VIRTUAL TO-DO LIST: 5 Katy-area activities to stream from home

Josh Lanier, who has faught for Bellator, helps with children's Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt test at Elite MMA./Courtesy of Elite MMA
Josh Lanier, who has faught for Bellator, helps with children's Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt test at Elite MMA./Courtesy of Elite MMA

Josh Lanier, who has faught for Bellator, helps with children's Brazilian jiu-jitsu belt test at Elite MMA./Courtesy of Elite MMA

Businesses and organizations are adapting to the new social distancing regulations due to the coronavirus, and many are offering online alternatives to help individuals keep busy at home.

FEATURED: Learn a new form of martial arts


Elite MMA is offering online classes and courses in MMA, jiujitsu, kickboxing, self-defense, muay thai and kid's programs. The gym normally operates in five different locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Kingwood, Baytown, Humble and two in Houston. Classes are offered several times per week. The first class is free. $197 per month. www.elitemma.teachable.com/courses

  1. Have a relaxation session Body & Brain Yoga TaiChi is offering online classes in yoga and tai chi as well as meditation and core strengthening while the studio is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus. Live group classes are offered daily. Times vary. $15 for one-on-one sessions; $25 for one group class and one-on-one consultation. www.bodynbrain.com/katy

  2. Learn to make pasta Danjoy's Homemade Pasta is offering virtual cooking classes through any platform accessible to anyone interested. Owner Giancarlo will provide a list of ingredients needed and will lead individuals through the process as he makes his own pasta from home. Cooking times are flexible and can be scheduled at the customer's convenience. $80. www.danjoyshomemadepasta.com/

  3. Learn to play an instrument Paganini School of Music moved to online teaching, and anyone interested in learning to play the violin, viola or the cello can tune in. Instruments are available for rent or for sale and can be picked up at Sam's Sting's Violin Shop at 411 Park Grove Drive, Ste. 210. Lesson prices start at $36 and go up to $72. Lessons can be done in 30, 45 or 60 minutes. www.paganinischool.com/

  4. Try arts and crafts Pinspiration is delivering do-it-yourself kits with printed instructions for canvas paintings geared for children and adults as well as fairy house kits including a fairy. Some projects include online video tutorials. Projects will vary, depending on supply availability. Prices range from $10-$38. www.pinspiration.com/

  5. Get moving CrossFit 1420 is providing free programming and demonstration videos to members online through Facebook and Instagram. Posts include home workouts for each day of the week, including warmups and recovery with links to video instructions. The gym will also share three home workouts geared for children per week. www.facebook.com/CrossFit1420/

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