Photo by the Toledo Zoo.
Ohioans are leading the fight against COVID-19 by practicing social distancing. It is a relatively easy thing to do—minimize the amount of physical contact we have with people. We are working remotely, not eating at restaurants and staying in our homes.
It was fine for a while but after some time, cabin fever set in. The good news is many museums, businesses, libraries, zoos and other organizations in our state are providing virtual entertainment, tours and activities. Here are just a few:
- Zoos—Many zoos in Ohio are livestreaming their animals. Check out the Facebook pages of the Cincinnati Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Akron Zoo and the Toledo Zoo for more information.
- Exercise—Now is the perfect time to work on your beach body for summer. Planet Fitness is offering free livestreaming of at-home workouts. Moda Yoga (located in the Cincinnati area) is streaming yoga classes on their Instagram. The Columbus YMCA has a variety of fitness classes on their website for us to try.
- Art—The Canton Museum of Art has a Museums To Go program where you can take several virtual tours, each focusing on a particular genre of art. The Ohio Craft Museum and National Museum of Great Lakes are also offering virtual tours.
If you just can’t stand staring at a screen anymore, here are some other activities to keep you busy in no particular order: Clean out a closet, call an old friend you haven’t talked with in a while, play a board game or do a puzzle, give yourself an at-home beauty treatment, meditate, go for a jog, prank a family member, play with your pet, clean out your gutters, bake brownies, read the book you started but never finished, take a nap and organize your junk drawer.
If you want to listen to music, WCLV Classical on Demand Ideastream Radio offers streaming of the world-famous Cleveland Orchestra. Called “Lunchtime with The Cleveland Orchestra,” the program is being aired from 12 noon until 1:00 pm. Listen at 104.9 FM or online.
There are so many things to keep you occupied while practicing social distancing. It’s a great time to get some work done around the house, practice self-care and spend time with your family.