Care for Your Social Wellbeing

Social Wellbeing Resources

 

Families

 
What's there to do while stuck indoors? We've compiled 100 suggestions to help make your time quarantined as interesting—and perhaps even as productive—as possible.
 
How can you keep kids entertained during the coronavirus crisis? Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or you’re living that WFH (work from home) life right now, there are plenty of ways to keep the whole family from going stir-crazy.
 
So, you’re stuck at home with your kids during a national emergency. You can’t go to the movies or to your favorite park or out to eat. So, what do you do with the hours that tick by? Here are some ideas that will help keep you sane during this stressful and uncertain time.
 
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. Schools are closed; minds are wide open.
 

Things to See and Do

Note: Please navigate the sites below using your personal discretion and taste.
 
The mother of all virtual exploration sites. Includes key pieces from the collections of 2,500 museums worldwide, including special online exhibits.
 
1. Livestream a Concert
 
As the nation adjusts to the new reality of life under self-quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a number of artists and musical institutions are taking the show online to share some musical joy during these trying times.
 
As more festivals, performances and concerts are canceled due to the coronavirus shutdown, musicians of all stripes and sizes are taking to social and streaming platforms to play live for their fans.
 
The Metropolitan Opera
 Operas livestreamed daily
 
An updating list of all the major classical concerts and events being streamed online in the wake of coronavirus measures being taken globally.
 
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, hundreds of performances around the world have been canceled or postponed—but these musicians have found another way to spread joy...
 
 Global Citizen teams up with musical artists to offer virtual no-contact concerts to benefit the World Health Organization (listeners invited to donate).
 
2. Discover New Music
 
Live music sessions recorded at a studio in Chicago.
 
Lockdown got you down? Let KEXP bring the world to you via our deep archive of live performance videos. From Reykjavik to Rennes, Mali to Mexico City, let KEXP take you on a global journey, all from the comfort of your couch.
 
For 11 years, La Blogothèque has changed the way people experience music. They film beautiful, rare and intimate sessions with your favorite artists, and the ones you are soon to fall in love with.
 
Songs from a room. Intimate gigs in 346 cities around the world.
Intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.
 
3. Tour an Art Gallery or Museum
 
This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.
 
Experience the best museums from London to Seoul in the comfort of your own home.
 
In lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic? Closed museums offer art lovers virtual opportunities to explore works from among the world's leading collections online.
 
4. Or Create Your Own Work of Art
 
Since you can no longer visit your favourite art gallery, why not make the masterpieces yourself?
 
Now that you have some down time, you might want to take things to another level and up your art game. The Museum of Modern Art makes it easy through its free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera.
 
5. Visit a National Park...or Venice, or London
 
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks
Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go.
 
There are already several YouTube channels set up to provide you with a chance to go on walking tours around the world, with only the sounds of the environment in your headphones.
 
6. Listen to a Story
 
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Sign up to receive A Daily Story to Lift Your Spirit.
 
The Moth
The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. We celebrate the ability of true, personal storytelling to illuminate both the diversity and commonality of human experience.
 
7. Or Record Your Own Story
 
Developed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, StoryCorps Connect is a first-of-its kind platform that enables you to record a StoryCorps interview with a loved one remotely using video conference technology.
 
8. Host a Long Distance Watch Party
 
Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.
 
9. Stir Your Curiosity  (with a Podcast, Video or TedTalk)
 
99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about—the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.
 
Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
 
NPR Podcast Directory
From Hidden Brain to How I Built This to Planet Money
 
Investigating a strange world.
 
Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.
 
We make stuff that matters. We create content, across various platforms, that explores life’s big questions, celebrates humanity, and champions creativity. And we do it with integrity, heart, and humor.
 
TED Talks
3,300+ talks to stir your curiosity.
 
This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
 
This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.
 
This Movie Changed Me
Movies create space to explore some of life’s biggest questions. This podcast features conversations about how they teach, connect, and transform us.
 
Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.
 
10. Or Start Your Own Podcast
 
Admit it, you're considering starting a podcast while you're trapped at home.
 
11. Watch Some Good News
 
A show sharing Some Good News from around the world. Hosted by John Krasinski.
 
12. Join a Virtual Book Club
 
Join your favorite authors on Zoom where you can have spirited discussions from the privacy of our own quarantined space! Tickets are $5 but free to those who cannot afford them.

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Video Chat/Conferencing Platforms

Stuck at home due to the pandemic? Use these videoconferencing options to keep in touch with family, friends and your workplace.