Staying at home doesn’t have to mean the end of fun and games. Santa Barbara is a community of out-of-the-box thinkers and innovators, ready to serve your at-home activity needs. And lucky for you, our local movers and shakers have come together, rolled up their creative sleeves, and are offering to entertain you from the comfort and safety of your own home.
Use this list below as your at-home guide to activities that are social distance-friendly*:
ART & CULTURE
Santa Barbara Zoo
Although the Santa Barbara Zoo is temporarily closed, they are bringing the animals directly to you! Befriend local zoo resident Monty the penguin as Zookeepers film his penguin adventures to meet his fellow critters in their habitats on Facebook and Instagram. The first adventure shows Monty meeting Honeybun the rabbit. And, you can also watch him meet a resident gorilla!
MOXI at Home
Spark your imagination with MOXI-style fun and games for you and your kids to explore at home. From DIY crafts to top-secret projects, check back daily for innovative, hands-on activities that will keep your family smiling. Be sure to follow @moxisb on Instagram for extra tips and tricks associated with the daily activity.
The Painted Cabernet
The Painted Cabernet is here to keep you and your kids creatively entertained with virtual classes, at-home painting kits and wood stencil kits. Each kit includes everything you need for an artistic release to create your own masterpiece, while virtual classes will walk you through the selected painting step-by-step, just like in the studio. To make it a true Painted Cabernet experience, pick-up bottles of wine or beer to go with your kit. To learn more and register, click here.
Tip: Kits are non-refundable and available through online registration only, while supplies last.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
From museum lectures and performances to art-making activities, your at-home artists can still get their crafting fix, digitally of course. Follow along with an instructional video to create art at home with “Studio Sunday.” Viewers can also gain insight from Grammy-Award winning musician and composer, Ted Nash, who was inspired by works from the Museum’s collection and contemporary special expedition. Nash shares his experience in using improvisation to guide the composition process in “The Sound of Art.”
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Follow along on Facebook and Instagram as Scott Pipkin, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s director of education and engagement, takes you for virtual walks through the gardens of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which has temporarily closed their doors. Viewers can admire the sights and sounds of the Island View Garden, specifically, with native flowers blooming in spring, bird inhabitants and beautiful winding trails through this natural landscape.
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Introducing, SB Nature, a virtual museum brought to you by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History! Use this online portal to connect with the natural world around you, while within the comforts of home. Prepare to be inspired, educated, and captivated with activities that can be done indoors, outdoors, or online. The best part is, there’s already a library full of activities, with more learning experiences being added daily! Click here to learn more.
UCSB Arts & Lectures
While your options for inspiration and entertainment are in flux, UCSB Arts & Lectures is still here for you. Their forward-thinking team is continuing onward and working to create new ways for us all to stay connected through digital arts and culture content. In this difficult time when we’re not seeing each other, they’ll be sharing some ideas that inspire us. To connect with UCSB Arts & Lectures, please click here to sign up for their email list to receive new content, clips from the A&L archive and a curated selection of arts and ideas, all accessible online.
Opera Santa Barbara
Bringing together two of our favorite things, wine and music, Opera Santa Barbara brings to you, “Corks & Composers.” Each Friday, just in time for happy hour, Principal Pianist & Music Administrator Tim Accurso will be pairing wine to some of his favorite composers. Follow @operasantabarbara on Instagram for a specially curated Spotify playlist each week. If wine and music pairings don’t quite quench your need for Opera, the singers of Opera Santa Barbara invite you to their living rooms for brief serenades. Follow on Instagram for new concerts posted weekly.
This is not a Bob Ross painting class! Full of fun and flair, Funk Factory is bringing you virtual painting classes to keep your artistic spirits alive at home. Think, splatter paint mixed with fine oil paintings for a glimpse into what these classes have to offer. Dates for live classes will be announced and taught through Instagram stories, so be sure to give @funkfactorySB a follow to stay up-to-date on the latest class information.
Tip: You might want to do these classes in your garage or a place where you have the freedom to splatter your canvas.
Santa Barbara on Screen
For the next 90-minutes, digitally transport yourself to Santa Barbara with these award-worthy feature films, shot on location in Santa Barbara.
- Follow Miles and Jack along with their misguided adventures in Santa Barbara Wine Country in the Oscar® winning film, Sideways. Make it a date night and pair this movie with your favorite Santa Barbara County wines, many of which are offering free or reduced delivery fees. Learn more here.
- Get a glimpse into what Santa Barbara was like in the 70s with Oscar® nominated, 20th Century Women.
- Laugh, cry, and get the warm fuzzies with It’s Complicated featuring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.
Keep Listening with Sofar Sounds
Sofar Sounds is a global community created to provide intimate, live music shows in unique secret settings. While we social distance at home, what could be more intimate than concerts delivered straight to your living room? Follow @Sofarsantabarbara on Instagram for your invitation into the “Listening Room” for the Keep Listening live concert series featuring artists from around the globe.
FOOD & DRINK
Cooking Classes with Cat Cora
First female Iron Chef and Culinary Hall of Famer, local restaurateur Cat Cora is hosting “CORA-ntine Cuisine” cooking classes for audiences to enjoy while sheltering at home. Whether you’re solo or in the house with family, Cat Cora wants you to stay calm, take a break from worrying and let your food give you a big hug. Follow along at @catcora on Instagram. Recent classes have included comfort foods such as Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons and even a take on fajitas called “Coronajitas!”
