Tired of binging Netflix and playing board games? If so, you found the right article. I researched a bunch of cool virtual activities that you can do from the comfort of your couch. From really cool “home concerts” from musicians like Chris Martin and Garth Brooks, to amazing virtual museum tours and church services, these are sure to entertain, provide comfort, and educate.
1. Virtual Museum Tours
Many AMAZING museums around the world are now offering a virtual tour that you can enjoy from your living room.
I few that recently caught my eye include the following…
Natural History Museum (Washington DC) – Check out this 4K virtual tour of the their new dinosaur exhibit.
Guggenheim Museum (New York) – Take the “Guggenheim From Home” tour and see some amazing art from the comfort of your couch.
Louvre Museum (Paris) – This one hour 4K virtual tour of the Louvre is pretty epic, and yes, you’ll get to see the Mona Lisa as well as The Venus de Milo.
The Egyptian Museum (Cairo) – Take this VERY cool walking tour and see things like the treasure of Tutankhamen, as well as the treasures of Yuya and Tuya (great grandparents of King Tut).
Claude Money Garden (France) – While not a museum, this virtual tour of Monet’s garden in quite spectacular and just recently became available online. You can walk through his garden and home just like you would in person and turn the camera view in whatever direction you want. Amazing.
2. Stay at Home Concerts
Many musicians are offering some REALLY cool “home concerts” for all of us to enjoy from our homes.
Here are a few of the best ones I’ve seen so far…
1. Chris Martin
Check out his Instagram page or better yet check out the Global Citizen IG page, or do a search on Facebook video and you’ll find a cool 30 minute song request “mini gig” from the Coldplay front man Chris Martin.
The 30 minute “home concert” was just him talking and taking song requests, and was a amazing experience to watch, especially for Coldplay fans.
At the end of his concert he nudged John Legend to do the same thing which leads us to…
2. John Legend
John Legend and his piano happily followed Chris Martin as he also did his own home concert.
Find it on the Global Citizen IG page as well, or do a Facebook search for it.
Other home concerts recently added to Global Citizen IG page include Ziggy Marley, Niall Horan, One Republic, Hozier, Charlie Puth, Juanes, and Miguel.
Global Citizen is hosting a bunch of these concerts in the weeks to come so be sure to check back often.
3. Garth Brooks
Garth recently did a very cool 1 hour home concert with his wife Trisha Yearwood.
You can find it on his studio channel website called Inside Studio G.
It’s a great show, especially if you’re a country music fan, and I love how he promoted the idea that we are all in this thing together and need to count on each other to do the right thing.
4. Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, and Marty Stuart
Last week, these 3 country music stars performed together in an eerily empty Grand Ole Opry hall.
It was a really cool show as all three performers took turns playing one of their songs and spoke about the power of music during these difficult times.
The show was streamed live, but can now be accessed by everyone for FREE, online at CirclePlus.com.
You can also do a Facebook or YouTube search for the show and access it that way as well.
The 1-hour show also had a nice tribute to Kenny Rogers who passed away the day before.
3. Virtual Church Services
Last Sunday, on a whim, I did a YouTube search for “Catholic church services today” and found a bunch of great streamed church services from around the country.
My wife and I ended up taking in a service from the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls. It was beautifully done and almost as good as the real thing.
Do a similar YouTube search for your particular denomination and you’re bound to find a service that you can enjoy from home.
In closing, I hope all of these FREE activities not only entertain you, but help you expand your knowledge and faith.
Ask the Reader: Besides Netflix, what are you doing to occupy your time at home?
By Kyle James
Image credit to Coldplay IG.