We are closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Passover, so we thought we would post our Weekend Family Fun April 9-12 today. We know this should have been a weekend of family gatherings and meals, religious celebrations and Easter egg hunts. For that reason, we’ve loaded our list with a lot. There are books, live cams, podcasts and more. Be safe and be well, readers.
DJ ChynaDoll takes over the Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s Instagram feed on Thursday, April 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a special edition of Museum Nights @ Home. Groove along @lewismuseum. There will even be a printable black history trivia game to play at home.
Two Words: Waterfall Cams
Wouldn’t be great to travel right now? Here are three live cams that stream from waterfalls around North America. Waimea Falls Park in Hawaii rushes relaxation into your home with its roaring waters and the glimpses of island greenery. Niagara Falls, naturally, has its own camera and a perfect view to show kids who have never seen this famous waterfall. Finally, the Brown Bear Cam at Katmai National Park in Alaska brings you all that its name promises: bears, a waterfall and Alaska.
The Meditation Minis podcast hosted by Chel Hamilton is free and offers quick 5 to 10-minute meditations to ease stress, aid sleep or even to be more comfortable speaking. A favorite here: the episode called “Relaxing Jacuzzi Bubbles of Calm.”
Cook Something Up
Speaking of podcasts, tune it to Hey Chef! In his latest episode, would-be chef and Baltimore teen Sammy Baunoch interviews chef Chris Amendola of Baltimore’s Foraged Eatery. Find out more on Instagram @heychefpodcast.
Grace Lin, author of “A Big Mooncake for Little Star” shows young artists and readers how to draw a Chinese dragon in this YouTube video.
Last week, Dolly Parton donated $1 million toward Vanderbilt University’s research efforts on the coronavirus. This weekend, she can read a story to your children. Oh, that Dolly.
2 Ways to Workout
Bigger Faster Stronger is a company that offers training programs for student and athletes as well as for physical education teachers. It comes recommended to us by Baltimore County Public Schools phys ed teacher Bradley Eastham. Check out the dot drill here which should be easy enough to set up in your house or outside for a kid who just have to move.
For moms: Massy Arias is a mom herself and an internationally known personal trainer who has been sharing videos and other fitness instruction on Instagram. Follow her @massy.arias.
Is karaoke considered a party game yet? It should be. Now you can try to virtually out-belt your friends and family with the Stingray Karaoke app ( Found on Apple Store and Google Play)
The app is free to use through April 18 and offers unlimited access to a catalog of more than 50,000 songs spanning decades, genres, and languages featuring artists like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Cyndi Lauper. There is also a Just For Kids option. For those little ones who love Frozen, now is their chance to repeatedly belt out their favorite tune, “Let It Go.”
Heads Up!: This popular game by Ellen DeGeneres, the one where a player guesses a word that only other players can see, is now on the video-chat app Houseparty. Even better, it’s free.
Charades: It’s time to take this classic board game virtual. Everyone knows the rules, right? You just have to guess the word your team member is acting out from a wide pool of suggestions. As for how you can choose the words over a video chat? Search for a word generator online to help with that.
Catch a play, movie or concert this weekend with your significant other. Here are six ways to virtually support the arts and have a special, kid-free night.
Baltimore Center Stage now has six new short plays to be enjoyed at home.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra launched BSO OffStage, where musicians give performances and host podcasts from home.
The Mainstay currently has a playlist of musical performances on its Facebook page and website.
Big Baltimore Improv Group is live streaming shows. You can also take an online class or watch a show.
Olney Theatre has online classes, a recorded performance of “The Amateurs,” and live streams.