What to do when you are confined to your home for a long period of time after museums, cinemas, restaurants and bars, theatres, gyms have closed?

Here is a selection of ideas to help you diversify your occupations.


It is maybe the unique opportunity to attack the 1000-page novel that you never dared to open!

Audible offers free books to listen to as long as the schools are closed.

For the youngest, France Culture offers childhood readings, to listen or listen again..

Drawing and Painting

Adults or children take out their coloring or painting boxes.

Do you know the Zentangle®? 

It is an art form that combines creativity, relaxation and concentration. Created by two Americans Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, this teaching allows you to create beautiful images by drawing different structured and intertwined patterns in a frame.

Movies and series

Of course, you can enjoy your Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Disney + and other subscriptions.

But are you familiar with openculture? Discover or rediscover the great classic films thanks to this database of more than 1000 films that allows you to watch them for free. Among others, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, you will surely find your happiness!

We would also like to remind you that the Telescope Film database informs you about viewing platforms and film distribution media. Each film description sheet provides access to this information. The international referencing of films and the digital availability of this database is something unique in the USA. Updates are made daily.

Visit a Virtual Museum

Visit a virtual museum for the little ones, the Musée d’Orsay offers imaginary walks, “les promenades imaginaires“, stories around the works of the museum’s famous impressionist painters.

About ten years ago, Google launched its platform, Google Art Project, which allows you to visit more than 500 museums in 50 different countries, in a virtual way. Visit virtually the famous museums of France:

Palace of Versailles

Louvre Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Altes Museum of Berlin

The National Gallery London

Reina Sofia Museum of Madrid

New YorkMetropolitan Museum

Dalí Museum in Florida

Smithsonian Museum in Washington

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul

And also:

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
Uffizi Gallery in Florence 
British Museum in London
J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
and many others…

The Virtual Tour of Museums in Canada.

Listen to Music

According to your mood, follow you favorite artists’ live concerts on social networks or watch an opera online.

The Opera of Seattle offers you the “opera at home”. The Metropolitan Opera of New York broadcasts a different work every night. The Opera of Paris also offers you the opportunity to view operas free of charge.

Feast at home

You’ve been back at the stove since the lockdown but tonight you just want to watch your movie in front of sushis, dimsums or your favorite meal. Check with your favorite restaurant if they are still running for pick-up or delivery. Otherwise, some delivery sites have a great offer:

–        Uber Eats

–        Try Caviar

–        Door Dash

Taste great products from Pike Place market with “Savor Seattle Food Tours” : Savor the best of Pike Place Market – delivered!

You have trouble finding your favorite flour or pasta in your supermarket. This is an opportunity to shop for French products via one of these online sites.

If you want to avoid supermarkets, get fresh produce delivered via Smith Brothers Farms, Full Circle or Imperfect Foods. It’s a good way to get the local economy going.

For Easter, you can order some Wild Peaks Chocolates from Anne-Laure : For kids and grown up!

And of course, you can order wine from Cépaé, that offers a great variety of curated wines from France and elsewhere.

And don’t forget to work out! 

You’ll find plenty of free apps for gym, yoga, meditation…

For yoga, for example,  Down Dog has a free offer until this summer. Il existe également les version gym, fitness, aérobic et barre de cette appli.

If you’re in need of quietness, serenity and a better sleep, a great app: Calm.

And some other apps ideas:

Nike Training club for Apple / Nike Training Club for Android

FitOn: Fitness Workout Plans for Apple / FitOn: Fitness Workout Plans for Android

Freeletics – Training Coach for Apple / Freeletics – Training Coach for Android

8fit Workouts & Meal Planner for Apple / 8fit Workouts & Meal Planner for Android

Yoga for Beginners | Mind+Body for Apple / Yoga for Beginners | Mind+Body for Android

Also, you will great work-outs on social networks.

For the youngest, you can buy on Kindle (Amazon) Simplissime – Le livre de petite gym le plus facile du monde (French Edition) from Corinne Garibaldi Salamon and Alice Gravier.

Stay safe!

Translated by Laura