Things To Do: Online and Outdoors

Virtual Events Happening THIS weekend:

Event: Beer Together, CT! A Toast to All Keeping Our Community Strong
Date: May 1st
Description: A special virtual happy hour event, including a live toast, to show our appreciation for all Connecticut Small Businesses helping to make #CTBeer available to the people during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s vital for us to “beer together” now to support not only craft brewers in our state but also the many local bars, restaurants, stores and delivery services working hard to get it to us. This is a FREE online-only event for all to view from the comfort of your own home.
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Event: Live Author Talks: Marty Podskoch
Date: May 1st
Description: Fridays are for Facebook Live! Join us for a Facebook Live Author Talk with author, Marty Podskoch who will discuss his book Connecticut 169 Club. Marty will chat about his book featuring interesting facts about the Nutmeg’s state’s many towns and villages. How well do you know Connecticut The author will do a live reading then take questions from viewers. Brought to you by the Wesport Museum for History & Culture.
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Event: 12th Annual Barkhamstead River Run 5K – Virtual Social Distance Run
Date: May 2nd
Description: In the spirit of social distancing, this year’s 12th Annual Barkhamsted River Run is going virtual.  Register for just $10 per person (t-shirt included). T-shirts will be distributed either upon the return to school or mailed in the event we don’t return. Then, the weekend of May 1-3, get out on your own or with your family and complete your 5k!
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Explore from the comfort of your home. Here’s a few we found:

DOYLE Online Auctions – Fine Jewelry

Prominent collectors, estate executors, curators and dealers trust Doyle to deliver appraisal and auction services of the highest quality. Doyle’s auctions in the popular Fine Jewelry category offer a wide array of designs to suit any taste — from antique to contemporary. Browse the catalogue for our upcoming auction on Tuesday, May 5 at 10am where you’ll be tempted by jewelry by such prestigious makers as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Bulgari, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels. Among the fine watches for are examples by Patek Philippe, Franck Muller, Verdura, Cartier, Corum and Chopard. Why not elevate your next Zoom call with a pair of stylish earrings, classic pearls or a colorful brooch?

Mystic Aquarium – Online

Mystic Aquarium has a great list of virtual experiences including live streamed animal feedings, Q&A’s about the animals, a Live Penguin Feed that brings the beloved penguins right to your computer screen, as well as a Facebook watch series “Aquarium Rehab” that goes behind the scenes with the aquarium’s animal care professionals.

Mark Twain House & Museum – Online

Explore the Twenty-five room Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived and wrote through a virtual tour.

Connecticut Beardsley Zoo – Online

Watch the Red Panda on the zoo’s live “zoo cam”.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Online

Take virtual tour of the museum and nature center’s extensive grounds.

New England Air Museum – Online

Take a virtual tour through the New England Air Museum to see panoramic photos of the restoration projects, aircrafts and the museum’s interior.

Slater Memorial Museum – Online

Explore history and art with a virtual tour of the Slater Memorial Museum.

Google Arts & Culture – Online

Access top museums and landmarks across the globe. Explore the Eiffel Tower in Paris or explore art found in New York’s MoMA.

Meigs Point Nature Center – Online

Ranger Russ is running their regular outdoor and environmental programs via Facebook Live. Tune in to meet the animals both land and sea. 

Tour 17 Virtual Museums in Europe

Start your journey in France and make your way to Germany, Italy and more.

Watch a Broadway Musical

Stream your favorite Broadway hits, anytime, anywhere!

Listen to an Audiobook with your Children

Audible Stories is available for children who are temporarily unable to go to school around the world.  Listen to all audiobooks for free, with content ranging from preschool to classic literature, no download of apps, no login required, no ads,

Monday Evening Yoga

Take a deep breath and pause for a moment. Finding your breath can help you to feel more centered and relieve some stress. Through yoga, you can find strength, balance, relaxation, and flexibility. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and Continuing and Distance Education (CDE) at University of Vermont are so thankful to be able to share yoga with you from OLLI instructor and UVM employee Amanda McIntire. Tune in to the live stream each Monday 5:30-6:30pm EST.

The Dance Collective

Enjoy $5 dance classes via Zoom. Each class covers a different style of dance, including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and more. Preregistration is required.

Self Led Nature Activities & Educational Videos

Woodcock Nature Center in Wilon is offering self-led nature activities and educational videos.

FitStyle by Shana

Classes via Zoom, including Zumba, walking, as well as FitStyle Q&A’s on how to work from home and stay fit.

JoyRide Cycling + Fitness

High intensity interval training spin rides every morning on Zoom. All fitness levels are welcome and preregistration is required.

Weekly Art Challenges

Cheshire Public Library is hosting weekly art challenges in which kids and teens are encouraged to paint, draw, or build a piece of art based on a weekly topic. 

CT Science Center From Home

Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is posting engaging activities as well as a spring scavenger hunt that families can do at home using ordinary household items. You can also enjoy the Science Center’s exciting Facebook content including Animal Encounters every Tuesday and Thursday at noon, Field Trip Fridays and #MuseumFromHome on weekends.

Get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

Please remember to check each park’s individual website as mandates may vary across regions.

Visit Connecticut State Parks

Visit Rhode Island State Parks

Visit Westchester County, NY Parks


Looking to DO MORE? Here are two different ways to help your community:

Donate to Your Local Foodbank

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or click here to read about public assistance programs.

Donate Blood

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this corona virus outbreak. Visit their website for more information on the process and how to help.