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Experience Downtown (Digitally) During Social Distancing

March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) public health situation is rapidly evolving and directly impacting Downtown Atlanta residents, offices, small businesses, hotels, and cultural institutions.

At Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, our priority is to continue to serve as a resource during this challenging time by advocating for our community members, sharing information when helpful, and assisting with economic recovery when the time comes.

Recognizing the need to avoid large gatherings and promote social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, many attractions and cultural institutions in Downtown Atlanta are temporarily closed. Read below to see some creative ways you can experience Downtown from the comfort of your own home!

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  • The AJC recently published a piece highlighting 5 ways you can experience Centennial Park District attractions from home. Read it here
    • See the original blog post here
  • City of Atlanta parks remain open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Please be mindful that amenities like playgrounds, programming, and athletic courts/complexes remained closed during this time, however. View the Downtown Atlanta park map here, and learn more about Woodruff Park here.
  • To help families keep their little ones engaged in the current landscape, Children's Museum of Atlanta has debuted a new virtual program called #CMAatHome. Each weekday at 11 a.m., the Museum will provide an interactive activity, vocabulary list, song list or book recommendation to help parents and kids stay engaged with education. Additional programming is expected to launch in the coming days, including live singing and story time with the Imaginators, Q&A sessions with Professor Labcoat and more. Follow along on CMA's blog. 
  • While libraries are closed to help stem the spread of COVID-19, the Fulton County Library System is streaming librarians reading children’s books every weekday at 11 a.m. on their Facebook page. It’s also possible to check out e-books and audiobooks from home, thanks to the library system's digital resources.
  • What better way to continue your education and keep kids’ curiosity piqued than to adventure with Georgia Aquarium from afar? Learn about Georgia Aquarium's variety of at-home learning opportunities here.
  • The Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University hosted a "Rialto Replay" during a recent virtual "Feed Your Senses" program. Watch it here.
  • The Atlanta Shakespeare Company's Education Department is making Shakespeare distance learning a reality for anyone who is interested. View video performances, request a digital workshop, access study guides for all performances, and take post-show quizzes. Learn more
  • Explore all things animals, nature, conservation and science using Zoo Atlanta’s “At Home” lessons. These easy-to-use lessons range in content and age level and include experiences such as Animal Tails, a storybook reading with associated hands-on activities; Explore the Outdoors, a scavenger hunt in your own backyard or local greenspace; and more. Learn more
  • Are you a member of 191 Resolution Fitness? Join their livestreamed fitness classes by tuning into the Corporate Health Unlimited Facebook group (must be a member to join) or by subscribing to the CHU YouTube channel.
  • Many of Atlanta’s top attractions are joining together to provide virtual experiences to the community—for free. The ATL Museums at Home initiative includes ongoing social media and website posts of unique content from 11 participating organizations, culminating each week with a special “Field Trip Friday” event. Beginning April 3, visitors of all ages can take a digital field trip around Atlanta and participate in interactive activities and exhibits from the comfort of their own homes.
  • Unexpected Atlanta recently launched the ATL Tour Box. Bring the fun of Atlanta to your home with delicious food for 6 people, history and chef interviews, plus ingredients and techniques for an interactive recipe demo, and a bonus of $160 worth of gift certificates to Atlanta’s top-rated tours. 
  • FreeMarket Gallery at Underground is giving you the opportunity to channel your inner artist through their brand-new “Outside the Lines” coloring book. This one-of-a-kind coloring book features twelve original designs by nine local Atlanta artists and can be downloaded and printed at home or purchased in the form of a booklet. Purchase it here.
  • Art Beats Atlanta is a co-op of Atlanta-area arts and culture organizations with a mission to increase engagement between the public and the vibrant professional arts community of the greater Atlanta area. Visit their online showcase of weekly events, information, and touch points in metro-Atlanta's vibrant arts community. Participating organizations include Downtown's own Rialto Center for the Arts and Theatrical Outfit. Learn more
  • #GAFilmandChill will include an Atlanta Movie Tours Insider live on Zoom with fun stories and trivia, interactive chat, and Q&A. Showing twice a week on Wednesday’s at 5:30 p.m. EST, happy hour-style and Sunday’s at 1:30 p.m. EST, for fun family and friend time. New tours and availabilities coming soon. Learn more