As cases continue to rise in India, what seemed like a fever dream has become reality yet again, with citizen’s back in their homes with strict curfews to follow. Serving as a beacon in the dark, several initiatives and activities have shifted operations online once again, or for the very first time, to accommodate and entertain individuals from the comfort of their homes. From informative and unique courses and experiences to useless or even surprisingly entertaining one-of-a-kind online activities, this list is everything you need to take a deep dive into the world of (lesser known) online entertainment.
As of 2021, cases of the coronavirus continue to rise, with new mutations causing multiple waves and relapses across the globe. With global lockdown restrictions slowly emerging, and with India on complete lockdown, it is difficult to disconnect from the outside world, even if the constant influx of bad news claws at our general wellbeing. If you find yourself with extra time to spare, or burned out from the blurred lines of working from home, you aren’t alone. In an age where time is of the essence, and productivity is directly proportional to success, disconnecting from your otherwise usual, run-of-the-mill schedules can become an unbecoming task. If last year was any reminder, one thing is for certain – keeping occupied when shut indoors is the only way through.
If you are in need of a ~break~ from the doom, gloom and uncertainty of our pandemic years, we’ve got just the thing for you! Here’s a list of everything to do online, from the comfort of your homes!
Get Your Learning On!
Virtual tours, free courses and interactive games to get your thinking hat on!
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – HERE
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is completely free to visit, and boasts a collection of various amazing artifacts of the past. They opened their doors back in March of 1910 and are currently known for being the largest museum, education, and research complex in the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic struck, the Smithsonian integrated a state-of-the-art virtual tour to displays all major parts of the museum. Fun fact: Hollywood’s Night at the Museum featured the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History!
San Diego Zoo – HERE
Sprawled over 100 acres of land, San Diego Zoo is located in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, and houses approximately 3,500 animals, ranging over 650 different species of animals. San Diego Zoo offers two virtual programs for kids and adults with prices starting from $150. San Diego Zoo is known to be one of the better zoos for animal care and habilitation, with integrations such as natural vegetation and moats as separators for animal enclosures, as opposed to traditional fencing.
The Louvre – HERE
The Louvre is an Art galary built on the 10th of August 1793 in Paris, France. The Louvre is famous for housing Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting and is the largest art museum in the world, whilst also being the central landmark of the city. It was first built as a fortress way back in 1190 but later in the 16th century was reconstucted to serve as a Royal palace. Their website lets you visit each piece separately along with a video that displays each and every corner of the art piece.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – HERE
Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit aquarium located in Monterey, California. The aquarium focuses on preserving aquatic life around the Monterey Bay area. First launched during October of 1984, it was the very first aquarium to have it’s own display of a kelp forest. The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers live feeds of their centre on their website, acccessible by viewers from all over the world.
Star Chrome Experiment – HERE
The Chrome Experiment is an interactive visulization of 100,000 stars created for the online browser Google Chrome. It shows real names and locations of over 100,000 stars, allowing viewers to zoom in and out to view star names and clusters.
How Stuff Works – HERE
How Stuff Works is a website created by an American professor and author named Marshall Brian. Visitors can find information on everything on this website, true to its name! From health, home and garden and technology, to culture, entertainment and even quizzes for you to interact with, How Stuff Works boasts a wide variety of need-to-knows and good-to-knows, along with HowStuffWorks Reviews, a platform within the website that allows users to review and connect with service providers and reviewers.
Mental Floss – HERE
Mental Floss is an online magazine owned by New York-based, Minute Media. Visitors can find engaging puzzles, read up on fun facts and trivia, or fall head first into their ‘Big Questions’ section, where questions like “Why are there no green stars” and “Coats vs Jackets: What’s the difference?” are accompanied by fitting answers. The site has attracted over 20.5 million users each month and continues to bewilder its audience with fresh content and wholesome entertainment.
River Styx – HERE
River Styx is an interactive online game that takes players through a detailed story following Greek mythology. This point-and-click adventure starts you off on Charon’s boat, on a journey across the souls of the dead. Players encounter challenges along the way and have to overcome them using your wits and smarts. The visuals are stunning, and the storyline is very capable of converting players into Greek mythology addicts!
Simulate The Outside World!
Socialize, build and be out in the (virtual) real world with these websites and games.
Second Life – HERE
Second Life is an online virtual world that allows players to simulate just about anything from the comfort of their homes. Developed by Linden Labs in San Fransisco during June of 2003, Second Life has quickly grown to become a massive community of players that swear by the game even now. From buying/renting land, building a home for yourself, finding a circle of friends to playing out your vampire/werewolf fantasy, Second Life has it all. Avatar customizations are of superior quality and Second Life creators are constantly evolving products to elevate the game’s quality. While Second Life is free to play, in-game currency is available for higher quality items and can be purchased, played-to-win or even earned-on-the-job.
