Between remote learning for kids and deciding what’s for dinner, people are looking for ways to fill their days during the coronavirus crisis.

There’s only so many reruns of Friends or movies one can watch.

Check out these three South Jersey businesses offering a few things to do from the comfort of your home. Not only are they educational, but will likely bring a smile to your face.

Coronavirus - Adventure Aquarium

Adventure Aquarium is offering a number of online activities each day.

Adventure Aquarium may be closed, but the facility along the Camden Waterfront has remained committed to the community. It’s offering online resources, educational fun and entertainment families can enjoy from their living room.

Everyday, they will post social media fun and educational activities for kids – from word searches to coloring sheets.

Other activities include:

  • Monday, noon: Cliff’s Picks. A member of the husbandry team will read a children’s book to the African Penguins as part of the aquarium’s new children’s book club. Featured will be some of the best books created to aquatic and animal life.
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 4 p.m.: Biologists will answer questions about some of the aquarium’s favorite animals.
  • Wednesday & Friday, noon: You can watch biologists feed the hippos, sharks and penguins.

“We are working hard to share educational activities and behind-the-scenes videos with families at home,” said Jenna Eckel, Public Relations Manager for Camden Aquarium.

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Battleship New Jersey - coronavirus

An aerial look at the Battleship New Jersey, which is located on the Camden Waterfront.

The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will be closed indefinitely with only essential personnel reporting to maintain and secure the battleship. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a virtual tour or learn about its history.

The Curatorial and Educational staff is offering online content about the vessel, her history and naval history.

The retail department continues to offer online sales of Battleship merchandise, including U.S. flags flown over the ship and pieces of teak deck, which is being pulled up for replacement. People can also buy a ticket now and use it when the Battleship re-opens, still become a member of the Battleship, reserve a group overnight, group tour and schedule an event in the future.

Online events include:

  • Daily, 1 p.m.: On the battleship’s YouTube channel, people can watch “The War at Home.” The curatorial staff will look into different aspects of the ship and its history.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Building History Kids Activities, presented by Lockheed Martin. Past activities included how to create the Battleship Game and making a catapult. Upcoming programs include knot tying and Morse Code.

Kids can also color pages from an actual USS New Jersey coloring book.

CLICK HERE for details.

Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust

The Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust is holding an online contest to name its newest piece – a giraffe.

The Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST) has extended its “Name the Giraffe” contest through May 31. While it welcomes input from all, the winning name will be selected from those submitted by Haddonfield residents and students.

The 12-foot tall bronze giraffe will be installed in Haddonfield’s Children’s Sculpture Zoo (Kings Highway East and Evergreen Avenue) at a later date, with a formal dedication and the winning name and winners announced.

HOST is a unique public/private outdoor educational initiative bringing traditional and contemporary works to the downtown district. It has installed more than two dozen sculptures by prominent, internationally-recognized artists around town since 2013.

CLICK HERE for details.

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