Downtown businesses are offering creative ideas to keep us entertained, educated and active during our time of social distancing. Check out our growing list:

Museum at Home

The Children’s Museum is offering many Museum at Home activities. From science experiments to storytime to a virtual opening of the outdoor Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience, these educational activities provide free fun for families at home. Additionally, hear former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck read to his daughter Lucy and you! It’s Larry Gets Lost At The Museum by Michael Mullin and John Skewes.

Check out the Indianapolis Zoo‘s many webcams – bringing the Zoo to you!  See the beautiful, colorful birds glide around on the Macaw Cam.

The Indiana State Museum has a full lineup on Facebook. Monday: Guest blogs and collection items; Teaching Tuesdays: educational activity (posted at 11 a.m.); Wednesday: Early Childhood storytimes and activities (posted at 11 a.m.) Thursday: Demos (posted at 3 p.m.); Friday: Behind-the-Scenes in the collection (posted at noon); Saturday: Adults Night In (posted at 7:30 p.m.); Sunday: #SiteSunday. Additionally, see an item a day from the ISM collection on Twitter following the alphabet, highlighting 26 pieces from the collection.

Art & Performing Art

Stay in the know with Newfields at Home – whether it’s inside the IMA Galleries or outdoors in 52 acres of gardens. Join experts as they share behind the scenes moments, tricks of the trade and answer frequently asked questions. Additionally, find these activities on social media: Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m., Instagram Live, get creative to make a charcuterie board. Thursday, April 2, at 6 p.m. – Show off your knowledge at Marvel Trivia night on Facebook Live. Every Wednesday, check all channels for a new arts and crafts project.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre partnered with WFYI to film a performance of Murder on the Orient Express. And now, while the Theatre is closed, you have the ability to purchase and watch the performance from the comfort of your home. Enjoy this wonderful play.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians continue to play on. Enjoy daily performances on Facebook.

The annual Stutz Artists Association Open House will happen online April 1 – 14. Watch social media for daily artist profiles where you can buy what you like!

Cancer Support Community Central Indiana will host a virtual version of its Laughing Matters fundraiser on Saturday, April 25 at 7:25 p.m.. Viewers will enjoy Dave Dugan, one of Indy’s most beloved comedians, performing stand-up comedy for all ages. Also learn more about Cancer Support Community’s 25 years of helping to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Watch online at WTHR.com.

April is National Poetry Month! Starting April 1, Indiana Humanities will feature Indiana poets and poetry, curated by Indiana Poet Laureate Matthew Graham. You can also read a poem-a-day by an Indiana poet via Indiana Authors Awards (FacebookInstagram).

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir created a “Stay at Home” playlist comprised of their favorite movements from choral works. Let these song selections help you pass the time at home. Listen on Spotify or Apple Music.

Digital Gatherings

Local nonprofits IndyHub and Leadership Indianapolis have launched of a free digital gathering series designed to bring community members together while social distancing. The organizations plan to host digital book clubs, panel discussions and virtual meet-ups, replacing their traditional event and program schedules with opportunities to convene remotely.

We could all use a laugh and Helium Comedy Club is live from your couch with several online Zoom performances for $7 each. See Comedy Roulette Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m.; Comedy Roast-isserie featuring Buffalo’s best Wednesday, April 1;  Well, I Thought It Was Funny, Thursday April 2 at 8 p.m.; Jury Duty Friday, April 3 at 10 p.m. and Horrible People Saturday, April 4 at 10 p.m.; Truly LOL! (And if you’d like to leave a tip, any amount is welcome.)

Kan-Kan On-Demand brings you weekly opportunities to enjoy great indie films from the safety of your own home. Each week, a variety of free and paid content, both feature-length and short films, will be offered. Check out the On Demand page for everything on tap this week. Additonally, every Friday at 8 p.m., gather virtually for a free viewing party and live discussion via Slack. To learn more and vote for this week’s film, visit the At Home Cinema page.

Learn more about life on the Indy Cultural Trail via a live Instagram conversation every Thursday at noon focusing on a different topic as it relates to plants and gardens with Q&As from you. April 2: Plants and new blooms on the Trail; April 9: Bugs? Gross! April 16: …but how do you water all  8-miles of gardens? April 23: The wonderful world of street trees and April 30: Stormwater Planters: what are they good for?

Fitness at Home

The National Institute for Fitness and Sport (NIFS) is posting at-home workout ideas and nutrition information on its social media channels Facebook and Instagram. Tune in and stay healthy at home.

