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A virtual space with resources to help you and your family keep your spirits up while staying home!  

While nearly every public event has been cancelled, many companies and organizations are making available great resources for free or for very low cost for a limited time during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to share with you some of these amazing resources to fill your indoors with awesomeness!

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    Virtual Thrills: There are a plethora of videos of roller coaster rides on YouTube, with clips of everything from Space Mountain at Disney World to Six Flags’ Kingda Ka. Search your favorite coasters on YouTube and you will likely find video footage of the ride.

    Family Sing-along: Get your family together and create a song and an accompanying music video then send it in to LifeInTheTimes to get it published online. Or, visit the site and watch videos of other families that have had fun doing just that such as a parody called “I Can’t Get No (Sanitiser)” or the folksy original “Germageddon”.

    Dance Classes: Discover Puerto Rico has made a variety of culturally enriching opportunities available from anywhere in the world, including salary and bomba classes.

    The Louvre – Virtual Tour: Enjoy a realistic, 360-degree tour of several parts of this famous Paris museum.

    Living Room Concerts: partnered with Broadway performers to create a series of short concerts recorded live in their living rooms and shared online with you.

    Blarney Castle Virtual Tour:  If you’re feeling stir-crazy, why not try a virtual tour of this beautiful and historic treasure. Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland, was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s top attractions.

    Art Lectures, Movies and Workshops: The Academy of Art University is hosting a free series of online events, including guest experts in art and design speaking through Zoom, movie afternoons and nights, and virtual workshops on sketching and the use of various software programs.

    Lunch Doodles with an Artist:  The Kennedy Center artist-in-residence Mo Willems hosted daily drawing projects from his studio. All 15 episodes with downloadable activities are available.

    Documentaries: Netflix released 10 of its documentaries for free, including films, series and shorts. These include 13th regarding mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry, Chasing Coral a film with breathtaking photography and suspense about the transformation of underwater ecosystems, and Explained, a series covering current events, politics, science and pop culture.

    Television Channels for Free: NPR has compiled a list of several of the television channels offering free access during the pandemic.

    New York City Ballet’s Digital Season: Running through May 29, 2020, NYC Ballet is presenting digital streams of two ballets per week, along with a full slate of other online programming, including new podcast episodes and live streams of movement classes for all ages!

    Hobby and Craft Classes: is offering free unlimited access to their library of 1,300 online classes for up to 14 days. You can take classes on sewing, gardening, drawing, knitting, baking, fitness and more.   

    L.A. County Libraries: Get access to e-books, online movies and activities for children and adults even during closures. No membership? No problem! They are offering a digital library card for request online valid for up to 90 days. Want more? They are also streaming a virtual Storytime live on Facebook and Instagram Monday –Thursday at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. Follow them at @LACountyLibrary 

    • Gale Courses: Offers a wide range of highly interactive online courses. All of the courses are free and led by expert instructors. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Subjects offered are Career and Professional, Computers and Technology, Personal Development and Writing and Publishing.*These courses have been designed for learners over 13 years of age.

    Remotely Watch Movies with Friends and Family:  Movie night doesn’t have to be in person anymore. Netflix Party is a Chrome extension for your Netflix membership that allows you to watch movies with friends and family from afar. 

    Relax, Meditate and Fall Asleep Better: The popular mediation app Calm is offering guided meditations, calming music, mindfulness classes, sleep stories and other resources  online. 

    Watch HBO for Free:  HBO is making 500 hours of programming available to those without subscriptions starting on Friday, April 3. Some of the shows include “Succession,” “The Wire” and “Six Feet Under,” while movies include “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and  “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” 

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    August is National Wellness Month to focus on self-care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Create wholesome habits in your lifestyle all month long and see how much better you feel! Research has shown self-care helps manage stress and promotes happiness. Need ideas?

    • Drink more water and eat more fruits and veggies
    • Monitor your sleep and make adjustments for better sleep habits
    • Join a yoga, walking, or aerobics class.
    • Learn to meditate.
    Visit for more ideas including a 31-day wellness challenge calendar and ways to connect with others looking to enhance their wellness. 

    Meditation App: Many studies have found that meditation is a great stress reliever for those who practice regularly. If you never have, try building a new practice with Simple Habit. They are currently offering a free premium membership for those who email to request it at [email protected]. They offer guided meditations for adults and children.

    Travel to Amazing Places on Earth: Google Street View makes you feel like you’re walking down the road to wherever you want. Just enter your ideal location, and you’ll be transported. Need suggestions, Google provides recommendations such as Gallipoli Turkey; the Grand Canyon, and the iconic Gare de Lyon in Paris.

    Pixlr Photo Editor: Have some digital photos you’d like to retouch? Pixlr’s photo editor is similar in a lot of ways to Adobe PhotoShop, but it’s 100% free to use and functional on both desktop and mobile platforms.

    Virtual Volunteer Opportunities: VolunteerMatch, a well-known site for finding volunteer opportunities in your community has now developed a hub to share new virtual volunteer opportunities arising during this COVID-19 situation. Currently, there are nearly 700,000 volunteer opportunities posted in their nationwide bank.

    Help Restore Pollinator Populations: The Alt National Park Service is offering free seed packets to support bees, butterflies and other pollinators. You can request your free packet of flower seeds online.

    Engage in Thought Discourse: Kialo is an easy to use, yet powerful online platform to engage in thoughtful discussion, understand different points of view, and help with collaborative decision-making. With Kialo, you can take on issues big or small, build consensus on a topic, and explore every aspect of a discussion. Kialo allows you to be more thorough and thoughtful about the issues that matter most to you, and the world around you. Join the dialogue at

    Gardening Skills: Are you one of the many who has taken up gardening during the stay at home order? Better Homes & Gardens has provided a page filled with links to gardening courses to help you develop your green thumb.

    Free Access to National Parks: Fees have been temporarily suspended for most national parks. Visit the website of your favorite or local national park for information on reopening dates and guidelines and requirements for physical distancing and safe access.

    Wi-Fi Locator for L.A. County: Any member of the public can dial 2-1-1 or can visit the site directly for information on various Internet related services, such as Internet access services for students, the location of free WiFi spots throughout the County (including free hotspots located in or nearby County libraries and County parks) and contact information for both residential and commercial broadband Internet providers and mobile (cellular) Internet providers serving the address.

    Uber Eats is waiving delivery fees for all orders from independently owned restaurants through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Free Food Delivery: Many restaurants offering free delivery, usually with only minimum purchase requirement. See a long listing of restaurants offering free delivery at The Krazy Coupon Lady website.

    Professional Development

    LinkedIn is offering free business development courses through LinkedIn Learning that are centered on remote working, including Tips for Working Remotely, Building Resilience, Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls and Managing Virtual Teams.

    Coursera: Offers courses taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums. Paid courses provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.

    edX: Find hundreds of courses available online from top colleges, universities and large employers. Courses are free and you have the option to pay if you want to receive a certificate, credit or complete a degree program.

    Future Learn: Partnered with Australia’s leading universities and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, they offer free online courses designed to expand your skill set and further your career. Subjects cover a broad range including literature, history, business and management, health and medicine, politics and society, language, psychology and mental health, and law.

    Harvard University: Harvard makes available several courses for free through their online learning platform. Courses are offered in computer science, finance, accounting, religious studies, social sciences, health and medicine, art and design, mathematics, and humanities.

    Open Culture: Take online courses from the world’s top universities for free. You will find 1,500 online courses from universities like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Oxford and more.  You can learn everything you want–from historyphilosophy and literature, to physicsbiologypsychology, and computer science.

    Technology Resources:

    Google is allowing G Suite for Education customers to use the Hangouts Meet premium functionality for free through July 1, 2020. You can host virtual meetings with up to 250 people and live streams with up to 100,000 viewers. Additionally, you can save recordings of your meetings to Google Drive.

    Teaching Resources:

    LabsLand is providing online access to actual laboratories (not simulations) through school closures. The program is typically used to teach engineering, electronics, physics and other lab courses. The labs are located in 24 universities around the world, and students access them through a browser, to experiment and manipulate the labs remotely. Contact the company at mailto:[email protected] with “COVID-19” in the subject line or visit their COVID-19 web page.

    Harvard University provides LabXchange as an always- free resource that provides digital content compiled from multiple sources in the sciences, including lab simulations, which educators can mix into their own learning narratives and share with students. Among the functionality provided are social networking, class groupings, discussion forums and “mentorship” (to bring learners together with educators and researchers around the world).

    Workouts Streamed Online:

    Blink Fitness has made several workout videos available for free on their Facebook page and the workouts remain on their page to access later on. Workouts include a stretch routing, arms & abs, upper body & core, and long, lean, & sculpted leags.

    Orangetheory Fitness is offering free “Orangetheory at Home” workout videos on their YouTube channel. compiled a long list of different studios and gyms that are offering free fitness classes streamed online for a limited time. Offerings include high-intensity exercise, yoga, celebrity trainers and dance! has also compiled a long list of sites who are offering free online streamed workouts during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

    Planet Fitness is offering a daily exercise class at 7:00 pm EST streamed live on their Facebook page.  

    Pay it Forward

    Donate to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: The Gates Foundation has committed $100 million for work on COVID-19 globally, with another $5 million to support efforts in the greater Seattle area. You can join us to advance this work by giving to our Combating COVID-19 Fund.

    Donate to the United Nations COVID-19 Response Fund: You can take action to help the World Health Organization detect, prevent and respond to the coronavirus by giving to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

    Donate Blood:  The American Red Cross is still accepting donations from eligible and healthy individuals to support the efforts to fight the effects of the pandemic. For a limited time, those donating blood, platelets, or AB plasma receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

    Donate Supplies to Local Hospitals and Medical Facilities: Check with your nearest hospital or medical facility to see which supplies they need. Many have created dedicated web pages with information. For example, Pomona Valley Medical Center is requesting donations for masks, cleaning supplies and other materials. 

