VIRTUAL TO-DO LIST: 6 Bay Area businesses, nonprofits offering activities to stream from home, April 6-12

During its temporary closure, the Lone Star Flight Museum is offering virtual experiences and sharing content via its social media pages. (Courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum)
During its temporary closure, the Lone Star Flight Museum is offering virtual experiences and sharing content via its social media pages. (Courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum)

During its temporary closure, the Lone Star Flight Museum is offering virtual experiences and sharing content via its social media pages. (Courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum)

Galveston and Harris counties both have standing stay-at-home orders, but various Bay Area and Houston-area nonprofits and businesses are bringing activities to residents' homes through virtual streaming and other digital efforts. Here are several ideas for ways to spend the extra time indoors during the week of April 6.

April 7: Check out Galveston Bay Foundation's latest video

Every Monday, the local conservation nonprofit is releasing an educational video with accompanying activities geared toward elementary- and middle school-age learners. The first video, which debuted March 23, focused on oysters and oyster reefs. Other video topics, all themed around conservation, include wetlands, Bay biodiversity and “The Microscopic Ecosystem.”

Where to tune in: Visit this page.


April 8: Experience the Lone Star Flight Museum


While the Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport is temporarily closed, virtual visits are open 24/7, and the museum also is streaming short videos live nightly for free at 6 p.m. The museum produces daily themed social media posts about STEM, video tours of planes and exhibits, behind-the-scenes views of the archives, how-to's and more.

Where to tune in: Visit this page.

April 9: Do an earlynmorning workout

Camp Gladiator League City introduced its #HustlefromHome workout series on March 17, which includes printable 30-minute, at-home workouts for any time of day as well as live virtual hourlong classes at 5 a.m., 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Where to tune in: Visit this page.

April 10: Learn about the performing arts at a trial class

Bay Area Arts Conservatory is offering dance, musical theater, acting and voice training for ages 2-18 through virtual classes during the month of April. Instructors are uploading video content to each class every week along with other activities.

Where to tune in: Register at this page.


April 11: Stir up success with Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day Houston is a free online lesson program aiming to teach kids how to “make lemonade out of lemons” and build business and character skills to help them navigate life’s challenges. Kids can learn how to set up a lemonade stand in the future or start any other kid-friendly business, such as dog-walking or lawn care.

Where to tune in: Visit this page.

April 12: Color Houston-themed pictures

Numerous local artists have turned their works into coloring book pages, which are available for printout.

Where to tune in: Print the coloring book here.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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