Although you may love your home, the current health crisis is making many of us a bit “stir crazy” – especially now since it is spring. Since we cannot get out to enjoy our communities, many local arts and other organizations have created experiences for us to enjoy from our home computers, tablets and mobile devices. Here is our list of “virtual and digital things to do” for the greater Cincinnati, Ohio and Dayton, Ohio; Springfield, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana region:
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Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center
The center is featuring a daily online art project on Facebook.
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Instructors are presenting virtual classes.
WCET Art in Isolation
PBS is featuring local artists and organizations and how they are staying creative at home. This digital series is available on their Facebook page.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Download the museum’s video conference backgrounds!
Mt. Healthy residents can let the Mt. Healthy Fire Department know about a child’s birthday and they will do a drive by with a birthday parade.
Blue Ash residents can reach out to the Blue Ash Police and Fire Departments for a special drive-by parade for a child’s birthday.
Fairfield Community Arts Center
Weekly virtual programs (arts, fitness, nature, etc…)
Dresser Up Vintage Boutique
This boutique (located in Newport, Kentucky) is selling DIY painting craft kits (floral painting on a wood board, painting a terra cotta flowerpot, etc…) The kits are available for curbside pick up. Plus, the boutique is offering free tutorials on Facebook.
DANCE / YOGA
View videos of past ballet performances as well as rehearsal sessions!
The Ballet is also offering dance conditioning, pilates and Barre Fitness classes live on Facebook.
DANCEFIX BY HBDC
Live and on demand classes are available.
YMCA of Cincinnati
Stream cardio and other fitness classes
FitNext located in downtown Cincinnati has workout videos on YouTube
Mariemont Theatre / Esquire Theatre / Kenwood Theatre
While you cannot go see movies on the big screen you can view independent films from these three theaters in a “virtual screening room” for half the price of a usually ticket cost.
The Neon Theater
This theater is offering 72-hour access to films for $12.00.
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Download a free library card and enjoy everything the library has to offer online. From the eBranch, listen to e-audiobooks and music; view magazines, movies and TV programs. Access newspaper archives and more from the e-search area. There are also e-learning resources.
The library also features story time videos from their YouTube channel.
Kenton County Public Library
The library has links to Friday Yoga sessions, story time for kids, chat about genealogy and more from their Facebook events page. You can also check out ebooks, digital movies, music and audiobooks via the library’s eMedia.
Dayton Public Library
Get your eCard here for the library and then start exploring. Enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, music, videos, magazines as well as many research tools. Learn more here.
The library is hosting virtual book discussions via their Facebook events page.
Clark County Library
The library has audiobooks, ebooks, e-magazines, digital music and video.
Taft Museum of Art
The museum is offering quite a few virtual experiences and programs: Virtual studios are available on Mondays; Taft Chats are scheduled on Wednesdays; Taft Trivia tests your knowledge on the museum on Fridays; and Family Sunday Fundays have hands-on art activities.
Ark Encounter & Creation Museum
This museum’s Facebook page has all kinds of videos to watch.
There are lots of virtual/online things to do with this museum:
• 3D Virtual Tour of the Museum from your computer and mouse! (Grades 4–12)
• Curator’s Chats about the various collections at the museum (artifacts, art and more) on YouTube
• Learn about “Ice-Age Animals that Roamed Northern Kentucky” on YouTube
• Learn about local American Indian Cultures who traveled from Asia to North America. Make a cave painting! (Recommended grade 4) Watch on YouTube.
• Kentucky Land Formations: Caves — Learn about caves, stalactites, stalagmites and how to make your own cave (Grades PreK–1) on YouTube
•. Kentucky Land Formations: Mountains – Learn about the mountains of Kentucky, mountain goats and other animals. Craft your own mountain range with paper and egg cartons! (Grades PreK-1) on YouTube
• Symbols of Kentucky with 3-year old Layla on YouTube
• Join 8-year old Mateo on an outdoor adventure of the grounds around the museum and Devou Park on Facebook
Booneshoft Museum of Discovery
Online learning experiences are available with science activities.
