Relaxation & Recreation Resources

Remember: Getting outside is the best relaxation/recreation there is!

18 Unusual Crafts for Kids

Make floam, glow in the dark bubbles, chalk and more! Lots of fun!

20 Virtual Field Trips

Many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Check them out.

Amazon Kids Movies

During the COVID-19 crisis, you can stream kids’ movies for free–that’s right FREE– on Amazon.

British Men Reciting Poetry

For your listening pleasure. Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, David Tennant, Alan Rickman, Benedict Cumberbatch & more!

Calm

Content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness from Calm.com. Meditations, music & stories for the whole family.

Chamber Music Society

Recordings, music videos, and livestreams from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Color Our Collection

Museums around the world have created free downloadable coloring pages based on works from their collections.

Disney Rides Online

Experience all of Disney’s best rides virtually. Fun for a rainy day.

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

You can complete this escape room as a family or individual, you can compete against friends and try it multiple times.

Homemade Playdough

How to make playdough with the Connecticut Science Center.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Donuts

Crunchy on the outside, cakey and tender on the inside, and laced with tasty cinnamon and nutmeg throughout!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Join the beloved children’s author every day for a new drawing lesson!

Magic Tricks

Magic lessons for kids (and adults will love them, too!)

Relaxing Background Music

“Weightless” by Marconi Union. 10-hours of  soothing background music that has been called the most relaxing song in the world!

Peabody Museum's Coloring Book

Coloring pages from the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Stay-at-Home Bingo

Play Russell Library’s Stay-at-Home Bingo Game. Four bingo cards for four times the fun!

Bingo Card 1                    Bingo Card 2

Bingo Card 3                    Bingo Card 4

Storytime from Space

Listen to astronauts read children’s stories from the Space Station!

Virtual Dives with NOAA

These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. (No library card required.)

Yoga

Free online yoga sessions from Yoga Journal.

Tips for Working, Learning & Staying at Home

6 Homeschooling Ideas for Parents

Tips from a parent who homeschooled her children.

Coronavirus Anxiety

Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty.

Coursera Free Well-Being Classes

From de-mystifying mindfulness to understanding the science of happiness, Coursera’s popular wellness courses are available for free.

Food Safety

A comprehensive guide to food safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Cut Your Own Hair

Expert tips and video tutorials.

How to Homeschool Your Kids

Some basics about homsescooling your kids during the coronavirus  from CNN.

I Spent a Year in Space

How to handle isolation from astronaut Scott Kelly. “Take if from someone who couldn’t: Go outside.”

Shelter in Place Tips for Seniors

8 practical tips to keep you and your older adult as safe (and sane) as possible.

Simple Food Swaps

Best substitutes for butter, eggs, milk, onions, lemon, sugar, flour, broth & more.

What You are Feeling is Grief

David Kessler, the world’s foremost expert on grief, on how to deal with all the uncertainty of a pandemic.

Working from Home

Tips from the Harvard Business Review.