While everyone living in Houston continues with stay at home orders, local Houston institutions are getting creative and providing social-distancing compatible resources. If you have to stay put at your Houston property, you can still experience the city through the magic of the internet. Here are just a few of the many ways you can keep cabin fever at bay.
Comicpalooza was scheduled for Memorial Day weekend this year, but the organizers decided to cancel the event, in light of the coronavirus crisis. They’ve refunded all tickets. However, if you had your heart set on going to the event, rest assured. The organizers are working hard to have a truly spectacular event for 2021. In the meantime, you can visit the online Comicpalooza marketplace. Find original artwork and comics, purchase your favorite toys or t-shirts, get handmade crafts, or check out cosplay goods for sale. Of course, you can also purchase books and comic books. Visit Comicpalooza online to see all the online merchants and find details about the 2021 event.
Miller Outdoor Theatre has been hosting outdoor productions in Hermann Park since the 1920s. Unfortunately, this year the theatre’s board has made the difficult decision to cancel live productions at least through May. They are hoping to re-open for performances in June. In order to give theatre-lovers living in Houston a taste of live productions, Miller Outdoor Theatre is putting on Smiles at Miller. Videos from past and future Miller Theatre performers are posted to the website, under News & Updates. They’re also on the theatre’s YouTube channel. Be sure to follow their Facebook page, too, where you’ll get updates to improvements being made to the theatre. There are also cute videos of the park’s wildlife and useful information on where to get help and resources for dealing with the coronavirus.
When many people think of living in Houston, they think of the Space Center and the role it played in the moon missions. The Space Center is closed, but they’re putting up great virtual tours. The Apollo 13 mission is considered a “successful failure”. An oxygen tank exploded on the module, but the crew was rescued. You can check out the tour on the Space Center website and learn about the rescue mission, as well as look at historical photos, find interesting collections of trivia, and learn more about the major characters in the story, like Gene Kranz. There are also videos with interviews and even photos of the children of the astronauts.
For those who might want to know more about NASA and space, check out NASA at Home. Kids of all ages, as well as adults, will find lots of interesting information. Learn about eclipses, exoplanets, space travel, and much more. Print out coloring pages, see photos from the Hubble telescope, and even create your own Mars helicopter video game! You’ll also find links to apps you can download to keep up with news on all of NASA’s fascinating current projects.
The Houston Public Library is always a gateway to the world for Houston property owners. During this time when we’re staying in, it’s even more important to be able to access the wider world from home. Though all branches are currently closed, several branches are hosting book clubs online. The book clubs meet at different times throughout the month--weekends, weekdays, afternoons, and evenings. Everyone is sure to find a club that fits their schedule.
While the library is closed, there’s a lot of electronic content to explore. Download the SimplyE app for either Android or iOS and get several apps in a convenient bundle. Read books and magazines and listen to audiobooks on Overdrive, RBDigital, and Axis360. You can find music, movies, and books on Hoopla. PressReader has a huge collection of magazines and newspapers. There are also lots of resources to help kids keep up with school work. If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new language or another skill, check out the offerings on the different apps. It’s amazing what you can find there. ComicsPlus offers library patrons access to comic books for both kids and adults.
The library’s blog has in-depth information on the many electronic resources, as well as book recommendations for all ages. You can also find fun ideas, like creating an oral family history.
Kids 18 and under can apply for an online e-card to access the library’s electronic resources while schools are closed. Those who already have a library card can access them, too.
Houston’s restaurant scene is well known and loved by residents and visitors alike. Many eateries have shifted to take-out only or have started to offer delivery options. Some have even started pop-up grocery stores.
Good Dog Houston is one of the eateries that has expanded its offerings during this time. There are two locations, one in the Heights and the other in Montrose. Both offer a Blakeslee's Bodega. Pick up a dozen eggs, TP or paper towels, or pantry staples like flour and sugar. You can also find fresh fruit, including lemons, limes, apples, potatoes, garlic, onions, and more. Good Dog Houston has family meals, which include a pound of hotdogs, nine challah rolls, butter, your choice of condiments, and drinks for just $30. They’re offering their famous cole slaw in family sized portions of half a pint, a pint, or a quart. The full menu of delicious hot dogs, homemade soups, salads, desserts, beer, and wine.
We hope this list will help you make it through another week in quarantine and have a little fun while doing your part to beat coronavirus.
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