Spectacular Virtual Activities for At-Home Experiences in Connecticut

Connecticut attractions, museums and entertainment venues have temporarily closed in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit—virtually.

Here are a few popular attractions across Connecticut that have created special online experiences or projects to entertain, teach and engage you while you stay safe at home.

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to check back frequently for updates and to verify offering details with individual properties.  

Animals

  1. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is running a live “zoo cam” of their Red Panda as well as a Facebook Live every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. which will feature different zoo animals. They are also offering a Distance Learning Programming for students to do while at home.
  2. Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is bringing the marine life right to you with virtual events, videos and interactive social-media experiences to keep you up-to-date on Aquarium happenings. This will include a live Q&A session every day at 3 p.m. on Facebook during animal feedings.
  3. Meigs Point Nature Center in Madison is offering a fun virtual segment in which Ranger Russ will go live each day on Facebook to show off different animals at the center.
  4. Mystic Aquarium in Mystic 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.
  5. Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford has daily Facebook Live classes featuring live farm and exotic animals, as well as hikes, field studies, and other programs. To get a closer look at the museum itself, take the virtual tours of the museum and nature center’s extensive grounds including the farmhouse, great room and terrace.
  6. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center is running a Facebook Live series featuring various animals on Tue., Wed., and Thu. at 10 a.m.

Art Museums

  1. Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield is hosting Virtual Happy Hour, “Drink & Draw” as well as a Virtual Family Field Trip and Tour, “Weather Report” both via Zoom. Check the museum’s calendar for more upcoming virtual events.
  2. Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven has brought many of their exhibits online during these uncertain times. You can tour exhibitions including, to (be)scareAshley Pelletier Dissembling the SelfBrooks Dierdorff Ballistics & Blindsight, and Tony Saunders elucidating, among others. 
  3. Fairfield Museum in Fairfield is offering a variety of online content including virtual toursweekly art challengeslive streams from a different Fairfield location each weekvirtual storytime and more.
  4. Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is providing online exhibitions and collections and learning resources for teachers and students. In April, the museum will be debuting virtual tours of  the Griswold House and the current exhibition. Additionally, those who wish to be inspired by stunning nature photos can follow along on social media to find posts with beautiful images, exhibitions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes videos. 
  5. The Glass House in New Canaan has a deep selection of content to engage with online including a virtual look at the amazing structure through 360 moving pictures that feature panoramic views of The Glass House, a virtual look at the Pavillion in the Pond, a virtual look at the sculpture gallery, virtual look at the Monument to Lincoln Kirstein as well as videos about Philip Johnson’s architecture and influence on other designers.
  6. Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury has set up The MATT @ Home, a dedicated page on the museum’s website with content and activities which include online exhibitions as well as educational worksheets and coloring pages for families.
  7. Palestine Museum U.S. in Woodbridge is bringing the museum right to your home with a virtual tour of the museum on YouTube that lasts about 10 minutes.
  8. Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich is giving the opprtunity to virtually tour through the museum’s gorgeous interior, including art and history collections.
  9. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford is helping people keep up with the museum’s art. Simply follow the museum’s Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and see daily photos and information about past and present exhibits.
  10. Yale Center for British Art in New Haven is offering a mobile app that gives users an in-depth guide to works in the Center’s collection as well as detailed information about its landmark building and a virtual tour.
  11. Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme has a virtual walk through of their museum that allows you to see some of the artwork featured there.

Family Experiences

  1. 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.
  2. EverWonder in Newtown is offering a series to help families learn together which includes themed tips, challenges, experiments, downloads, videos and more with a new post every day. Suggested ages pre-K through 4th grade.
  3. Imagine Nation in Bristol has created an At Home community via Facebook, where members are able to participate in playful learning activities while staying home simply by following the Facebook page.
  4. MyConnecticutKids.com, Statewide is offering children’s activities through its Facebook page. Activities include live Q&A sessions, coloring images to print, and object collecting. Additionally, it is providing online educational resources for kids at home via its website.
  5. Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury is providing stay-at-home projects for kids, including a crossword puzzle, math problems, a worksheet on how to design an amusement ride, a Quassy coloring book and more.
  6. Stonington Free Library in Stonington is streaming a bedtime story reading each night at 7 p.m. on Facebook and videos of live chapter readings of popular books on YouTube
  7. Storytellers Cottage is hosting virtual bedtime story readings live at 7:30 p.m. each night.
  8. The PEZ Visitor Center in Orange is offering an incredible 3-D virtual visit to see the center’s interior and get up close to exhibits. Simply click around and you’ll feel like you’re really there!
  9. Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry is Storrs is offering virtual puppet-making workshops, which are perfect for young kids.

