Without much notice for the unprecedented measures currently being taken to diffuse the spread of the novel coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, it’s safe to say that many of us did not adequately prepare to entertain ourselves for this long. Everyone’s focus was on stocking up on food & disinfectants.
Who knew that endless access to social media & streaming services would feel so unsatisfying? (Answer: anyone who’s watched The Good Place.)
If you’re struggling with entertaining yourself or your kids during quarantine I highly suggest the options below. Check them out & let me know if you enjoyed them!
Disclaimer: This is a round up post where I share with you my favorite content. That’s why each item is linked to the site of the original creator. Each item’s image also belongs to the original creator. Enjoy!
360-Degree Virtual Tours of U.S. National Parks from Google
Especially useful for those who may have had to cancel a trip to a National Park or those who are physically unable to hike, Google Arts & Culture’s exhibit takes you into five U.S. National Parks. You can now take a 360-degree virtual reality tour of Kenai Fjords National Park, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, & Dry Tortugas National Park, all from the comfort of your own quarantine, uh, I mean ‘home.’
Virtual Farm Tours from American Dairy
Last year, American Dairy created age-appropriate virtual farm tours for teachers to show in their classrooms. Now, American Dairy has made these free tours available through YouTube so that you can enjoy them with your kids at home during quarantine!
These tours will keep your kids entertained while also adding an educational component. This is extra important now when they’re unexpectedly out of school for such a long period of time.
Explore the World with GeoGuessr
Did you know that I have a Bachelor of Science in Geography? So it’s no wonder why I love the game GeoGuessr! This game uses Google Street View to drop you at a random location on the planet. You can then virtually ‘walk’ around until you feel confident that you know where you are. Then you drop a pin on the map to guess where you think you’re located & GeoGuessr awards points based on how close you guessed to the real location. Some locations are definitely easier to guess than others!
Bonus: The Good Place
If you’re just struggling to find a new show to binge, I recommend NBC’s The Good Place. Obviously not an option for getting ‘outside’ but since I referenced it above I figured I’d link it for you as well.
I’m not normally into comedy but I finished all four seasons in just a couple of weeks. Last I checked, the first three seasons were available on Netflix & the last season was available on Hulu so I’ve linked both.
Hopefully one or more of these options is appealing to you or a member of your family and can make this time in quarantine just a little easier. Have you come across other resources similar to these that could help other families during this time? Tell us about them in the comments!