Kids are home from school. You’re probably working from home…or at least trying. You need a little entertainment to keep you and your family from going stir crazy!
Spending the majority of your day teaching the kids at home (while trying to still work of course)? NASA has launched a free website that has a ton of stuff to keep you children occupied and educated. Lesson plans, videos, e-books, podcasts and more. CLICK HERE to be directed to “NASA at Home”.
Are your crafty and wanna help out the community? You can sew masks for local hospitals with free kits from JoAnn Fabric! You can swing by and pick them up curbside and pick up the materials that JoAnn has coordinated with medical professionals to make sure the materials are accepted by hospitals. All you need to do is break out the sewing machine and put them together. Make a family activity out of it! CLICK HERE for a quick video on how to make them. Here’s the best part…once you put the mask together, just take them back to the store and JoAnn will pick them up curbside and deliver them to doctors and nurses in need!
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium may be temporarily closed, but thanks to the power of Google, you can virtually bring animals into your home for free with your phone! When you search for certain animals on Google, you will see a “View in 3D’ option. Animals include the giant panda, cheetahs, lions, wolves, hedgehogs, turtles and more! CLICK HERE for more info on creating a Virtual Zoo at your home!
You can still catch a flight from Epply Airfield to select destinations, but taking a vacation is not the best idea as we stay home to stay safe. Several hotels worldwide are offering up live streams of their stunning views for a “Virtual Vacation”. Even if you take a few minutes to envoy the sights, you can visit Malibu and watch the waves crash on the beach from the Malibu Beach Inn…how about a trip to the French West Indies? Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa in St. Barths has plenty of breathtaking videos to give your mind an escape from reality!
Maybe you want to learn to play the guitar. Now you can from the comfort of your own home with Gibson’s free online music classes. You can get up to three months of free Amped Guitar learning by downloading their iOS app. It’s a virtual teacher that listens to you play and instinctively adapts to the lesson. CLICK HERE for the free trial. It’s limited but they didn’t specify how many downloads they are offering.
Social Distancing doesn’t need to keep you apart from your family and friends…if you connect with them online! It’s easier than you think with the use of your smartphone, tablet and apps like Houseparty and Snap Chat. Although staying connected through technology is not the same as in person, but it’s a great temporary solution. You can also try the following options to help with the adjustment to our lives:
- Open FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad
- Tap on the + in the upper right corner
- Type the name of the person you want to call
- Enter up to 30 additional contacts
- Tap on Video or Audio to place your call
- Download and open the Zoom app on your mobile device or tablet
- Click on Join A Meeting
- Enter the meeting ID number and type in your display name
- Select if you want to join vis voice or video
- Go to hangouts.google.com or open Hangouts in Gmail
- At the top of the page, click on New Conversation
- Enter and select a name and/or e-mail address
- Type your message on your keyboard and press enter
There are also some “virtual” community meetup’s happening online and through social media, here are jut a few where you can interact during social distancing:
Ladies Who Strategize – Virtual Lunch Break = Every Friday at 12:00 PM CST
A Slack group for women whose core specialty lies in strategy: content, business,
brand, communication, digital, social.. you name it we’ve got at least two! The group exists to provide an army of strategy lovin’ ladies with new friends, resources, tools, and networks.
Strtgst Slide In = Every Wednesday at 11:00 AM CST
All community needs are people who are willing to gather. So let’s get together. “slide in (to our google hangout” is how you can stay connected during Covid-19. Social distancing is important to keep the virus contained, but let’s keep the good times rolling! You’re not alone. *Follow STRTGST on IG @strtgst.co
Strtgst Magic Mentor Corner = Every Friday – Various Times
You can sign up for 15-min advice sessions with a mentor from the strtgst community. Since a large group of us are working remotely, we thought it was a great opportunity to test out MMC virtually. You can sign up for 15-min slots with a mentor, giving yourself an opportunity to meet somebody new, get a new perspective on something you’re working on and more. We will continously iterate on this initiative and we’d love to get feedback from you. *Follow STRTGST on IG @strtgst.co
Matthew Kobach IG Live Happy Hour – Friday at 5:00 PM CST
Pour yourself a drink • Have your social media questions ready, or submit now by replying here –instagram.com/mkobach
Cocktails & Culture Virtual Happy Hour w/ Dan & Dano’s – Friday at 5:00 PM CST
Dano’s Tequilla & Dan Price, creative director at Superunion, to host ‘Cocktails & Culture with Dan & Dano’s’ – a weekly virtual happy hour on Fridays at 6pm EST. We’ve lined up some guest speakers who Dan will interview for the first part of the happy hour, then we’ll follow that up with a mixology lesson hosted by a bartender, followed by an open chat with the whole crew.
With the additional time at home, why not utilize the time to set some new goals and achievements. Here are some suggestions to read/listen to through Amazon:
- Proven 5 Steps – Potty Training in 1 Weekend by Patrick Bradley
- Mini Farming for Beginners by Bradley Blair
- How To Be Alone by Lane Moore
- How To Not Suck As A Manager by A. R. Grow
- Communication In Marriage by Maria Hall
Miss going to the gym? Experts say that it is still important to get your daily exercise while you’re staying at home. Here are some links to apps for workout routines that you can do from the comfort of you own home:
- ClassPass – you can sign up to receive a 14-day free trial
- The Yoga Collective – you can sign up for a 15-day free trial
- STEEZY Studio – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial
- Nike Training Club – app is free but there is a startup fee
- Pilates Anytime – you can sign up for a 15-day free trial
You’re probably trying to keep your stomach entertained as well…but may not have everything stocked in the fridge or pantry. Preparing some of your favorite meals can provide you some comfort and break up your new daily routine. Here are some links to sites with easy to make recipes for your families:
- 53 Weekend Breakfast Ideas from the New York Times
- 51 Not Sad Desk Lunches from Delish
- 65 Best Comfort Foods from Country Living