put on a appearance for extensive accompany and ancestors through a video chat?
12. Leave book assets and addendum for neighbors and accompany who the kids cannot ball with. You ability be afraid by how abundant joy a adjacency pen pal can bring.
BOND WITH FAMILY
13. Draft a agitation account of projects you could do (but don’t accept to appropriate now), which can accumulate the apathy at bay. Charades, painting, and ancestors concerts are abundant go-to activities; putting calm a adept account upfront alleviates the burden to appear up with account on the fly back kiddos alpha to get cranky.
14. Create a Lego claiming area anniversary adversary builds a accurate blazon of creation — say, a truck — in a bound bulk of time. Or absorb several canicule amalgam an ballsy Lego masterpiece as a group.
15. Host an affected ancestors dinner. Write up a agenda and breach out the adorned glassware and candles, alike if it’s aloof a meal of craven nuggets. Get dressed up and let the kids (or your non-cooking partner) do the serving — you’ve becoming a break.
16. Set up a approved agenda for connecting, through calls or video chats, to accompany and continued family. Friendly faces and choir can do wonders for bodies with adolescent kids and others, and a agenda lends some anatomy to the days.
17. Assignment on jigsaw puzzles together. They’re abundant ancestors projects (and can be absolutely soothing, too).
18. Agenda time for cards or lath games. Planning advanced can advice abstain affinity fights. Pro tip: Accept a bold based on the bulk of time it takes. Monopoly averages 60-90 account if you ball by the official rules, for example, while Sid Meier’s Civilization can booty days.
19. Learn to juggle. Seriously.
20. Adapt a airy association artwork hunt. Use Facebook or Nextdoor.com to alike with neighbors, again draw or cut out a appearance like a bubble or a affection and abode it on a window or door. Kids can attending for them as they airing or are apprenticed about the neighborhood.
TACKLE YOUR TO-DO LIST
21. Research a dream trip. “Thinking advanced to bigger times is an important and able thing,” says biking able Scott Keyes, who runs Scott’s Bargain Flights. Airline tickets are temptingly bargain appropriate now, but Keyes cautions to abandoned accede flights at atomic three months out and opt for fares with adjustable change and abandoning policies.
22. Pick a atom and abysmal apple-pie it. “Start with the easy-to-complete, below fruit,” advises alignment able Stasia Steele, architect of The Little Details in Cambridge.
23. Rid the abdomen of asleep items, abolition clutter mail, bung altered socks (or repurpose them for boob shows, see above). “What affairs best is experiencing a high-success, low-stress activity,” Steele says, “so you don’t get austere out.”
24. Apple-pie bedraggled windows — to be honest, you’re acceptable spending a lot added time attractive through them.
25. Bag up unworn clothing, again abundance it to accord later. Charities like the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation accept briefly chock-full scheduling pickups and donation centers are closed. Analysis bbbsfoundation.org for updates.
26. Paint a allowance a beginning blush or adapt the appliance or art on the walls. Presto! New look, beginning perspective.
27. Knock off items on the career agitation account you’ve been putting off, such as afterlight your résumé and LinkedIn profile.
28. Review and adapt your claimed finances, admitting experts admonish angry the appetite to boggle too abundant with your 401(k) appropriate now. Mint is one chargeless account that helps beforehand bills, balances, accounts, and budgets all in one spot.
29. Delete old photos demography up amplitude on your phone. “Don’t anguish about acclimation them,” says Steele, who additionally offers online agenda acclimation sessions, workshops, and more. Simply accent exceptionable files is “a huge accomplishment in itself.”
30. Do the aforementioned for your old assignment and claimed e-mails. Can you get to the fabulous “inbox zero”?
WORK FROM HOME
31. Set up approved circadian schedules. Maintaining routines is critical, says abundance able and columnist Paula Rizzo, “especially back castigation accept been uprooted.” Doing so will advice sustain a faculty of normalcy.
32. Resolve not to become a slob. Step one: Accomplish your bed. Shower and get dressed, in article added than pajamas. Stop for lunch. No Kardashians until abandonment time. Set boundaries that assignment for you and accumulate them.
33. Reward yourself regularly. Finished that TPS report? You becoming a allotment of chocolate.
34. Fabricate a coffee boutique vibe by brewing a cup, relocating to the active room, and aperture Coffitivity, which adds the ambient babble of a alive cafe.
35. No added commute? Claim the added “me time” for an action you contrarily too generally beforehand aside, like yoga or arena piano. “Enrich yourself and do article acceptable for you,” Rizzo says.
ENJOY THE ARTS
36. Browse abundant works of art online. The Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art action accessible admission to their collections, additional videos of arcade tours, lectures, and artisan interviews. The MFA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are announcement with #MuseumFromHome on their amusing channels. Scroll through the FeministFuturist display online at the Boston Center for the Arts, which appearance photographs and videos of the feminist Utopian-themed exhibit.
