By Tracy Hill

Quarantine fatigue, anyone? I’ve heard about and discovered some interesting resources, so I thought I’d share a few that stand out. Some are good candidates for remote team building, and most are relevant for individuals and families.

Ideas for Everyone

  • AirBnB Online Experiences: low-cost learning opportunities for individuals, families, and teams. Music history, cooking, dancing lessons, yoga, virtual city tours…
  • SF Jazz “Fridays at 5” (Pacific Time): $5 digital membership/month for pre-recorded concerts
  • live wildlife cams! My current favorite is the bald eagle nest in Decorah, Iowa. The “featured comment” on this provides a ton of education on the birds.
  • Online jigsaw puzzles: join a game in process or pick a new one and invite friends. This one came from community steward and steering committee member April Loebick (thanks, April!)

Specifically for Kids and Teens 

  • Quarantunes: online music lessons for kids (age 4-14). Lessons are free although donations are welcome. Donations will go to the CDC Foundation and are tax-deductible.
  • Scholastic: Scholastic’s new Learn at Home program offers a new mini-lesson that includes a story, video, and activity. Lessons are grouped into four age groups: pre-K and kindergarten, grades 1 & 2, grades 3 & 5, and grades 6+.
  • PBS Kids Daily Newsletter: A newsletter every weekday during school closures with ideas for learning activities at home.
  • Circletime: educators host free, interactive videos in their areas of expertise. You can find video lessons on everything from yoga to family cooking to sing-a-long songs.

Please share your own recommendations!


About the Author

Tracy Hill is an Employee Benefits Communication Strategist at Lumity. Her days are spent crafting materials to help employees understand their health plan options. She taps into 17+ years of marketing experience at high tech companies where she focused on explaining complicated systems in layperson terms, and now she applies her communication skills to unraveling the mysteries of health insurance. She's also a community steward and steering committee member of the HR for HR online community. 

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