The Ultimate Guide of Fun Things to Do Online for Free

With many of us in quarantine or isolation to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus, your computer (or smartphone or tablet) is your gateway to the world. Even though we should be productive with work and/or household chores, it’s also important to take some time for fun. Fortunately, many organizations and individuals have been making their online resources free for viewing, which brings us to…the ultimate guide of fun things to do online for free!

To keep you entertained while you're hunkered down at home, here are fun things to do online for free, including classes, performances, and field trips.

The range of activities available online include educational classes, performances, virtual tours/field trips, books, fitness classes, and more. (I didn’t even include your favorite blogs and podcasts.) And many are family-friendly. Some of these activities were always free, others have been made free because of the pandemic. And you know that free is my favorite word!

Fun Things to Do Online for Free

Educational Classes

Note that the free versions of these courses are for audit, meaning that you do not receive a certificate, unless otherwise noted.
Academic Earth Free Online College Courses
Alison’s Free Online Courses with Certificates
Coursera’s Free Online Courses
edX’s Free Online Courses
450 Free Ivy League Courses List from Free Code Camp
Nikon’s Online Photography Classes – Free Through April 30
Open Culture’s List of 1,500 Free Online Courses
Skillshare’s Free Online Courses

Performances

Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall Free Access (Use code BERLINPHIL)
Billboard’s Updated List of Livestreams and Virtual Concerts
LeVar Burton Reads Live on Twitter (Mondays 9 am PST Children, Wednesdays 12 pm PST Young Adults, Fridays 6 pm PST Adults)
ClassicalMPR’s Updated List of Classical Concerts Online
The Kennedy Center’s Couch Concerts (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 pm EDT)
Nightly Met Opera Live Stream of Recorded Performances (New York, live streams start at 7:30 pm EDT and are available for 20 hours)
NPR’s List of Live Stream Concerts
NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
Open Culture’s List of Free Movies Online
Recorded Opera Performances from OperaVision (Europe)
OperaWire’s Comprehensive List of Opera Companies Offering Free Streaming
The Shows Must Go On! Musical Every Friday for 48 Hours on YouTube
Stars in the House Daily Live Streams at 2 pm and 8 pm EDT (donations support the Actors Fund)
Sir Patrick Stewart Reads a Shakespeare Sonnet Daily on Twitter
TED Talks
Live Theater You Can Watch from Home from TimeIn (Some are free, others request donations)

Performances – Limited Free Trials

These are limited time free trials. Payment information may be necessary to sign up, but you must cancel once your free trial is over or else you will be charged.
7-Day Free Trial of BroadwayHD.com
One Month Free Trial of CBS All Access including Star Trek: Picard (Use coupon code GIFT)
HBO Content Free for Month of April

Virtual Tours/Field Trips

Art/Culture Museums

Boston Children’s Museum Virtual Tour (Boston)
British Museum Virtual Tour (London)
Dalí Museum Video Tour (Florida)
Dalí Theatre-Museum Virtual Tour (Catalonia)
J. Paul Getty Museum Exhibits (Los Angeles)
Guggenheim Museum Virtual Tour (New York)
The Hermitage Video Tour (Saint Petersburg)
Frida Kahlo Museum Virtual Tour (Mexico City)
The Lourve Virtual Tour (Paris)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Virtual Tours (New York)
Musee de Orsay Exhibits (Paris)
Museu de Arte de São Paulo Exhibits (São Paulo)
National Gallery of Art Exhibits (Washington DC)
Masterpieces from the National Gallery Video Tour (London)
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Exhibits (Seoul)
Pergamon Museum Exhibits (Berlin)
Rijksmueseum Street View Tour (Amsterdam)
Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Online Exhibits (Tokyo)
Uffizi Gallery Exhibits (Florence)
Van Gogh Museum Exhibits (Amsterdam)
Vatican Museum Virtual Tours (Vatican City)
Whitney Museum of American Art Online Collection (New York)

Historical and Science Sites/Museums

Access Mars, a Web VR Experiment
Acropolis Museum Virtual Tour (Athens)
American Battlefield Trust Virtual Tours
Discovery Education Shakespeare 400 Video Tour
Ellis Island Virtual Tour (New York/New Jersey)
Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
HistoryView.org Virtual Tours of Various Historical and Science Sites
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibits (Washington DC)
International Space Station Tour
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Virtual Tour (Virginia)
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Online Learning and Virtual Tour (Virginia)
Museo Galileo Online Exhibits (Florence)
Museum of the American Revolution Virtual Tour (Philadelphia)
Museum of Flight Virtual Tour (Seattle)
NASA Glenn Research Center Virtual Tours (Ohio)
NASA Johnson Space Center Virtual Tour via Boeing and Discovery Education (Texas)
NASA Langley Research Center Virtual Tour (Virginia)
National Museum of Computing Virtual Tour (UK)
National Museum of the Great Lakes Interactive Tour (Ohio)
National Museum of U.S. Air Force Virtual Tour (Ohio)
National Museum of U.S. Navy Online Exhibits (Washington DC)
National Women’s History Museum Online Exhibits (Virginia)
Oxford University’s History of Science Museum Online Exhibits (Oxford)
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Virtual Tours (Pennsylvania)
USS Constellation Historic Ship Virtual Tour (Baltimore)
Valley Forge National Historical Park Virtual Tours (Pennsylvania)
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Virtual Tour (Miami)
Westminster Abbey Virtual Tours (London)
Winchester Mystery House Video Tour (California)

