Freebies If You’re Stuck at Home During Coronavirus

Al To
6 min readMar 19, 2020


Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Updated: 6/7/2020

I can’t help but be amazed by all of the people and organizations stepping up to serve the community during these unprecedented times.

Here’s a list of free or donation-based online resources I’ve run across that hopefully can make our days a little easier and brighter. Take good care of yourself, and then pass kindness and generosity forward to others in your community if you’re able.

Physical Activity


  • AARMY live bootcamp workouts. Daily at posted times (free)
  • AJ Kirsch 60-minute live bodyweight workouts. Mon-Fri at 5:30pm PST (please pay what you can)
  • Barry’s Bootcamp band workouts and 20-minute bodyweight workouts. Posted daily (free)
  • Blink Fitness live cardio workouts. Mon-Fri at 5am PST (free)
  • Heat Bootcamp live 45- minute conditioning classes. Mon-Sat at posted times (free)
  • Les Mills variety of workout classes (free)
  • Lululemon yoga, core, stretch, strength classes (free)
  • Mile High Run Club live strength, recovery, yoga classes and daily workouts. Daily at posted times (free)
  • Mobius Fit 45-minute live total body workouts. Daily at posted times (free)
  • Nike Training Club app access to premium subscription (free)
  • Orange Theory 30-minute workouts no equipment needed. Posted daily (free)
  • Physique57 live barre workouts. Mon-Sat at posted times (free)
  • Planet Fitness 20-minute live workouts. Daily at 4pm PST (free)
  • Rumble live boxing-inspired cardio workouts. Daily at posted times (free)
  • STRONG by Zumba total body workout classes (free)
  • TheWorkout.Today 30-minute workouts emailed Mon, Wed, Fri (free)
  • YMCA variety of workout classes (free)

Yoga and Stretch





  • Busuu live language lessons in English, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and French for children 5–7 years old (free)
  • Other Goose homeschooling curriculum for children 2–7 years old. 3-week trial subscription (free)
  • Scholastic Learn at Home daily curriculum for children PreK — 6th grade (free)



  • Caribu app provides a virtual playdate for kids to read a book or play games together (free)
  • Classroom Champions live lessons with athlete mentors. Daily at 9am PST (free)
  • Nomster Chef illustrated recipes and cooking classes with kids (free)


Mental Health





TV and Film

  • Sling TV includes ABC News Live, 24/7 streaming video news channel, movies and shows for kids and families (free)

Virtual Field Trips and Travel

  • Canadian Farm 360° tours of sheep farms, egg processing facilities, feed mill, pig farm, and more, compatible with VR (free)
  • Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari live stream with animals and activities. Daily at 12pm PST (free)
  • Denver Zoo live stream with zookeepers and animals. Daily at 12pm PST (free)
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams of jellyfish, sea otters, penguins, and more (free)
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover surface recordings of Mars (free)
  • National Parks virtual tours of Acadia, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, Denali, and more on Google Earth (free)
  • San Diego Zoo live cams of polar bears, giraffes, koalas, and more (free)


  • Goodcover California renters insurance (1-month free for everyone, free until end of 2020 for medical responders)
  • Spectrum internet. 2-month service (free for households with Pre-K — 12 or college students)
  • U-Haul 30-days self-storage (free for college students)

Some of these are time-sensitive so may be irrelevant by the time you read this, but I’ll try to keep it up-to-date. Please let me know if have something to add to the list.

Tech Support

For people like me who haven’t exactly stayed current with social media trends, here’s some tips on how to navigate live streaming on these platforms.

  • Instagram: once you’re on a creator’s Instagram page, tap the pink circle to watch the live video. Live videos last for 24 hours, so you don’t have to be right on time to participate!
The pink circle indicates this page has a video. Tap it to watch.

Live videos can only be watched on mobile, so you’ll have to download the Instagram app on your phone.

Advanced: if you want to watch on desktop and you use the Chrome browser, check out the IG Stories for Instagram extension.

Once the extension is added, you’ll see the big pink play button when you go to a page on desktop.
  • Facebook: once you’re on a creator’s Facebook page, you can find the live videos by scrolling through the feed or going to the Videos section on the left side. A live video will stay up until the creator chooses to remove it.
Click the “Videos” link on the left side to see all of the published videos.
  • Youtube: once you’re on a creator’s Youtube page, you can find the live videos by scrolling through the page (most creators will list their live videos near the top) or going to the Videos section on the top. A live video will stay up until the creator chooses to remove it.
This creator has added all of their live streams in a featured playlist on their page.

Happy streaming!