While Stay-at-Home restrictions are slowly being lifted around Oregon, in-person events and activities are still limited. But staying home doesn’t have to be boring. There are amazing virtual events and extra cool activities you can enjoy without leaving the house. We’ve even got some get-you-out ideas to boot! Here are some of our favorite pics! Read on to find out more.

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31 Days of Asia

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with 31 Days of Asia as the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas virtually offers Asian art, programming and exciting experiences through May 31st. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Visit the Virtual Science Center

Check out the virtual science center from the Arizona Science Center. Want to watch videos? Or make a volcano or even a rocket? We’ve got you covered. Explore our DIY activities, virtual demonstrations, hands-on tutorials and more. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

The Wren’s Nest Virtual Storytelling

Visit with the Ramblers—professional storytellers at the Joel Chandler Harris home, the Wren’s Nest—virtually. They’ll tell stories of Brer Rabbit every Friday, and the videos will live indefinitely on The Wren’s Nests’ YouTube channel. Fri., Sat. & Sun. Event Details.

Children’s Day (Kodomo No Hi) From Home

Join us for Japan’s national holiday where all children are stars and their happiness is celebrated! Watch a theatrical performance and an animation story telling of the classic story, Momotaro (Peach Boy), and learn the Momotaro dance! Afterwards, create your own koinobori, or carp streamers, and don your own origami kabuto samurai helmet with Children’s Day-themed craft projects you can do at home! Sat. Event Details.

Go Under the Sea

We know you can’t visit the OdySea Aquarium right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the wonders of aquatic life, During our temporary shutdown, the aquarium be sharing all kinds of educational content for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning. Find out what the animals are up to with live cams and explore! Sat. Event Details.

Beat by Beat Press Virtual Musical

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Beat by Beat Presshas introduced the world’s first virtual children’s musical, The Show Must Go Online!created in less than three weeks with the goal of helping theatre groups continue to perform in these times of social distance.In this first-of-its kind production, up to 20 young actors receive a one to two-minute scene/song to rehearse, video record, and upload. When the videos are played in order, they tell the hilarious story of a group of passionate students desperate to keep their annual musical alive…online. Sat. Event Details.

Go Fish!

Get back to nature at one of these nearby kid-friendly fishing holes that are welcoming families. Find them here.

Hit the Road

Kill cabin fever with some quick road trips to see these nearby roadside oddities.

Backyard Picnic 

Have a picnic in your back yard. Just order up dinner to go (or dinner delivered) from these local restaurants and eat outside!

–Annette Benedetti