Coronavirus, Lifestyle

Local Charleston events you can tune into virtually

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South Carolina Aquarium's virtual visit | Photo by the CHStoday team

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Many of you – including the CHStoday team – have been working from home the past few days. And there are tons of superheroes out there who have been juggling kids who are out of school at the same time. 

While it’s hard to keep yourself + kiddos entertained and fight off cabin fever when we are strongly encouraged to stay in our homes, the community has been working behind the scenes to make sure there’s plenty of cool + fun things to do during the day – and it’s all virtual.

From virtual tours of the South Carolina Aquarium to online tap dance lessons, here are some unique, local opportunities to stay active, engaged + entertained from the comfort of your own home.

Art + entertainment

Virtual jazz shows
Hosted by Forte Jazz Lounge
Shows will stream live on Forte Jazz Lounge’s Facebook page beginning at 7 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
Shows are free to watch, but virtual tickets are available to purchase to support the local jazz lounge. (Bonus: everyone who donated will be invited to a special party with the Joe Clarke Big Band once the lounge is opened back up.)

Local musician performances
○ Hosted by Moranz Entertainment
○ With the cancellation of Moranz Entertainment + various shows at the Charleston Music Hall, Brad + Jennifer Moranz are releasing weekly musical performances via GoFundMe.
○ Free to stream, donations encouraged (all donations will be given to those who are entirely dependent on performing for income.)
○ Videos + donation page here.

Art history lesson + craft
Hosted by Dorothy Shain
○ Free
Learn about art history through live streamed lessons and printable worksheets + coloring pages.

Virtual music lessons
Hosted by White Key Studios
Via Facebook Live streaming (schedule on their page)
○ Free to all Charleston County School District students

Virtual voice lessons
Hosted by Amy Billings
Via Skype
Email for more info + pricing

Virtual tap dance lessons
Hosted by The Gracie + Lacy Show
Email for more info + pricing

Virtual Performance Series- No Intermission
Hosted by the Post and Courier online daily
Free
Featuring jazz, classical + popular music from local artists and play scenes from local actors
Check out episode one with bass and vocal artist Reggie Sullivan

Virtual Watercolor Workshops
○ Hosted by Redux Art Center and Mia Loia
○ Wednesdays 1-3p.m. + 6-8p.m. via Zoom
○ $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, registration required

Downloadable, Charleston coloring pages
○ Created by Texture Design Co.
○ Free
to download + print
Five illustrations of Charleston homes + window boxes featuring spring flowers
Download here

Craft and virtual party kits
○ AR Workshop in Mount Pleasant is offering DIY craft kits and virtual party kits.
○ Kits can be ordered for pick-up at the store or can be shipped directly to your home.
○ Recommended for both kids and adults.

Tours

Virtual aquarium tours
Hosted by the South Carolina Aquarium
○ Free
Via Facebook Live at 10 a.m. + 2 p.m. every weekday
Guided by a STEM-based learning educator
Interaction encouraged through online activities 

Gibbes Museum of Art virtual walkthrough
Hosted by Gibbes Museum of Art
Free
Using Google Street Views, you can virtually walk through all of the exhibits on display.
Visitors can pair their virtual walkthroughs with audio from the Gibbes’ mobile app, which explains each piece on display.

Virtual History Tours
○ Hosted by Bulldog Tours
○ 2 p.m. daily, on Facebook Live; New location every day
○ Ghost story tours on Fridays + Saturdays at 8 p.m. (PG-13)

Virtual Gallery Tours
○ Hosted by Gibbes Museum of Art
○ Free
○ Available online now.

Charleston Museum
Hosting #MuseumFromHome lessons on Facebook.
Lessons are live streamed several times a week in the mornings, and made available to go back and watch later.

Educational

Virtual Classroom
○ Hosted by Live 5 News
○ Tuesdays + Thursdays at 2 p.m. via Facebook live.
○ Free
○ Kids can get the chance to learn about the jobs of meteorologists and reporters + get a virtual tour of the studio.

 Virtual Education and Community Program
○ Hosted by the Gaillard Center
○ Free
○ Access performance videos and prepared lesson plans curated by Director of Education, Sterling deVries, M.Ed., and Education Coordinator, Stephanie Creger, MAT

SCETV
SCETV is broadcasting instructional content for all grades and multiple subjects during the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Palmetto Carriage Works
Tour guides are sharing short history lesson videos on Facebook.
Tipping is encouraged through GoFundMe. All money received will be distributed evenly among participating staff.

SC Remote Learning
Website launched by the SC Department of Education.
Includes resources for parents, teachers and students across all grade levels.

SC Codes
Learn to code for free through online programming.

