Entertainment and Educational Suggestions for Our Members
During the COVID-19 Shelter in Place
-- Archive of Previous Monthly Events --
1. Visit our National Parks:
2. Enjoy the wonders to be seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History:
3. Tour the Pyramids of Egypt:
4. Take a free Ivy League courses online - There are 13 categories which can be accessed:
Get some exercise with Silver Sneakers Streaming – if you have a Facebook account, you can access.
6. House Beautiful is offering virtual tours of 5 Gardens:
7. Enjoy the Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands:
8. Mount Vernon continues its live streams and its noon broadcasts every Wednesday:
9. Watch digital performances from the Kennedy Center Digital Stage and other venues.
10. Go around the world to Twelve Famous World Museums:
11. Enjoy the Online Encyclopedia of U.S. Architecture
12. Movies to stream right now – from AARP:
13. The Smithsonian has provided free aerial tours:
14. Fairfax County Library Offers Online Classes. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/
15. The National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. has a large collection of online exhibits. You can view:
16. Silver Spring Village
recently had a program with the oldest living Tuskegee Airman, Brigadier General Charles McGee during their celebration of Black History Month. General McGee is self-quarantining in his
100th year! They have shared the video with other Villages in the DC area ~~ thank you Silver Spring Village!
17. The Kennedy Center’s Play at Home Project. All plays are intended for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. Perhaps this is an activity to do with your grandchildren or grand nieces and nephews via Skype or ZOOM.
18. Metropolitan Opera has a streaming collection, and watch on your computer, tablet, mobile phone, or TV for $14.99/month or $149.99/year with our unlimited subscription plan. Met Members save 33% off annual subscription price.
19. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a series of podcasts - there is a long list of choices, most run about 30 minutes.
20. The Globe Theatre is Streaming Shakespeare’s Iconic Plays for free.
21. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management Program offers resources and experiences you can enjoy from home:
22. The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage is continuing its performances, on a more limited and remote basis. Their “Couch Concerts” are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4 p.m. Here is the link:
23. The Smithsonian Museum Offers Free Online Courses. Here are a couple of the options, including one to celebrate National Poetry Month:
24. If you are into jazz, here are some upcoming live-streamed concerts that you can watch for free:
25. Kairos Alive hosts online intergenerational dance parties via Facebook Live. They are hosting special events and the Daily Swing™ a 10-minute dance party Monday through Friday at 3 pm Central Time. Visit www.facebook.com/kairosdancetheatre/ to participate or see recordings.
26. Silver Kite has online intergenerational classes and events on topics like drawing, painting, dance, improv theatre, storytelling, memoir writing. The classes have a small fee of $10 – they are also hosting free social hours.
27. Senior Planet has programs online and is offering numerous free virtual events.
28. Bridges Together is sharing ideas and resources for connecting at a distance. They have a guide to celebrating holidays from a distance.
29. There are numerous virtual services and resources available for all ages at the Fairfax County Public library: https://librarycalendar.fairfaxcounty.gov/
30. DOROT University Without Walls program classes:
31. Woodlawn Plantation and the Pope-Leighey House have a new social media initiative to highlight the makers and creators they've worked with to help interpret the stories of these properties. Some of the posts are planted on Instagram or Facebook and a link to the maker's websites can be found on http://www.woodlawnpopeleighey.org/makerscreators
32. Open Culture’s database offers links to free downloads of hundreds of eBooks, which can be sent to a smart phone or eReader. They have classics, including works by Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. There’s also an extensive audiobook collection available, with links to contemporary fiction: http://www.openculture.com/
33. Open Library - Allows you to browse, borrow, and read stories online, including 3,000,000 free-to-access eBooks, which are organized by subject and include biography, romance, fantasy, history, detective tales, and children's books. The program also hosts a lending library with 200,000 eBooks available to borrow, one at a time.
34. Britain’s National Theatre – Has streaming shows on Thursdays.
35. TravelZoo - Has 20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home.
36. National Geographic invites you to visit Spain!
37. Do you love the Impressionists? Miss taking a trip to France? Instead, you can enjoy PBS’s video on Paul Cezanne in Provence – this video is almost an hour long!
38. Encore Creativity for Older Adults has created a unique summer program that will allow older adult singers to continue to sing and learn by participating in on-line singing sessions and/or music classes that are tailored to the specific needs, schedules and requests of 55+ singers. You may be interested in participating in Encore University-Summer School and its one-time tuition fee of $50 that covers ALL of the classes and rehearsals, which amounts to over 80 hours of total class and rehearsal time. Check out their Course Catalog, Schedule at a Glance.
39. For historians and artists! Gain a little insight to the first colony and watch a glassblowing demonstration in Jamestown.
40. Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free e-pub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
41. The Boston Museum of Science is offering live classes and lectures on space, science and nature. All classes are free and are delivered using Zoom but you do need to register in advance as class size is limited
42. Frank Sinatra fans can watch a full-length performance he did at Caesars Place in the fall of 1978 – it’s an hour long!
43. The Kennedy Center is continuing its Kennedy Center Couch Concerts
44. The Carnegie Institution hosts various science-related lectures, events, and seminars that are all free and open to the public, and provide an opportunity to hear from some of the most extraordinary researchers of our time.
45. The Mount Everest Weather Station – You can read an article, view maps, and some videos of the expedition that bult the world’s highest weather station.Enjoy this National Geographic video:
46. Learn a New Language – Duolingo, a language learning app is built to feel like a game. It’s free! Choose from more than 30 foreign languages.
47. Take a tour of the National Gallery of Art.Take in more than 42,000 works of art.
48. Super east Gazpacho recipe:
49. Easy 10-minute workout!
50. NASA’s Langley Research Center has a range of videos about their research … and they share so much of it on their website. Go exploring space:
51. The Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions television show can be viewed from either the Assoc.'s webpage or YouTube.Enjoy and expand your world:
52. Are you missing live classical music performances?Classical MPR is offering many for free (and you have an option to contribute to organizations that are affected by cancellation of live shows).https://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2020/03/16/free-online-classical-concerts
53. Each year, the Manhattan School of Music hosts more than 70 Master Classes led by respected musicians from around the world, that are open to the public and free of charge. They also share student recitals.
54. The Washington Post is offering weekday programs online featuring medical professionals, public officials, corporate leaders, restauranteurs, and other experts on various topics … health, racial issues, entertainment, the economy, etc. The times vary day to day, to accommodate the guest(s)’ schedule. There are 4-6 per week and can be viewed as conducted and recent ones are also available online. Visit WashingtonPostLive.com.
55. Our entertainment suggestions are not only being enjoyed by our Members but their families as well. A member’s daughter and granddaughters are enjoying them and the twin girls suggested that our Members might enjoy this piece on museums in Dubai, where their older sister studied.
56. We all know that music is good for you – AARP offers its members 7 ways music can help as well as a great selection of music style: