Now that the weather is getting a little warmer, we’re all getting a bit of that ol’ Summertime Feeling…

Given our current global situation, though, it’s pretty clear that social distancing is going to play a major role in all of our lives for the foreseeable future; we’re all going to have to be a bit creative with the ways we spend our downtimes this summer.

But fret not, because here at The Morning Bell, we’ve got you covered with yet another bunch of suggested online activities that will help open your cultural horizons all season long while you #StayHome. This time around, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite online museums, theatrical performances, and digital exhibitions that we hope will give many of you a little of that “summer travel” feeling in the coming weeks.

So check out our list of online activities and exhibitions below, and let us know in the comments section if you have any suggestions of your own!


Two people standing in front of a three-paneled painting

Take a Walk Through British Art at the Tate Museum and locate the artwork above. Can you guess which artist would have painted these surreal creatures? (Photo by Rikard Österlund, Tate Museum. Used under Creative Commons license)

  • Study the Founding Era with Hamilton Education at Home—through student performances, primary resources, and interviews with Lin-Manuel Miranda and select “Hamilton” cast members!
  • New Victory Theater’s Arts Break might just be the break you need! They feature free video lessons every school day, exploring new forms of art each week—from puppetry, choreography, magic, clowning, and juggling.
Young preschool aged students in ballet class

Photo Credit: KCBalletMedia via Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license)

  • Heidi Latsky Dance, a mixed dance company, is offering live events and classes that you can join via Instagram Live and Zoom.
An actor performing Macbeth in the Shakespeare Globe Theatre

Even if you miss the Shakespeare Globe’s premiere of “Macbeth” this month, it will be available on demand on YouTube until schools reopen in the fall. (Photo Credit: Ellie Kurttz, “Macbeth 2020.” Used under Creative Commons license)

  • Enjoy lunchtime conversations with Broadway actors, composers, and more! Camp Broadway’s At This Stage series connects students with theater stars, including composer-lyricist Georgia Stitt, and “Moulin Rouge’s” Kevin Curtis.

We hope this list helps you and your family feel a bit more “well-traveled” in the coming weeks. For more great tips, suggested activities, including previous installments in our #StayHome activities series, subscribe to The Morning Bell today!

(Credit for banner image, “Closeup of plastic cup for paint,” by Nenad Stojkovic. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Flickr.)

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