Virtual Fun for Everyone

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While people are sheltering-in-place and practicing social distancing, many tourism destinations, museums, historic sites and other attractions are offering virtual options for visitors to explore and learn at home.  And, to keep all that Maryland offers top of mind, visit Maryland Fun For Everyone for Puzzles, Bingo, Scavenger Hunt and much more.

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Maryland Fun for Everyone!

Let's face it, Maryland is fun.  Right now, whether you are together under one roof or "visiting" on-line, Maryland has fun games to play at home, or turn into on-line challenges.  Games include:  Maryland Mad Libs, Old Line Bingo, Free State Scavenger Hunt, Maryland Statue Challenge, This or That - Maryland Style, Choose Your Maryland Quarantine House and Maryland Jigsaw Puzzles among others. To play...


You can even put yourself into one of many Maryland virtual backgrounds! 

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Family Fun

You are home with the family.  So now what?  Have adventures on-line of course! 

Family members of all ages will enjoy nature, animals, science projects and more.  We have rounded up a collection of virtual experiences perfect for the family.  Visit the soothing National Aquarium, the fun-loving inhabitants at the Maryland Zoo.  Explore Historic Ships in Baltimore and elsewhere in Maryland.  Watch wildbirds of the Chesapeake Region with their young as they live their lives. Take a trip to a few Maryland lighthouses or the B&O Railroad Museum. Or, check in at the International Space Station. Here is a list to get you started.

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Art

Maryland is home to important and unique museums, art and artists, and performers.  Today much of the work can be viewed on-line.   

Explore the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Walters Art Museum, American Visionary Art Museum, Virtual Delaplaine and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.  Open Walls Baltimore combines public art in the urban landscape.  Shelter, at Massoni Art, explores what makes home a home via an on-line exhibition.

The Mainstay and WTMD Radio put concerts on-line.  Stage performances at Garfield Center for the Arts have a TV Channel.  The Maryland State Arts Council lists virtual art experiences.
Click here for much more.

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Heritage

History and Heritage has opened up in the virtual universe to tell stories of inspiration, sacrifice and lessons learned.  Baltimore National Heritage Area's tours explore lesser-known parts of the City that are historically significant. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum highlights Maryland's African American History and Culture.


Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine offers surprising tales about Fort history. Antietam National Battlefield provides insights into the bloodiest day in American History.  Blackistone Lighthouse 3-D Tour makes you feel like you actually stepped out of the house!  The National Museum of Civil War Medicine offers hang-outs with historians and lessons learned from past medical eras.
See the full list of virtual history sites here.

Virtual Road Trips - Maryland Scenic Byways

Scenic Byways feature Maryland’s 18 video trips around the state.  Plan your next getaway by viewing Maryland's Scenic Byways videos, after experiencing them virtually.  You will be inspired to take these journeys with your family and friends once the coast is clear!

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Lights! Camera! Action!

Parkway Movie Theater in Baltimore is now calling itself a virtual theatre and offers new films you can watch from the comfort of your sofa, for a fee. 
The Charles is working with its distributors to continue offering the high quality cinema movie-goers expect but virtually.
The Senator Theatre may feel like a step back in time, but right now the historic theatre is offering a modern on-line theatre experience..
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center has opened a virtual screening room with exciting film offerings, and very special hosts.
Enoch Pratt Free Library card holders (for Maryland residents) provides access to movies and more. Don't have a card? Register for an ecard. 
Maryland Film Office allows you to virtually visit Maryland while binge-watching movies and shows filmed in Maryland. For insights into what Film Directors, Actors and      the Maryland Film Office Director are thinking about right now, read "A Conversation on Film" by Alessandra Fabiani.
 

2020 is the Year of the Virtual Film Festival in Maryland 
Maryland Film Festival - Always game for a creative twist, this reimagined and beloved Festival is on!  
Columbia Film Festival - Usually part of a larger Festival, this year the spotlight is on film as the festival goes virtual.
AFI Docs  - The legendary documentary festival where, this year, the best seat is in your house.
Bethesda Film Festival - The same talent, the same filmmaker Q&A, but from the comfort of your sofa.
Annapolis Film Festival - They were first to dip into the world of virtual festivals and showed film lovers "how to fest," from home.


 

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Virtual Tastings and Behind-the-Scenes Visits to Wineries, Brewers and Distillers

Grow & Fortify represents the Maryland Wineries Association, Brewers Association of Maryland and the Maryland Distillers Guild has created virtual tasting events and behind-the-scenes visits on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

These events come to you live on Facebook Live and YouTube. These tastings and virtual visits feature members talking about their businesses, and the products they make. Jim Bauckman, Director of Communications for Grow & Fortify, hosts the events.

For information, visit Wine Wednesday or virtually visit your distillery on Thirsty Thursday or, end the week on Fermented Friday to find out what's new in brew.