Over 75 million Americans have been ordered to shelter in place or adhere to curfew to combat coronavirus spread as of March 23. Photo: Patricia Prudente, Unsplash.

As Americans across the country gear up for quarantine at home, we know you might be looking for new activities to keep you and your loved ones from falling into boredom. Here are some family resources that are fun, informative, and free! 

Virtual museum, zoo and theme park tours

Visit the Louvre, Walt Disney World, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art from the comfort of your home. This resource list, compiled by Good Housekeeping, features 30 museums, zoos, and theme parks that offer free virtual tours. 

Books for the whole family

Libraries around the country offer free e-books, audiobooks, and virtual storytime sessions for people of all ages. Check out Overdrive’s listing of public libraries and access e-material with your library card.

Internet access for K-12 and college students

Some of the nation’s largest internet providers like Altice USA and Spectrum are offering free internet service for lengths of up to two months or longer for eligible low-income families. Check out the links and see if your family qualifies.

PBS home learning tips

Learn how to talk to your children about the coronavirus pandemic using free advice from some of the country’s top child psychologists. Download educational apps and games for children from ages 2 to 8. And check out PBS’ free homeschool learning tips and tutorials on properly washing your hands and preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Downloadable activity pages in English + Spanish

Every Child a Reader offers downloadable activity and coloring pages, available in English and Spanish, for children and teens. Kids can also download and print bookmarks and posters designed by acclaimed graphic artists and content creators.

Food bank tracker 

Are your family or friends in need of food during quarantine? Find a local food bank in your community using Feeding America’s food tracker. The tracker allows you to filter searches using your zip code and connects you to food bank websites and volunteer opportunities.

Mental health hotline

Feeling bummed about coronavirus? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is encouraging you to text or call their mental health hotline and speak to a mental health professional about your feelings.
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Herbert Norat (he/him/his) is a contributing writer for Pulso. A Bronx-born writer of Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan descent, he owns a small business, works as a library researcher, and writes for Bronx Narratives and The New York Public Library. Herbert lives with his fiance and daughter in the Bronx.