There is no excuse for being bored with the number of classes, camps and resources being offered by the Albany Recreation & Community Services Department. Sit back, relax and let your fingers do the work (or clicking in this case!). We have put together a resource list that will have you gallivanting around the world, tapping into your creative side, exercising your brain and staying connected...virtually. Now is the time to hone a new (or old) skill. Check back frequently for new ideas on how to stay engaged while sheltering in place.
Press and preserve a flower. Spring has sprung in Albany, and flowers are blooming throughout the city. There are multiple ways to preserve a spring flower so that you can enjoy spring throughout the year. Check out YouTube for tutorial videos!
Make a collage using old newspapers, magazines, or greeting cards. Have a drawer full of out-of-date magazines or birthday cards? Get creative with some scissors, glue or tape, and make a collage!
Take up sewing! - Now is the perfect time to practice your knitting or sewing skills. Practice by sewing your own cloth face mask or sewing one for a friend
Cook something new – Open up one of the cookbooks you’ve (probably) never opened before and follow a recipe or two! Feeling adventurous? Create a dish using only ingredients you already have in your pantry. Email your recipe with friends and family!
Rainbows and bears. Draw pictures of rainbows or put a stuffed bear in your front window. Walkers-by can count the rainbows on their walks and go on a ‘bear hunt’. Take photos and send them to us – we’d love to share the positivity of our community!
Write a letter to a friend or family member. During this time, it can feel challenging to connect with friends and family. Take time to write a letter – it's sure to brighten someone’s day! Bonus points for adding artistic elements.
Relax and unwind with a guided meditation from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In these stressful times, it’s important to take time to relax and reset. Enjoy guided meditation sessions from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with accompanying videos of moon jellies, the open sea, or waves crashing on the rocky shore.
Go on a camping trip...without leaving the house! Pitch a tent or roll out the sleeping bags, and microwave some s’mores. No need to pack the bug spray!
Play charades virtually – Laughs guaranteed!
Disconnect - During this unprecedented situation, it is normal to feel stressed, lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed. Make sure to take at least a few minutes each day to put away your devices, silence the news, and do a relaxing activity to reset.
Bring out your board games. Not having enough down time to play Monopoly is no longer an excuse.
Video call your friends and family to catch up. Many of your friends and family may be laying low at home as well. Give them a call and chat!
Meditate or practice yoga. Take a few moments to reconnect with your mind and body. New to meditation or yoga? Find an online resource!
Go on a scavenger hunt. While practicing physical distancing on walks around your neighborhood, consider suggesting your children look for things (a cylinder, a hexagon, something smaller than you, etc.).
Access health and fitness resources online – Join a fitness class over Zoom or challenge yourself to the Workout of the Week.
Join an online fitness class or do a home workout. Check with your gym to see if it’s offering online workouts, or browse the web. No dumbbells? Fill up reusable water bottles.
Catch up on sleep! Sleep is always important, especially during challenging times. Your body and your mind with thank you.
Kidz Love Soccer - Check out free weekly programming here or sign-up for Kidz Love Soccer programming with Albany Recreation and Community Services on our @HomeTogeather page.
Friends of Five Creeks (F5C) put together information and links on some of the many ways we can connect with the natural world while we shelter-in-place. Take a look at these resources, including tips for environmental activism and appreciation at home.
East Bay Regional Parks
Although many parks facilities are closed for the time being, you can still access the excitement of the outdoors with East Bay Regional Parks’ Digital Learning Resources.
Take (or teach) an online course. Always wanted to learn a new language? Finally have time to do an online cooking class? Browse the web for endless options! Or, share your skills with your friends and family over a video conferencing service.
Teach your dog a new trick. Give Fido an opportunity to work from home, too. Search the web for tricks that suit your dog’s strengths and age.
Learn a language – Download a language learning app or find an online course.
Spend a night at the opera. The New York Metropolitan Opera is live streaming performances through their website. Sing along if you wish!
Participate in a Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari. Each day, the Cincinnati Zoo will be hosting a virtual Home Safari on Facebook Live, where zoo staff will feature one of the zoo’s animals and provide a unique at-home activity you can do with your family.
Visit the Alameda County Library...without leaving your couch. Even though the library is closed, you can still access eAudiobooks, movies, music, and more with your library card using Alameda County Public Library’s eResources.
Take a walk on Mars. Put yourself in the shoes (tracks?) of the Mars Curiosity Rover with NASA’s Access Mars Virtual Reality tool.
Go to the Oakland Zoo. Marvel at elephants, bears, and condors by tuning into one of the Oakland Zoo’s webcams.
Virtually explore art from world famous museums. Bonus points if you create your own art using items in your house or old art supplies.
Explore National Parks with a virtual tour. Visit Yellowstone, Yosemite, or Denali National Parks from your living room.
Smithsonian- National Museum of Natural History Take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum. Access select collections and research areas at satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.
Musee d’Orsay, Paris The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Enjoy a virtual tour, a virtual exhibit and access to many of the museum’s most famous artifacts, including works by Cézanne, Monet, van Gogh and more.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy. Visit the museum through these online virtual tours:
Skyline & Museum Exterior
Garden Landscape Tour
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