CRAFTS & HOBBIES
Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
- Check out www.instagram.com/antonellis for the latest on their Cheesemonger Live program! Book an appointment online, select your goods and do a curbside pick-up for their virtual cheese tasting course!
- Cooking classes: Always wanted to up your kitchen game? Now is the perfect time! Learn how to cook your favorite dish from Intero or work with the Intero team to design a customized menu featuring dishes you’ve always wanted to master. Bookings are based on availability with two days advance request required. Austin residents can pick up ingredients from Intero, or order ingredients from the store of their choice with a grocery list provided by Intero. Class participants do not have to be local to Austin or even located within the same space. In the spirit of social distancing, up to six people located in up to three different places can participate in the classes via Skype. Find more information on their website.
- Private dinner parties: It’s not a question of if this will pass, but when. And when it does, it will be time to celebrate. Start planning your celebration by pre-purchasing a future dinner party from Intero. Savor a multi-course menu from Executive Chef Ian Thurwachter highlighting seasonal Italian cooking with desserts from Chocolatier/Executive Pastry Chef Krystal Craig. The event can take place at Intero, or in the comfort of your own home. It’s the perfect way to celebrate missed birthdays, wedding rehearsals, graduations or simply being together again. Find more information here.
- Moxie Space is offering virtual organizing services for a special price: $35 for a 45-minute session! Find out more on their website.
- Since we’re all now “working” from home for the coming weeks, local Austin business Desk Plants wants to help make the most of your time inside, offering 20% off their entire selection of hard-to-kill indoor plants.
- Plants are not only great stress relievers, but also help purify the air (that you’re now in 24/7). It’s a great option for picking up a new skill or hobby and provides a much needed moment of zen during this otherwise crazy time. Desk Plants also offers delivery throughout Austin so you don’t have to leave your home. They offer virtually unkillable plants for those with a brown thumb and plenty of options for expert plant parents – plus a plant help hotline and online tips videos.
School Of Rock Austin
- School of Rock has launched virtual, one-on-one music lessons for its 40,000 students around the world through its School of Rock Remote program.
- Students will use video conferencing to meet with their skilled music instructor. The new virtual lesson room coupled with School of Rock’s proprietary Method App™, SongFirst™ approach and Method Books™ will offer a comprehensive music learning experience that is fun, educational and safe.
- Additionally, Hal Leonard, the world’s largest print music publisher of performance and instructional material, has partnered with School of Rock to provide students a free 60-day pass to SheetMusicDirect.com, a nearly endless library of notation in virtually every genre, including rock. Sheet Music Direct PASS is the world’s leading digital sheet music subscription service.
- For more information about the School of Rock Remote and how to sign up for virtual lessons, please visit https://www.schoolofrock.com/music-programs/remote.
Studio San Martian
- Studio San Martian plans to live-stream painting videos and workshops. Stay up-to-date on their Facebook page.
Toast + Timber
- Offering DIY take-home kits and virtual workshops
- Projects for the whole family
- Learn more online.
- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is providing fans new ways to support and celebrate their local theaters. The Austin-based cinema-eatery has launched an “Alamo-At-Home” initiative, including the exciting Virtual Cinema return of its longest-running programming series, Terror Tuesday and Weird Wednesday, plus new t-shirt designs drawn from its most iconic Don’t Talk PSA and home versions of its most sought-after recipe.
- The first title chosen is Terror Tuesday’s CENTIPEDE HORROR, the 1982 Hong Kong horror classic by director Keith Li. Never released legitimately on home video in the United States, the Virtual Cinema screening uses a recent 2K preservation drawn from the only 35mm film print in existence. The screening goes live beginning at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central / 5 pm Pacific on Tuesday, March 31st at vimeo.com/ondemand/ttcentipede. Tickets are on sale now for $7.75 and support AGFA and Alamo Drafthouse.
