Things To Do: Online and Outdoors

Events Happening THIS weekend:

Event: SpaceX Demo-2 Launch
Date: May 30
Description: SpaceX launches its Crew Dragon capsule, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. The Demo-2 test flight marks the first time in nearly a decade that a crewed journey into space is lifting off from a launch pad in the US.
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Event: GalaxyCon: Star Trek The Next Generation Live Experience
Date: May 30
Description: A live video Q&A with the starts of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Event: Paint Nite: Pool Party
Date: May 29
Description: Staying home grows old pretty fast! If you’re looking for ways to entertain yourself, join our Virtual Paint Nite.
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Event: Virtual Doughnut Making
Date: May 29
Description: If you’ve ever eaten a fresh, hot donut, you know that they are one of the most delicious pastries around. In this hands-on class, we’ll make yeast-raised and cornmeal cake donuts. Follow along with the chef from mixing the dough to cutting and frying your donuts. We’ll also glaze and sugar-coat them, literally, to enjoy at the end of the class.
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Explore Museums, Aquariums and Zoos from the comfort of your home. Here’s a few we found:

9/11 Memorial Museum – Online

Explore the 9/11 Memorial Museum through this interactive video experience selecting different paths through the Museum’s vast spaces and exhibitions.

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 Wilton 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.