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Feel like the walls are closing in? Most of us have been keeping to our houses and apartments, while homeschooling kids, working from home or battling with the unemployment website -- and watching way too much Netflix. It could cause anyone to go a little stir crazy. Break through the boredom with a wide variety of virtual events, hosted by some great local businesses you can feel good about supporting.

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The Shows Must Go On! Stream Live Concerts & Performances From Popular Venues

Experience an Intimate Caffe Lena Concert From the Comfort of Your Couch

While you can't grab a prime spot on one of Caffe Lena's comfortable couches, you can settle in on your own sofa and enjoy this popular music venue's new "Stay Home Sessions". This online concert series is free to watch on Youtube, although you can tip the performing artist to show your support.

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Jam Out to Virtual Gigs at The Saratoga Winery

The Saratoga Winery knows that music can really raise the mood when you're feeling down, so they've joined up with local musicians to live-stream free concerts on their Facebook page. Mark your calendar and prepare to jam out with everyone else at home.

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Laugh All Night Long with the Mopco Improv Theatre

Laughter is the best medicine, so if you're feeling isolated at home, tune into Mopco's Youtube channel for a night of free improv comedy. Mopco's comedians are taking over the virtual stage every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm.

Catch a Comedy Show

Picture Yourself Attending an Albany Symphony Concert

Since you can't go to the symphony, the Albany Symphony is bringing the classical music to you. On Fridays at 6:00pm, WMHT will present an Albany Symphony Hour featuring live-streaming of past performances. Listen online or tune in to 89.1.

The Albany Symphony is keeping the spirit of music alive on their Facebook page as well. People can enjoy Symphony Circle Time on Wednesday mornings, which includes songs and fun activities for preschoolers, and COSMOS, a new music-focused interview series.

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Challenge Yourself or Your Kids to Learn Something New

Create, Color, and Unleash Your Inner Artist with The Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College works hard to introduce kids to the wonders of art through free events like Family Saturdays. To keep your children engaged, the Tang has launched a new "Tang at Home" page where you can download fun art-making activities. These projects are based on the museum's exhibitions and collections, and more will be added throughout the coming weeks.

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Make Education Fun Through SPAC's New Learning Library

Since SPAC and their Education team can't visit schools and students this spring and summer, the organization will bring their programs to you virtually. The SPAC Learning Library is a growing collection of engaging video lessons and activities that are designed to help everyone feel creative at home.

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Host Your Own History Class with Help From the Grant Cottage

Make history class at home exciting for your kids by using The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage's free Activity Book. Designed for younger students, the Activity Book includes facts about our 18th U.S. President and plenty of history-themed activities to complete.

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Cook with the Pros at DZ Restaurants

Are you finding yourself spending more time cooking in the kitchen? Have you exhausted your list of recipes? Enhance your cooking skills and learn new recipes with DZ Restaurants in Saratoga Springs, which operates several local restaurants. Get inspired with "Quarantine Kitchen" from Chef Matt at Forno Bistro and "Shared Plates At Home" with Chef Fabrizio from Chianti il Ristorante.

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Find Your Creative Side with The Arts Center of the Capital Region

The Arts Center of the Capital Region wants to help get the creative juices flowing again while you're stuck at home. As such, they're offering a wide range of online experiences, such as virtual art classes taught by their talented instructors and family-friendly workshops.

Learn About the Workshops

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Develop Your Musical Talent with Caffe Lena

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument like the folk artists on Caffe Lena's stage? If so, then check out their new Online Music School for children and adults. They are offering 4-week adult classes in banjo and fiddle taught by world-renowned folk musician Bruce Molsky, as well as 9-week courses in guitar, fiddle, banjo, and ukulele for children ages 7-12.

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Get Social with Saratoga's Palette Cafe

Feeling isolated and wish you were chatting with friends in a cozy cafe? The Palette Cafe in Saratoga Springs is here to make you feel more connected with others. On their Facebook page, they have been hosting casual virtual discussions covering different topics.

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Expand Your World with the Language Learning Institute

If you're dreaming of taking a well-deserved vacation to France, Spain, or even Italy after we're free to travel again, you're not the only one. While you're waiting, learn the basics of a new language with help from Latham's Language Learning Institute, which offers online classes in French, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese.

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Discover the Albany Institute of History & Art's One-of-a-Kind Collection

Attention all history buffs and art lovers! The Albany Institute of History & Art is using their Facebook page to spotlight artifacts, cultural items, artworks, and fun projects for kids and parents. With new posts just about every day, it's like taking a quick trip to the museum virtually.

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Conquer the Stage with Acting Classes Through Proctors

Proctors may be closed, but the curtains never close on your home stage. Now is the prime time to hone your acting skills through online classes with Proctors' School of the Performing Arts. By signing up for these classes, you'll be able to learn about acting from Broadway professionals.

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No Gym? No Problem! Have Fun Getting Fit with Online Dance Lessons & Workouts

Grab a Partner for Online Lessons with Fred Astaire Dance Studios

Variety is the spice of life, and on their website, Fred Astaire Dance Studios offers over 100 free dance lessons. Whether you're alone or at home with your significant other, discover the joy of dancing with guidance from expert instructors.

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Improve Your Dance Skills with Tango Fusion

If you've ever felt slightly embarrassed about going to a dance class and learning some new moves, then now is your chance to do it at home in your living room. Saratoga's Tango Fusion Dance Company is teaching regular online dance classes on Zoom and a free Wednesday evening class every week at 7:15pm on Facebook Live. Visit their Facebook page to watch the Wednesday class when it begins!

