While staying at home is comfortable and safe, sometimes the itch to go out and do something somewhere is overwhelming. Virtual events have cropped up since the pandemic started to help ease the feeling of being trapped.
Here are some virtual events you can attend even if you’re stuck at home.
Pick up new animal trivia
Primarily known for beaches and boardwalks, Cape May is also home to the Cape May County Zoo, an 85-acre expanse that shelters about 250 animal species. As part of its safety and social distancing guidelines, the zoo launched a Virtual Zoo School to give the public a chance to get to know the animals that make the zoo their home.
While the zoo still has a lot of species to cover, you can choose from more than 30 videos to learn about individual animal species, from goats to the American bison.
Tour art exhibitions from your couch
The Princeton University Art Museum is currently closed to the public, but would-be visitors can still behold precious works of art online. The museum has a repository of videos that allow you to tour its current and past exhibitions with a selected curator who provides context and history to the visuals. You can further enrich your art vocabulary by perusing the university’s photo collection of artworks.
Build your imagination and acting chops
Does your family have theatrical leanings? Cultivate and channel your collective creativity by signing up for online classes at the McCarter Theatre Center. Classes are offered for several age groups, so the whole family – from preschool kids up to adults – can learn and hone their performing skills.
Visit McCarter Theatre’s website to check out other virtual events you can attend even if you can’t buy tickets for a physical play just yet.
Absorb a breadth of information about the universe
Rich in both historical, geological, and cultural artifacts, the New Jersey State Museum is a place where many can gather information on a little of everything at the same time. Now open to physical visitors at a limited capacity, the state museum still encourages people to participate in virtual events for their safety.
The whole family can take a quick course in pinpointing stars in the sky. The museum’s Planetarium Sky Talks offer points and tidbits that make recognizing planets and star groups less of a mystery. With its newly concocted Autumn Evening Series, the adults of the household can treat themselves to a new cocktail while learning why everything from New Jersey’s cemeteries to the celebration of Thanksgiving remains relevant today. Sign up for this free lecture series to reserve your spot.
Virtual tours and events like these stop cabin fever in its tracks, replacing it with a renewed sense of wonder in the world.
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