In the spirit of keeping you active and engaged, our team has gathered resources for fun virtual experiences you can do safely from your home. Stay strong with fitness videos, share your story in a self-written memoir, kick up your feet and jam to live music, or explore a museum from your living room. Simply choose an activity below and let your digital adventure begin…
New York Metropolitan Opera
Once at the website: Click the name of the opera from the list provided. [DO NOT click WATCH NOW – that takes you into cyber television]. The opportunity to view live opera in a grandiose setting. It is an amazing display of poetic and artistic construction delivered in a powerful, unique style.
Chamber Music Society
A cultural library of musical magic video-taped while being performed at different locations. Once at the website, click on the option that appeals to you and enjoy.
Fun Online Resources
We’ve gathered some really compelling content here. You’ll be amazed at what you can find. Explore distant museums, wild animals, and hard to get to national parks. Or if you’d like to relax, you’re welcome to browse music, games, reading, and writing.
Free guided meditation to help take you further into your mindfulness meditation practice. Begin with three free options; 5-minute breathing, 11-minute awareness; or 20-minute breathscape practice. On the same page, you will find over 5 more links to free meditation options on the internet. Enjoy the Calm.
How do you write a memoir outline that not only results in a really captivating book about your life but also saves you hundreds of hours? You know that you have a story to tell, but you don’t know how to get started with writing it. [Just know this is free, other services may require payment. Be aware of what you are clicking.]
Read.gov encourages everyone to discover the world of books. Here you’ll find a variety of free reading resources to explore and enjoy. You are also able to explore digital collections, library catalogs, and ask a librarian a question if you need to. This is brought to you by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
Access to the entire collection, with exhibits featuring Contemporary art, Sculptor, Modern art, Canvas, Oil paint, and paper. Hovering over each graphic produces the title and/or artist.
Musee D’Orsay (Paris)
Displays collections of art (approximately 300 pieces) from the period 1848 to 1914 and includes the history of the museum. The building is quite unusual. In the center of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first “work of art” in the Musee d’Orsay.
Petersen Automotive Museum
The Petersen Automotive Museum is in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. One of the world’s largest automotive museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum specializes in automobile history featuring Hollywood Dream Vehicles to the Future of Electric Technology. Over 300 vehicles in the graphic library with daily virtual tours.
Explore the Smithsonian Institution digital resources including online access to the magazine, the channel, travel destinations, exhibitions, podcasts, collections, animal webcams, and more. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex.
Paul Getty Museum
Navigate the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum online, which comprises Greek, Roman, and Etruscan art from the Neolithic to Late Antiquity; European art—including illuminated manuscripts, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts—from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; and international photography from its inception to the present day.
Guggenheim (Los Angeles)
The Guggenheim family is an American family known for their involvement in the mining industry and later in philanthropy. The family is named after the Alsatian village Guggenheim. There are at least 4 locations in the Americas, 3 in Europe, and 1 in the Middle East. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a modern art museum on the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice, Italy. It is one of the most visited attractions in Venice. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier Dei Leoni, an 18th-century palace, which was the home of the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim for three decades. She began displaying her private collection of modern artworks to the public seasonally in 1951. After her death in 1979, it passed to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which opened the collection year-round from 1980.
Explore Yosemite’s virtual reality (VR) by photographer Scott Highton. Virtual Yosemite has 220 different locations in various seasons. You’ll be able to experience Yosemite in 360° high-resolution, interactive panoramas.
Watch Live Animals
Georgia Aquarium: Sea-dwellers like African penguins and Beluga Whales are the stars of this aquarium’s live cam.
The Cincinnati Zoo: Check in around 3 p.m., because that’s the time the Zoo holds a daily Home Safari.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Get to know Abby, Ivy, Kit, Rosa and Selka the five furry and fabulous sea otters that call the Monterey Bay Aquarium home.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Spot sharks, rays, and other fish as they cruise the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s rocky reef. Sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish, and the elusive Pacific angel shark all dwell in this exhibit.
Exercise Your Mind
It is science that feels like a game. Our scientists take cognitive training exercises developed by leading researchers, and then adapt them into easy-to-learn brain games. Sharpen the skills you use every day. Memory. Attention. Flexibility. Processing Speed. Problem Solving. Lumosity targets the skills that matter to you most.
Sixty & Me
Once you are on the website, click ‘All Games’ and pick from the icons. You will find available Word Search, Crosswords, Sudoku, Casino, Arcades, Solitaire, and many more. Free and just for fun.
Choose games from 17 categories. There are several different types of memory: “working memory” processes information over a span of about 15 seconds; “short-term memory” retains information for up to about 60 seconds; and “long-term memory” stores information indefinitely. Sustained practice with memory games helps to challenge your memory skills and develop strategies.
Brain teasers, riddles, trivia, and games where you can solve puzzles, answer questions, and truly give your brain a fun and informative workout. There are over 15,000 options in the collection, the largest on the internet.
It’s a good time to make a plan.
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