You can learn the cha cha, the west coast swing, the Charleston, or even salsa dancing, and then show off your skills after social distancing has ended.

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Want to Stay Healthy? Join the Virtual YMCA

The Saratoga Regional YMCA (and other locations) may be temporarily closed, but that doesn't mean you should quit your fitness routine. Avoid the "Quarantine 15" and keep you and your family active at the Virtual YMCA. Pick and choose between tai chi, pilates, strength and cardio, barre, and more online fitness classes.

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Be Your Best and Work Out with Top Form Clifton Park

Sometimes we all need a bit of motivation to be our best. Top Form Clifton Park knows you're missing your gym time, so they've designed home workouts that will keep you feeling strong and in shape. Along with providing lists of exercises, the fitness center has been releasing Facebook videos that you can follow along with.

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Push Yourself to the Next Level with Staccato Barre

Would you like to have the best barre workout right at home? Challenge your body to reach new levels of fitness through virtual classes with Staccato Barre. The Saratoga-based barre studio has switched to Zoom classes that students can watch live or later on at your convenience. Try a barre class and see how it can add structure and self care to your weekly routine.

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Develop Strength, Flexibility & Focus Through Yoga Mandali's Online Classes

Although yoga classes in a studio are the perfect escape from stress and anxiety, yoga is a practice that's meant to be incorporated into your daily life. Find your yoga sanctuary at home and experience virtual classes from Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs. Their Facebook news feed features free yoga sessions from their instructors that you can do at your own pace.

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Get Up & Move with Workouts From Go-For-Fitness, LLC

Joining a gym makes you feel like part of a fitness community where we all support each other to succeed. While gyms are closed, Go-For-Fitness, LLC in South Glens Falls has launched a new "Let's Workout!" Facebook group where you can find virtual workouts and connect with others who want to get up and move too.

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Visit Some of Our Favorite Arts & Culture Hotspots From Your Computer

Bring The Hyde Into Your Home

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls has gone digital! With the historic house and art museum closed to visitors, The Hyde has been thinking of inventive ways to share their love of art virtually. You can examine beloved works of art on their website, participate in art classes and projects on Youtube, or sit back, relax, and dive into an audio tour.

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Become Part of Saratoga Arts' Virtual Art World

Art is all about creativity, and what's more creative than making a virtual art world for people to explore from their computer? Although Saratoga Arts' "Art in Public Places" exhibitions can't be displayed around the area, you can see the artworks in a digital format from April 11 - May 12, 2020. Take a look, and if one catches your eye, send Saratoga Arts a message and ask about purchasing it.

Want to improve your own artistic skills? Consider registering for an online class with Saratoga Arts. They are covering topics such as photography, pastels, and landscape painting.

Learn About the Exhibitions

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Enjoy a Tour Through Local History at the Albany Visitors Center

Modern technology continues to amaze us, and here in the Capital Region, Hudson Reality Capture has created a fully-interactive, virtual tour of the Albany Visitors Center's "Albany Heritage Exhibit." With a click of the mouse, you can move between the galleries and get an up close look at the displays.

Begin Your Tour

Take a Virtual Field Trip to the New York State Museum

Everyone loves getting out of school and going on a field trip to a cool museum or unique historic site. Since schools are closed and kids are at home, the New York State Museum is now offering field trips through Facebook Live. Hop aboard the virtual school bus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 1:00pm and explore the New York State Museum's amazing collections and exhibits.

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Explore Albany Center Gallery's 2020 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational Exhibition

Our region is home to a number of fantastic artists, and Albany Center Gallery is highlighting five accomplished and distinguished artists in their 2020 Mohawk Hudson Regional Invitational Exhibition from March 31 - May 1, 2020. Although the building is closed, the exhibition is being shared virtually for the public to view up close and personal.

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Get Comfy at Home & Connect with Authors and Fellow Book Lovers

Join Northshire Bookstore for a Literary Conversation

Do you miss attending author readings and discussions at your local bookstore? If you're looking for a way to stay connected with other avid readers, then you need to join Northshire Bookstore Saratoga for Northshire Live, a weekly virtual meetup featuring different guest authors. Northshire Live is hosted by the bookstore's event managers Rachel Person and Dafydd Wood every Thursday evening on Zoom.

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Round Up the Kids for Storytime with the United Way of the Greater Capital Region

Storytime is a wonderful way to entertain kids and get them interested in reading at an early age. To share their love of books with all the children stuck at home, the United Way of the Greater Capital Region is hosting a free virtual storytime every weekday at 11:00am. Round up the kids and enjoy the event on Facebook Live together.

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Have a Seat and Watch Albany Public Library's Virtual Storytime

You don't need a library card to access Albany Public Library's collection of videos on Youtube. To connect with families and patrons at home, the Albany Public Library has been posting virtual programs on their Youtube account, including storytime for kids, a "Browser" weekly series that highlights book recommendations and other tips, and more. Or, go to their main website to access the library's online services.

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Spark Your Kid's Imagination with The Children's Museum at Saratoga

Inspire curiosity, nurture discovery, and spark your kid's imagination with a little help from The Children's Museum at Saratoga. The museum's doors may be closed, but parents and kids can team up on "Art Adventures," attend storytime, and get hands-on with other free online activities.

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