With the COVID-19 outbreak now a pandemic, it's a challenge to find something to feel good about this Friday. Luckily, I'm not one to shy away from a challenge.
In today's Feel Good Friday we're going to go out while staying in. Before we get to the fun free resources, if you have questions about this outbreak, consult websites from the World Health Organization and your local government, in my case Oakland, California.
Following the advice of Mr. Rogers to "look for the helpers", I've compiled a list of arts and education organizations that are helping people deal with the stress, boredom and loneliness that comes with sheltering in place.
Zoos and Aquariums
Live streams of jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, weekday "zoo school" from Elmwood Park Zoo in Pennsylvania and round-the-clock view of giant pandas at the Smithsonian!
Opera and Theater
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming shows nightly at 7:30pm which you can watch for free up to 20 hours after the initial stream: https://www.metopera.org
BroadwayHD has a streaming service with a free 7-day trial. Make the most of your 7 days by staying focused on Cats and not the panda cam: https://www.broadwayhd.com
Google has partnered with hundreds of museums to share their art collections online. Here are just a few - The British Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Palace of Versailles, Museo Frida Kahlo, Guggenheim... so many museums! https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en
Exercising Mind and Body
If you're feeling compelled to make productive use of your time at home, you can take hundreds of classes from Ivy League schools to exercise your mind: free classes. Or go to this site to exercise your body: https://www.fitnessblender.com
Thanks to friends who have been sharing these links on social media. If you've found a resource not listed - add it to the comments. Enjoy! And please wash your hands.