The Best (Free) Things to Stream with Your Kids that Aren’t ‘Frozen 2’ for the Tenth Time
During this time of social isolation, it seems as though the world is getting creative with ways to keep us (and our children) entertained. Thanks to people and organizations like The Metropolitan Opera, Josh Gad and Disney+, social distancing has gotten a little bit easier.
Read on for six things you can stream for free with your kids right now (that aren't Frozen 2).
My friend Chris Martin did a lovely little concert from home today. I'll be doing one tomorrow at 1pm Pacific time. See you soon. We'll try to get through this together! #TogetherAtHome https://t.co/YZ8Y1W8esc? John Legend (@johnlegend) March 16, 2020
1. Celebrity Concerts
From John Legend to Katherine McPhee, countless celebrities are broadcasting free online concerts in light of the coronavirus pandemic using the hashtag #TogetherAtHome. So, whether your kids want to jam out to Coldplay or Pink, they now can do it right from their couch.
2. VIRTUAL STORY TIME
The 39-year-old Beauty and the Beast star decided to do parents everywhere a major solid amid ongoing social distancing. While many school districts are closed and families are stuck at home, Gad is aiming to bring some levity to these difficult times by reading his favorite children’s books on social media. Oh, and Reese Witherspoon is getting in on the story time action as well.
3. Virtual Aquariums & Zoos
Shuttered zoos and aquariums across the country are keeping their public engaged by sharing their live animal content virtually, so children and families can still experience wildlife from the comfort of their own homes. The Cincinnati Zoo even announced that every weekday at 3 p.m. ET they’ll do a Facebook live stream showcasing an animal in their exhibits along with an activity for kids to follow along with at home.
4. COOKING CLASSES
Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski has invented a way for you to spend time with your kids while simultaneously teaching them how to cook with his new Instagram show, “Cooking Lessons in Quarantine.”
“An omelette made in isolation is still an omelette. Served w a black bean salsa made w whatever was left at the grocery store,” he captioned his first episode of himself making (you guessed it) an omlette.
5. WORKOUT CLASSES FOR THE WHOLE FAM
Planet Fitness has a way to help you to stick to your workout routine and entertain the kids. The company is offering free online at-home workouts that will be streaming starting March 16. So, why not try out a class with your tweens or teens to keep them active during this time? And you don’t have to be a member—the classes are open to everyone.
6. The Metropolitan Opera
On Friday, the opera announced it will stream encore performances of some of its most famed shows starting on Monday, March 16 and going through Sunday, March 22. The best part? It is completely free. Check out the entire schedule of performances, along with other listing information, here. This seems like the perfect opportunity to introduce your kids to opera—something they might be more inclined to enjoy with a bag of microwave popcorn.