10 Fun Things To Do Week of March 22nd: Free Stuff, Movie Releases, Bedtime Stories and More!
QuadCities.com proudly presents the fourth installment of our new feature, Fun10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new Fun10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out Fun10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week.
Due to the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities – with more coming in every hour – we’re focusing this week’s edition of Fun10QC on fun entertainment you can enjoy in the safety of your own home or while practicing safe ‘social distancing’.
So what’s on the FUN10 for this week? Read on …
Sling TV launched “Stay in & SLING!” this past Wednesday Mar 18, which is an initiative to provide Americans with cost-free access to news and entertainment, as the nation confronts the COVID-19 crisis. SLING TV is providing news, plus thousands of shows and movies for the whole family, with no paid SLING TV account required.
“To stay informed in these uncertain times, Americans need access to news from reputable sources,” said Warren Schlichting, group president, SLING TV. “With many Americans finding themselves staying at home, we have an opportunity to use our platform to help them deal with this rapidly evolving situation.”
The SLING TV free experience currently includes news from ABC News Live, a 24/7 streaming video news channel for breaking news and live events. In addition, SLING TV offers thousands of movies and shows suitable for kids and families.
How to Access the SLING TV Free Experience
The SLING TV free experience is available through a simple app download on a Roku, Amazon or Android device, or by visiting sling.com on a Chrome, Safari or Edge browser and following the instructions on the welcome screen.
Current SLING TV subscribers can access free content from SLING TV within the user interface on any SLING TV-supported device, without changing their subscription.
For customers who want the best news service, SLING Blue, SLING TV is offering new customers their first month for $20 ($10 off for the first month). In addition to its available free content, SLING TV offers a variety of today’s most popular channels, including CNN, FOX News and MSNBC, through its base services, SLING Orange and SLING Blue, starting at $30 per month.
On My Block Now Streaming on Netflix
Netflix, which is currently offering 30-day free trials to new customers, is streaming three seasons of On My Block right now.
On My Block is about four smart, funny and streetwise teens in a rough inner-city Los Angeles neighborhood as they find their lifelong friendship tested as they begin high school.
Starring: Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray
Creators: Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe
EA Games are now offering an 85% off deal for the popular game, Sims 4 Digital Deluxe. The game can be purchased online for your PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Make your Sims the life of the party with The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe! From laser light shows and wild party outfits, to Flaming Tiki Bars and fun animal hats, explore the adventurous side of your Sim’s mind, body, and heart. Enjoy exclusive content only available in The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe:
• Life of the Party Digital Content featuring the Flaming Tiki Bar and sleek, stylized outfits for your Sims
• Up All Night Digital Content featuring the Laser Light Show, fun decorations, and outrageous party costumes
• The Sims 4 Soundtrack —a digital soundtrack featuring music from the game
To purchase today, visit https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-4/pc/store/mac-pc-download-base-game-digital-deluxe-edition.
Hulu Original 11.22.63 Now Streaming
Hulu, which is now offering a 30-day free trial to new customers, is currently streaming their original series, 11.22.63. The series, that was released in 2016, stars James Franco as Jake Epping.
Imagine having the power to change history. Would you journey down the “rabbit hole?” This eight –part event series follows Jake Epping (James Franco), an ordinary high school teacher, presented with the unthinkable mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Jake travels to the past in order to solve the most enduring mystery of the 20th century: who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped? But as Jake will learn, the past does not want to be changed. And trying to divert the course of history may prove fatal.
Don’t miss this amazing science-fiction drama!
Get Your Sports Fix with Some Free Content
Feeling the effect of no sports right now? Well, the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL want to help you with that!
Right now, all four major sports leagues are offering FREE content to help fill that void! Here’s the info:
NFL- NFL Game Pass is now free until May 22. Visit https://nflcommunications.com/Pages/NFL-OFFERS-FANS-FREE-ACCESS-TO-NFL-GAME-PASS-.aspx for more information.
NBA- Offering FREE NBA League Pass through Apr 22. Visit https://www.nba.com/nba-fan-letter-league-pass-free-preview for more information.
MLB- Offering FREE classic games on YouTube. Visit https://www.mlb.com/news/watch-classic-mlb-games-for-free for more information.
NHL- Has launched ‘NHL Pause Binge’ on YouTube, as well as provided fans access to an expansive selection of classic NHL games, longform content from the NHL Original Productions’ vast library and free access to stream full replays of games from the 2019-20 regular season, on multiple social media platforms. Visit https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-to-keep-fans-connected-during-pause/c-316219230 for more information.
Josh Gad Reads Bedtime Stories
Josh Gad, the man behind the infamous voice of our beloved Olaf, has taken to Twitter to read children’s books. Each night around 6:30 p.m. he takes the world of Twitter to read to your children (or yourself) for about 10 minutes.
So far, the skilled voice actor has read from books like The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer, and the classic tale The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, giving each character an entertaining and unique voice.
Follow Josh Gad on Twitter for upcoming reading sessions at: https://twitter.com/joshgad
Bright Minded: Live with Miley
Miley Cyrus started a live stream series on her Instagram Live, hosting other celebrity guests and trying to spread good vibes during these hard times.
Bright Minded: Live with Miley @ 1:30 p.m. Mon-Fri on Instagram! Connecting with special guests discussing how to stay LIT in dark times! Check out Miley’s Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mileycyrus.
Doolittle Digital Release this Week
Dolittle will arrive on digital Mar 24 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and on demand Apr 7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Dr. Dolittle, a man who can talk to animals. The cast also includes the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Selena Gomez, John Cena and Tom Holland, among others.
After losing his wife, Dolittle he locks himself away behind the high wall of his manor but is forced to set sail on an epic adventure when the queen falls gravely ill. Helping Dolittle in search of a rare cure are his animal friends — including Chee-Chee (Malek), an anxious, self-conscious gorilla; Dab-Dab (Octavia Spencer), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck; the bickering duo of cynical, neurotic ostrich Plimpton (Kumail Nanjiani) and the polar bear Yoshi (Cena); and a headstrong parrot named Polynesia (Thompson).
To pre-order now, go to https://www.amazon.com/Dolittle-Jr-Robert-Downey/dp/B083LDDNHG/.
Birds of Prey Digital Release
Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will be available to purchase on digital on Mar 24, so folks who missed the latest DC film in theaters (which, judging by the box office, was too dang many of you) will be able to catch up with Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn and her new girl gang much sooner than expected. And Warner Bros. isn’t just releasing the film — they’ve got a handful of digital bonus features too, including a gag reel and several featurettes.
On Mar 24, “Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNOW, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others.
On Apr 7, “Birds of Prey and the Fabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
Ozark Season 3 Released this Week
Netflix Original, Ozark, returns with Season 3 on Friday Mar 27. The first two seasons of this series, in which Jason Bateman won an Emmy for directing and Julia Garner won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress for, are currently streaming on Netflix.
Ozark tells the story of a financial adviser that drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder $500 million in five years to appease a drug boss.
Starring: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Creators: Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams