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Coronavirus has put the world on lockdown, and while everyone’s safety is of the utmost importance, it still leaves many of us stuck at home — lonely, scared, bored, or some combination of the three.
In response, some businesses in the Smokies are offering help in creative ways.
Here’s a list of those doing their part to help with a little dose of healthy distraction:
1 – Sippin’ Sessions with Sugarlands Distilling Company
For those 21 and older, Sugarlands has started live watch parties on Instagram and Facebook each afternoon at 4 p.m. EST for cocktail making tutorials, live music, Q&A sessions and more. Their first session was held March 20, featuring STOKES, a tastemaker, who showed viewers how to make some hand-crafted cocktails at home.
Visit their Facebook page to tune in or get more information.
2 – Science Experiments with WonderWorks
Struggling with the whole homeschool thing? Never fear, parents! Professor Wonder is in the lab performing experiments that are easy to do at home with your kids. Professor Wonder has dealt with a wide variety of topics ranging from elephant toothpaste to instant ice. Visit their Facebook page to watch!
3 – Penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium
The aquarium may be closed, but you can check in on your favorite flightless birds on the penguin cam from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. All you have to do is follow the link to see what these cute little guys are up to. (Spoiler alert, they aren’t worried about any virus. Must be nice).
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Wherever it is you’re hunkered down for the next few weeks, show your love and support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and keep yourself occupied with this handsome, poster-sized 550-piece black bear puzzle. Tired of being stuck at home? Take a virtual vacation through the park with this fun product — and many more! Though, for now, our brick-and-mortar bookstores have closed to promote social distancing in the park, you can still experience and support the Smokies through our online store, with proceeds benefitting the park you know and love.
4 – Bear Puzzles supporting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Now is a great time for those hobbies that you normally just never get around to, and puzzles are now gaining some popularity. This bear puzzle not only looks great, but proceeds from this specialty die-cut puzzle and all other items in the online store will benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
5 – Smokies Baseball Activities
Missing baseball? Tennessee Smokies has released a specialty Smokies-themed activities ranging from Bingo sheets, crossword puzzles and an entire activity booklet for digital download. Visit their social media pages to learn more.
6 – Craft Kits from Board & Brush Creative Studio
Board and Brush Sevierville is offering craft boxes and goodies starting at $35. These kits include different themes from movie nights and gardening to good ole’ fashioned arts and crafts. Best of all, these are available for porch pick up in front of the studio for contact-free collection.
Board & Brush Creative Studio also has blog posts for tips on creative projects kids can do at home. Visit their website for more information.
7 – Bedtime stories with Dolly
Last but certainly not least, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is presenting a “Goodnight with Dolly” series beginning April 2. This will be a 10-week series that will focus on comforting children during the shelter-in-place mandates. (I don’t know about you, but I feel better already). Tune in here on Thursdays at 7 p.m. EST to watch.
If you or your business would like to add any ideas to our list, please contact us at [email protected]
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