Decorate cookies, take fitness classes and more: How to stay entertained while at home in Cy-Fair

Some local bakeries are offering sweet treats for pickup as well as decorate-your-own cookie kits. (Courtesy Suzybeez Bakery)
Some local bakeries are offering sweet treats for pickup as well as decorate-your-own cookie kits. (Courtesy Suzybeez Bakery)

Some local bakeries are offering sweet treats for pickup as well as decorate-your-own cookie kits. (Courtesy Suzybeez Bakery)

As Harris County’s stay-at-home order has been extended through the end of April, many local businesses are getting creative to continue offering services virtually and to make activities available for pickup.

1. Order some sweet treats

In addition to offering socially distanced shopping in-store, free delivery within a 5-mile radius and 15% off curbside pickup orders on all its regular merchandise, Cypress Sweets also has crafting kits in stock. Products include bulk candy, chocolates, gummies, lollipops, specialty beverages, brownies, cookies and other sweet snacks. Customers can call in or order online from the candy store located at 11702 Grant Road, Ste. E, Cypress. 281-466-7977.

2. Take advantage of library resources

In accordance with Harris County’s "Stay Home-Work Safe" order, Harris County Public Library locations will be closed to the public through at least April 30. Officials are instead offering access to ebooks, audiobooks, digital movies, comic books and other resources through various venues. Library officials are also streaming story time sessions on Facebook and YouTube during this time. Learn more here.

3. Pick up cookie decorating kits

Families can pick up cookie decorating kits from CookieGram in Cypress to create custom sweet treats. Packages include blank cookies and icing for curbside pickup from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Owner Velma Perez rotates themes, which have included spring break, emojis and Easter. 832-326-0172.

Suzybeez Bakery is also offering take-home cookie decorating kits at 13802 Fleur De Lis Blvd., Ste. H, Cypress. Additionally, customers can pick up treats curbside or have them delivered via DoorDash. Menu items include cupcakes, cookies, cakes, bread, brownies and other baked goods. 281-807-5777.

4. Check out free virtual fitness classes

Lifetime Fitness centers are offering free workout classes for both members and nonmembers while facilities are temporarily closed. Dozens of cardio, strength and yoga classes are available on demand in additio to nutritional resources, recipes and daily at-home workout plans.

5. Try music lessons

Cy-Fair Music and Arts has moved their services online to continue teaching students. New students can save $55 on their first month of lessons during this time. Instruction is available for guitar, piano, violin, voice and drums, among other instruments.

6. Access educational content for students

Houston Public Media is modifying its daytime content to broadcast free educational PBS programming for pre-K through 12th-grade students. Content covers math, science, world history, American literature and social studies. View the full schedule at

7. Take a martial arts class

Cypress Martial Arts & Fitness and Silverback Self Defense owner Robert Webre is offering virtual classes via Facebook Live and Zoom from his Barker Cypress Road studio so his students can continue on in their training processes. He is also offering a six-week, $99 special for new members to train virtually in various disciplines, such as Krav Maga or kickboxing. Services are available for children and adults. 713-894-6102.

8. Get crafty with AR Workshop

AR Workshop temporarily closed their indoor studio space March 25, and owners are encouraging locals to pick up DIY “take and make” crafting kits. Projects include knit blankets, wood signs, letter tiles, tote bags, pillow covers and more. Customers can choose their paint or stain options when they place their order online and pick up their supplies outside the front door at 16718 House & Hahl Road, Cypress. Pickup times are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 832-327-9554.

9. Make your own candles

Foxfire Candle Works in the Vintage Park area is offering DIY candle kits during the stay-at-home order. Customers can choose from dozens of scents to make from home or have a staff member make a custom blend for them. Kits and pre-poured candles are available for curbside pickup or delivery. 832-458-5392. www.facebook/com/foxfirecandleworks

By Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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