Zoos/Aquariums/Nature

Carlsbad Caverns Virtual Tour (New Mexico)
Discovery Education Polar Bears Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip (Manitoba, Canada)
Explore.org Various Nature Live Cams
Farm Food 360 Virtual Tours (Ontario, Canada)
Georgia Aquarium Live Animal Cams (Atlanta)
German Oceanographic Museum (Germany)
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Virtual Tour (Hawai’i)
Houston Zoo Animal Cams (Houston)
Kenai Fjords National Park Virtual Tour (Alaska)
Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Animal Cams (California)
Museum of Natural Sciences Virtual Tour (Brussels)
National Aquarium Virtual Tour (Baltimore)
Natural History Museum Virtual Tour (London)
San Diego Zoo Live Animal Cams (San Diego)
Smithsonian National Zoo Live Animal Cams (Washington DC)
The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tours (Washington DC)
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tour (Wyoming)
Yosemite National Park Virtual Tour (California)
Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam (Atlanta)

MCN’s Extensive Listing of Virtual Museum Resources and Online Learning

Books

Audible Free Audiobooks
Audible Stories Free Audiobooks
Digital Public Library of America (images, texts, videos, and sounds)
Classic Books from the Library of Congress
ManyBooks.net Free eBooks
Open Culture’s List of Free Audiobooks
Project Gutenberg Free eBooks
How to Get Free eBooks and Audiobooks Online from Your Local Library

Fitness Workouts/Classes

305 Fitness Daily Cardio Dance Workouts (12 pm EDT daily, 6pm EDT Tues/Thu)
Bandier Instagram Live Daily Workouts (4 pm EDT)
Barry’s IGTV Twice-Daily Workouts
Blink Fitness Daily Live Streamed Workout (8 am EDT)
CorePower Yoga Daily Streamed Live Classes
CorePower Yoga Limited Free Online Classes
Life Time Classes on Demand
Lululemon Instragram Live Sessions (Meditation, Workouts, etc.)
Orangetheory 30-Minute Daily Workouts
Planet Fitness “Home Work-Ins” (Streamed daily at 7 pm EDT, available on YouTube afterwards)
Rumble Instagram Live Daily Workouts
Don Saladino 4-Week Body Weight Program
Y7 Yoga Flow on Your Own Instagram Live Sessions
YMCA 360 On Demand Group Exercise Programs

Fitness Workouts/Classes – Limited Free Trials

These are limited time free trials. Payment information may be necessary to sign up, but you must cancel once your free trial is over or else you will be charged.
DanceBody Live 7-day Free Trial (Use code DBATHOME for 50% off first month)
Fhitting Room On Demand 30-day Free Trial
Fit Body App with Anna Victoria 30-day Free Trial (Use code DAJEITALIA)
Gold’s Gym AMP APP Free through the end of May (Use code FIT60)
Obe Fitness Workouts 30-day Free Trial (Use code SWEATSANDCITY)
P.volve Streaming 30-day Free Trial (Use code ONEPVOLVE)
Peloton App (Yoga, Strength, Meditation, Cycling, etc.) 90-day Free Trial
Physique 57 Video On Demand 7-day Free Trial
Sky Ting TV Yoga Television 7-day Free Trial
Tone It Up App 30-day Free Trial

Sports

Yes, sports are significantly more fun when they’re live, but you can watch classic and recent games in the meantime.
ESPN Event Replays
Replay of MLB “Opening Day at Home” 30 Classic Baseball Games
MLB YouTube Channel Classic Games
MLS YouTube Channel Classic Matches
NBC Sports Event Replays
NFL YouTube Channel Classic Games
Stream Ken Burns’ Baseball on PBS.org

Sports – Limited Free Trials

These are limited time free trials. Payment information may be necessary to sign up, but you must cancel once your free trial is over or else you will be charged.
NBA League Pass for Free Until April 22
NFL Game Pass for Free Until May 31

Of course there are many more activities, depending on your interests. Let me know some of your favorites in the comments.

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