- While Alamo Drafthouse’s theaters are temporarily closed, hundreds of thousands of frequent guests are missing out on their favorite made-from-scratch snacks and entrees. To help curb the cravings, the company is sharing “Alamo-At-Home” recipes customized for a home kitchen. First up is the much-requested Buffalo Cauliflower vegan snack. The recipe is available on their website.
- FREE opera! Austin Opera’s Live from Indy Terrace broadcast series continues in their regular weekly timeslot, every Friday from 3:00-3:30 p.m. They invite you to experience them “with them” and the Austin Opera community — live streams are launched from their Facebook page and on their YouTube channel.
- If you are not available for the live broadcast, no worries! Completed programs are archived and can be accessed on-demand on their Inside Indy Terrace webpage.
Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Parks Foundation has made its Little Hummingbird Society (LHS) program completely virtual to help provide an array of home activities for the whole family. LHS provides indoor activity kits, special outdoor programming, and games that allow parents to continue educating their kids about the importance of our city’s green spaces – whether that be from your neighborhood park or your backyard for the time being.
- All activities including activity booklets, printable word games, printable drawing and coloring sheets are available for free at austinparks.org/little-hummingbird-society/. For $10 a month kids can become official members and receive exclusive gear and access to volunteer opportunities once we can gather together again. Here are a few examples of great outdoor activities:
- Seed Balls 101: Seed balls allow kids to get their hands dirty and help bring life and color to your backyard! They are an easy way to plant native flowers because the seeds are “pre-planted” since they are covered in soil and compost. The seeds are kept safe until they’re ready to germinate on their own, making it easier for us to “plant” them without worry. Visit the blog for recipe and directions.
- Tree Care 101: A little extra time at home is the perfect time for adults to tend to their yards and teach their kids about Earth’s superheroes, trees. Visit the blog to see tips and tricks APF has put together on proper mulching, watering, pruning and more to help keep the trees on your property happy and healthy.
- Clean Up Games: Give each person a trash bag, choose a pick-up area in your neighborhood and the person with the most trash in their bag at the end wins a prize! Parents can incorporate a time limit, scavenger hunt or prize for “weirdest item” for a little extra incentive.
Austin Playhouse, a professional theatre company, is launching its online content program: Home Theatre. Initial online content includes:
- Today’s Gratitude online workshop: The project transforms playwright Cyndi Williams’ popular Facebook posts into videos recorded by different Austin actors. The first week’s workshop actors include Tom Parker, Ben Wolfe, Katherine Catmull, Samuel Knowlton, and Toby Minor. Today’s Gratitude will be posted every weekday.
- Summer and Bird: an archive video of AP’s theatre for youth production of Katherine Catmull’s Summer and Bird is available through April 2020.
- Bernadette Nason storyteller: Stories for all ages from acclaimed storyteller and AP Acting Company member Bernadette Nason. Current offerings include the children’s tale “Raggylug” and the hilarious tale for grownups “Chicks at the Church Quiz.”
- Additional content includes songs, stories, artist interviews, and tutorials. All content is available for free on the Austin Playhouse website as well as their youtube channel.
Bump Club And Beyond
- Bump Club And Beyond has a ton of FREE resources for parents and parents-to-be. Learn more about virtual hangouts, information and more on their website.
- They also offer a list of movies for parents and movies for the whole family.
Cha Ching Queen
- The Cha-Ching Queen herself, Rachel, says, “If there’s anything I can do to help let me know. I’m a certified teacher and if you need assistance with understanding something that has been assigned for your child, or need more resources, please reach out to me. Or, if you just want to chat, please feel free to reply to this email and I’d be glad to listen.”
- If you are stuck at home and are looking for ways to stay mentally and physically healthy, I put together a list of free resources during coronavirus quarantine.
- These resources range from free health services, autism support, exercise videos, virtual tours, educational materials, entertainment, and more.”
