With all that craziness happening in the world around us, it is hard to think of this time as beneficial, but in a way it CAN be. We just need to MAKE it beneficial by taking advantage of all the freebies available to us during this stressful time full of unknowns and hardships. Here’s some ideas for you, all FREE!
My personal favorites: All of the virtual tours, the Netflix Party with Friends, and the Ivy League Freebies. Happy reading! (All info pulled from a variety of internet searches, information not guaranteed accurate – check for yourself to confirm deals!)
Broadway Plays and other Musicals/shows:
www.metopera.org – The Met Opera is streaming their shows free on Amazon, Roku, or through the app on Apple. To find online go to their site above, then select “Browse and Preview” to see what shows are offered and when. To find on the app, go to “Explore the App”. There is no sign in required and no cost. Live performances held at 6:30pm daily and are available for up to 20 hours afterwards for viewing. Can be watching through the website, Fire TV, and Roku.
Stream Free Broadways Shows www.broadwayhd.com offers a 7-day free trial to stream your favorite Broadway Hits. Shows available for free streaming include: Rent, Cats, Company, Falsettos, She loves me, Billy Elliot Musical, Into the Woods, Peter Pan, Sweeny Todd, and Newsies. *Some Broadway Plays can also be found on Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Google Play.
Another way to see Broadway Hits and music, is at www.broadwaysingsforpride.com Currently free streaming includes: 42nd St, Kinky Boots, Memphis, Oklahoma!, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, The Kind and I, and The Sound of Music.
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – On YouTube, find MSO: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra channel for free, full versions of the Orchestra’s performances.
Billboard Live at Home -Virtual Concerts: A variety of musical artists will be performing all week on the Billboard’s Facebook Page. Artists include: Hunter Hayes, Benny Banassi, Lukas Graham, All Time Low, X Ambassadors, Russell Dickerson, Josh Groban, and more. www.billboard.com
Amazon Music is offering a free 90-day subscription for new customers. Cancel anytime, fee starts on day 91.
Virtual Museum Tours www.artsandculture.google.com Tour museums such as National Gallery of Art in DC, Art Institute of Chicago, Olympics Museum, Palace of Versailles, Acropolis Museum, and others in NYC, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Austria, Mexico, Netherlands, and more.
Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian at www.naturalhistory.si.edu
Google Earth offers virtual tours of National Parks
San Diego Zoo offers live streamed feeding exhibits daily www.sandiegozoo.org
Monterrey Bay Aquarium Live Streaming and tours www.montereybayaquarium.org
Scribd is offering a free 30-day trial for access to unlimited audiobooks. $9.99 once the trial ends. Can cancel anytime.
Amazon Kindle – offering a free 30-day trial for new customers. Has also added a ton of free books to the eBook store during the crisis.
Google Play has many free eBook titles. They are giving away many Sesame Street themed books as Apple for free now too.
Audible offers free audiobooks for 30 days and you can choose the age group of the titles you want to search – from “Little Learners” to “Tween” to type of book you are looking for. Easy to use site. https://www.audible.com/ep/freetrial?
Benefits of a Library Card:
If you have a library card, your library may offer online borrowing. With a card, you can access Libby and sign up with multiple library cards to expand the offer of books (iPad and iPhone),
OverDriveApp – register free with a library card. Titles you borrow are automatically returned on the due date, so there are no late fees. To find a list of libraries that offer ‘Non-Resident Borrowing” go to: https://www.aworldadventurebybook.com/blog/libraries-with-non-resident-borrowing-privileges
Hoopla, to virtually check out books and other media, again with just a library card. Not all libraries are on the Hoopla platform, but you can find out which libraries are, and often can sign up for a card online.
Flipster – borrow digital versions of magazines from public libraries- names like Time, People, Popular Science, New Yorker, InStyle, and more.
Apple Books is offering a “Stay at Home” catalog of free titles to borrow during the CoVID-19 crisis.
TV & Movie Streaming Offers:
Download Google Chrome extension on a desktop/laptop and host a Netflix Party to watch a movie with your friends, while practicing social distancing. You can send chats during the show between friends watching it. Up to 8 people can join in. https://www.netflixparty.com/ Free
Amazon offers a free kid’s specific platform for free streaming, no membership required
TubiTV.com offers tons of 100% free movies and TV shows from Teenage Ninja Turtles, Bachelor, Blackhawk Down, Little Man, Hells Kitchen, and everything in between. It also features A&E channel and Lifetime channel. Searching is easy and can be done by category, theme, etc. https://tubitv.com/home Everything listed on the site is free. No credit card info must be given.
Like scary movies? Get a free 30-day trial of Shudder.com – the place for horror movies. Code: SHUTIN
TV and Movies: 30 Day Free Trials
CBS All Access offers a 30-day free trial with the code “ALL” or “GIFT” through 4/23
Hulu is offering a free 30-day trial
Showtime has a free 30-day trial
Sundance Now with code “SundanceNow30”
Disney+ : a free year trial to Verizon Unlimited Plan holders –didn’t say whether the plan had to be new.
