LIMA — All major event and recreation centers may be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t plenty of entertainment options available at our fingertips.
ArtSpace/Lima is just one of the locations doing its best to stay engaged with the community while it is closed. Last week, ArtSpace rolled out its weekly to-go art activities.
“It’s important to keep those creative juices going,” Executive Director Sally Windle said. “There’s a lot you can still do, and for ArtSpace we want to be involved and help during this time keeping kids and young adults active and providing activities that are useful at this time.”
Last week’s grab bag included items to create a card to send to someone, stamp and envelope included, so people could stay in touch. This week’s activity will allow participants to create their own graphic novels.
“We wanted to do something for kids and young adults because this is the time we usually have our spring classes when a lot of people are coming in, so we want to keep people in that creative mode,” Windle said. “We were talking about what we could do, not to replace art teachers working with kids on their curriculum, but something that anybody can do outside or with their work they’re doing.”
What’s still open?
The great outdoors. The Johnny Appleseed and Heritage Trails park districts have canceled all programming, but the trails and parks remain open to the public.
• Johnny Appleseed has parks and trails available across Allen County including the Allen County Farm Park, Heritage Park, Hermon Woodlands, Kendrick Woods, McLean Teddy Bear Park, Motter and Ottawa metro parks as well as the Ottawa River Bikeway.
• The Heritage Trails includes Deep Cut Historical Park in Spencerville, Dr. Elizabeth Yahl Kuffner Nature Preserve and Lock 14 Park in St. Marys, as well as the Towpath Trail along the Miami and Erie Canal and Bloody Bridge Trail Head.
Keeping it local
Though their doors may not be open, there is still a way to support local businesses and keep in touch with your favorite venues during this hiatus.
• ArtSpace/Lima will be offering free to-go art projects every Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Meeting Place or 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Met. Those interested can stop by either location on these dates to pick up materials to take with them. Each week will have a different theme.
• The Wassenberg Art Center in Van Wert will continue offering its monthly craft box subscription, wassenBox, and the Magic Art Supply Box, a home for free art supplies available to anyone. To sign up for wassenBox, visit www.wassenbergartcenter.org or call 419-238-6837. Kits are $22 per month, are gender neutral and crafts for two separate age groups are available.
• Sara’s Sweets will be offering a Quarantine Cupcake Kit, which comes with 12 unfrosted mini cupcakes with different types of buttercream and toppings. Kits are $12 each and can be acquired by calling Sara’s Sweets at 419-371-4745. The store remains open for carryout.
If you are a business or organization offering at-home activities or your family has stumbled across something to keep you busy, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 567-242-0511.
Exploring the virtual world
If you have officially reached the self-quarantine phase, some of your favorite activities have taken to digital platforms.
• With the help of Google Earth, you can explore national parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite and others. Diply has taken the time to gather 12 locations to visit.
• Travel and Leisure has rounded up a list of virtual tours at 12 famous museums including Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and others across the world.
• OhioTraveler.com will be producing a special Social Distancing Edition featuring outdoor and virtual tours of popular Ohio tourist locations.
• Scholastic is offering a Learn at Home website with days worth of free stories, videos and fun learning challenges.
• Several libraries like the New York Public Library have also opened up their digital media libraries for free.
• Zoos like those in Cincinnati are offering home safari trips across their websites and social media.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511