What’s Happening – AT HOME EDITION – April 2020
We know things are tough right now, but we will get through this by staying focused on what matters most. Since we’re all spending more time AT HOME to stay safe you may be missing out on some of your favorite things to do in Southwest Florida. We’ve put together a list of places you can visit from your living room as well as ways to shop at local businesses that need your support now more than ever.
Enjoy Nature from Home
Everglades Wonder Gardens – The “Flam Cam” is a way to watch the beauty of Flamingo Lagoon at home. – Click HERE to view to livestream.
Fort Myers Beach – Live beach cameras give you a real-time view of the beaches – Click HERE to choose from several vantage points.
The Islands of Sanibel & Captiva – Island webcams provide a live look at the beaches – Click HERE to see the island from your some of your favorite spots.
“Ding” Darling Wildlife Sanctuary – Check out the wildlife through a live webcam. – Click HERE
Marco Island Nature Preserve & Bird Sanctuary – Follow Calusa the Bald Eagle and her new mate – Click HERE
More Live Cameras – This website hosts live webcams from Bokeelia, Cape Coral, Matlacha, and other spots – Click HERE
Entertain the Kids (or Yourself)
NBC2 Weather School – Daily at home lessons that relate to the weather. Sign up a class or sign up for an individual weather class lesson. – Click HERE
Melody Lane Performing Arts Center – Online classes now available – Sign up HERE
Dance Dimensions Cape Coral – Offering virtual classes – Contact them HERE
20 Virtual Field Trips for Kids – Links to museums, zoos, aquariums and more along with suggested at home activities – Click HERE
Virtual Playdates – Use apps like Facetime and Zoom to schedule time for kids to meet up safely with friends
Need more ideas for you or the kids? Check out this list of 100 Things to Do Inside HERE
Support Local Arts & Entertainment
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall – Follow them on Facebook for ways to enjoy the arts at home – CLICK HERE
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre – Providing grab and go meals and featuring live performances on Facebook – Follow them HERE
Artis Naples – Streaming live performances and providing links so in case you miss one you can watch anytime – Follow them HERE
Southwest Florida Symphony – Resources to support local artists, performances from around the world, and more – Follow them HERE
Florida Repertory Theatre – Hosted a Virtual Gala to raise money to keep the arts alive in Southwest Florida – Follow & Support them HERE
AR Workshop – DIY craft projects you can order online, pick up in store, and work on together at home – Click HERE
Stay engaged in the arts, watch from home, and if you can please give them financial support.
Support Local Restaurants & Businesses
Lee County to Go – Facebook page created as a resource to find local restaurants offering take-out and to go services – Join HERE
Naples Restaurants – Naples Daily News is frequently updating this list of restaurant services – Click HERE
We Are Here – Florida Weekly is gathering a list of real time updates on the status of businesses and restaurants – Click HERE
Delivery and carry-out services are keeping your favorite restaurants and businesses afloat, so be sure to tip generously if you can.
Help Each Other
Reach out to a grandparent or elderly neighbor and offer to drop off groceries, or offer help show them how to use virtual tools so they can stay connected.
Give blood if you’re healthy and able. Find a blood drive near you on the Red Cross website.