We know how difficult this time of social distancing is for families across the state of Arkansas. With children out of school, parents home from work, and many businesses closed or restricting services, it’s very easy for cabin fever to set in. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to present our readers with as many ideas for activities as possible.
Fortunately for us is the time we’re living in, where plenty of interactive and educational measures are little more than a few clicks away.
“Enjoy a variety of Ballet Arkansas performances from the comfort of your home every Saturday and Sunday!
For our first feature, we are pleased to present our recent box office hit, “Cinderella.” A beloved story filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, Cinderella is the perfect introduction to Ballet Arkansas. It is our mission to make world-class dance programming accessible to all, and we feel it’s the perfect time to share the beauty of dance with the public free of charge. Until we can perform live for you again, we are pleased to share our past performances with you and your family. We hope that a Ballet Arkansas performance can bring you joy and peace in this time of uncertainty.
Now more than ever, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Ballet Arkansas through the link below, or visit the Donate tab on our website. Like many arts organizations, we made the difficult decision to cancel our spring productions and our revenue streams have run dry. Although we will continue to fully compensate our dancers and staff through the duration of their contracts, we bear significant losses due to these unfortunate circumstances. A donation of any size plays a meaningful role in the health and wellness of our organization. At Ballet Arkansas, we’ve been touching the lives of countless children and adults for 41 years. With your support, we are sure our best performances are yet to come.”
“Gather up our youngest Cliburn friends! ??? Here’s Cliburn Kids with Buddy Bray Episode 1: Pictures You Can Hear! Note for parents: download some fun accompanying worksheets at cliburn.org/kids and share your students’ drawings with us.
About #CliburnKids: Take a break from at-home school studies to have some music fun, as we explore rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games. Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic advisor and co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom signature in-school program—will lead kids on short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys, twice a week (Mondays & Thursdays at 11a CT).
Programs are geared towards elementary-aged children. Cliburn in the Classroom programs written by Dr. John Feierabend and Buddy Bray.”
Immerse yourself in the stories of American art and architecture at Crystal Bridges with unique virtual reality experiences. Crystal Bridges is developing a series of experiences so you can interact with the museum like never before. Click here.
“#DrawWithRob is a series of draw-along videos that you can watch with your kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures together. Please subscribe to his page and share with anybody that you think might enjoy these films. His books are available to buy here: https://amzn.to/3dEsyu2.
Rob Biddulph is an internationally bestselling and multi-award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021. His books include Blown Away, Odd Dog Out, Kevin and Show and Tell. In March 2020 he started #DrawWithRob, a series of twice-weekly draw-along videos designed to help parents whose children were forced to stay home from school due to the coronavirus pandemic. It proved immensely popular, garnering national and international media coverage, and was used as a learning resource by thousands of families across the globe. Find him on Twitter (@RobBiddulph), Instagram (@rbiddulph), Facebook (robbiddulphauthor) and TikTok (RobBiddulph). And at his website: RobBiddulph.com”
Koresh School of Dance is going LIVE on Instagram through Wednesday!
Join them for a free live-streamed class today, March 30 @ 6 pm with Assistant Artistic Director Melissa Rector!! This Intermediate Contemporary Modern class will warm you up, condition your body and build choreographically over time.
Be sure to tag them on social media or send a video to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to be featured on their pages.
For updates & this week’s schedule visit, https://www.koreshdance.org/virtual-classes
“We are extending our VIRTUAL SAFARI series indefinitely! Join us every day at 2 pm as we explore different parts of the Little Rock Zoo and meet all of our animals!If you missed an episode, you can always go to our page and view it again, or check out the playlist here: facebook.com/watch/zoolr/837452070056452/Don’t forget: bring your activity sheets to the Little Rock Zoo when we reopen to receive a $2 discount on your admission! bit.ly/VirtualSafariActivities”
Now you can visit Mars from the comfort of your living room! Check it out here.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
“The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since it was founded in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing both new ideas and unexpected connections across time and across cultures.”
Old Statehouse Museum:
You can now “virtually” walk up the brick pathway, through the front door and down the central hallway of the Old State House. See it here.
“Watch this video together and sing along as you wash your hands. Talk with children about the importance of hand-washing—it helps keep us healthy and it helps keep germs away! Act out the steps of hand-washing and then practice together. #CaringForEachOther Subscribe to the Sesame Street Channel here. For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit us at http://www.sesamestreet.org Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization. The Workshop produces Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy and numeracy, emotional wellbeing, health and wellness, and respect and understanding. Learn more at http://www.sesamestreet.org.”
“Take a look inside the Titanic Museum Attraction with a part one of a personal virtual tour offered in this exciting new program. For those groups or schools unable to make a trip, We bring the museum to you! Each virtual tour can be personalized to your specific group. For more information visit our website, www.titanicmuseumattraction.com.”
Take a virtual tour of the University of Arkansas. Click here to take a main campus tour or a residence tour of the University of Arkansas.
UA – Pulaski Tech Virtual Reality Experience:
UA – Pulaski Tech offers several ways to have a virtual experience. Click here.
Take a virtual tour of the University of Central Arkansas here.
“Every kid dreams of going to Walt Disney World and now they can with this virtual tour!”
Click here to see more!
“Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don’t have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park. Included with each tour is additional information about visiting in person. Click here to see more.”