VR Chat – HERE
Created by Graham Gaylor and Jesse Joudrey, VR Chat is a free multiplayer game where you can create and interact with other online players using a wide variety of 3D avatars. Along with meeting other online players and interact with them to complete missions, users can create custom worlds of their own within the game! The game launched on Microsoft windows on the 1st of February 2017 and currently has over 12,000 active players, with new users joining in every day!
Discord – HERE
Founded by Jason Citron, Discord specializes in communications and is well known throughout the gaming community for in-game communication. Discord gives a varity of choices to it’s users when in a server. Depending on the server you get to text, get on a voice channel and even video calls. After their recent update in 2021, server owners now have the option to add games for people to play while in a voice channel.
Map Crunch – HERE
Similar to Google Earth, Map Crunch is a website in which one can virtually place themselves on any street or corner of the world, definitely needed when you’ve been stuck at home forever. Designed by Nick Nicholaou, the website works by randomly generating a country along with coordinates of landmarks in the country which with the help of Google Earth, allows people to virtually visit the area.
Sims 4 – HERE
Sims 4 is a life simulation video game created by Redwood shores Studio and publish by Electronics arts. The game is the fourth major title of the Sims series, and the original was available for purchase on the 6th of May 2013, whereas Sims 4 was released on the 2nd of September 2014 and came with a collection of packs you could purchase which would make the game interesting. (Packs inclucled are The Tiny House collection, The wizards and mermaid pack and many more.)
Flight Simulator – HERE
Also mentioning other real-life simulators, the Flight Simulator which was developed and created by Microsoft and Xbox in 1982 is the most recommended simulation for training pilots with real landmarks and real-time flights. It is the best-known and most comprehensive home simulator program on the market meant for Microsoft Windows and Mac-OS.
Nosedive Into These Unusual & Unique Websites!
Instant cures to extreme, I’ve-done-it-all boredom below. Dive in!
CamelCamelCamel – HERE
This is a website that was created in 2008 by Daniel Green and developed by Cosmic Shovel Inc. The website tracks the prices of various products sold on Amazon and notifies you when it’s either on sale or in a good deal to purchase and in 2015 CamelCamelCamel was voted the most popular price tracking tool among lifehacks’ readers.
A good movie to watch – HERE
A Good Movie To Watch was founded by Bilal Zouheir in 2013 after understanding Netflix’s algorithm which only suggest a fraction of good movies and shows to watch. The website lets one select movies and shows according to their mood along with an option to randomize, the website will only suggest movies rated 7/10 or higher on IMDb and score higher than 70% on online critics such as Rotten Tomatoes.
Little Alchemy 2 – HERE
Created by Jakob Koziol, Little Alchemy 2 consists of seven hundred items to craft and almost feels as if it’s never-ending. The game is a highly addictive game that makes players mix simple elements to create more and more complex items, you start with elements such as water, air, fire, and earth, and combine them to create a whole new item.
Don’t Even Reply – HERE
Created by John Lindsay, Dont Even Reply is a website in which a thread of e-mails between two people leads to a funny argument. The creator of the website himself has posted his conversations with a seller who slowly starts to get frustrated at the buyer due to ridiculous chatter. To entertain yourself during boring times, try one of these conversations with your friends, or simply going through them is entertaining itself.
Justwatch – HERE
Justwatch is an online guide created by David Croyé that helps consumers locate where they could watch a movie, show, or a TV program, providing information about the plot, cast and relevant ratings. Justwatch is also available on the App Store and Play Store and upon account creation, it gives you better recommendations keeping your previously watched movies and shows in-mind.
The Useless Web – HERE
The Useless Web is an online page created by Tim Holman back in 2012. This website is for someone that’s really bored online and needs a laugh. After hitting ‘Please’ on the website it takes you to an entertaining web page that is simply useless but will make you giggle.
Zoomquilt – HERE
This webpage is literal eye candy! Created by a Berlin artist called Nikolaus Baumgarten a small team of illustrators, Zoomquilt was designed back in 2007, with the goal being to have a hypnotic painting that went on forever. It is awestriking and mind-bending, so for art enthusiasts, this one is a must visit!
Find The Invisible Cow – HERE
The Invisible Cow is a website that features a rather simple game – you have to find the invisible cow (only invisible until found). Hover your mouse over the screen and listen for the cow. The closer you get, the louder it moos! Not exactly quality entertainment, but you can kill a solid 20 minutes annoying your friends with your poor detection skills! Find The Invisible cow is also available as an Android game.
Peter Answers – HERE
Peter Answers is a prank you can play on your family and friends. The site makes your target believe that it can predict the future and know specific details about them. What you really do is enter the answer in, unknown to the target, while the website innocently covers up for you. Watch your friend or family member have a complete freak out!
We hope this list does you well! Stay safe!
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