If you are self-isolating and staying inside your home more often during the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some ideas of activities you can do from home.
Seniors’ Centre Without Walls
This telephone-based social group for seniors offers social and health programming, free of charge, and provides seniors opportunities to socialize, learn new skills, and stay connected. Seniors’ Centre Without Walls is open to seniors age 55+ living anywhere in Alberta.
Learn more on their website
and call 780-395-2626 to register.
Age Friendly Edmonton Podcasts
The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages intergenerational podcast brings together people from all ages, stages, and backgrounds to discuss topics like navigating relationships, finding space to be ones’ true self, and the evolving role of technology in our lives. By creating space for intergenerational discussions, AFE hopes to build a city that values, respects, and actively supports citizens from all walks of life.
In each podcast episode, guests are assigned a topic and given free reign to discuss that topic while sharing different perspectives, but also finding common ground. At a time when we like to focus on what divides us as “Boomers”, “Millennials” “Gen Xers”, and so on, the Shared Mic brings us together to create a shared understanding of the human experience.
You can access The Shared Mic online
or through your favourite podcast streaming service, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.
U of A MOOCs
The University of Alberta offers several free non-credit courses called Massive Open Online Courses
(MOOC). Courses include Astro 1010, Bugs 101, Dino 101, Mountains 1010, Introduction to the Arctic, Indigenous Canada and several paleontology topics.
EPL Online Resources
Edmonton Public Library offers a wide variety of online resources
– courses, language learning, magazines, books, music (streaming audio) and film (streaming video). All you need is your free library card!
curates and centralizes free online cultural and educational content from around the world. Their resource collections include audio books, eBooks, movies, online courses from top universities, and language learning resources.
Virtual tours of world-class museums
in Southern Living magazine highlights virtual tours of 12 prestigious museums around the world.
MCN Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
This ultimate guide
to virtual museum resources, tours, online collections, and digital archives is a great way to spend the day if you’re stuck inside.
The Metropolitan Opera will host free Nightly Met Opera Streams
of past performances from its Live in HD series. The encore presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST each night on the company’s official website and will then be available for an additional 20 hours thereafter.
The Seattle Symphony will share free rebroadcasts
of past performances via the Symphony’s social media channels on YouTube and Facebook.
offers hundreds of free courses featuring on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.