Making the best of it
While many of you are staying closer to home these days, we want you to have an abundance of ways to explore and engage in exciting opportunities near and far. We have gathered a variety of resources to help you keep growing and learning. We hope you enjoy these fun and interesting activities. We will be updating this page as new opportunities arise so visit us often!
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Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9 without repeats.
Training your brain doesn't have to be a chore. Don't put limits on your mind. Challenge your brain and discover how far it can go with our mind games. Take a look at our scientifically validated brain games below and give them a try.
Daily Brain Workout
Exercises designed to help you improve your reasoning, concentration and memory. Tailor your training program and then train your brain the fun way!
Work out with a fresh set of games each day to keep you challenged. Detailed progress tracking helps maintain your brain training habit. Lumosity takes scientifically-validated tasks and turns them into fun games and rich insights into your cognition.
HAPPYneuron, the pioneering brain training concept, is scientifically designed to stimulate your cognitive functions. It's fun, personalized and adapts the training to meet your needs with comprehensive training sessions.
An investment in knowledge pays the best interest -Benjamin Franklin
Take a university course at a prestigious university like Notre Dame, Stanford, Cornell, or Yale. Harvard’s course Justice, What’s the Right Thing to Do? is an interesting first place to start.Academic Earth
Drop in anytime for a virtual session of at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s popular drawing series. Experience The Met collection through creative drawing challenges.The Met
Fourteen free, pre-recorded, self-paced cooking classes from Christopher Kimball’s MilkStreet cooking school.Milk Street
BROADEN YOUR PERSPECTIVE AS YOU LISTEN TO TODAY’S TOP PODCASTS
Art, biography, history and identity collide in the second season of Portraits, from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In this special season, we offer a series of virtual visits to the Gallery for all our listeners forced to hunker down during the coronavirus pandemic. Join director Kim Sajet as she chats with curators, historians, and thought leaders about their favorite portraits, and reveals the real people behind the art.
10 Percent Happier
Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC News anchor who had a panic attack live on “Good Morning America,” which led him to try something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation.” In this podcast, Dan explores happiness (whatever that means) from all angles, But the show also ventures beyond meditation, bringing on leading researchers in areas such as social anxiety, bias, creativity, productivity, and relationships.
This American Life
This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week, This American Life chooses a theme and puts together different kinds of stories on that theme. You can start with their recommended favorites.
Tides of History
Those echoes define the boundaries of states and countries, how we pray and how we fight. They determine what money we spend and and how we earn it at work, what language we speak and how we raise our children. From Wondery, host Patrick Wyman, PhD (“Fall Of Rome”) helps us understand our world and how it got to be the way it is.
Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships.
TED Talks Daily
Every weekday, TED Talks Daily brings you the latest talks in audio. Join host and journalist Elise Hu for thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable -- from Artificial Intelligence to Zoology, and everything in between -- given by the worl’s leading thinkers and creators. With TED Talks Daily, find some space in your day to change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity, and learn something new.
STIMULATE YOUR MIND WITH THESE THOUGHT-PROVOKING VIDEOS
11-Must See TED Talks
ED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. You can start by listening to 11 of their most popular TED Talks of all time.
Discovery Channel on YouTube
Dedicated to bringing their viewers amazing stories and experiences from the world of science, natural history, anthropology, survival, geography, and engineering. Select one of these playlists to watch a series of videos related to one topic, all under four minutes each
World-renowned works of art... enjoyed from the comfort of your own home
Art Institute of Chicago
Wherever you are, whatever the time, online resources from the Art Institute of Chicago are always here to connect you to our collection of art from around the world—whether you’re seeking inspiration, community, or a little adventure.Visit Now
Visit the museum rooms and galleries, admire the palace architecture and enjoy the views from The Louvre’s virtual tour. Also enjoy a collection of videos and experiences: YouTubers at the Louvre, the Mona Lisa VR experience, and A Closer Look at Louvre Artworks.Visit Now
The collection of the State Hermitage includes over 3 million works of art and world culture artefacts. It contains paintings, graphic works, sculptures, works of applied art, archaeological artefacts and numismatic objects.Visit Now
The National Gallery
Three virtual tours allow you to step inside the Gallery and explore one of the greatest collections of paintings, from the comfort of your home. Experience the Gallery in virtual reality through your desktop, phone or VR headsetVisit Now
Degas at the Opéra
This show is dedicated to Edgar Degas’s fascination with the Opéra—its spaces, the music, and the people involved with the thriving theatrical life of 19th-century Paris. This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie, Paris.Visit Now
Yoga & Workouts
I have always believed exercise is a key not only to physical health but to peace of mind -Nelson Mandela
Yoga with Adriene
Welcoming all levels, body, genders, and souls. Browse Adriene’s library of free yoga videos to find a practice that suits your mood or start a journey toward healing.Register here
Low impact workouts. Over 500 free workouts organized by length, difficulty, training type, muscles used, calorie burn, and more.
Explore meditation as a means to achieve mental, emotional, and physical wellness
These guided meditations by Tara Branch blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, will bring mindful attention to your inner life, and inspire full, compassionate engagement with our world.
Sharon Salzberg’s Metta Hour Podcast features Buddhist wisdom for everyday life. Sharon’s wisdom and humor translate these ancient teachings, making them instantly accessible.
Birds inspire us to take flight and soar in our own way.