Things To Do: Online and Outdoors
Events Happening THIS weekend:
Event: UConn Health Virtual Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Date: June 4-7
Description: Register for the UConn Health Half Marathon, 10K or 5K or the Iron Horse Challenge (to take on all three race distances!). Run or walk anytime during the weekend of June 4-7.
Event: Sesame Street Townhall
Date: June 6
Description: Join Big Bird along with CNN’s Van Jones and Erica Hill on a special episode of Sesame Street. Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism town hall, which will cover topics of racism, protesting, embracing diversity, and being more empathetic and understanding. Sesame Street’s Elmo, Abby Cadabby, and Rosita will join experts to answer questions submitted by families.
Event: Farmers Market by Appointment by Muscoot Farm in Katonah, NY
Date: June 7
Description: Walk-ins are now welcome, though it is still required that only one person per family attends. Face masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines will be in place. A limited number of patrons will be allowed in at one time, so there may be a line at the entrance. Farm complex and buildings are closed; hiking trails open.
Event: Cousins Maine Lobster at CT Valley Brewing Company in South Windsor, CT
Date: June 7
Description: Please join us at the wonderful Connecticut Valley Brewing Company, for a lobsterlicious Sunday on June 7th. Enjoy a variety of delicious lobster specialties, along with an array of delicious beer. We ask that our dear customers please maintain social distancing and take advantage of pre-ordering from our Cousins Maine Lobster app on the day of the event. Pre-ordering opens a few minutes before the event time.
Explore Museums, Aquariums and Zoos from the comfort of your home. Here’s a few we found:
Audubon At Home by Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Welcome to Audubon at Home! Each week Audubon will bring nature play and learning right into your home. We’ll share a different nature theme each week. Please check our website for details, activities and resources.
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
JoyRide Cycling + Fitness
Weekly Art Challenges
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.
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.