Top Virtual Events From Saratoga & Capital Region Businesses
Don't Let the House Get You Down: Check Out These Great Ways to Keep Busy & Fit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This content is sponsored by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.