The Commercial Review has now run both a story and a column featuring ideas for education and entertainment while we’re stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

This is our database of ideas that we will keep updated.

If you’d like to suggest something to add, email us at

At home

•Build a pillow and blanket fort. Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean it has to be “home.” Move the chairs, couches and tables around and create your own world.

•Create homemade cards or write letters and send them to nursing homes or other facilities where visitors are limited. (This idea is admittedly stolen from Facebook, but it’s a good one.)

•Make up a game. Who among us hasn’t played a game of living room volleyball using a balloon? (If you haven’t, you’re missing out.) Or what about “football” that involves catching balled up socks while diving onto the couch? (Sorry, moms.)

•Play outside. Just because we’re supposed to stay at home doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. Go outside. Play a game of tag. Toss a frisbee. Run. (Hopefully, the rain will go away quickly enough to allow this to be an option. Or, just dance in the rain!)

•Read together as a family.


Berlin Philharmonic — The orchestra is offering 30 days of free access for those who redeem a voucher by March 31. It offers free access to a vast array of classical music concerts.

The Louvre — Art lovers. Check out one of the world’s most famous museums without leaving your couch.

Met Opera — As long as the Met is closed, encore presentations of its “Live in HD” series will be made available at 7:30 p.m. each night.


Khan Academy — One of the trailblazers in online learning, Khan Academy offers lessons in math, science, art, history and a variety of other subjects.

Make Me Genius — Educational videos on a variety of topics, broken down by grade level.


Jay County Public Library — Curbside pick-up available by calling (260) 726-7890 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Digital materials via the library’s website —— and the Overdrive and Hoopla services.

Fort Recovery Public Library — Digital materials available via Overdrive (and the Libby app). A library card also offers access to the Ohio digital library, which includes videos of children’s books being read. The staff has also included a list of databases on the library website at


Charley’s Aunt — Portland-based Harmony Players will live stream its performance of the comedy play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Just “like” their page on Facebook ( to be notified when the live stream begins.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis — Hosting “Museum and Home” videos on its social media pages.

Eskenazi Museum of Art — Check out the museum’s displays, including Ansel Adams photographs and expressionist sculptures.


The Moxie Strings — Michigan’s Chelsea House Orchestra, which has played in Jay County and Fort Recovery several times, shared this option on Facebook. The duo that plays Celtic and New Age music streamed an at-home concert on its Facebook page.


Cincinnati Zoo — Is hosting “Home Safari” sessions at 3 p.m. daily on its Facebook page. Videos will also be posted to the zoo’s YouTube channel.

National Geographic Kids — National Geographic, customized for children. It includes humorous and educational videos, games and information about animals from all over the planet.

National Park Service — Tons of videos and photos from our national parks. Scroll to the bottom of the main page and click “photos, videos, webcams and more” to open the gateway the most picturesque places the United States has to offer.

Podcasts (children and teens)

The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian — A serialized science fiction story for kids told in 15- to 20-minute episodes. Eight-year-old Finn Caspian explores space, meets the occasional alien and solves mysteries.

Brains On — Host Molly Bloom is joined by a different child co-host each week to answer questions about the world.

But Why — Kids ask questions and But Why provides the answers on topics from nature to words to the end of the world.

The Past and the Curious — A history podcast tailored for children. The most recent episode, which combines the topics of the invention of underwear and the women's suffrage movement, is titled "OK, Bloomer!"

Stories Podcast — The title gives it away. This is a podcast featuring bedtime stories for children of all ages.

Podcasts (teens and adults)

99 Percent Invisible — Hosted by Roman Mars, the show looks at “the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world."

Good Job Brain — There haven’t been new episodes in several years, but there is a catalog of more than 200 of this silly trivia offering.

How Stuff Works — The organization offers a variety of different podcasts, from “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” to “Stuff You Should Know” to “Stuff to Blow Your Mind.” (Search for “stuff.”)

TED Talks — The TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. Podcasts include the TED Radio Hour, which is aired on NPR, and TED Talks Daily, some of which clock in at less than 10 minutes.


Authors read — Many authors are reading their books live online. Find a list here: We are teachers

Josh Gad — The actor who voiced Olaf in "Frozen" is reading a story every night on his Twitter feed.

Storyline Online — Videos of stories being read by celebrities. For example, “Catching the Moon” features Kevin Costner.


Access Mars — Want to get out of this world? NASA, Google and WebVR team up to provide a look at the surface of Mars as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity rover.

Great Wall of China — It’s said that the Great Wall can be seen from space. You can take a tour from your living room.

The Vatican — Travel to Italy is restricted, but not from your computer screen. Check out the Sistine Chapel and other Vatican sites.

YouTube channels

Brave Wilderness — Nathaniel "Coyote" Peterson hosts videos from “Blue Wilderness,” a series featuring ocean life, to those in which he allows himself to be stung by various creatures.

SciShow — Answers to various scientific questions. Some of the recent videos approach coronavirus-related topics, but there are plenty of others as well.

The Smithsonian — Art and design. Science and technology. History and culture. The Smithsonian offers a little bit of everything.