The Barre Code Downtown Indy is offering 40+ virtually-led LIVE streaming classes every week by local Indy Instructors, starting at 6 a.m. and going until 9:30 p.m. Find one that fits your schedule and stay active.

Invoke Studio is now offering online classes through Zoom. Classes include Vinyasa, Mat Pilates, Core HIIT and Bar Effect. All are welcome and can use an Invoke membership, regular class package or purchase a Zoom drop in for $10.

The Hot Room Downtown is live-streaming classes every day with a small group of staff. The classes appear on the regular schedule but will take place in the “Virtual Studio.” Sign up is the same as inperson classes but choose Virtual Studio. 

Orangetheory Fitness Downtown Indy is producing online workouts via Facebook. Don’t miss a workout and stay fit at home!

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering multiple online workouts via Facebook Live. Follow Facebook for free daily classes that utilize no equipment or items easily found at home.

For the Kids/Educational

Take 5 with Arts for Learning is a Facebook Live video series that engages and uplifts youth through 5-minute musical and visual art programs.

Step up to the plate, download the Indianapolis Indians’ Baseball in Education booklets and educate your kids (2 – 8 grades) in a fun, entertaining way from home.

The Indianapolis Opera has ensured you are able to continue advancing your student’s arts education through e-learning by providing videos and curriculum. Grades K-5: The Tails of Cats and Mice (Children’s Opera);  Grades 5-9: “Vedem” by Lori Laitman and Grades 6-12: “Singing for Success.”

Fun From Our Sports Teams

The Indianapolis Colts mascot “Blue” has launched a new video series, “The House of Blue,” featuring Blue and his family, other local celebrities and fellow mascots from around the country. The series is hosted by Blue and his wife, Alison Mock, who is an Indiana teacher, from an at-home studio built by the man behind Blue, Trey Mock.  Each episode brings educational and fun digital content into homes. Watch on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Want to be a Colts Cheerleader? Virtual auditions are happening soon. The deadline to submit an online audition application is April 17. See all the details here. 

Test your Indiana Pacers knowledge by playing Turbo Trivia live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Download the Pacers app and select Turbo Trivia under the Arena tab.

Unique Offerings

Chef JJ’s is offering fantastic FREE online cooking classes. (Feel free to tip your instructor via Venmo.) Simply sign up and watch on this YouTube channel. Tune in for Pizza Class – Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m.; Let’s Talk Chicken – Thursday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.; Weekend Family Dinner – Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m.

Rooster’s Kitchen has changed it’s business model to better serve the community. Check the online store with fresh vegetables, fruit, soups, meat, milk and other items to purchase and pick up 12 – 24 hours after the order is confirmed.

Hotel Tango Distillery has made an approved hand sanitizer and is distributing to local nonprofits. For donation requests, email donations@hoteltangowhiskey.com 

Don’t forget to fill out your Census. The #2020Census will affect funding for education, healthcare, transportation, emergency services and more for the next decade. Make a difference right now – from your home – by going online to 2020census.gov and being counted today.

Scenes From Quarantine

The Harrison Center believes art can help keep us connected and help us process everything that’s going on. They have commissioned artists for “Scenes from Quarantine” series, and EVERYONE is invited to join in short daily art. Each day, a prompt will be posted chosen by one of our artists along with an original sketch or other medium. Join in and sketch the daily prompt.

Radio Programming

Big Car will be expanding its programming on  radio station 99.1 WQRT and streaming via wqrt.org to bring us together during this time of social isolation.

Shop Online

Silver in the City orders can still be shipped to your door. Find the perfect gift for that special someone who needs a little joy right now.

SOLD OUT: Grab The Shop/Visit Indy Hospitality Tip INDY Tee for $10. Choose your size and you’ll receive a random colored tee with the INDY logo on it. And 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the United Way and Arts Council of Indianapolis to help hospitality workers in need.

Shop the Online Store of the Indianapolis Indians and support the Tribe.

Find Your New Downtown Home

CityWay is offering FaceTime tours to show you around your potential new apartment. Additonally, CityWay has virtual cooking and fitness classes so check in daily.

Check out the Downtown Indy Apartment Guide in your spare time to browse 65 apartments, complete with amenties and unique features listed. Make a list of which ones you want to tour this summer.

Tours – see our Downtown tours here!

Have we missed a great Downtown opportunity? Let us know at jennifer@downtownindy.org.

Jennifer Hanson

Jennifer Hanson

Senior Communications Director