SEARCY, Ark. – After four weeks of social distancing and self quarantining because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we all are probably running out of ways to keep ourselves — and especially the kids — busy.
While most non-essential businesses are closed, many are still offering Searcians a way to be entertained and active during this difficult time. They’re the perfect way to stay busy while helping to support local businesses!
Attend a Virtual Creative Class
Searcy has some excellent maker-businesses and nonprofits offering a variety of arts and craft classes for all ages, including take-home craft kits and virtual workshops.
The local non-profit is offering a virtual creative class called Quarantine Craft Camp (QuaCC). First, order and pick up their craft kit. Then, tune into their page’s Instagram and Facebook Lives to follow along.
- Monday, 11am (Live)- Sewing Machine Q&A, face mask demo
- Tuesday, 11am (Live)- Beginner Crochet
- Wednesday- Stained Glass Window Art
- Thursday- Doodle Lettering
- Friday, 11am (Live)- Hand Embroidery
Glass From the Past
Try making a fun, stained glass craft with Glass From the Past’s pick up projects. Call them at 501-388-4395 to order the kit and it will be ready to be picked up at their shop location at 204 N. Spring Street.
Pick up a “projects to go” from Whispering Woods. The kits include all the materials you’ll need to create a decorative wood piece for your home. Practice social distancing by having all your friends pick up a craft kit, and facetime or Zoom while you all get creative. Check out their website to learn more details on how to order.
Shop From Home
During this pandemic, we all need to find ways to keep our spirits up. For those looking for a little retail therapy, you’re in luck! Some of Searcy’s best local boutiques and retailers offer online shopping, so you can make your next great purchase from the safety and comfort of your couch!
If you are looking for trendy, fun apparel for women then check out Evolve Boutique. They showcase their clothes on both their Instagram and Facebook pages, including in the Stories sections, to make shopping so easy. See something you like? Just give them a call, Monday – Saturday from 9am-5pm at 501-230-5902 or visit their website. They are currently offering free shipping.
If you’re looking for a new, fresh spring wardrobe, then check out Dale’s Clothing which has choices for both men and women. Their storefront is closed, but they are open 24/7 online and offering free shipping. Don’t forget, you can check out their great looks on their Facebook and Instagram accounts!
One of Searcy’s newest local boutiques has something for everyone. DoorFrames has unique items to entertain your family such as puzzles or games, yummy popcorn and snacks, and even delicious teas and coffees. These items offers great gift ideas for a hint of encouragement to others. Call them to place an order and browse their Facebook or Instagram pages.
Don’t forget about the little ones. You can check out all the new spring apparel for your kids at the Sassy Stitch. Their storefront is open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but if you feel more comfortable, they offer shipping, delivery, or curbside pickup. Check out their latest deals, apparel, toys, and accessories on Facebook and Instagram, then give them a call at (501) 278-4646 to order.
Stay Active with an Online Workout
With gyms closed, it can be hard to keep up your workout routine. For those looking to stay active, but don’t have a home gym, there are a couple of local businesses offering exercise classes online!
Searcy Athletic Center
Searcy’s local gym and health center is offering free and membership online virtual workouts. During weekdays they are offering group exercise classes on Instagram Live at 9am for SAC Members only. The Facebook Live classes are for anyone and everyone. Check out their Facebook page for all the different drop-in classes that change weekly. Choose from their fun classes of bodyweight, tone, yoga, or dance classes.
Searcy Physical Therapy
Everyone is welcome to take part in workout classes through Facebook live with their instructor Trina Abraham. She has put together different classes for children, adults, and the elderly with more scheduled for the future. Check out their Facebook page to catch one of the instructional sessions!
Visit the Library… online
Searcy Public Library is closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be a bookworm. Check out their website and download the app Libby, Hoopla, or rbDigital Overdrive to check out Ebooks and Audiobooks anytime using your library card.
You can also visit the White County Regional Library System Facebook page where they frequently post Live storytime reading and singing sessions.
Do some landscaping
Since we are all staying home, this is the perfect time for you to get your lawn ready for spring and even to catch up on those unfinished projects around the house. Lincoln Lawn and Garden as well as Ace Hardware are offering pickup and special deals during quarantine.
Lincoln Lawn and Garden is offering a stay home deal where they deliver landscaping supplies right to your door. You can also order gardening and landscaping materials for curbside pick-up! Call (501) 305-3551 or visit their Facebook page for more information.
Make that to-do list and give Homer’s Ace Hardware a call at (501) 268-3515 to finish your projects. Homer’s Ace is offering curbside pickup for any home or garden fix up, as well as free delivery on orders over $25.
Don’t miss Big Bloomin’ Weekend April 24-26. It’s Searcy’s annual effort to beautify town through the planting of flowers and greenery across town!
Other Online Entertainment
Wanting to do something different than movies or Netflix? There are a few options straight out of Little Rock!
Little Rock Zoo
While the zoo is closed, but they are offering Virtual Safaris every day at 2 p.m. on their Facebook page. They even come with activity pages for kids to complete! Visit their website for the activity pages and a calendar of what you’ll see on the Safaris.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
How does a concert in your home sound? During this health crisis, the orchestra sadly had to cancel all shows, but they took note and followed the trends to make their love of music available to everyone. Tune into Facebook every night at 9 for “Bedtime with Bach” and ease your stress with the sound of the symphony. Don’t miss their other Facebook Live performances as well!