Charleston County Public Library
○ A variety of digital resources are available, including audiobooks, streaming music and movies, access to research databases, eBooks, and more.
○ Temporary e-cards for Charleston County Public Library branches are now available for Charleston residents who wish to access digital materials including books, virtual programs, music, TV, the New York Times + more. Apply for a card here.
○ CCPL is also offering free WiFi access outside of all branches for those who do not have Internet access at home, which will be available from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. CCPL asks for those using WiFi to stay in their cars. Note: The Folly Beach branch (55 Center St.) will not offer free WiFi, and the Sullivan’s Island branch (1921 Ion Ave.) will be accessible only for residents. 

Redux’s Family Fridays
○ Hosted by Redux Contemporary Art Center and Mia Loia.
○ Hosted live Fridays at 1 p.m. on the Redux Facebook page.
○ All previous activity videos will remain available following the live stream to watch later.

Active

Virtual Tai Chi-beginners workshop
○ Hosted by Master’s Studio North Charleston
○ April 6 at 6 p.m.
○ $15, register here.

Virtual yoga classes
Hosted by Urban Yoga
○ $40 for two weeks of unlimited classes, sign up here
Do what works for you; You can customize each session by choosing from various 10-minute to 75-minute classes, instructors + all kinds of types and levels.

Virtual meditation & yoga classes
○ Hosted by Satsang Yoga
Meditation via Facebook live at 7:30 a.m. every day.
○ Free
Yoga via Zoom around 10 a.m. every day.
By donation or with an existing class package.
○ View the full schedule + sign up here.

Virtual yoga & pilates
○ Hosted by Tracy Abeles
○ Free
○ Times vary
○ Via Facebook live

Virtual group fitness classes
○ Hosted by College of Charleston Campus Recreation Services
○ Free
○ Via Facebook and Instagram
○ Twice a day Monday-Friday, view this week’s schedule here.
○ Including HIIT, yoga, and core blast classes.

Virtual Barre classes
○ Hosted by Barre South
○ Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
○ Via Zoom
○ Sign up and view the full schedule here.

Virtual karate classes- “Earn Your Yellow Belt” video series
○ Hosted by Japan Karate Institute
○ Free
○ Monday-Thursday 5-5:45 p.m.
○ Via Zoom
○ See Facebook for previous videos.

Virtual live yoga classes
○ Hosted by Charleston Power Yoga
○ Membership or class-cards can be used to sign up, $10 drop-in classes for nonmembers.
○ Via Zoom
○ Sign up and view the full schedule here.

Virtual 5k training
○ Hosted by Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant & Summerville
○ $40 with shirt, $20 without shirt
○ Register for beginner or intermediate 10-week program.
○ Via Facebook live, emails and additional personal contact with mentor

Virtual meditation and relaxation classes
○ Hosted by Still Soul Studio
○ View the full schedule + sign up here.
○ One free class daily
○  $8 Drop in class, view more package options here.

On-Demand workouts with Bill Murray
Hosted by Longevity Fitness Charleston
○ $25/week for unlimited workout videos.
Additional classes include yoga, TRX, pilates + more.

Rentable Fit Kits to utilize during workouts
Sign up here.
Check out a clip from Bill’s workout video here.

Livestream workout classes
○ Hosted by Longevity Fitness Charleston
Via Zoom
$16 per class
Register here.

Business + networking

Virtual speakers
○ Hosted by Creative Mornings
○ Free
○ 
Every Friday in April at 9 a.m.
○ See speakers, topics + registration here.

Food + drink

Bartending with Bottles
Hosted by Bottles Beverage Superstore
Local bartenders will share a signature cocktail recipe via social media
Twice a week starting March 23
Featured cocktail recipe kits are available to pick up with pre-order via email

Family friendly

Charleston Recreation Department
The city’s Recreation Department is sharing daily virtual recreation activities that can be done at home.
Activities are offered for all ages and include ideas, crafts, videos, educational opportunities, fitness classes, games, and more.
Find the offerings on the department’s website or Facebook page.

CPD Birthday Celebrations
The Charleston Police Department has been dispatching officers to visit children on their birthdays and give them a surprise birthday gift bag. If your child has a birthday coming up + you would like a visit from CPD, send them a message on Facebook.

Virtual Toy Shopping
Go on a shopping spree through this virtual tour of Wonder Works Toys. Phone orders are accepted by calling 843-849-6757 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Curbside pickup + no-touch porch delivery available. Curated item selection available here.

Word Games
Charleston Weekender is offering family friendly word games.
Activities are sold online for $1 each, but can be accessed free for CHStoday or Charleston Weekender subscribers here.

The Front Steps Project
○ King and Fields is offering free porch-front family photos (from a safe distance). Donations to Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry are encouraged. Details here.

SC Stingrays
The Stingrays are sharing interactive activities like word searches, coloring sheets, word scrambles, and more.
New templates are released weekly. Find them here.

Story Time with The Citadel
○ Citadel Cadets + other members of the campus community read stories.
○ Go to the website and click on the video to hear the story.

Have another favorite virtual activity that’s been keeping you entertained? Share with us below.