Doc’s Drive-In Theater
- Doc’s drive-in theater gives you the opportunity to get out of the house while practicing safe social distancing. Go online to find their latest offerings, which include some great double-features!
Songs For Young Whippersnappers
- A collection of classic American songs reimagined for children is now a LIVE SHOW and more! Join Songs For Young Whippersnappers on Facebook for free live-streams every weekday with the kids.
The Kindness Campaign
- TKC’s Morning Meet-Up & Storytime is a “cheerful check-in about feelings and emotions, followed by read-aloud storytime.” It happens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. on Instagram.
Charge Running is the first app that lets you run LIVE alongside other runners as well as with live coaching to help you go the distance. It’s the most social running experience you can have by yourself (!), increasing motivation as well as the sense of community that’s been lost as we try to cope with the outbreak by limiting face-to-face contact. You get:
- Unlimited access to live running classes and virtual races
- The ability to compete with runners anywhere in the world in real-time
- A live Leaderboard that shows where you are in the pack to keep you pushing
- Live, personalized feedback from professional trainers
- Group chat with coaches and fellow runners throughout the run
- On-demand runs for times you can’t join the live groups
- A choice of difficulty levels and race types
- Compatible with IOS, Android and Apple Watch
- Dancers Shape has moved their group classes to an online streaming option. They are producing 2-3 classes per day of various styles.
- They have modified all of these classes to be done with things you can find around the house — towels, sturdy chairs, pillows, etc. Check out their schedule here.
Earn That Body
- Kim Eagle has online workouts available now!
- Strength Training, Cardio, Yoga and more!
- All Nutrition Programs are online! So you can stay healthy & fit even during this stressful time.
- Go online for details.
Get It ATX
- Kristina offers online health coaching, real-time live-streamed personal training, at-home workout design, and online nutrition consulting all on her website.
- Tune in LIVE for a FREE workout at noon every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on Instagram Live!
- Ross offers 1-on-1 OR group training out of his garage. He focuses mostly on body weight with minimal equipment necessary. He brings the energy, focuses on form, and will give you an amazing workout. HALF OFF PRICES right now ($40/60 min session) for 1-on-1, and group training rates available upon request. Contact him today (985) 237-2826 or message him on Instagram.
Shoal Creek Striders
- Join the group! Shoal Creek Striders are staying in shape by hosting their main groups of 10+ people daily and maintaining spaces of 6 inches or more between runners to facilitate the city ordinance.
- Todd Pilates are limiting their classes to only 9 students+ an instructor and have offered online support for those who are interested in joining and working out from home ($17.99 unlimited/per month).
VALOR Martial Arts
- VALOR Georgetown is doing online martial arts classes for their students. They are trying to keep the connection going with their kids and adults during this stressful time. Learn more online.
- Curious about pole fitness? VAMPS Dance is adding online classes, accessible with a class pass, as well as posting some new, FREE instructional videos to their YouTube. Many classes do NOT require a pole at home. You can pay it forward with a “love donation,” too — learn more on their website.
The YMCA of Austin home page, www.AustinYMCA.org, has been reconfigured to serve as a one-stop resource with streaming exercise classes, information and classes tailored for seniors, activities for kids and families, kids’ educational resources, spiritual & emotional support, nutrition resources and tips, links to community information as well as ways people can volunteer and give back.
A quick sampling of virtual offerings includes:
- Yoga classes hosted by Y instructor Scott Roskilly
- Senior exercise class hosted by Renee Deeter
- Easter Chalk Bunny art activity hosted by Mayra Arredondo
- Storytime with Suzi Ziegenbein (reading to her donkeys!)
- Kids’ DIY fitness game led by Matt Dove
- Back in the physical realm, the Extend-A-Care YMCA has teamed with local healthcare providers to offer child-care for healthcare workers at the Southwest Family YMCA. Y staffers are offering the service daily from 7 am to 7 pm. The service will continue even as citywide restrictions are tightened.