Explore 15 notable offerings from museums, music groups, theater troupes and more

The reopening of spaces and places throughout Ohio is a complex process. Every organization and institution must consider how it does what it does best while helping to protect visitors and keep them safe.

But the process is complex for families, too, with parents balancing numerous decisions about the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing health and safety guidelines. Each family is unique, and where your family fits as we all work to find new normals is unique, too.

If your family isn’t yet comfortable venturing out into public places—or even if they are and you’re just looking for a change of pace or a new virtual connection—we’ve compiled this list of ongoing online activities and experiences. Offerings span the gamut from art to concerts, history to virtual museum tours and more.

Digital Library

Libraries are starting to reintroduce services, but Central Ohio systems are still not back to full speed. While there’s no substitute for the experience of leisurely wandering the aisles, perusing the stacks until something catches your eye, or waiting to see what new interest captured your child’s imagination this week, there is a plethora of online resources available. So by all means, take advantage of curbside pickup where it’s offered, but don’t forget you can still investigate books, movies and programming such as video storytimes online. (And if you’re not following Mr. George the Librarian on Facebook, aka George Morrison from the Delaware County District Library’s Powell branch, you’re missing out.) Check your local library website for options near you.

Do Science

COSI is offering COSI Connects, a series of online videos and hands-on science activities that families can explore at home. The activities are, of course, engaging and fun, but among the things we’ve learned as we’ve lived through the pandemic is the importance of scientific literacy. A related COSI Connects Teachback effort enlists kids to teach adults what they learned. COSI remains closed to the public. cosi.org/cosiconnects

Plant Power

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has reopened, but it hasn’t stopped offering the FPC experience online. Though you won’t be able to catch the new Paul Busse Garden Railway exhibition (scheduled through Jan. 10) online, the conservatory has a host of plant-based opportunities available on its website. Take virtual tours, watch exhibition videos and more. Adults can also get gardening tips, watch a class or even download FPC scenes for backgrounds for your next virtual meeting. fpconservatory.org/explore/virtual-experiences

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