Living through livestream: Online activities, webcams

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With businesses closed, events canceled and crowd restrictions in place, some Michigan venues are turning to livestream to connect with patrons.

From film festivals and musical performances to book readings with Santa, here’s a list of what you can enjoy online:

MARCH 26

All Day | Ann Arbor Film Festival | Watch dozens of independent films for free via Vimeo. (Warning: All films are not rated and intended for mature audiences unless otherwise noted. Some films may contain strobing effects. Viewer discretion is advised.)

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | KDL Storytime livestream | Read and sing together as a family.

Noon – 12:15 p.m. | Read aloud with author Peter H. Reynolds | The best-selling author reads from one of his favorite children’s books daily.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | KDL STEAM livestream | Librarians from the Kent District Library demonstrate a new STEAM activity or challenge.

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | KDL Book Club | Get book recommendations from the librarians of Kent District Library.

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Yoga with Mo for teens and adults | Join Mo for a 20 minute yoga flow followed by breathing and gratitude practice.

MARCH 27

All Day | Ann Arbor Film Festival | Watch dozens of independent films for free via Vimeo. (Warning: All films are not rated and intended for mature audiences unless otherwise noted. Some films may contain strobing effects. Viewer discretion is advised.)

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | KDL Yoga Storytime | Children develop literacy and coping skills by combining simple yoga poses with stories, rhymes and songs.

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Home safari with the Cincinnati Zoo | The zoo profiles one animal during a Facebook Live event and shares an activity to do at home.

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Bedtime Storytime Livestream | Join Kent District Library librarians for an evening bedtime story reading livestreamed on KDL’s Facebook page.

MARCH 28

All Day | Ann Arbor Film Festival | Watch dozens of independent films for free via Vimeo. (Warning: All films are not rated and intended for mature audiences unless otherwise noted. Some films may contain strobing effects. Viewer discretion is advised.)

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Home safari with the Cincinnati Zoo | The zoo profiles one animal during a Facebook Live event and shares an activity to do at home.

MARCH 29

All Day | Ann Arbor Film Festival | Watch dozens of independent films for free via Vimeo. (Warning: All films are not rated and intended for mature audiences unless otherwise noted. Some films may contain strobing effects. Viewer discretion is advised.)

MARCH 30

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | KDL Storytime livestream | Read and sing together as a family.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. | KDL Storytime Songs livestream |Mr. Dave sings his favorite kids songs and invites you to join in.

11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | KDL STEAM livestream | Librarians from the Kent District Library demonstrate a new STEAM activity or challenge.

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.| Virtual Story Time with Raakhee Mirchandani | The award-winning author hosts a chat and story time.

1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | KDL Yoga Storytime | Children develop literacy and coping skills by combining simple yoga poses with stories, rhymes and songs.

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Graphic Novel Book Club | Kent District Library librarians share their recommendations for great graphic novels to read.

MARCH 31

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Kent District Library Teens and Tweens Book Club |KDL librarians share their book and material recommendations for teens and tweens to read.

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Home safari with the Cincinnati Zoo | The zoo profiles one animal during a Facebook Live event and shares an activity to do at home.

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Bedtime Storytime Livestream | Join Kent District Library librarians for an evening bedtime story reading livestreamed on KDL’s Facebook page.

APRIL 2

7 p.m. | Goodnight with Dolly | Country music singer Dolly Parton reads aloud books from her Imagination Library program nightly, beginning April 2.

DAILY

10 a.m. | Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park virtual visits | Join Meijer Gardens staff for special live activities including draw-alongs, book readings and live tours of attractions, including the popular  Butterflies are Blooming exhibit:

11 a.m. | BenJammin  Educational Music | Live performance with Gramma Jamma

Noon – 12:15 | KDL Library: Read aloud with author Peter H. Reynolds | Reynolds shares a reading from one of his best-selling books.

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Home Safari with the Cincinnati Zoo | A daily weekday livestream in which the zoo profiles an animal and shares an activity you can do from home.

4 p.m. | Astronaut Christina Koch reads to kids | The Grand Rapids native who made history in space reads a children’s book on Instagram live.

7 p.m. | Goodnight with Dolly | Country music singer Dolly Parton reads aloud books from her Imagination Library program nightly, beginning April 2.

All Day | Grand Rapids Public Museum | Watch the museums two 10-month-old Lake Sturgeon swim around their habitat in the Grand Fish, Grand River exhibition anytime during the day: .

All Day | Monterey Bay Aquarium| From sea otters and sharks to jellyfish and penguins, watch livestreams of the creatures in each exhibit.

All Day | Pure Michigan webcams | From Sault Ste. Marie to Holland, get a live look at what’s happening around the state without the drive.

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES

Grand Rapids Public Museum | Explore the museum’s collection of more than 250,000 artifacts and specimens online for free and download virtual discovery kits.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation | Dig through the museum’s digital collection and discover artifacts like the bus on which Rosa Parks protested segregation laws and the first car built by Henry Ford.

John Ball Zoo Insider | Zoo employees profile an animal at the zoo and share activities and projects to learn more about that animal.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ Young Artists of Kalamazoo County exhibition | See the work of hundreds of young artists from more than 50 schools and take a trip back in time to your own childhood.

Outdoor Discovery Center | Take education outside with ODC’s Backyard Crusade activities. Each weekly focus encourages families to explore their outdoor surroundings and investigate nature.

The Menominee Range Historical Museums | Virtual tour takes visitors through three museums that feature more than 100 exhibits including Native American history, World War II gliders and the largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the U.S.

Michigan History Museum | Take a virtual tour of the museum’s five floors and learn about some of the earliest people to call Michigan home.

Michigan Science Center | Take a virtual tour and learn about the human body, space travel and more through the science center’s galleries.

Have another livestream event or online activity you think should be on our list? Send us the link and information by emailing christa.ferguson@woodtv.com.

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