Homebound Fun Archive2020-04-06T16:04:02-04:00

Homebound Fun & Cabin Fever Survival Archive

Welcome to 1Berkshire’s archive of fun and entertaining ways to survive social distancing and homebound jitters. Look for 1B Staff Picks throughout. Have an idea? Send it to us!

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Daybreak – If Not Another Teen Movie and Shawn of the Dead had a child, this would be it.

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson – This series of shorts packs a lot of laughs into a little package.

I Am Not Okay With This – Funny, imaginative, dark, and full of teen rage.

The Repair Shop Ben’s Staff Pick: “I love how this show is basically a globbing together of The Great British Bake Off and Antiques Roadshow. If you are at all like me, this is an easy way to lose 10 hours of your week in short order.”

Ozark – A financial advisor laundering money for a drug cartel uproots his family to set up shop in Missouri. This masterpiece Netflix Original just launched its third season. Definitely not for kids.


That Berkshire podcast – an insider’s view into living, working and playing #intheBerkshires

Coronavirus Quarantine Playlist

50 Bird Species and the Sounds They Make

The Science of Happiness podcast – research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life

1Berkshire Member BSO at Home

Pop hits covered in the bossa nova style – think a mix of soft jazz and samba. Soothing, relaxing, familiar. Enjoy.

Whiskey Treaty Roadshow Lindsey’s Staff Pick: “I’ve seen them in concert many times and they always bring a smile to my face and get me moving. It’s great to be able to welcome them into my home!”

Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu & Meredith Carey focus on the realities of traveling as a female today in this podcast

Play & Learn

A simple/fun web-based drawing app

Love pets? Follow Berkshire Humane Society for furry how-tos and adorable adoptables.

Check out the skull of the SMALLEST dinosaur!

A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids

Color these free pages of famous Van Goh pieces

Laurie Berkner Band Jeremy’s Staff Pick: Laurie Berkner is a children’s music icon. Lately, she’s been doing daily Facebook Live concerts from the comfort of her home. It’s music keeping both our little daughter and us parents happy as bumblebees – buzz, buzz, buzz…”

Check out the New England Aquarium’s Virtual Visit page for fun and informational videos and great activities and crafts!

Love pets? Follow 1Berkshire Member Berkshire Humane Society for furry how-tos and adorable adoptables.

Mandala coloring book from 1Berkshire Member Kripalu


Death, Sex & Money’s Pandemic Tool Kit

Feeling Stressed? ‘Safety Signals’ Might Help Your Brain Better Cope in the Moment

A Woman to Know – Increase your lady knowledge with this newsletter

Shrill: Notes from A Loud Woman by Lindy West Elizabeth’s Staff Pick: “Funny, witty, and thought-provoking. I loved reading this book because it made me see the world – and my own experience as a woman, a writer, and professional – in new ways. Lindy is smart and sassy. I read Shrill in less than a week after binging the series it inspired.”

Check out this CNET article for 13 Zoom video chat tips, tricks, and hidden features.

Learn how many, many things work.

This New York Times article suggests you Stop Trying to Be Productive.

Satisfy your wanderlust with one of these travel-themed subscription boxes.


Roll through this Twitter feed of very round animals

Pasta Social Club – Make ravioli. Make friends.

Enjoy Patrick Stewart reading Shakespearean sonnets

Soak up a #BerkshireMomentofZen

Gorgeous food photography from our friends at Braise Worthy

Tree Magic is just what you imagine it might be…

The earth is what we all have in common.

Gorgeous food photography from 1Berkshire Member Braise Worthy


Virtual Berkshires – A list of Berkshire gems to digitally explore

Check out this virtual 360-degree tour of the Guggenheim Museum’s spiraling rotunda

Take a Home Safari at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden each day at 3pm EDT.

Interactive virtual tour of the National Aquarium in Baltimore

Disney Parks have launched their first-ever 360-degree panoramas on Google Street View

Take a video tour of the Winchester Mystery House

A closer look at the many faces of Frida Kahlo through her life, art and legacy

Virtually tour the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Met360° Project.

Taste & Imbibe

Eat Local! Berkshire Takeout, Delivery & Curbside

Ice Glen Vodka by Berkshire Mountain Distillers – drink with a grapefruit Spindrift for a quick killer cocktail

Pizza Beans

Host a virtual happy hour. These tips will get you started.

roasted red pepper alla vodka pasta with cheesy oregano breadcrumbs

Vegan crunchwrap supreme

Basically Spaghetti Pomodoro Abby’s Staff Pick: “This is one of my fave, go-to recipes when I’m running low on fresh ingredients and want a quick dinner.”

Ice Glen Vodka by 1Berkshire Member Berkshire Mountain Distillers – drink with a grapefruit Spindrift for a quick killer cocktail

Homemade Samoas! They take forever but it’s worth the time (especially when it’s not GSC season!)

Use this time to get a kick start on reducing your processed food intake


We Interrupt This Brain Surgery to Bring You a Violin Solo…

This live penguin cam from the San Diego Zoo is sure to delight. You can also watch pandas, koalas, elephants, tigers, and more.

Get inspired in your kitchen with Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel

Elton John’s Living Room Concert for America Katie’s Staff Pick: “I’m planning to watch Elton John this Sunday, March 29th. Can’t wait!” (link goes to youtube recording)

Pluto has some advice for us all…also, don’t let your cats hear…

Looking for a way to destress? Try these “slow tv” channels…you can take a 7 hour train ride from Oslo to Bergen, watch 2 hours of dogs playing on the beach, or go sailing to Tobago in just under 3 hours