Film, Theater & Entertainment

  1. Greenwich Film Festival in Greenwich is hosting its first-ever Virtual Greenwich International Film Festival, May 1-3. This virtual three-day event will include an exciting selection of Narrative & Documentary Features, the Connecticut Shorts Program, exclusive interviews with film talent, acknowledgments, and a chance to Vote for the JP Morgan Chase Audience Award.
  2. Mohegan Sun in Uncasville offers the opportunity to binge watch its award-winning digital TV series “Back of House” where you can view an exciting plethora of happenings from cake showdowns  to celebrity red carpet rollouts. 
  3. Pink Eggs & Glam Drag Brunch is putting on a virtual and very unique series of brunch experiences with live drag performances, Q&A portion, banter, and stories. Cook brunch safely at home then sit down at your computer screen to be dazzled.
  4. Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam has created a Spotify playlist of soothing and inspirational musical theatre songs that you can listen to for extra comfort in your day.
  5. Elm Shakespeare Company is offering a variety of engaging content including home learning activities, streamed stage performances, and a list of suggested reading.
  6. Norfolk Chamber Museum Festival—Yale Museum School of Music in New Haven is sharing a virtual series of postings featuring performances from the Music Shed to enjoy at home.
  7. U.S. Coast Guard Band in New London is offering a Concert Hall on YouTube featuring a variety of content including performance footage, educational resources and tutorials, and other exciting projects.
  8. Bradley Playhouse in Putnam is hosting live Variety Shows on their Facebook page.
  9. Fairfield Theater Company is curating a new list of live stream concerts to view each week.

Fitness & Mindfulness

  1. Breathing Room Yoga Center in New Haven is offering online classes via Zoom which include Mixed Level Vinyasa, Dynamic Hatha Flow, Candlelit Yoga and more. Preregistration is required.
  2. The Dance Collective in Hartford is teaching $5 dance classes via Zoom. Each class covers a different style of dance, including tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and more. Preregistration is required.
  3. FitStyle by Shana in New Haven has classes via Zoom, including Zumba, walking, as well as FitStyle Q&A’s on how to work from home and stay fit.
  4. JoyRide Cycling + Fitness in New Haven is hosting high intensity interval training spin rides every morning on Zoom. All fitness levels are welcome and preregistration is required.
  5. Hartford Sweat in Hartford is streaming free classes on Instagram/Facebook Live or via Zoom. Classes include Barre, Yoga, Zumba and more. Beginning April 1st, you can even download their app for more direct streaming classes.
  6. MPWR Fitness in New Haven is hosting daily fitness classes including Barre, express core, express cardio Tabata, Abs and more on Facebook Live and Zoom.
  7. New England Ballet Company in Hartford is offering a virtual workout series for dancers.
  8. Root Down Power Yoga in Hartford is offering yoga classes through Zoom at monthly unlimited and drop-in rates.
  9. Vasu in Hartford is offering virtual experiences such as their upcoming Dharma Circle.
  10. Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford is offering a new virtual mindfulness program each day including guided meditations, live online meditation, live workplace webinar, live mindful movement, and a podcast.

History

  1. Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford has online exhibitions including Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, Collection Highlights, and Historic Timeline of Connecticut’s LGBTQ Community. Through its Facebook page, the museum is offering Facebook Live tours, like the CT Quilts Tour.
  2. Harriet Beecher Stowe in Hartford has a wealth of information on their website and a peek at many parts of the exhibit. Stay tuned to the center’s social media channels, which will soon have even more virtual content of the museum available to enjoy at home.
  3. Mark Twain Museum in Hartford has a virtual tour where you can explore the twenty-five room Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived and wrote – right from your own home.
  4. Mystic Seaport in Mystic has created a one-stop source for all existing videos, photographs, and blog posts for the museum. You can even watch a video walk-through of historic Boat storage area, normally closed to the public.
  5. New England Air Museum in Windsor is offering virtual 360 degree tours through panoramic photos of the restoration projects and the museum interior. 
  6. Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine in East Granby is providing the opportunity to take a virtual tour of the first chartered copper mine in North America.
  7. Wadsworth Mansion inMiddletown is hosting virtual history tours of the Wadsworth Mansion every Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. on Facebook.
  8. Derby Historical Society in Derby is hosting “Tuesday Tours at Ten,” an onsite Facebook Live show featuring a wide variety of local history topics, from sneak-peeks of rooms inside the David Humphreys House to artifacts in the extensive collection of the Derby Historical Society.
  9. Yale University in New Haven is offering a virtual tour of the historic university, including its campus, athletics and residential life.

Other

  1. Between Two Rocks is a Podcast about New Haven and comedy.
  2. Full Pours is a Connecticut Beer and Brewing podcast.
  3. Grating the Nutmeg is a Connecticut history podcast from the State Historian and Connecticut Explored.
  4. The Quarantined Series is a series of Connecticut musicians and artists who have confirmed live stream shows on their their social media channels.
  5. The Stafford Speedway in Stafford is offering the opportunity to re-watch the iRacing Stafford Speedway 100. Stay tuned for more virtual races and events.
  6. CTBeer.com is hosting a virtual “hoppy hour” with four Connecticut breweries live on Instagram on March 31. Stay tuned for future dates.
  7. Sunset Meadow Vineyards in Goshen is hosting a Virtual Wine Tasting April 4 at 10 a.m. via Facebook.
  8. Creative Arts Workshops is offering a variety of engaging content such as online art classes, online art exhibits, a virtual tour, and a virtual knitting circle.
  9. FOX61 Meteorologist Dan Amarante will be broadcasting live science lessons every weekday at 11 a.m. on the F

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