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DANCE THE QUARANTINE AWAY
Does your kid have a lot of built-up energy from staying inside throughout quarantine? Dance Xtreme New York, the largest virtual dancing program on Long Island, may be able to help. This Hauppauge-based dance studio is designed with different classes catered toward children who want to dance competitively and kids who just want to have fun. Individual lessons, as well as dozens of different online group classes, are available. facebook.com/dxnydance 

VIRTUAL CHECKOUT
Public libraries are currently closed for in-person visits, but virtually they’re still open. Libraries throughout Long Island are providing online access to digital books, audiobooks, and various helpful resources. Some libraries are even hosting virtual events such as storytime. These services are accessible with your library card; and people who don’t have a library card can apply for one through their public library’s website. For these services and more visit the website of your local public library. 

POUR A GLASS
RGNY Winery in Riverhead is selling quarantine survival kits that are designed to bring the experiences and tastes of their tasting room to the safety and comfort of your home. The kits come with three different options: an RGNY Winery custom coloring book, a winemaking kit, or a wine blending kit. The kits can be ordered from the winery’s online store and range in cost from $10 to $80, are available for pickup at their Riverhead location, or can be delivered to your door. rgnywine.com

LAUGH NOWHERE
Itching to see some live comedy but stuck home due to coronavirus? Check out Nowhere Comedy Club on eventbrite.com Different comedians are doing stand-up acts remotely via Zoom with fans who are getting a few laughs without having to leave their homes. Tickets are $5 to $10, but at least there’s no two-drink minimum as you’d pay at a live comedy club.

FOR THE KIDS
The Long Island Children’s Museum’s Facebook page has been regularly posting activities, storytime, and entertainment videos, as well as information on cool virtual events that other museums across the United States are hosting. In one recent post dubbed Visit LICM At Home, staffers briefly taught some geology, showcased one of the museum’s turtles, and showed how to make musical instruments out of household items. facebook.com/LICM  

CATCHUP READING
Local libraries are offering virtual access to books, but some people prefer reading with a physical copy in their hands. If you’re one of those people, there are some local book stores across Long Island that are here to come to your rescue by delivering purchased books to your home. One such store is Huntington-based Book Revue, one of the region’s leading independent book shops. bookrevue.com  

POD BLESS AMERICA
There are thousands of different podcasts out there that cover a vast array of topics including talk shows, opinionated rants, comedy, sports, history, news, and more. One such podcast is Long Island Explained hosted by comedian Chris Roach and podcaster Steve Belanger. In the weekly podcast the duo has in-depth discussions on local legends, such as the mystery surrounding Lake Ronkonkoma. This podcast, and others, can be streamed through Spotify, the Apple Podcasts App, Google Play Music, and various other sites.  

TRAVEL FROM HOME
Escape from Long Island and travel the world in the comfort of your pajamas with Google’s Arts & Culture website. The website allows users to take virtual tours of national parks, art museums, city streets, and historical landmarks all over the world. The site also provides educational facts and activities that’ll surely be fun for the whole family. To access this service visit artsandculture.google.com

HIT THE PRESERVE
When one door closes, a virtual door opens. The Sands Point Preserve is currently temporarily closed due to the coronavirus but is now offering classes online. The virtual classes include yoga and science for young kids, meditation and Qi Gong for adults, and a science class for middle-school-aged kids called Earth Expeditions. To find out more information about the programs and their costs visit sandspointpreserveconservancy.org 

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