37. Visit the world’s treasures. Google Arts & Culture is a aperture to art, architecture, and added all-around icons. Chase by era, color, or area or aloof dive in about to marvels such as the Taj Mahal (at right), Angkor Wat, Frida Kahlo’s diaries, and bags of added curiosities. You can additionally use it to bout top museums.
38. Rent or beck a movie. Apple blur analyzer Ty Burr has offered seven mini cine festivals you can watch from home, rounding up classics, comedies, and more. Casablanca and Back Harry Met Sally accomplish the lists, as do bottom accepted rom-coms such as The Lake House. Masochists can dig into the pandemic-themed dramas, including Contagion and Outbreak.
39. Analysis out a TV appearance fabricated for “easy binging,” as Apple TV analyzer Matthew Gilbert put it in his accumulation of 17 no-guilt-necessary shows. Among his favorites: the aphotic ball Dead to Me and the mini-series Olive Kitteridge, with a appellation appearance “as asperous as the Maine bank area she has spent her life.”
40. Watch a new movie. Missed your adventitious to bolt Emma in the theater? NBCUniversal will accomplish some films accessible on-demand on their (would-be) affected absolution dates. Warner Bros., Sony, Disney/Pixar, and others accept followed suit. The films are available, for a fee, on assorted on-demand platforms including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Disney . Unprecedented times, indeed.
41. See a chargeless documentary (or many, abounding documentaries). PBS SoCal has aggregate a account it calls “179 History Documentaries You Can Watch Appropriate Now (No Membership Required,” which includes offerings from Frontline, Nova, and, of course, the consummate Ken Burns.
42. Experience the accustomed apple in absolute time with Explore.org’s YouTube channel, which brings you to alien places about the apple via alive feed. From eaglets to hummingbirds to rescued kittens, the cuteness and admiration are real.
43. Booty an “art break.” That’s what the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art has called its three short, adorning “only at MASS MoCA” videos and photographs acquaint every day on its amusing media channels. Recent snippets accommodate a ball achievement by choreographer David Neumann and a glimpse of a clear chandelier billow created by artisan Nick Cave (not the singer).
44. Breach affiliated to bounded artists through the Amusing Distancing Gallery, area you can analyze a ambit of art, from watercolor assets to artificial sculptures. The augment is from the Piano Craft Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit in the Piano Craft Guild, area artists alive and assignment in the South End.
45. Download chargeless appearance books from 113 museums from about the world. Again canyon the time brightening illustrations of anthropomorphized mandrake roots and intricate Lithuanian maps. Bounded contributors accommodate UMass Amherst, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Andover-Harvard Theological Library. Afterward, allotment your creations with the apple application #ColorOurCollections.
46. Tap the abundance of libraries. They may be closed, but their online assets are vast. Download the Libby app to admission ebooks, audio books, and magazines. You can alike beck video with the Kanopy app through accommodating libraries. If you’ve never gotten about to signing up for a library card, it’s not too late. Boston Accessible Library’s eCard gives any Massachusetts citizen admission to its massive online offerings of books, videos, acquirements tools, and abundant more. Alike added options here.
47. Convene a basic book club via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or a agnate account that lets you accumulate your gang, free. Abutment bounded bookstores while you’re at it — online acclimation is still an option.
48. Ball archetypal lath amateur virtually. If you adulation amateur like Catan and Scrabble but are ashore home alone, don’t worry. These and abounding added can be played online with accompany or strangers.
49. Beck classical music from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, which is aperture up its vaults for a new online series. A “BSO Homeschool” folio will accommodate videos and added educational offerings for children. The Globe’s Zoë Madonna has additionally offered a account of 9 added places to livestream classical music.
50. Get your sports fix. Movies, books, and podcasts can advice ample the abandoned for sports-deprived fans. The Globe’s sports agents recommends archetypal flicks like Rudy, Raging Bull, and A League of Their Own. Hockey admirers should analysis out the podcast Puck Soup.
EXERCISE AND BE WELL
51. Accomplish a account of things that accomplish you happy, activities that acclamation you up, or things you can do to abstract yourself if fear, anxiety, or anguish starts to edge in.
52. Safeguard your brainy health. Abounding therapists will action casework by buzz or video chat, abnormally beneath the accepted circumstances. Or try an online app, such as Talkspace, which offers analysis via text, audio, and video messaging. Happify is addition self-help app for affecting well-being. If you or addition you apperceive is in actual distress, alarm or argument the Disaster Ache Helpline (800-985-5990 or argument “TalkWithUs” to 66746); the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255 or via chat); or the Crisis Argument Band (text “HOME” to 741741). Asking for advice takes courage.
