Need Your Help: Making List of FREE Things To Do Online During Quarantine & Summer

by Jacque Gonzales

Hi Friends!  I’m compiling a list of FREE things that we can do “virtually” online while most of us are still staying home during this COVID-19 quarantine time.  As school is winding down, there’s going to be quite a bit of free time coming up for students and parents who have been helping with home schooling!  I’ve seen so many great things that people have done to keep themselves entertained and productive – and many of them have been free to do!

Do you know of any FREE online offerings, like free virtual tours of museums or zoo’s; free art, cooking, or language lessons; free online educational courses; free meditation sessions; free home gardening classes; etc.?  Please post any suggestions in the comments below!  I’d love to find things for people of every age!  I’ll get the list together ASAP!


Here are a few examples of the great things you can do/or access online for FREE:



NASA STEM: Offering Free online learning and activities for students of all ages (K-12 & Higher Education) and adults. There is also a separate section for Educators to create activities for your students.

NASA at Home: NASA is offering Podcasts, Virtual Tours, E-Books, Videos, Activities for Kids & Families, How to become a Backyard Scientist, and MORE!


San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is offering online Virtual Tours & Learning with the world-famous zoo.  You can watch some of their animals via the LIVE Wildlife Cameras, add a FUN Virtual Zoom background to your next Zoom call, let the kids learn all about animals with hands-on activities and games, watch videos about the zoo on their YouTube Channels, learn about all of their animals and plants, visit the Butterfly Jungle, and MORE!

Learn how to become a Citizen Scientist.

There are also additional educational opportunities for Middle & High School Students with Free San Diego Zoo Global Academy Classes, science activities, and a science blog.


The Louvre Museum – Paris

Tour the world-famous Louvre Museum virtually – learn the history behind the art, enjoy a VR Experience of the Mona Lisa, learn the history of The Louvre, video tours of exhibitions, tour the beautiful Carrousel Gardens, and MORE!



The Smithsonian Institution

You can virtually visit any of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Open Access to download, share, and reuse nearly 3 million 2D & 3D images, view the interactive 3D museum models, become a Digital Volunteer, watch educational videos, find educational activities for students, teachers, and families, and MORE!



Glacier National Park

Go on a virtual hike of Glacier National Park, check in to the park LIVE on one of their many webcams, change your Zoom background to something more outdoorsy with a Grizzly Bear, watch videos about the parks wildlife, and you can even go for a “virtual drive” through the park!



Free Virtual Drawing Class with Carson Ellis

Drawing prompts and tutorials for kids and adults from Illustrator Carson Ellis.

Ready to draw?  Be part of the “Quarantine Art Club” by joining in on the 20 different fun projects!





Free Virtual Cooking Class with Master Chef Massimo Bottura

Master Chef Massimo Bottura from Modena, Italy goes LIVE on his Instagram Channel every day at 2pm EDT/11am PDT from his kitchen for his “Kitchen Quarantine” cooking lessons.




Let’s keep adding as many FREE virtual sites as we can and create a great resource to help everyone find something fun to do from home!  Please post any suggestions in the comment section below!

Thank you so very much!  Stay safe and healthy!

💜 Jacque

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Pat F. May 23, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Hi Jacque! I absolutely love the “” website! They have many, many video cameras from all over the world, all free and free of commercials. Explore features cameras from Hawaii, China’s pandas, aquariums, Alaska’s wild bears from Katmai National Park, Canada’s Aurora Borealis, Service Dog Project (my favorite camera) which trains Great Danes for the mobility challenged and also has rescued donkeys from Equine Rescue Network of which one is due to have her baby within the week and many, many more. The founder of Explore (from the Annenberg family/Reader’s Digest) has a mission of “always keep learning” and I have! Please check this worth while site out; you will not be disappointed. Great learning and many educational videos for all ages!

Jacque May 24, 2020 - 12:49 AM

Thank you so much Pat for the great suggestion!!! I can’t wait to go check it out – and add it to the list!!! If you think of anything else, please let me know!!! Stay safe and healthy!!!

John McGeorge May 19, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but a few sites I like for learning are:

Hillsdale College–lectures on U.S. History
Prager U–Short videos on history, politics, philosophy, and ideas.
The Art of Improvement–presents videos of ways to approach life.

Jacque May 19, 2020 - 10:36 PM

Great suggestions John! I’m hoping to collect any free sites that allow us to grow! Thank you! Hope you’re safe and healthy!


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