Free Entertainment & Education to Keep Busy During Coronavirus Lockdown

Updated: Apr 20




In light of the new COVID 19 lockdown regulations, many of us suddenly have a lot of empty time on our hands. You've always wanted to take up a new hobby, explore a certain topic, or learn that new skill. Well the time is now!


Here is a list of places to find FREE sources of entertainment, online courses, Instagram accounts killing the game, and more.

For timely classes or events (with 1-time dates/times) I will post them in my Instagram stories. Please follow along @theasianisraeli



TO READ: As An Asian Israeli, The Coronavirus Has Awakened Me to Our Racism

Written by me, published in The Jewish Journal


List of Live streams & Virtual Concerts from Top Artists

Checkout Vulture's list of all the hottest live streams and virtual concerts happening! They're constantly updating it as more concerts are announced, so check in often.


Here are FREE online educational resources from online learning hubs, digital course providers, and even some independent people.

Nefesh B'Nefesh Virtual Events Calendar

Physical distancing doesn’t mean we need to be apart – keep enjoying Nefesh B’Nefesh’s free events and programming from the safety and comfort of your home. Check out our lineup of amazing virtual events for all ages to see what might be interesting to you, and stay tuned to find out what’s to come!


Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, millions of members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.

Coursera

Build skills with courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.


450 Free Ivy League Courses

A collection of over 400 free Ivy League courses available online.


Unpacked

At Unpacked, we make short videos that explore big questions and dissect complex topics. You’ll get all the information you need to easily navigate through these complicated issues and develop informed opinions about Israel and Judaism.



Scholastic at Home - For Kids

In light of schools across the world shutting down, Scholastic is offering online learning for children. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers.

Learn to Code From Home: The Coronavirus Quarantine Developer Skill Handbook

A guide to how to learn to code on your own, complete with links to recommended online educational resources for learning a variety of coding skills.



Many physical institutions such as museums, libraries, and more have made their institutions, records, and more accessible online.

Google Arts & Culture tours: international museums

From virtual tours to high definition images of works from the collections, they have digital documentation of more than 1,200 international institutions. Some big names include the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence as well as smaller but well-loved spaces like Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon.

Museé du Louvre's Ancient Egyptian treasures

Tour the three areas of the Louvre Museum in France. Note that these require you do download Flash.


BroadwayHD - Stream Broadway Shows

The site offers a combination of past performances including Cats, The King and I, and Sound of Music, and filmed originals like Kinky Boots and 42nd Street. You can get a one-week free trial (or subscribe for $8.99/month).

Google Arts & Culture tours: international heritage

We might not be able to travel physically, but we can explore tons of global heritage sites through street view. Highlights include Stone Henge, Machu Pichu, the Colosseum and the Pyramids, to name but a few.

The Met Opera Nightly Livestream

Every day for the duration of the Met’s closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 20 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 3:30 p.m. the following day. The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall

The Berlin Philharmonic announced they will be making their "Digital Concert Hall" free for the duration of the pandemic. The service includes over 40 high definition live broadcasts and an archive spanning six decades, including some of the best conductors and musicians of our time.

Art Basel

After canceling its fair, Art Basel Hong Kong will present more than 2,000 works online with an estimated value of $270 million.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams

#CoronaAndChill with the animals at the San Diego zoo! Their live cams are streaming 24 hours a day.

State Hermitage Museum

This video is a five-hour-long cinematic journey through one of the world’s biggest and most visited museums. It comprehensively goes through 45 galleries and 588 works of art in the Russian museum—with close-ups and panorama views—as well as live performances, without audio or captions for an explanation.


Live Guided Tour of Tim Burton Collection at the Neon Museum

Watch this guided tour of Las Vegas' famous Neon Museum with a focus on Tim Burton's artwork that is incorporated throughout.



The Only Way is Up

Hosted by Rebecca Pash, to empower women through stories of hardships and success. Each episode will feature an inspirational woman that has moved to Israel and made it. We will discuss, career, dating, family life, wellness, culture difference, religion, and so much more. If one of our conversations can impact your life in some way for the better, then this podcast has done its job. Available on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.

Hummus and Tech

The first podcast for Olim interested in the Israeli Hi-Tech industry. Find episodes from a variety of Olim working throughout the hi-tech industry. Listen to their Aliyah journeys, how they got where they are professionally, and of course, learn the Hebrew word of the day in each episode. Listen to us in Spotify, Apple Podcast, and many more.

Pandemic Times with David Suissa

Get the latest on the biggest crisis of our time - Coronavirus - news roundup, commentaries, human interest stories, reader questions and ideas to navigate this new world. Available on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify.


@racheliaye

One of the co-founders of COLOVE-19 Facebook community, Racheli is a bad-ass American-Israeli who found herself currently stuck in Bali during this whole balagan.

@brownsugarjew22

Founder of the Chaya Dance Movement, when miss Chaya Lev isn't bringing you dance and light for your soul, she is making your ass laugh with her great commentary on life in Israel.

@foodbygemara

Not only is Rachel an amazing chef bringing you healthy, and delicious meals to make at home. She is also a nurse in Israel's Keter Unit who are risking their lives to treat the Coronavirus patients at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

@edenadler

The badass female in tech behind the account @_whatthetechis showing you what life's like being in social isolation in Tel Aviv.

@fatandfurious_tlv

Samo is french, which means she knows great food, and she makes great food. Follow her quarantined food adventures.

@theisraelbites

I’m Jazzie and like the Israelites I’m wandering the desert looking for delicious (#celiac safe) food. She is also keeping everyone up-to-date with Coronavirus content, updates, and resources in Jerusalem.

@noshbyrebekah

Kosher eats and recipes for you to try while you're stuck in your house! She is also providing tons of updates about Jerusalem.

@creatively_quarantined

Providing comic-relief and creative encouragement for the quarantined community. (This is a commentary on life in quarantine, not on coronavirus)

@lifeinquarantine

Cause basically quarantine is life right now

@allmyfriendsarequarantined

An unfiltered and raw look at the daily lives of Tel Aviv’s quarantined population😷. Send me content! Open to all snack and wine sponsorship deals 🤡

@washthehate

To combat the rising tide of coronavirus-related discrimination and violence against individuals of Asian descent, let’s#WashTheHatetogether. For more visit washthehate.com


@hateisavirus_

A movement to combat racism and xenophobia. Follow their page and make your own #hateisavirus post to show support and help stop racism and xenophobia against the Asian community.


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