Fun Distractions While Stuck at Home

 

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Cook with the Kids
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Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

The Nomster Recipe Library

Get Ahead of Spring Cleaning
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Take this time to declutter and reorganize your home or apartment!

100 Best Organizing Tips for the Tidiest Home Ever

How to Store Your Winter Clothes

10 Marie Kondo Organization Tips That Will Change Your Life

Read a Book
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With so much free time on our hands, reading is a great way to fill our time and at the same time widen our horizons and vocabulary. Pick a New York Times Best Seller or one of Elle’s recommended beach reads and dive in!

The New York Times Best Sellers

Barnes & Noble Stores’ Bestsellers

Elle’s Best Books Of 2020 (So Far)

Workout at Home
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No gym? No problem. Here are some of the best home workout options. Whether you’re into yoga, cardio or high-intensity workouts, there’s something for every preference.

How to Start an At-Home Yoga Practice

Sweat with Kayla

Find the Best At-Home Workouts for You

Peloton or Mirror

Get Rest + Strengthen Your Immune System
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During these uncertain and stressful times, it’s important to rest and aim to keep our immune system functioning optimally. Here are a few articles from reputable sources to keep you well-informed.

7 Mistakes That Can Weaken Your Immune System (and How to Fix Them)

Coronavirus Resource Center

Facts (and Myths) About Boosting Your Immune System

Take a Virtual Tour
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Most museums and national parks are now closed to the public, but that does not mean you have to wait for your next trip out there. Many locations offer you the option to virtually tour from the couch. There is even a Canadian site called FarmFood 360 that offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

Tour Yellowstone National Park!

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover

Canadian farm and food tours

Travel to Paris or London!
Senior couple with virtual reality headsets and Paris famous landmarks.

Take a virtual field trip to the world’s largest art museum and see some of the most amazing works of art at The Louvre.

Louvre Online Tours

This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

The British Museum Online Tours

Get Smart
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A lockdown can be a great opportunity to build new skills, explore hobbies and do things you’ve always wanted to. Several reputed universities are offering free online courses. If your hobby is writing, you can use The Story Starter to help you start writing your next story. Or you can use an Online learning website such as Code Academy to brush up on your coding skills.

Learn a foreign languages with Duolingo

450 Ivy League courses that you can take

Learn to code

The Story Starter

Museums from Around the Nation
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If you are in need of more distractions while sheltering in place, you can explore more museums from the comfort of your couch. Check out these recommendations for the best online museum experiences in the United States.

Tour U.S. Museums

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