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Keeping Occupied (And Sane) During Your Quarantine

By Lisa Valentine

As we enter week two of the official COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown, chances are the novelty of unlimited time to binge-watch Netflix or finish reading that novel you started in January are already starting to lose their appeal.

If you’ve already cleaned out your closet, organized the pantry and performed a couple of amateur episodes of “Chopped” in the kitchen, check out these ideas to keep yourself entertained while you self-isolate for the betterment of humanity:

Catch a Broadway play or musical

The Big Apple currently isn’t welcoming visitors, but that’s no reason why you can’t check out a Broadway show from the comfort of your couch.

You can find a variety of live musicals filmed for PBS or streaming services such as Neflix, Amazon Prime Video, Broadway HD, Google Play, YouTube and more. Titles available include Rent, Cats, Company and Into the Woods.

Drop in on a mini-concert from your favorite performer

Who needs Madison Square Garden when you have Instagram and Facebook? Performers from John Legend to Keith Urban and P!nk have taken to social media platforms this past week to perform free “mini-concerts” to keep quarantined fans entertained.

On March 23, Garth Brooks — scheduled to christen the stage at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Aug. 22  — plans to perform a 30-minute set of fan favorites and covers as part of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G, joined by his wife, Trisha Yearwood.  Send  them your song requests and tune in here.

Get all cultured with it by taking a virtual tour

Did you now there are more than 500 museums that you can visit online?

From more obscure locations such The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, now is the perfect time to explore all that the Google Arts & Culture page has to offer.

Urban art more your scene? Take a virtual walking tour of graffiti street art from around the world here.

You can even take a virtual trip to France and tour the Palace of Versailles or check out a nightly performance from The Metropolitan Opera in NYC.

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