Here are our picks for good things to do during the pandemic pause of Spring 2020. Check back as we’ll be updating it from time to time. Send your ideas and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST UPDATED: 05.06.20
• LIVE STREAMING CONCERTS. Check the County Line CALENDAR for upcoming shows. We LOVE these shows! Updated almost daily.
• AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. See Willie Nelson, Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, and many others.
• MUSIC WORTH A LISTEN. Some local talent. Some from other places in the world. All connected. All good.
- “Let It Be," GENTRI
- “Ripple,” Playing For Change
- “The Weight,” Playing for Change
- "Traci," blacktopGYPSY
- "The Pila Song," Max Stalling
- "Phenomenal Woman," Ruthie Foster
- "Georgia On My Mind," Maryah McHam & Martyn Popey
- "Seduction," Ginny Mac
- "11 Years," Meredith Crawford
- "Carousels," Nick Brumley
- "Sabine River Blues," Cole Allen
- "I Wish You Love," by Miumiu
- "Fly Me To the Moon," by Miumiu
• THE SHOWS MUST GO ON. Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are streaming online free each week. Shows begin Friday, April 3 and are available for 48 hours on their YouTube channel.
The Social Distancing Festival is an online artist’s community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by social distancing.
• VAN GO ART FAIR VIRTUAL VISIT. The second annual Van Go Art Show was scheduled to take place Saturday, April 11 in Van, Texas. It cancelled due to COVID-19. Please take a look at the artwork of these artists and visit their sites (follow links on their names) to see more and purchase if you can — all their spring and summer shows are cancelled so support them if you can and get yourself some really beautiful art.
• VIRTUAL DRAWING CLASSES. Captain Underpants author and illustrator Dav Pilkey is creating weekly videos for kids and adults who want to try their hand at drawing. Hosted by the Library of Congress, go to their website for free content. Activities include tips for creation your own character or acting out scenes from Dog Man, part of the Underpants universe. Pilkey releases new videos with drawing demonstrations, reading aloud, and more every Friday morning at 8 a.m.
• NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS VIRTUAL CLASSES. A full curriculum of fun and unique interactive classes to join from home. Classes are taught by arts education directors, actors, and singers who have worked from Broadway to L.A. Cost $9.99 - $14.99. See their full schedule, class descriptions, and register HERE.
• ENDANGERED AMERICAS. A visual tour of the show at Artes de la Rosa at the historic Rose Marine Theater in Fort Worth with insights by artist Stormie Parker. These beautiful ceramic works depict animals with humanistic expressions to allow the viewer to empathize with their natural struggle as species face extinction.
• GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE. Goes inside and up close with world-famous paintings like Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss,” and Monet’s “Water-Lily Pond.”
• THE PANDEMIC FAIRE. The Pandemic Faire. A virtual online art fair curated to aesthetically invigorate you during this time of self-quarantine.
• DALLAS CONTEMPORARY. Offers DC From Home with real time content for all ages.
• AVANT CHAMBER BALLET. 360-degree world premiere video of 19th Amendment recorded on February 15, 2020, at Moody Performance Hall, spotlighting choreographer Katie Puder and composer Quinn Mason.
• STAR HARBOR WATERCOLOR SOCIETY. View works by members of the National Watercolor Society who live near Cedar Creek Lake.
Check with your local communities. Most have numerous restaurants offering curbside, pick up, and/or deliveries. Treat yourself to your favorite grub and support this hard-working industry.
VIRTUAL PUBS, WINERIES, AND BREWERIES
• THE VIRTUAL PUB. Jo Bowtell manages a Facebook group page hosting live music, quizzes, DJ sets, open mic, and comedy nights as guests chime in.
HOME ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE
• TYLER PARKS AND REC OFFERING VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES. While most of their facilities remain closed due to COVID-19, the department has shifted focus to facilitating activities that can be done from home. Check out their Boredom Busters page where they post activity packages, videos and books for children. They have also created a new Facebook page, where visitors can find workout ideas for adults and kids, activities, giveaways and more.
• JAPANESE GARDEN IN BLOOM. Enjoy a virtual walk through the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden in Brooklyn, one of the oldest extant Japanese gardens in the United States.
• TJC VIRTUAL PLANETARIUM. FREE virtual field trips. These 10-15 minute long videos are designed to be great supplements to online and homeschool lessons students are already doing while staying-at-home. The first virtual field trip to the planetarium covers phases of the moon. Future planned trips include: Constellation Storytime for Kids, Solar System Tour, Deep Sky Objects, Navigating the Night Sky, and Stargazing from Home: Tips, Tools, and Apps.
• ANIMAL IN YOUR HOUSE. You can see an animal in your house if you Google search an animal name (on iPhone or Android) and then press ‘View in 3D’. It opens your camera and shows the animal moving in your room. You can walk around it and take a picture of it with people.
• VIRTUAL VISITS | NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION. Videos, 360-degree views, photographs, and live webcams featuring monuments, landmarks, and animals of US. National Parks.
• TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT ONLINE EVENTS. Texas park rangers introduce kids and adults to wonders of the outdoor world.
• TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION: HISTORY AT HOME. As families are creating new routines and learning how to educate students from home, they are providing free instructive resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism.
• BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM. The state's official history museum offers a variety of online resources: Texas Story Project, Texas History Timeline, Artifact Gallery, Interactive Texas Map, Texas Story Podcast, Campfire Stories, and Texas Through Your Lens.
• LUNCH DOODLES. Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! New episodes are posted each weekday at Noon and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!
• AMAZE YOUR BRAIN. YouTube videos by Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
• DISCOVERY LAB. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. YouTube Channel.
• VIRTUAL TOURS. More than 300 Museums, Exhibits, and Points of Special Interest
• INDOOR/OUTDOOR SCAVENGER HUNTS FROM BROOKSHIRE'S
READING & WRITING
• GOODNIGHT WITH DOLLY. Dolly Parton reads children’s books weekly at 6 p.m. CST starting April 2. It runs for 10 weeks.
• THE LISTENING BOOTH. More than 600 online poetry recordings from Harvard University Library's Woodberry Poetry Room, 1930s to present.
• COUNTY LINE ARCHIVES. More than a thousand articles about the people, places, and unique aspects of the Upper East Side of Texas.
TAKE A DRIVE
Sometimes you just have to get out for a mental health break away from the house. Please don't try to congregate in grocery or other food stores or anywhere else as it puts all in an unsafe situation. Take a drive and see some sites. The region is so beautiful this time of year. Texas State Parks, Mineola Nature Preserve, and other outdoor public settings are reopening this week with strict guidelines.
• AFI's 100 YEARS... 100 CHEERS. Visit the American Film Institute's list of the 100 most inspiring movies of all time. The interactive list, known as "100 Years... 100 Cheers," aired as a CBS special in 2006. Check off movies you've already seen then watch new ones to catch more inspiration.
MIND, BODY, & SPIRIT
• FUN DAILY WORKOUTS FOR KIDS. Good for adults too with Joe Wicks
• RETREAT AT HOME. Retreat in the Pines holds women-only retreats with Zoom meetings, yoga, conversation, and more.