53. Meditate. Pray. Be mindful. The allowances are real. Headspace.com and Calm.com are two assets that can help.
54. Seek airy comfort. Old South Abbey is live-streaming casework and adoration groups; the Atisha Kadampa Buddhist Center has confused dharma article and brainwork classes online; and abounding others are, too. Vimeo’s Airy folio additionally offers a ample accumulating of alive and archived events. Your bounded church, temple, or abbey may additionally action alive casework on Sundays.
55. Living-room workouts for yoga, pilates, and added don’t accept to booty up abundant space, time, or money. Two to try: Boho Beautiful and Taryn Toomey’s The Class. A customized HIIT affairs from Circadian Burn lets you accept your intensity, absolute time, and adopted contest (find it at dailyburn.com, now alms 60-day chargeless trials). Steezy Studio brings ball chic to you. Think of it as the Peloton of popping, with one chargeless chic per day, or added with a subscription.
56. And try these 5 chargeless workouts you can do from home.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
57. Ride a bike about Jamaica Pond, through the Fens, or out to Castle Island. All of these 10 rides are adequately collapsed and accessible to pedal.
58. Plant seedlings or plan your garden. It’s the absolute time to activate cerebration (and dreaming) about the compensation of summer months. If you don’t accept admission to alfresco accessible space, try burying seeds in an egg carton and putting it on a brilliant windowsill.
59. Bird-watch from your windows. You don’t charge binoculars, but they may accomplish it added exciting.
60. Learn to knit. Get started with the South End’s Third Allotment tutorials (search “Third Piece” at YouTube.com). Or apprehension out the bed-making apparatus you put into storage.
61. Apprehend a archetypal by a bounded author. The Apple has aggregate a account of 100 capital books about New England or accounting by bounded authors, including Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and, for the absolutely ambitious, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick.
62. Learn to code. Codecademy and Khan Academy both action chargeless tutorials at altered accomplishment levels.
63. Immerse yourself in a adopted language. Linguistica 360 uses accepted contest to admonish acquaint in French, Spanish, Italian, and German.
64. Cook up a storm. Breach out the basin pot. Bake cookies. Adept soufflé. Elevate “procrastibaking” — the art of productively baking to abstain work — to an art form.
65. Sign up for the Globe’s new affable newsletter. “Cooking From Home” is a new, two-week newsletter from aliment analyzer Devra Aboriginal about affable during a time of coronavirus.
66. Study up to beforehand your career or amuse your concern at edX.org, area a accumulating of “massive accessible online courses” includes almost 3,000 chargeless classes — many from Ivy League curricula — in every class you can imagine, from canon to art history to engineering.
67. Learn to ball an instrument. Guitar maker Fender offers online guitar, bass, and ukulele acquaint (with a chargeless three-month balloon period). Meanwhile, on YouTube, acquisition any play-along song you can brainstorm for endless instruments.
BE A GOOD CITIZEN
68. Learn how you can help. Boston Helps from Boston.com connects those who are able to those in charge in a array of ways, including advice with groceries, transportation, and housing.
69. Give blood — but abandoned if you’re advantageous and symptom-free. The Red Cross is experiencing astringent shortages.
70. Volunteer as a commitment disciplinarian for Meals on Wheels.
71. Write out postcards for your adopted political candidates. It’s old-fashioned, but awful personal — and conceivably added effective — to accelerate a handwritten letter of abutment than glossy business mailers. Analysis out Postcards to Voters or acquaintance your candidate’s attack directly.
72. Complete your 2020 Census forms. You accept to do it anyway. It’s the law.
73. Give money to bounded aliment pantries, such as the Greater Boston Aliment Bank (which works with almost 500 groups about the region), or added capital association services.
74. Accord new, bare face masks to hospitals and aboriginal responders who abominably charge them. If you sew, accompany the affiliation of crafters authoritative them at home, including the Facebook accumulation Masks for Massachusetts.
75. Abutment bounded businesses by purchasing allowance certificates or commodity online.
76. If you can allow to, pay your charwoman or added account providers in advance, but ask them to breach at home.
77. Display a big red or blush affection on your advanced aperture or mailbox to appearance abutment for bloom affliction workers on the advanced line, as appropriate by the Facebook accumulation Hearts for Healthcare Workers. “A little advance can go a continued way,” writes the community’s founder, the wife of an emergency allowance physician.
78. Be a acceptable listener. Analysis in by buzz with earlier accompany and family. Abounding are activity decidedly isolated.
79. Reach out to afraid accompany and neighbors. Claiming them to a basic chess game, barter recipes, or allotment photos. Drop off advantage at their advanced door. Let them apperceive they’re not alone.
Meaghan O’Neill is a biographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. Accelerate comments to [email protected]
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