What to do with all this extra time?
Updated May 7, 2020
Social distancing is becoming the new normal. Many of us are finding ourselves... well... bored!
Here are some ideas to remedy cabin fever.
What are you doing to keep busy? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may share your ideas on this webpage.
Participate in Northwest Neighbors Village's online programs. We are working diligently to increase members' access to our Village community and relying more heavily on the use of technology. Check out our calendar for upcoming online programs, including the chance to relax and unwind through Gentle Yoga.
Contribute to the DC Public Library's Archives! DC Public Library wants your help in documenting life in the District during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic by archiving this moment at https://www.dclibrary.org/node/67018. Just as you might be reading about earlier pandemics, so will people in the future want to know what life was like this time around. Help us share a record of this moment through pictures and your daily stories. Use the hashtag #archivethismomentdc to share on Twitter and Instagram, or email your pictures, videos or stories to email@example.com.
Stay connected. Pick up the phone and connect with friends old and new. Check in with family. Staying away from the grandkids? Video conferencing apps like FaceTime or Skype provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with young ones in a meaningful way. Visit Northwest Neighbors Village's Facebook page to see what's new at your Village.
Explore. Virtually that is. WAMU's DCist outlines a number of ways to stream movies, magazines, exercise classes, even strolling through Smithsonian archives!
Play games. Dust off your old board games or play cards. Want to expand your network of players? Try online board games with your friends.
Keep laughing! A little dose of humor can go a long way. New Yorker and Far Side cartoons are sure to get a laugh! If you find something funny, don't keep it to yourself. Share a laugh with people you know.
The Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL) is committed to ensuring seniors live and thrive in the communities they know and love. This commitment includes ensuring the health and wellness of our older residents. To minimize exposure to COVID-19, we’ve partnered with Around Town DC to provide you with a list of online activities you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home! If you need further support, please give DACL a call at (202) 724-5626. For other needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 895-9448.
Catch up on reading. Local Libraries are currently closed. However, the DC library offers plenty of online reading, movie watching, music listening, and learning options. Check them out! Support your local bookstore Politics and Prose and have items delivered to your home.
Enjoy your backyard habitat. Northwest Neighbors Village member Jane Whitaker reminds us of the beauty that lives in our backyard, read about it on page 5 of the March-April edition of The Village News.
Get organized. Now's the time to tackle that project you've been putting off. Professional organizer Judy Tiger of Just That Simple provides some inspiration to help you get started. See Page 2 of the January-February edition of The Village News.
- Online Yoga classes with Mayu:
- Mondays 1-2 pm for NNV's regular weekly class (Free) - see our calendar for details
- Wednesdays 12-12:30 pm for Guided Meditation and Chair Yoga (Free, donations accepted) - Sign up here
- Thursdays 12-1 for Yoga: Deep Stretch and Strength (suitable for beginners) (Free, donations accepted) - Sign up here
- Yoga On Demand
- Unity Woods Yoga - Just register and tune in. Sessions will also be downloadable afterwards for watching at your convenience.
- Online Fitness Classes with GiveFit - GiveFit is making all online workout programs 100% FREE for the foreseeable future. Includes: Seated Core & Cardio; Otago Balance Improvement; Seated Lower Body & Cardio; Introductory Chair Fitness.
- Videos to dance around your house to:
- The DC YMCA has provided various online fitness options for your convenience:
- A comprehensive list of online exercise and yoga classes from the Washingtonian Magazine
- Khan Academy also has practice exercises and videos
- Go4Life - at the National Institute for Health, has lots of exercises and sample workout videos to workout with.
- Round House Theatre presents Homebound - premiering April 27th.
- Kennedy Center Digital - Comprehensive FREE programming of Kennedy Center performances and events. Including Opera, Ballet, Theater, HipHop, NSO, WNO, Jazz, Comedy, Millennium Stage. A fun recent activity on the Kennedy Center website is a daily Draw with Illustrator Mo Willems. Every day at 1:00 beloved illustrator and children's book writer Mo Willems will draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing through LunchDoodles.
- OperaVore - WXQR, New York’s Classical music station has live streaming all day.
- The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming nightly at 7:30 pm.
Broadway HD - All the Broadway shows you want to see (musicals, classics, drama, Shakespeare). Subscriptions start at $8.99 a month.
- Medici TV - Concerts, Ballets, Documentaries, Master Classes, and extensive Classical Music concerts. Subscriptions start at $8.95 a month.
- Playbill - 15 Broadway plays and musicals.
- Politics and Prose Live - Live programming for their events.
- Live Virtual Concerts - NPR has a listing of live virtual concerts during this time.
- Social Distancing Festival - A list of live streams from around the world, in calendar order.
- Virtual Train Tours around the world - Travel & Leisure magazine list of 13 train rides you can experience from the comfort of your living room.
- Dumbarton Oaks Virtual Garden Tour - Experience the Beauty of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden from Your Home. The Garden Virtual Tour transports you to the East Lawn under a blanket of snow, the North Vista with fall foliage, or Cherry Hill carpeted with white petals, all without leaving home! Historic photographs and design plans show how the Garden has changed over time.
- Virtual National Parks Tours - This article contains links to various National Parks.
- Cincinnati Zoo - Digital safaris
Movies & Documentaries
- Kanopy - Free movie and documentary streaming with a DC library card—six movies a month.
- Netflix - Online television and movie streaming service. Membership starts at $8.99 per month.
- Netflix Party - Allows friends to do movie nights in quarantine (USA Today article describing this).
- Prime Video - Free with an Amazon membership.
- Hulu - Online television and movie streaming service. Membership starts at $5.99 per month.
- Smithsonian Channel - Vast library of original series and documentaries. Subscription is $4.99 per month.
- YouTube - A video platform. You don’t need to purchase a subscription to view numerous videos for free. Search on the main page for various videos such as TedTalks, National Geographic documentaries, music concerts.
Learn a New Skill. Just go to YouTube and type "How to..." in the search box. eg. how to knit, how to draw, how to solve a Rubik's Cube, etc.
DC Library Resources
Some of the library's digital resources are only available for use when you are physically in the library ... but now that you can't be, some resources have opened access for use at home!
Remote access has been extended to the following digital resources:
JSTOR - An interdisciplinary archive of well-known academic and scholarly journals spanning 60 disciplines in Arts & Science.
Temporary access has been granted for the following digital resources:
New & Updated resources include:
- Podcasts are digital audio files made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series. Categories include News, Comedy, Sports, History, True Crime, Society and Culture. There are so many interesting podcasts out there. Check out Time Magazine's recommendations of the 50 Best Podcasts to find something that meets your interests.
Listen on a computer through the Tune In Website or download an app to your phone or tablet: Apple Podcast or Stitcher for Android
COVID-19 Lockdown Singing
- Friends Meeting of Washington - go to quakersdc.org to be added to their listserv for upcoming virtual meetings.