Cincinnati Art Museum
Enjoy a podcast about the museum’s different collections. The museum is also offering views to digitized art collections.Cincinnati Museum Center
Kids will enjoy watching Wonder Zone videos!
Contemporary Arts Center
Take an audio (and video) tour through this museum! There are also other videos to enjoy from your home.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
Watch videos about Dayton inventions and aviation. There are also links to take virtual tours of Hawthorn Hill, Huffman Prairie, the Wright Brothers Museum and more!
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Watch videos that include a house tour and information about this amazing woman. Connect on Facebook and learn even more!
National Museum of the US Air Force
The museum is offering several virtual experiences:
Virtual tour of the museum
View aircraft interiors
Listen to podcasts and audio tours
Watch interviews of former pilots
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
There are lesson plans and activities available for kids from Kindergarten through grade 12 available. (Read a suggested book via your Kindle or the library and then follow the lesson plan.)
Take a video tour of this museum!
The museum offers some virtual learning sessions streamed Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.
Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum
This unique Northern Kentucky museum has interactive panorama images of their collections
Listen to the Deeds Carillon’s Westminster chimes every 15 minutes with mini concerts at 12pm, 2pm and 5pm. Members also have access to 50,000 archived images on the website.
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is giving free performances and has videos to enjoy. If you have children, lessons and activities are provided.
If you enjoy the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, be sure to check out their YouTube channel with all kinds of videos and playlists.
8pm Saturday concerts on 88.1FM WDPR Dayton, 89.9FM WDPG Greenville and 89.1FM WUSO in Springfield
Linton Chamber Music
Enjoy Facebook Live “Peanut Butter & Jam” sessions.
OTR Chamber has a live concert every Monday at 4pm, Wednesday/Friday at 11am on Instagram (n#OTROnMyMind)
Cincinnati Music Festival
Although the concert could not happen this year, there is a Virtual Weekend Experience happening for free July 23–25, 2020.
Dayton Virtual Fridays (Stay at Home event)
Many downtown restaurants are offering delivery and carryout; retail shops are selling online. Make a virtual date with a business or two!
Music Trivia with Karaoke Yes
Interactive trivia show
Ohio River Paddlefest 2020 – Virtual
Paddle on your own! (August 7, 2020)
- Watch classic baseball games from the MLB vault on YouTube.
- View the rebroadcast of the 1975 World Series games on Fox Sports Ohio.
- Take a photo tour from the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame museum.
- Download Kids Activities (word scramble, search, coloring page and more!)
Watch baseball videos of the Dragons.
THEATER / OPERA
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
The Playhouse has pulled together all kinds of home “experiences”. They have links to Netflix and Disney+ shows. There is also a link to a full-length play from National Theater Live available on Thursdays.
The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati
Children’s Theatre has videos of prior shows as well as podcasts available. For students of the arts, they have study guides and activity packets, too.
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
The theater is streaming performances. There is a ticket charge that is very affordable!
The opera has a podcast that chats about all kinds of “opera” topics.
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
The zoo is presenting Facebook Live sessions daily at 3pm. (If that time is not good, you can still see the video later.) A different animal will be showcased every day!
Getting bored with the above online sources?
Ohio: Go here to find even more Ohio virtual attractions and activities. Go here for more links to Ohio museums.
Kentucky: Here is a link for many online/virtual Kentucky museums including the Kentucky Derby Museum, National Corvette Museum and the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Historical Society has also posted links for virtual experiences.
Indiana: Take a virtual–cation in Indiana to museums, the Indianapolis Zoo and more! Visit downtown Indianapolis here. Here is a link to all kinds of Indiana-style fun things for kids.
International: Many museums worldwide are offering virtual, online experiences.: Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, National Gallery of Art, The British Museum, National Museum of Natural History