During the coronavirus quarantine, kids are working hard at school but also enjoying their hours off with cartoons, Netflix and video games. What about Mom and Dad?
If you need a way to stay socially distant while still enjoying a date night or some grown-up interaction, here are some ideas for hanging out with your spouse or Internet-based classes to try when you’ve got a little time to spare.
Beer Education: Founders Brewing Co. recently launched of its Beer Education Video Series, led by Marklyn Behling, Education Manager, and John Gautraud, Lead Education Ambassador. Marklyn and John will release weekly beer education videos to help you pass the time and hopefully, come out of this with some new beer knowledge.
The series kicks off with the importance of proper glassware. Grab a beer, pour it into your favorite mug, tumbler or snifter and let the beer education begin. Subscribe to Founders on Youtube and follow on social media (@foundersbrewing) to make sure you don’t miss out on the series.
Getting away: AirBnB hosts have a variety of talents beyond being super hosts. The company recently launched what it is calling Online Experiences where you can something new together with small groups from around the world. Check out a real tango class. Get a tarot card reading. Visit a working farm visits, all for a small and reasonable price.
The best part of these classes is you can meet new people while staying at home. And you feel like you’re traveling as well because the Zoom experience puts you right in the home or yard of the person doing the teaching.
Write On: If you’ve always imagined crafting the Great American Novel, you may think this is a great time to get started. But you might not be sure which word should go where – and that is where a great writing class comes in handy.
The Detroit and Dallas Writing Workshops are putting their classes online, taking you straight to the literary experts. You can stay warm at home while checking out some of its free Zoom seminars on the art and business of writing. They also have a variety of instructors and others paid classes to try if you come up with an idea that may become your literary masterpiece.
Inner artist: The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center recently launched its first at-home, all-ages Art Challenge, encouraging individuals and families to make art within their own surroundings and with everyday items they have at home.
The first challenge is inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy, a sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces site-specific sculptures and Land Art in natural and urban settings. Participants are challenged to go on an adventure through their own backyard, and observe the natural elements that exist right outside their door, using collected objects to create their own land sculpture.
At-home artists can send images of their work to Info@BBArtCenter.org with “Art Challenge” in the subject line, and include their name and age. The BBAC will post select photos on its website and social media platforms.
Get cooking: Freeman Gunnell, owner of Cornwall Bakery in Grosse Pointe Park, is known locally for making amazing pastries and perfect loaves of bread. If you’ve ever wondered how he does it – or any chef for that matter – then you can try his free cooking classes on the bakery’s Facebook page.
Cornwall Cooking School has hosted two Facebook Live classes, and both have been watched by hundreds of his fans and chef wanna-bes alike. Thus far, Gunnell has used his home-based kitchen to create a lentil salad, a warm spinach salad, orzo pasta and pasta with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms.