To help prevent the spread of coronavirus around the world, the World Health Organization has recommended social distancing. This has led cultural institutions, tourist attractions, schools, and other spaces that draw large groups of people to close their doors. In light of this, some places that are physically closed to the public, have opened their doors digitally, so to speak, offering free services online. From workout classes to school courses, here’s what you can stream and access online right now. Oh, and if you're looking for historic houses to visit, you can virtually tour those too.
Fitness icon Kayla Itsines is offering a month of free access to her popular SWEAT app for new members. Members will have access to all of the at-home BBG (Bikini Bod Guides) workouts. You'll also be able to join the app's community forum where members meet up to share their thoughts, questions, and ideas. Access the offer here.
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Starting Monday, March 23, Barry's will be streaming a band workout at least once a day on its Instagram.
Members and non-members will have access to a collection of online classes through CorePower Yoga On Demand. New yoga and meditation classes will be available each week.
Every day, Rumble will be posting workouts on its Instagram Live. The workouts will be cardio and body weight workouts that don't require any equipment. If you can't do the workout while it's live, it'll be up for a day (so no excuses!).
Planet Fitness will stream at-home workouts on its Facebook Live every day starting at 7 p.m. ET. The classes will be led by Planet Fitness trainers and special guests like 'The Biggest Loser' coach Erica Lugo, according to USA Today. The workouts are available to everyone, including non-members.
P.volve is offering 30 days of free streaming services of fitness classes to new members. Click here and enter the code: OnePvolve. Additionally, everyday this week on P.volve’s Instagram Live, instructors will stream workouts from their homes. Each workout will be 15 to 20 minutes in length.
Amazon has lifted its Prime Video paywall for more than 40 children's shows, according to Variety. That means Amazon customers around the world have free access to kids' shows, including the Amazon originals "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Creative Galaxy," and "Pete the Cat" as well as some seasons of popular PBS Kids series "Arthur," "Caillou," and "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood." Access the shows here.
Greenhouses and Gardens
Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle is live streaming its historic greenhouse. Check out its "plant therapy" live stream on Instagram Live. From Claude Monet’s garden in France to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, you can also virtually tour these five gorgeous gardens from around the world.
#Repost @foliacollective • • • • • Friday’s always get us itching to spend some time in a greenhouse or botanical garden! Can’t wait for our next trip to Seattle so we can visit @vpconservatory- one of our favorite spots in the city! Tell us about your fave botanical gardens in the comments so we can them to our travel wish list! #foliagefriday #foliafieldtrip
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Creative Cloud (including Photoshop)
Since many schools have closed, Adobe is offering free access to Creative Cloud apps to students who only have access to them on campus. Using this link, students enrolled in schools that pay for on-campus access can request temporary at-home access to the apps until May 31. Some of the Creative Cloud apps include Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
New York Public Library E-Books
Through the New York Public Library's SimplyE app, New Yorkers who have library cards have free access to more than 300,000 e-books, from bestsellers to classics. New York residents without a library card can sign up for one through the app, which is available at the App Store and Google Play. Cardholders can check out up to three e-books at a time.
Amazon Prime members have unlimited access to a library of more than a thousand e-books, magazines, and comics through Prime Reading. If you don't have a Kindle, you can still access Prime Reading's wide variety of nonfiction, fiction, and children's books by downloading free Kindle apps on any devices. Not a Prime member? Sign up for a 30-day free trial.
Aquariums and zoos
Aquariums and zoos across the country are live streaming their animals, so you can see what they're up to. Smithsonian's National Zoo has webcams of naked mole-rats, lions, giant pandas, and elephants. While the webcams will remain online, the animals might not be visible because volunteers won't be operating the webcams. Cincinnati Zoo's Home Safari Facebook Live highlights an animal everyday at 3 p.m. EDT. If you don't have social media, you can access the videos on the zoo's website. Tune in to the Houston Zoo webcams to see giraffes, gorillas, elephants, chimps, rhinos, and and leafcutter ants.
You can also watch aquatic animals thanks to The Monterey Bay Aquarium. Through 10 webcams, you can virtually visit sea otters, moon jellies, sharks, penguins and other see creatures. Need a moment of zen? On the aquarium's Facebook, this video of guided meditation with moon jellies is particularly soothing. The National Aquarium is also live streaming their Blacktip Reef filled with sharks and colorful fish. You can see more fish by tuning into the Pacific Coral Reef live stream.
Broadway musicals and plays
With Broadway HD's 7-day trial, you can access almost 300 productions, including "Beetlejuice," "Kinky Boots," "The Sound of Music," and "Cats. After the trial, you can continue to stream shows for $8.99 a month.
If you want to escape to the great outdoors, you can virtually explore national parks. According to Travel + Leisure, Google Arts & Culture teamed up with five national parks across the country to provide video tours led by rangers. From glaciers in Alaska to volcanoes in Hawaii, the tours will take you on incredible journeys.
If you live near a national park, you can gain access to them IRL for free. To help with social distancing, The National Park Service announced that its waving entrance fees to national parks that are still open. Though many facilities will be closed, the outdoor spaces will remain open to the public. You can search for national parks by state here.
The Metropolitan Opera
After cancelling upcoming performances because of coronavirus concerns, the Metropolitan Opera announced that it wold stream encore performances of the Live in HD series from the past 14 years will stream on its website until the end of the closure. Starting March 16, all of the “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Access the performance by clicking on the link on the homepage, or through the Met Opera on Demand apps.
Scholastic education courses
To help millions of students whose schools have closed continue to learn, Scholastic is offering free day-by-day projects. According to its website, “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.” The educational projects are categorized by grade levels, which range from pre-k and kindergarten to grades 6 plus.
On Google Arts & Culture, you can take a virtual tour of thousands of museums around the world. According to Fast Company, the tech giant partnered with more than 2,500 museums and galleries, some of which include the Musem of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Musem of Art, and London's National Gallery. Additionally, the Louvre is featuring its own online tours.
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