Free Pursuits While You’re Holed Up at Home

With our lifestyles changing due to lockdowns, social distancing, shelter-in-place, and stay-at-home directives, we’re all scrambling for a little learning and entertainment to keep ourselves and our loved ones from being bored. Here’s a list of free learning opportunities, cultural tours and fun stuff to while away the hours.

Free Online Courses

Brown University

Harvard University

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Yale University

Dartmouth University

Cornell University

Columbia University

Class Central (lots more not mentioned above)


Aquariums, Museums and Zoos – Special Programming

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

10 Museums

13 Zoos



The Metropolitan Opera — Free Operas


The Paris Opera

Download coloring pages from over 100 museums

Museum Tours

Assortment of free things to do

Surf the World

Some Free Things That Were Not Free Before Coronavirus



For Kids

Scholastic Learn at Home

School House Rocks Entire Series!

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read-Alouds & Activities

6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Indoor Scavenger Hunt