Thanks to COVID-19, many artists have postponed public performances, and concerts, museums, and gardens have temporarily shut their doors, and restaurants and bars have shifted toward takeout and delivery only. Under new social distancing guidelines, socializing and enjoying free time has become very difficult, but it’s not impossible. Around the world, people are finding creative ways to share their talents, collections, and exhibitions virtually.
The same is true for many here in Elizabeth. From virtual concerts to online museum tours and exhibitions, here’s a look at a few virtual entertainment options you can enjoy from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Open a bottle of wine and find your artistic side. Yaymaker offers virtual Paint Nite classes for those couples looking to drink, connect, and maybe redecorate.
Not a painter? Clear the living room floor for a dance party. Whether you’re looking for R&B to listen to or Latin jams for dancing, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center offers live concerts and DJ sets via Zoom and has extensive archives you can choose from depending on your musical mood.
Be sure to also check out the NJ Salsa group on Facebook or Instagram, where they’ve taken the live weekly salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons that were usually hosted at The Lobby online for your at-home participation.
To stream or not to stream? That is the question and the answer is YES. From Shakespeare classics to roaring comedies, Discover Jersey Arts is offering shows with international stars, performances of national tours, regional plays, poetry slams, classes, living room musicals, and so much more.
Schools may be closed, but the learning continues at the Elizabeth Public Library. Kids stuck at home can enjoy online storytime, puppet shows, movie nights, and more. Don’t have a library card yet? Apply online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2017, the Pixie Dust Players have offered a variety of programs to students from the Union County Performing Arts Center, and this summer they’re going online. Prep your little actors for casting calls with audition workshops or get the music started with songwriting workshops. All classes and rehearsals will be held as private Zoom calls.
Are kids sad to miss summer camp? Bring the camp to you with Blue Sky Kids’ virtual camp options. With a wide array of session options ranging from improv comedy to yoga, you’re sure to find just what your kiddo needs. Sessions are held privately every weekday morning and last two weeks.
If you’re missing traveling in general, be sure to check out some of these virtual experiences from museums and galleries from around the world. But first, be sure to take a virtual tour of Elizabeth, NJ over on our YouTube channel.
Fashion lovers have a lot to explore in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current online exhibits. See Coco Chanel modernist pieces, Christian Dior ball gowns, and shoes by Roger Vivier.
More of a history buff? See Renaissance, Baroque, and modern works, or learn about old-school American fashion at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
Visit the world-renowned Louvre Museum in Paris and choose from seven breathtaking exhibitions, including Egyptian Antiquities, Remains of the Louvre’s Moat, and Founding Myths: From Hercules to Darth Vader.
As we face these unprecedented challenges together, we continue to trust the greatness of human creativity. Enjoy your virtual experiences and stay safe.