AComTV – 30-day free trial of Brit TV shows
Pluto TV – channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central streaming
NHL Binge – Free YouTube Channel to watch all things hockey incl. documentaries and full-length classic games from 1950 to current. Free during the crisis.
NBA.com offers free NBA League Pass access through 5/31 for all thing’s basketball
NFL.com offers free NFL League Pass access through 5/31 for all things football www.gamepass.nfl.com
MLBTV.com offers free MLB game access
WWE Network is offering 3 months free https://watch.wwe.com/
Free Learning Resources for Kids:
Fender.com is offering 3 months of free guitar lessons for first time users
Linked In is offering free business development classes via Linked in Learning
Kennedy Center for Education is offering daily learn to draw program called Lunch Doodles www.kennedy-center.org
Out School offering free learning “From phonics to AP Physics to Minecraft to Piano, Out school feeds your kid’s curiosity and elevates their learning with a variety of 10,000+ classes” www.outschool.com
Khan Academy is offering parents free daily learning schedules for K-12 https://www.khanacademy.org/
Scholastica is offering free daily online courses for pre-k thru 12 under “Learn at Home”
Crayola is offering free printable coloring pages for every age at www.crayola.com
Mystery Science – free science learning https://mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning on things from “Can animals laugh?” to “Who created pizza” to “Biggest Excavator” to “Why do I get hiccups?”
Free Learning for Adults:
**Free Ivy League Learning Courses for Adults - online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. If you want a certificate of completion, there is a fee. Courses run 2-6 weeks and are 100% free. From Computer science, programming, human behavior, art, design, science, social science, health, medicine, engineering, math, dementia, language, history, mythology, education, personal development and more. There are over 450 courses available during this crisis. https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs
Free Art Classes @ Brit+Co – DIY art classes free through 3/31 www.brit.co/learn use code “SelfCare”
HeadSpace App - free for everyone — app is called Weathering the storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises. HeadSpace is also offering Headspace + for all HealthCare related workers who have an individual NPI number through Dec. https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19
Food & Food Delivery:
Uber Eats is waiving all delivery fees for all orders from independently owned small restaurants through the end of the pandemic
These restaurants are offering free delivery when you order through their app or online (only):
Chipotle through 3/31
Red Lobster with order of $30+ through 3/31
Denny’s through 4/12
Other ways to get food delivered (deals unknown): GrubHub, PostMates, Uber Eats, and Door Dash
Burger King – offering two kid’s meals free with purchase of adult meal when ordered through the app (franchise dependent, no timeline noted)
Starbucks – free large coffee (iced or hot) for all 1st responders, healthcare workers, police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, hospital workers, and medical researchers.
Cell Phone and Internet Deals:
The following cell companies are offering unlimited data (those with any plan will automatically get unlimited data during this time), no late fees, and no termination for 60 days:
AT&T, Century Link, Sprint, Verizon, T Mobile
Charter – free Wi-Fi for 60 days for new customers with K-12 or college students
Comcast- Free Wi-Fi___33 for low income folks for 60 days. All customers receive unlimited data through the crisis.
National Parks are waiving all park entry fees during the crisis.
Many State Parks are waiving fees as well.
Peloton is offering 90 days free – www.onepeloton.com - you don’t need to own a Peloton-branded treadmill or bike to participate. People can try yoga, HIIT, stretching, strength training, & other classes.
Gold’s Gym offers online classes free to anyone, regardless of a membership for 60 days www.goldsamp.com/promo and enter FIT60
Planet Fitness is offering free classes on their Facebook page at 7pm daily
www.corepoweryogaondemand.com has tons of free yoga courses
DownDog App offers free classes through 4/1; and free classes for teachers, students, and health care workers through 7/1 Classes include yoga, HIIT, Barre, and more www.downdogapp.com
Orange Theory – 30 days of free videos https://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/
Crunch Fitness – www.crunchlive.com offers 45 days free yoga, barre, Pilates, kickboxing, and more
Blink Fitness has an 8am class on their Facebook page, free, daily.
YMCA 360 offers free classes online from Barre to Boot Camp to Yoga https://ymca360.org/
BeachBody offers 2 week free trial of all BB programming https://www.beachbodyondemand.com/blog/beachbody-free-workouts
567 Broadway! Dance Fitness set to Broadway themed music https://www.567broadway.com/
Strong by Zumba offers 7-20-30 minute workouts www.strong.zumba.com
For a list of other free workouts and classes:
Other Random Finds:
U-Haul is offering 30-day free self-storage for new college customers with ID
Hertz and Enterprise have waived the young driver fees for those under 25
Cambridge University Press -open library of college textbooks and journals thru 5/31
*All info pulled from a variety of internet searches; information not guaranteed accurate – check for yourself to confirm deals*