Some winter days it can be hard to want to do anything other than get cozy on the couch. Perhaps you have already explored our previous lists of amazing free internet activities. And now? We have 19 more amazing activities to try. Exercise your brain with an online escape room, spark your creativity by making poetry and more. These awesome free games, museums, experiences and lessons will inspire and entertain in the dead of winter and beyond.
Express your innermost poetic thoughts and ideas with the help of an online poetry workshop. The California Institute of the Arts offers a six-week internship poetry workshop class via Coursera which covers everything from metaphors to rhyme and rhythm. (This could very well be your first step towards shortlisting a day for the Radio-Canada Poetry Prize.)
Dust off that DSLR camera that’s been sitting in a box since your smartphone started taking center stage and put it to use with new digital photography skills with Udemy Photography Course for Beginners. You might also be able to swap camera lingo with your fellow photographers.
If you’ve ever done an IRL escape room, you can attest to what an adrenaline-pumping experience it is. online editions, like Mystery Escape Room Castle Escapeare less demanding, as you are not physically trapped in a room, but you can still use your problem-solving skills.
If you are looking for a game to test your patience and perseverance, QWOP would it be. It’s a brilliantly simple game with one goal: to get the runner to the finish line. Sounds pretty easy, except you have to manually move her calves and thighs using the QWOP alphabet keys. A player, in a video with over 10 million views, commented that it was the hardest game he had ever played in his life. But it’s worth playing for the hilarity of the race fails on its own.
Improve your visual perception and cognitive abilities by doing puzzles regularly. puzzle explorer serves up a few fresh puzzles every day, which you can customize from six pieces to almost 1000.
Infinite story requires more reading than most other games; it is an interactive fiction created by users for users. You can choose one of the adventure stories to choose from by genre, such as adventure story “The strange saga of Suzy“or humor”blind date“, among others. You can even write your own for everyone to read.
In GeoGuessr, you can explore neighborhoods around the world, while guessing the locations to earn points. Each location offers a 360 degree view as well as the ability to move around to get more visual clues. While GeoGuessr only allows 20 minutes of free play every 24 hours, it’s easy to sneak in a number of games in the free time frame, and GeoGuessr will save your progress until your next free attempt.
Regular journaling can help improve psychological health, but developing a habit can be daunting for those who may be less used to writing. Enter Daylio, an app that helps you track your mood and take notes as you please (or not). This simple tool serves as a way to check in with yourself daily.
When you think of internet activities, yoga is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But you won’t regret diving into Adriene Mischler (aka Yoga with Adrienne) gentle approach to stretching and body movements for well-being. Beginners should try”Comfortable flow” Where “Yoga to cure stress,“while intermediaries might appreciate”Get moving: a 30-day yoga journey.”
Add to your happiness toolbox with the 11-week course from the University of California, Berkeley, The Science of Happinesswhich teaches scientific principles and practices for a happy and meaningful life.
Expand your knowledge
The University of Alberta offers a 12-week educational course titled “Indigenous Canada“, which explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues. Taught from an Indigenous perspective, this course covers a variety of topics such as treaties, land claims, environmental impacts as well as contemporary Indigenous art.
In collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, The British Museum allows virtual visitors to explore and discover artifacts from the 21st century back to 2,000,000 BC, spanning multiple continents and organized into five themes: Art and Design, Living and Dying, Power and Identity, Religion and Belief, and trade and conflict.
Get to know the pioneering women of Canadian history with The Canadian Encyclopediacollection of timelines, quizzes and articles, featuring influential figures like Elsie MacGill and Lady Aberdeen. For the women’s movement south of the border, the The National Museum of Women’s History offers virtual exhibitswhere you can learn more about NASA women, women in STEM and important people like Harriet Tubman.
Animals, nature and the galaxy
Relax with Monterey Bay Aquarium, where you can watch marine life swim, float and play. With nine live cameras to choose from, with ambient music and meals narrated by the staff, there’s no shortage of entertainment.
Go on a virtual excursion and explore the natural environment with Nature conservation, which has organized 11 educational excursions for students and educators, although everyone can enjoy them. Discover the secret life of corals, explore a coastal ecosystem in Peru and more.
Space enthusiasts can easily get lost in the awe-inspiring The Hubble Space Telescope website, which has countless images, videos and discoveries to dig into. Additionally, you can check out what the telescope captures live in real time too.
arts and culture
Watch notable authors read their books in these recorded readings from Writing by writers. With 62 readings to choose from, prepare to lose yourself in hours and hours of stories, all while seeing these writers up close and personal.
Brooklyn-based bookseller Books Are Magic not only offers past recordings of in-person interviews with authors but has paid live events, too. Not all virtual events are free, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for the store’s list of upcoming events. Past interviewees include Ethan Hawke, Esi Edugyan and Shiori Ito.
Visit the Vatican Museums without leaving your home and see some of the world’s most famous and breathtaking examples of art and architecture, such as the Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Rooms. From mesmerizing floor tiles to window details and intricate ceilings, every square inch is a work of wonder.
Janet Ho is a writer and nature enthusiast. You can follow her on @janetlynho.