We're steadfastly observing #SaferatHome right now, in the face of COVID-19, but we're also simultaneously longing for larks, diversions, and cheerful things to fill our minutes and hours, even as we keep close to the couch.
Good news: We can connect with the attractions, museums, and places we've enjoyed in the past, and will again, right now, online, from our kitchen table.
Here are a few savor-while-staying-home happenings, videos, and to-dos going on now around Southern California and the Golden State...
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School's out in several spots, but the online learning and activities continue. Find kid-ready happenings with a nature focus, each weekday, at both the
Aquarium of the Pacific and OC Parks.
Cayton's Children's Museum in Santa Monica is holding a virtual recess twice each day, giving tots who love art both guidance and inspiration.
LA Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Do the spring babies of the LA Zoo make you melt? Several sweet youngsters are now appearing in coloring book form, thanks to the new
Spring Babies Mini Coloring Book by Brian Kesinger, based on the photography of Jamie Pham.
Join the Japan Foundation every Monday at 12:30 p.m. for
a virtual concert, one that features "uplifting music" that can be enjoyed at home. Where to find it? On the foundation's Facebook page.
Winchester Mystery House
Taking an online tour of the
Winchester Mystery House? You can. Other attractions are also offering behind-the-scenes peeks, so check in with your favorite place now, online, to see what's new.
Have a tot who loves the ocean? The Aquarium of the Pacific has a new
Online Academy for families learning at home.
Petersen Automotive Museum
Submit a video of your car for the
Petersen Automotive Museum's global (and virtual) "Cars & Coffee" meet-up.
From easy crafts to storytimes to other keep-busy fun,
this round-up has plenty of ideas for younger people to stay engaged.
Coloring pages from The Getty? Download them for free at the museum's
"Color Our Collection" site and spend a happy hour filling in fanciful forms taken straight from medieval manuscripts.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Watching critters cavort live? Many California animal parks and aquariums have cameras tuned into their furry residents. Monterey Bay Aquarium is currently featuring rescued otters on its
Sea Otter Cam.
Mt. Wilson Observatory
Can you see Mt. Wilson Observatory from where you live? You can request for Sunstar, a prism-producing art installation,
to be pointed directly at your home.
Procuring pro tips on what film to watch next? AFI and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are offering free
lists, picks, and ideas.
Dreaming of Disneyland days?
The Mattercam at the Howard Johnson Hotel & Water Playground is keeping an eye on The Happiest Place on Earth.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Craving a bread starter that will last and last and last? And you want to help out a local business? Mr. Holmes Bakehouse has
low-cost, make-your-own-bread kits available.
Several art institutions, including the
Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, have an array of projects for kids to do at home.
California Science Center
California Science Center has
"Stuck at Home Science" fun for your aspiring physicists.
Two Bit Circus
Two Bit Circus, the Arts District arcade? The team behind it is now offering parents and kids cool streams of at-home activities via Twitch.
Wildlife Learning Center
Wildlife Learning Center has furry-fun livestreams, giving animal lovers a chance to get to know residents of the Sylmar animal center better. Recent focuses have included the center's sloths and servals.