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Free resources to keep you entertained at home: Part 2

By Vanessa Racine, social media coordinator

It’s normal to feel out of sorts as the days get shorter and the temperature approaches zero (or below), especially when many of us are at home due to the pandemic.

To help brighten up your days and keep you entertained, we have some free indoor activities for the whole family, even your pet!

Paints and markers on a table with child's hands drawing on a rock
Boredom-busting DIY projects

  • The ever-inspiring Pinterest put together some ideas for Screen Free Boredom Busters to keep idle hands busy – young or old!
  • Get artistic with creative projects at home - whether using gravity, nature or window - with Made by Barb’s compilation of Boredom-busting Easy Art Projects.
  • There is a full web site dedicated to Do-It-Yourself projects, aptly named DIY Projects – check in for tutorials on everything from crafts and decorations to furniture and organizational projects.

Playtime with your furry friends

  • Mondou describes the benefits of play for cats and offers tips for how to get your cat interested in playing with you.
  • Who doesn’t enjoy looking at fluffy, round, distinctly marked panda bears? Get your fill with the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Panda Cams, where you can watch giant pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and their cub!
  • Watch the comings-and-goings of a wide variety of birds in the Cornell FeederWatch – learn all about birds by watching live or reviewing selected highlights from this nature snapshot.

Virtual libraries and museums for both young and old

  • Many local libraries now have online content, as well as virtual readings - see what treasures you can find, especially in your community.
  • The Virtual Museum lets you visit exhibits from numerous Canadian museums, with a directory of over 3,000 Canadian institutions and a database of more than 600 virtual exhibits.
  • Google Arts & Culture gives you virtual access to the world’s leading museums, such as the Louvre, the Palace of Versailles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MoMA in New York.
  • The Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec has tons of digital books, movies and music, including lots from Quebec (French only).
 
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