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16 virtual things to do for the week of April 8-14

From homeschooling tips to nightlife, we found some things you can do from your house.
Watch a video of how a glass furnace similar to this one is shut down due to glass shop closures.
Watch a video of how a glass furnace similar to this one is shut down due to glass shop closures.
Published Apr. 6, 2020|Updated Apr. 7, 2020

You can keep your distance and still support the arts, take a fitness class or celebrate Easter. Here are some virtual events that are being held this week. Want to enter an event in our database? Click here to learn more.


Virtual Easter activities

People hid eggs in their yard and took pictures. Now kids from afar can take their time, zoom in and out, move the camera side to side and see how many eggs they can find from the safety of their home. There’s also an egg hunt-themed game. For both activities, go to Free. 9 a.m. today-Sunday.

Easter drive-in service

An Easter service you can attend live, from the comfort of your own car. Parking spot reservations are required and can be made at Free. 5-5:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon. (813) 689-4229.

Related: 5 virtual things to do with kids while keeping your distance this week

Easter Sunday sunrise service

Join First Unity Church St. Petersburg in celebrating a virtual Easter sunrise service live from North Straub Park. Tune in at Free. 6:45-7:45 a.m. Sunday. (727) 527-2222.

Virtual sunrise service

Bok Tower Gardens holds its 94th annual sunrise service on Facebook Live. The virtual service includes a message from Rev. Tim Nunez, Rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Wales, and sacred carillon music performed by Geert D’hollander. Go to Free. 7 a.m. Sunday.

Handel’s Messiah: the Florida Orchestra

On Easter, the Florida Orchestra shares love and joy through a performance of the full Messiah in this live recording from December. Tune in to WSMR-FM 89.1 and 103.9 or stream online at Free. 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.


Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month, and the Safety Harbor Public Library is holding a poetry contest. But it’s not your ordinary poetry contest. Think of it as a mental health exercise. All poems must reflect your fears, frustrations and concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Poets of all ages are encouraged to submit original one-line poems. Winners will be chosen from categories of adult (19 and older), teen (13-18), tween (9-12) and youth (8 and younger). All submissions must be made online at The contest ends April 18. Free. (727) 724-1525, ext. 4112.

Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema

Stream exclusive theatrical arthouse films, not available on other streaming platforms. Just create an account, purchase a virtual ticket through the Oscilloscope e-store and you will receive a Vimeo link and password to view the film as many times as you want for three days. Check back, because film titles change. Benefits Tampa Theatre. $11.50 per film. Available today-Sunday. (813) 274-8286.

Virtual B.E. Book Club

Go to the Body Electric Facebook page and RSVP for a link to join a discussion of the classic Women Who Run With the Wolves. Free. 6-7 p.m. today.

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Thunderdome with Chelsea Hooker

Jobsite Theater and the Florida Bjorkestra combine to bring us a YouTube video of Chelsea Hooker singing Thunderdome, the song made famous by Tina Turner. Listen in at

Shine Mural Festival

A virtual tour of more than 90 murals created from 2015 to 2018 in St. Petersburg. Click on any mural on the map for detailed information including photos, audio descriptions and artist information. For the virtual map, go to Found at the St. Pete Arts Alliance website.

From Shakespeare to Langston Hughes

Bob Devin Jones of the Studio@620 in St. Petersburg has created a new live stream fireside chat. Tune in at the gallery’s Facebook page. Free. 7-8 p.m. Thursday.

Virtual Career Event for Students and Entry Level Workers

Waitresses, baristas, Uber drivers, cashiers, customer service reps and interns are invited to learn about federal training and service learning programs available. No degrees or experience required. Sign up at Free.

Adult entertainment

Fair-Tastic Team Building

Think of the sights, sounds and smells of the fair as you virtually escape the confinement of your home. Cracker Country challenges us to build our own turn-of-the-century Florida State Fair. This makes a good team-building challenge. Assign co-workers or friends tasks and invite them to the challenge. Go to Free. 10 a.m. today-Friday.

Virtual standup comedy

Amateur comedians from across the country test out their skits on silent digital audiences. Watch them at Even professionals like Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon are having trouble with this exercise. Free. 8-9 p.m. Friday.

Daphne and Friends: The Socially Distant Drag Show

Daphne Ferraro has gathered her friends from across the country to present 90-minute virtual drag shows to benefit drag queens who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Tune in to the show by following @daphneferrarotall on Instagram. Free. Tip performers through their Venmo accounts. 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Lady Janet’s Digital Drag Show

Tampa Pride grand marshal Angelique Padro, known as Lady Janet, has also organized a virtual drag show. Lady Janet’s Digital Drag Show benefits and stars area drag dancer Robyn Demornay. You can find it at Donations can be made through Cash App at $TheLadyJanet and $Robyndemornay. Free. 7 p.m. Saturday.

Online Aqua Yoga

If you own a pool and are looking for aqua yoga inspiration, go to and register for a Zoom link. This 45-minute class includes postures and floating meditation. $12. 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday.


Learn From Home with the Ringling

Visit to find art projects families can do at home, lesson plans for teachers and other activities for students. Parents are encouraged to join the Ringling’s Family Programs Facebook group, where they can find educational and creative projects every week. Free. Available anytime daily. (941) 359-5700.

Crayola at Home Activities for Kids

Crayola Orlando provides parents activities to keep kids busy and meet home school standards. Download step-by-step crafting instructions, coloring pages, games, apps and colorful science experiments that use household items. Go to Free. Available anytime daily.

Virtual Holocaust Homeschool Curriculum

Take your homeschooler through various Holocaust topics, including “Dry Tears: The Story of a Lost Childhood,” “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and “Farewell to Manzanar.” Go to Free. Available anytime daily.

Puff Takes a Nap

Puff is the nickname of the glass furnace at the Morean Glass Studio in St. Petersburg. With the closure of the Morean, Puff was extinguished. Watch a video tracing the process from the removal of the molten glass, its crystallization and the multiday cooling of the furnace. Find it at Free. Available anytime daily.


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