Right now can be a scary and stressful time for all of us. The school closures and stay-at-home order may have you in your house for the time being, but we've gathered this list of ideas to connect you to a wide variety of things to do and experience. We will be updating this page, so be sure to check back often! Also, please check out this blog for even more resources.
For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment or the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Reading & Writing
If you're looking for more reading options after checking out DPL's free ebook selection, or if you're working on some writing projects from home, check out the following sites:
- Abdo Digital Bookshelf - fiction and nonfiction ebook titles available for free through June 2020.
- Teens on read.gov - free ebooks through the Library of Congress - many classics are available to read right now.
- Denver Writes - a Denver-based organization that runs weekly writing clubs and writing workshops. Denver Writes is running an online writing club and providing writing prompts and creative exercises to work on from home - sign up for their newsletter for more information.
- Young Writers Society - an online community for teens and young adults to share creative writing work and get constructive feedback and resources from other writers.
- NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program - resources and tools to achieve your own writing goals year-round (not just during National Novel Writing Month in November). Participate in #StayHomeWriMo now!
Watching & Listening
- Pluto TV - streaming movies and music.
- Hey YA Podcast - weekly info on new books, classic reads, and news and updates about young adult lit.
- Mortified Podcast - adults read their most embarrassing journal entries, letters, and things they created as a kid or teen.
Learning & Creating
Ready to pick up that new hobby you've always wanted to try? Feeling creative while cooped up? Here's a few ideas to get you started:
- Captain Planet Foundation's Project Hero - participate in a variety of quests and projects that make a difference in the environment.
- Clyfford Still Museum Online Collection - view the online collection of this local museum.
- iExploreSTEM Engineering Activities - engineering activities to try from home.
- Girls Who Code At Home - free weekly activities to do both online and offline alongside information on pioneering women in tech.
- The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago's Hands-On Science - instructions and at-home supply lists for a variety of science activities.
- Khan Academy - always free online courses covering math, science, art, computing, test prep, and more.
- Kirkland Museum Virtual Tour - free virtual tour of Denver's own Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art.
- Codecademy Pro - thousands of hours of free courses and projects to learn programming and data science (note: requires a valid school email address for registration).
- Responsible Sex Ed Institute - lots of general sexual health info from trained educators. Text your questions to 57890 with keyword ICYC to get specific answers on whatever you’re looking for.
- Science Buddies - science projects galore!
- SciStarter - participate inone of thousands of projects as a citizen scientist and help advance research in your community and all over the world.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour - free virtual tour of the Smithsonian.
- Zooniverse - more citizen scientist opportunities!
- Epic Games - Fortnite!
- Makeup Tutorials - free tips on a wide variety of makeup applications.
- MCA Denver - currently has an open call for teen blog submissions, digital art, and teen performers for events. The MCA is also currently accepting applications for their Teen Art Show through April 15th.
- Miniclip Games - always free online games.
- Playing Dungeons & Dragons Online - everything you need to know on how to find other players and join or start a campaign online. You can also find more info on moving DnD and other tabletop games online here.
- Play Emulator - always free retro video games.
- Sketchpad - online sketchpad available for free.