Safe at Home: Fun & Games

The library staff has compiled these resources to help you enjoy your time at home.

Cooking & Baking
Entertainment
Escape Rooms
Exercise & Wellness
Gaming & Puzzles
for Harry Potter Fans
Museums
Nature & Science

Cooking & Baking

“Cooking in Quarantine” Virtual Classes
Offered by New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 PM EST. They use a “pay-what-you-can” model (with classes starting at $0!).

#SymonDinners with Michael D. Symon
Join Food Network Star Michael D. Symon live to cook dinner. Daily at 5:00 PM EST.

“Quarantine Cooking” with Joe the Baker
Weekdays at 4:00 PM EST (BONUS: his son joins him while wearing a new costume each day!).

“Quar Eye” with Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski
Antoni regularly offers mini cooking lessons on Instagram, with a focus on using the ingredients you already have at home.

 

Entertainment

ACT of CT Livestream Storytimes
Each week an actor who has appeared on the stage at ACT (A Contemporary Theatre of Connecticut) will read a different story just for you!

Battlestar Galactica
After the destruction of their home planets by the robotic Cylons, Battlestar Galactica and its civilian fleet search the stars for the lost colony, Earth. Battlestar Galactica, the award-winning military political space opera is free to stream on SyFy.

Big Finish Audio Dramas
Doctor Who and other Big Finish audio dramas free to download.

CBS Sunday Morning Nature Videos
(Do nothing for two minutes.)

Cirque Du Soleil 60-Minute Specials
Free hour-long recordings of some of the world-famous acrobats’ performances.

CityLore “It Takes a Pandemic” Community Poem
Ongoing group poem. Submit your inspiration: “It Takes a Pandemic.. To start a map of the world jigsaw puzzle; to understand life is precious… and fragile; to wash my hands five times a day like mother said…”

Imagineering in a Box Class
Lessons designed to pull back the curtain to show you how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks.

LeVar Burton Reads
Podcast where each week he reads a short fiction story.

National Theatre at Home
Enjoy a different production from the National Theatre available on YouTube every Thursday for free! Shows are available online for 48 hours.

Netflix Party Chrome Extension (group viewing)
Chrome extension that allows you to set up group viewing through Netflix so people in different locations can watch the same thing, at the same time. Viewing is synchronized and there is a chat feature to talk with your group as you watch.

The Shows Must Go On!
Enjoy a different Andrew Lloyd Webber musical available on YouTube every Friday for free! Shows are available online for 48 hours.

Tiny Desk Concerts
Intimate video performances from NPR.

 

Escape Rooms

Classic Horror Tales Escape Room
Inspired by Frankenstein, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and more.

Escape From Wonderland Digital Escape Room
Based on the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

A Hobbit’s Adventure Digital Escape Room

For all Tolkien enthusiasts.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Designed for Harry Potter fans.

Mandalorian Escape Room
A great way to celebrate Star Wars Day!

Minecraft Escape Room
A fun adventure for all ages.
 

Exercise & Wellness

Give Thanks
Express your gratitude to someone who’s brought kindness to you, whether it’s family, a co-worker, or the garbage collector. When we share thanks we make a difference – in the heart and mind of ourselves and others.

Headspace
The usually paid app is offering a selection of free resources and meditation.

Wallingford Family YMCA
Currently offering a wide array free live workout classes.

 
Gaming & Puzzles

Pete the Cat and the Birthday Party Mystery Digital Puzzle
Designed for Pete the Cat lovers ages 2-8.

Political Murder Mystery Game for a Video Call
Get your friends together and play a murder mystery game via video chat.

 

Harry Potter Fans

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
A fun series of puzzles for all Harry Potter enthusiasts.

Harry Potter at Home – Bringing Hogwarts to You
A repository of a wide range of Harry Potter activities.

 
Museums

Air and Space Museum Anywhere
The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum offers online tours, K-12 video lessons, and virtual explorations of objects in its collection.

Discovery Museum & Planetarium Learn at Home STEM Activities
Discovery Museum & Planetarium, located in Bridgeport, provides educational STEAM content and activities to help bring the excitement of Discovery to your home.

Google Arts & Culture Virtual Museum Tours
Visit some of the world’s best museums from home! Explore the museum’s collections with high detail photographs and a description of the art and artifacts. Choose from museums including MoMa (NYC), National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), British Museum (London), Uffizi Gallery (Florence), and hundreds of others across the world.

The Louvre
Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries and contemplate the facades of the Louvre…

Visit CT List
An extensive list of local virtual activities curated by the CT Office of Tourism.

 
Nature & Science

Discovery Museum & Planetarium Learn at Home STEM Activities
Discovery Museum & Planetarium, located in Bridgeport, provides educational STEAM content and activities to help bring the excitement of Discovery to your home.

Generation Science
Science lessons for grades K-5.

Google Arts & Culture National Park Tours
Enjoy 360 views of some National Parks such as Kenai Fjords, Carlsbad Caverns, Bryce Canyon, and more!

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
Watch animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Choose from 10 different cameras to watch the Aquarium’s otters, sharks, penguins, and even Monterey Bay itself.

NASA at Home
Let NASA bring the universe into your home with e-books, virtual tours, podcasts, and STEM activities for kids & families.

National Museum of Mathematics
Offers online math activitiy sessions by grade level, and there are various times throughout the day where some of the sessions are noted as free.

National Park Foundation
Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom tress bloom, there are countless virtual tours and experiences…

The Nature Conservancy Virtual Field Trips
Travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving home.

Netflix Documentaries on YouTube
A selection of educational documentaries from Netflix currently available for free on YouTube.

Skype a Scientist
Site which connects teachers and families with scientists from many disciplines. Children can learn more about a field of study, or what it’s like to be a scientist. The site matches a classroom or family with a scientist. The family or teacher then make plans to skype each other.

Virtual NYC Field Trip
Take a sightseeing trip around NYC from the comfort of home!