Home Activities: Adults
Need ideas for keeping busy while you stay home? Our librarians have gathered resources and suggestions for keeping boredom at bay!
Don’t forget, our Digital Branch is always open for borrowing ebooks, listening to music, learning a new hobby, and more.
Keep It Active
Adam Savage’s Tested – Come watch and learn with MythBusters alum Adam Savage as he makes, creates, and examines everything from cosplay props to the work that went into sound mixing the hit musical Hamilton.
Learn to Draw from Disney Animator: Michael Woodside – Disney animator Michael Woodside is also hosting a daily drawing class where he teaches kids and grownups how to draw Disney characters. Check out his Twitter feed to see who he’s drawing next.
Yoga with Adriene – Finding yourself locked out of the gym? Anxiety getting the better of you? There’s never been a better time to explore the benefits of yoga!
Tips for Families: Coronavirus – The following resources offer tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing.
Kick Back and Relax
The Kennedy Center – The Kennedy Center is the nation’s busiest performing arts center, hosting approximately 3,000 events each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million. Since 1971, we have been bringing the world to Washington with magnificent performances of music, dance, theater, and more. They currently have Mo Willems doing live drawings around noon!
Coloring Books/Pages – Download 150 Free Coloring Books from Great Libraries, Museums & Cultural Institutions: The British Library, Smithsonian, Carnegie Hall & more.
Karaoke! – Have a DIY concert with Stingray Karaoke. Just make sure you practice social distancing! Warning: The Westmont Public Library is not responsible for any strain on relationships that may result from karaoke performances.
The Metropolitan Opera – The world famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York City is streaming nightly performances of some of the greatest operatic works, all for free.
Explore Something New
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell – This YouTube channel focuses on minimalist animated educational content, using the flat design style. It discusses scientific, technological, political, philosophical and psychological subjects. Very easy to lose a few hours to these videos!
Online Tours – Louvre Museum – Explore exhibitions such as The Advent of the Artist’ and Egyptian Antiquities.
National Museum of Natural History – Virtual Tour – The National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors are able to visit past exhibits no longer on display!
Adler Planetarium – Stay connected with the Adler Planetarium with science, astronomy, and with our universe – exactly where you are.
The Chicago Art Institute– Virtually explore the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.
National Air and Space Museum – Anytime, anywhere you can enjoy a variety of online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources from the team at the Air and Space Museum.
NASA Live – Join scientists from NASA discuss and explore various topics around the universe. A great way to spend an afternoon!
National Parks Service – Join others for the digital celebration of Earth Day (April 22nd) through activities and presentations from the National Parks Service.