With the imposed rest issued by our governments, we can only spend so much time enjoying the outdoors. Sometimes we just want to sit back and relax behind our computer screen.

Many companies have now enabled online streaming for their services, allowing the public to enjoy all sorts of pastimes without leaving their home!

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1A Visit to the Opera

The Metropolitan Opera is launching free “Nightly Met Opera Streams,” on their website after cancelling upcoming performances due to Coronavirus concerns. The new offering will begin on Monday, March 16 with the 2010 HD performance of Bizet’s Carmen.

Schedule for the first week of streams:

Monday, March 16 – Bizet’s Carmen

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna. Transmitted live on January 16, 2010.

Tuesday, March 17 – Puccini’s La Bohème

Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramón Vargas. Transmitted live on April 5, 2008.

Wednesday, March 18 – Verdi’s Il Trovatore

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on October 3, 2015.

Thursday, March 19 – Verdi’s La Traviata

Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.

Friday, March 20 – Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, 2008.

Saturday, March 21 – Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Conducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczała, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Transmitted live on February 7, 2009.

Sunday, March 22 – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Conducted by Valery Gergiev, starring Renée Fleming, Ramón Vargas, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Transmitted live on February 24, 2007.

2Virtual Museum Tours

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Renowned museums from around the world are now offering virtual tours available to you in the comfort of your living room.

  1. Canadian Museum of History
  2. British Museum, London
  3. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  4. Musée d’Orsay, Paris
  5. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

3Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

Sign onto the Cincinnati’s Zoo’s Facebook page for a Facebook Live Safari each weekday at 3pm EDT. Join them as they highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity that viewers can do from home. 

4Educational Content

Scholastic’s “Learn at Home website” provides parents with 20 days of educational material including “exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges.” The goal of the program is to keep kids learning while many schools around the world have been closed due to COVID-19. The website will be updated weekly with 20 days of content.

In addition to online entertainment, remember that there is an extensive amount of pass-time activities available such as photography, nature walks, cooking, board games and more.

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