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    Back-to-School 2020 Resource Guide for Parents:  While we can’t predict exactly what the upcoming school year will look like, has created a comprehensive guide so you can stay up-to-date with the latest information. Get advice on finding child care and tutors for the school year, school safety tips for both kids and caregivers, learn about pod teaching, nanny shares, and more. Visit the Resource Guide here.

    Story Time in Space:  Imagine astronauts floating in the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth watching from below; that is Story Time from Space! Have your kids watch these amazing videos; you can even purchase the books from this non-profit to support the Global Space Education Foundation and have your kids read along with the astronauts.

    DIY Ball Ramp: has provided a fun game for younger children you can create with simple items you likely already have at home. Find the instructions here.

    Fun Craft Projects: Michaels has made available a list of 100 fun craft projects kids of all ages can make with just 10 products.

    Homeschooling Curriculum: Calvert Homeschool is providing three months of homeschool curriculum free of charge to families for grades 3-12. In addition to videos and interactive activities, the company is also offering placement tests free of charge, to help parents and students benchmark growth. To sign up, use “calvert90” in the “promo code”.

    Indoor Scavenger Hunts:  Get ideas for indoor scavenger hunts you can use to keep your kids entertained for hours. See the list at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

    PBS Kids is sending out a daily newsletter to subscribers that’s filled with activities and educational games for kids ages 2 through 8.

    Scholastic is offering free, daily online courses on its recently launched “Learn at Home” website for students from pre-K to grades 6 and higher.

    Bedtime Phone Calls from Mickey and Friends: Disney is sharing their beloved characters during the pandemic with children. By calling 1-877-7-MICKEY (1-877-764-2539), kids can hear a special bedtime message from Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, or Goofy.

    Free K-12 Courses: Heron Books has made 12 of its best-selling courses available free. The courses are designed for independent study and allow students to progress at their own pace. Subjects include English, math, science and more; offerings vary by age.

    Children’s Audio Books : For as long as schools are closed, is providing free audio books for children of all ages. Titles include classics like Moby Dick and best-sellers like Harry Potter.   

    Free Internet for Students 

    • Spectrum is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees are also waived. This is only for homes that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.  
    • Mediacom  is upgrading its low-cost Connect2Compete internet program and offering 60 days of free service for qualifying families who subscribe before May 15.  
    • Suddenlink is offering new households with K-12 or college students who do not currently have home internet access can get free internet for 60 days.  

    Learn a Foreign Language :  Carnegie Learning iCulture, a cultural immersion resource for Spanish, French and German language learners, is available free through the end of the school year. The program includes travel videos, day-in-the-life videos, current news articles and songs that are age and school appropriate for students in grades 6-12.

    Learning for Children Ages 2-13: is offering families at affected schools free at-home access to ABC Mouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, is open for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under. 

    For Students in K-12

    • Khan Academy, a free online learning platform, has released daily schedules for students in pre-K through grade 12.
    • Printable Worksheets: Find one millions printable worksheets and educational activities arranged by grade or subject at 123Homeschool4me or visit Jumpstart for worksheets for grades pre-K through 5.

    Museum Collections and Virtual Tours: The American Museum of Natural History is sharing a bunch of online content for teachers and families to use during virus days. That includes the “OLogy” science website with lessons on subjects from anthropology to zoology; online science curriculum collections; virtual visits to the museum through its YouTube channel; and massive open, online museum courses delivered through Coursera.  

    Printable Coloring Pages: Crayola released lots of printable coloring pages to keep children of all ages entertained. They’re also offering free lesson plans, so you can turn coloring into an extra fun educational resource. Topics include language arts, math, STEM, social studies, and art.

Support Resources and Articles

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Pitzer makes available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, their dependents and all the members of their immediate household, a variety of counseling services, including in-person, telephone and web-based counseling and referral services – at no cost to the employee. The services are provided by our Employee Assistance Program through OptumHealth and are completely confidential. Employees, the members of their immediate household and their dependents have five free counseling sessions per calendar year.  The Pitzer employee receives an additional benefit of five free sessions per issue per calendar year. Click below to see details regarding the available services:

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills: Inspired by the great response to professor Marcus Rodriguez’s presentations on DBT skills, here are some helpful worksheets and information:

    • Emotion Regulation Worksheet: To help you identify the function of an emotional reaction you have had over the last week. Source:
    • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills: It can be difficult to balance your own
      needs and the needs of others. How can you get what you need without
      being aggressive or neglecting of the needs of others? There are three
      sets of skills you will learn to help achieve this goal: objective effectiveness,
      relationship effectiveness, and self-respect effectiveness.Source:
    • Diary Card: Use the card to track your urges, moods, how you did or did not use DBT Skills, your feelings, and whatever else is helpful to you. At the end of each week look for behavior patterns and triggers that occur in your life. Source:
    • DBT Skills for Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus” from Hartstein Psychological.


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