Two Glasses In with Host Bion Rice
Just because you can’t go to the tasting room, doesn’t mean you can’t learn about your favorite bottles of wine and cheers alongside the winemakers who created them. Download Visit Santa Barbara’s newest podcast, Two Glasses In on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, for stories behind the wines of Santa Barbara County with host Bion Rice. Each episode features a candid, in-depth conversation with a local winemaker as they discuss their wine, the craft, and their lives, over two glasses of wine. If you want to see highlights from the podcast, visit TwoGlassesIn.com for accompanying webisodes.
Virtual Wine Tasting
Cheers alongside the winemakers of Santa Barbara County with virtual wine tasting and tours of the vineyards themselves. Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. PST and Friday at 5:30 p.m., join Melville Winery on Instagram for a “LIVE Happy ½ Hour” featuring rotating guests, wines, and topics. Santa Barbara Vintners are also going live with winemakers across the county during their bi-weekly wine tasting series. Every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. PST, tune in for Instagram Live chats with area tastemakers.
Virtual Foodie Adventure
Just because you’re social-distancing at home, it doesn’t mean that you can’t tune up your photography skills and stay digitally connected. During these times of in-home quarantine, Eat This, Shoot That is offering a Virtual Foodie Adventure Class that will lead you through a 30 – 45-minute cooking or cocktail class via Zoom. You’ll enjoy stories and tips from a Santa Barbara chef or mixologist, plus foodie smartphone photo tips. The best part? Once you’re able to be together with family and friends, you can impress them with your newly learned skills.
Eat and Drink Local
While the gathering places we typically patronize are temporarily unable to serve customers on-premise, many remain open and are adapting to these unprecedented circumstances to nourish and perk up our palates (and spirits!) while we hunker down at home for the time being. Consider ordering your next meal (or two) for delivery, and bring these experiences to life. Savor your favorite dishes, brews, and vintages in the comfort of your own home or hotel room. Special menu additions, delivery services, and takeaway options are available through several eateries, wineries, and breweries in the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta, Summerland, and Montecito. For a complete list of available restaurants, tasting rooms, bars, and breweries, please click here.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Float Luxury Spa
Pamper yourself with a little TLC thanks to Float Luxury Spa’s home delivery options. Drift into a serene state of mind with at-home facials, skin care products, and healing remedies. Now more than ever, it’s important to be kind to your body and yourself. To order, please direct message @floatluxuryspa on Instagram for a list of available products.
Jenny Shatzel and her team of fitness gurus are here to motivate and move your body with Bond Fitness. At 8 a.m. PST every morning, tune into daily workouts that are guaranteed to make you sweat, smile, laugh and most importantly, bond with those around you. Follow @bondfitnesssb on Instagram to join the movement.
Tip: Follow Bond Fitness’ owner, Jenny Shatzel on Instagram at @jennyschatzle for additional health and wellness tips to get you through your at-home quarantine.
Divinitree Yoga Studio
Join Divinitree’s online community with virtual yoga classes. Vinyasa and flow in the comfort of your own home thanks to daily yoga classes, guaranteed to melt your stress and anxiety away. For a full schedule, click here to view their website. Additionally available, enjoy donation-based Instagram and Facebook Live yoga classes. Follow @divinitree.santabarbara on Instagram for the up-to-date class announcements.
Stretch, breathe and meditate alongside other Santa Barbara yogis with online classes from Yoga Soup. Whether you’re on your phone, desktop or tablet, feel connected to those around you with live instruction and guided practice from the experts themselves. To learn more and register, please click here.
Power of Your OM
Channel your inner yogi and breathe in good vibrations with Power of Your OM, offering daily yoga classes streamed directly to you. For the full schedule of classes offered, please click here. After registering and paying for your class, you’ll receive an email with the direct Zoom link where you can get your OM on.
Core Power Yoga
The studio may be closed temporarily, but your yoga practice will continue to flow on with free classes available, streamed directly to you. Simply click here to view on-demand classes to stretch, gain strength and savasana at any time of the day. Follow @corepoweryogasb for announcements on Instagram Story Live Streams with your favorite teachers. Support the local studios and keep rocking the latest yoga trends with your favorite hand-selected merchandise from Core Power Yoga Santa Barbara. To purchase, DM @corepoweryogasb to inquire about available inventory and to receive free shopping on all orders.
Santa Barbara Yoga Center
Let the yoga continue! Get ready to step out of the traditional classroom, out of old habits, and into a new yogi groove. Almost all of Santa Barbara Yoga Center’s classes will be offered virtually through the app Zoom on a computer, phone or tablet. Once downloaded, click here to view a complete schedule. Then go to the class description and find the link for the online class. You will be able to see and hear the teacher, and she will see you. Your fellow yoga students will be there, too.
Mad Fitness Santa Barbara
Tune in daily for new workouts with Mad Fitness. Offering classes two times daily to sweat and destress, follow @madfitness_sb on Instagram at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. PST for access to your “at-home trainer.”
*Note: This list will be continuously monitored and updated. Please be sure to check back as new activities are added daily. For real-time updates, please be sure to follow the individual businesses as hours and offerings are subject to change.