Fun Things to Do from Home!
Reading & Resources
Overdrive: Plenty of eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines and more with your library card number and PIN!
CLAMS eCard: Don’t have a library card but want to use all of our great, free online resources? Just sign up for an eCard!
Kanopy:Thousands of streaming videos! All you need is your Provincetown library card number and PIN
Get a BPL eCard: Sign up for a free BPL eCard to get access to all of their digital resources!
Library of Congress Digital Collections: The LOC has newspapers, maps, photos, and more. All free for you to explore.
Tech Help: GFCGlobal offers free tech instruction and how-to guides on a variety of topics.
More Tech Help: Digital Learn offers free step-by-step instructional videos on lots of computer-related subjects.
Payomet’s Tiny Tent Events: The Payomet Performing Arts Center is providing some great free and pay-what-you-can virtual events! While there are plenty of fabulous programs to chose from on their website, don’t miss their weekly tiny tent concerts on their Facebook page every Wednesday at 6pm!
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Daily Activities: Fun sharky-related storytimes and more, daily at 10 am!
Center for Coastal Studies: Don’t miss live streamed events, online activities for kids and more!
Cape Cod Museum of Art Classes: Take a free class with Deborah Forman of the CCMoA!
Provincetown Theater Virtual Programming: Provincetown Theater is offering lots of great online programs for your enjoyment
WHOI at Home: The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute is offering “Ocean at Home,” which has lots of online learning activities, including an ocean encounters series!
Twenty Summers: Twenty Summers has just release videos from their 2019 season for your viewing pleasure!
Entertainment that Helps!
Count Herring: Help track river herring populations in Plymouth by counting fish on short videos!
Penguin Watch!: Count penguins in remote regions of the world to help researchers understand their lives and environments!
iNaturalist: Explore and share your observations from the natural world!
Notes from Nature: Help transcribe museum notes!
Help Librarians and Archivists: This Atlas Obscura article provides several avenues to help librarians and archivists by deciphering handwriting, tagging photos, and more!
For the Kids
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo invites you into his studio and shares a game he invented for you to play after the doodles. A new video every weekday at 1 pm!
Dav Pilkey at Home: Join the author of Captain Underpants and Dog Man for free activities including read-alouds, how-to-draw demos and more!
Goodnight with Dolly: Check out Dolly Parton’s weekly read-aloud video series every Thursday at 7 pm
Check out some Author ReadAlouds and Activities: A big list of Children’s Authors who are providing readings and activities online.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: Plenty of videos to help make yoga and mindfulness fun for kids
Overdrive Yoga: Yoga videos right on Overdrive AND no waiting lists! What could be better?!
Free Online Yoga Classes: Check out Yoga by Adriene on Youtube or this Power Yoga class.
PopSugar Fitness Classes: This youtube channel provides a variety of different fitness videos to follow along with while at home.
Jellyfish Guided Meditation: Mindful meditation with the jellies from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Learning Something New
Take a Free Ivy League Online Course: Over 4oo Ivy League classes you can take online for free right now.
Take a Free MOMA Art Course: The Museum of Modern Art is offering free online courses on it website
Learn a New Language:Duolingo provides a free language learning website and app!
Another Language Learning App!: Sign up for Memrise, a free language learning app!
ASL: Gallaudet University is offering free online American Sign Language courses!
New Bedford Whaling Museum Lectures: Enjoy current and past lectures on a wide range of subjects by Museum staff and guests. Free to stream!
Liz Barbour Cooking Classes: Creative Feast’s Liz Barbour offers free Facebook Live cooking videos every Tuesday and Friday at 5pm!
Milk Street Cooking Classes: The Milk Street Cooking School in Boston is offering free online cooking classes on its website!
Mood Online School of Sewing: Mood fabrics is sewing tips and free patterns on its website!
Just for Fun
Stream a Live Concert: Check NPR for daily updates of concert performances. Facebook has updates too!
Google Arts and Culture: Check out famous works of art, museums, and more! My favorite is the virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum.
Giant Panda Cam: Many zoos and aquariums have animal cams that will let you take a peak at your favorite critters. The National Zoo’s Giant Panda Cam has always been a staple of mine!
Free Streaming Andrew Lloyd Webber Musicals: Enjoy free streaming full-length performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals every Friday at 7 pm (and for 48 hours after) on The Show Must Go On’s youtube channel!
More Broadway!: Check out the 1989 production of Into the Woods here, the MacTheatre’s West Side Story here, or Take Me to the World, A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, here!
NASA Space Tours: Travel and Leisure provides a handy list of virtual space tours you can check out!
Explore Live Cams: Explore has animal and zen live streaming videos from around the world. My favorite is the Northern Lights Cam, best viewed between 10 pm and 4 am for you night owls!
Tour the Louvre: The Louvre is offering several online tours of its collections! Looking for more museums to virtually tour? Check out this list from Good Housekeeping!
Metropolitan Opera: The Met Opera is offering nightly opera streams!
Cirque du Soleil: Watch some of the magic of Cirque du Soleil for free online!
Puzzles & Games
Sudoku: Play for free online and solve daily puzzles!
Word Searches: Free word searches by theme!
AARP Games: AARP has some wonderful free online games. My favorite is Mahjongg Solitaire!
USA Today Crossword and More: Can’t get enough crosswords? USA Today puts out a crossword a day (with lots more in the archive). USA Today also has lots of fun, free puzzles and games on its website.
Lots of local businesses are also providing virtual services (along with regular services) so make sure to check in with your favorite spots!
Have ideas for more digital must-dos? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org