Coronavirus quarantine: Things you can do from your couch

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Posted at 5:16 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 13:37:34-04

It’s day (?) of social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine — whatever you want to you call it.

You may be getting stir crazy, and we’re here to say “We get it.”

So, here are some virtual “events” and live streams you and your family can enjoy while trying not to get on each other’s nerves (best of luck).

Kansas City Zoo animal cams

The Kansas City Zoo, like many local attractions, is closed due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a peek at the animals.

The zoo offers live feeds for four different creatures: the King penguin, the Gentoo penguin, the polar bear and the Masai giraffe.

Click here to watch the streams.

Beyond Kansas City, the Cincinnati Zoo is offering a "Home Safari" each day on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. CDT.

Virtual events

If quarantine has you feeling a bit of cabin fever and you're itching to get out, a virtual event may be the way to go.

Cellar Rat Wine Merchants is offering a virtual food and wine pairing event on Saturday featuring Crossroads restaurants.

Though it's not exactly an event you can take part in from the comfort of your couch, Garmin is hosting its marathon virtually this year after canceling the April 18 race due to COVID-19 concerns. Find more information here.

If you want to escape more than just your house and expand your horizons beyond the Midwest, several attractions worldwide are offering virtual tours and online exhibits.

Virtual escapes for you... and your kids

One of the biggest challenges many parents are facing amid the coronavirus pandemic is the ever-looming fear of running out of things for the kids to do.

Start practicing mindfulness and healthy habits early with Cosmic Kids Yoga, which offers "yoga adventures" and "guided meditation scripts" for children. Many parents commenting on the page's Facebook posts said the exercises were "my saving grace during my morning coffee.

When it's time for the kids' lunch break from virtual learning, as many schools are transitioning to, join children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems for a doodle session.

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