Something good always seems to come from something bad! So here it is - LiftUpLou's list of things to do and things to accomplish during our COVID19 social distancing.
Also, don't forget to follow Lift Up Lou on social media.
- Take a walk through a park and identify trees using our Tree Plotter and our Tree and Plant Guide. Also, PlantSnap can help you identify plants you may encounter while you’re out for a walk.
- The physical Frazier History Museum is closed, but the virtual tour is awesome! Click here for videos, demonstrations, and more.
- Louisville Family Fun is a great website that is continually updated with activities with a special focus on social distancing during this time.
- The Fund For The Arts has a great webpage set up, along with the Arts And Culture Alliance, to share resources and online performances during the outbreak. Please visit and share with your friends, and continue to support the arts!
- Go for a hike in Jefferson Memorial Forest - at 6,800 acres is one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned forestries. Jefferson Memorial Forest has nearly 35 miles of hiking trails.
- Do some birdwatching! Our bird identification guide is a perfect companion for your hike or stroll through the park.
- Visit as many of our 120 parks as you can! Print off a copy of the Parks Guide and keep it in your vehicle or at home. Also, don’t forget to visit The Parklands and Waterfront Park as well!
- The University of Louisville's photo archives are a great resource for exploring the city's history.
- Take a bike ride through the Louisville Loop, particularly the Ohio River Levee Trail section or the sections in the Parklands. The Parklands also features mountain biking, and their trails are great for beginners.
- The Kentucky Derby Museum is currently offering a virtual museum. Enjoy the #MuseumfromHome and keep on celebrating #DerbyEveryDay with us! Each day we'll bring you featured artifacts, fun facts, Oral History videos, educational lessons, activities you can do at home, and more!
- Learn about "The Greatest," Louisville's own Muhammad Ali by visiting the Ali Center's website.
- Walk the grounds at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing and Historic Locust Grove. The growing season is beginning and these two sites, while not open for tours, will be bursting with spring color within the next few weeks.
- Another beautiful place to take a stroll is Cave Hill Cemetery. Visit the graves of Muhammad Ali, Colonel Harland Sanders and other noted historical figures.
- Play a round of golf! The city’s 10 municipal golf courses remain open, although you are encouraged to not share carts and to not congregate in the clubhouse areas.
- Louisville Zoo may be closed, but you can virtually visit! At LouisvilleZoo.org/LiftUpLou you will find crafts and educational activities to stay connected to the animal world. Of course, you can always “visit” the Zoo on their social channels where you will find content on your favorite animal ambassadors!
Learn wildlife sounds:
- Get into it! Listen to the sounds of Kentucky Frogs & Toads from the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources
- Free Scholastic Classes: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html
- Free HIIT workout plans: https://darebee.com/workouts.html
- Download the Yoga | Down Dog App to learn yoga and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Look for the app in your app store.
- Learn a Language: Duolingo
Free arts and crafts:
- DIY Playdough: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/play-dough-recipe/
Ideas for things to do at home
Resources from your Louisville Free Public Library
- LYNDA.COM - Log onto the Louisville Free Public Library’s website and set up an account with LYNDA.com. It’s free and offers amazing resources from graphic design to computer programming to CAD and marketing.
Get started now with your library card number and PIN.
- Adults: https://lfpl.overdrive.com/
- Kids: https://lfpl.overdrive.com/library/kids
- Teens: https://lfpl.overdrive.com/library/teens
- Downloadable Audiobooks: http://www.lfpl.org/readers/downloadable-audio.htm
- eMagazines and Digital Comic Books: http://www.lfpl.org/emagazines/
- Streaming Movies on Kanopy: https://lfpl.kanopy.com/?
- Online Learning with Lynda.com: http://www.lfpl.org/lynda/
- Learn to Code on Treehouse: http://www.lfpl.org/treehouse/
- LFPL’s podcast: http://www.lfpl.org/podcast.html
Info on all of the digital services listed above can also be found here: http://www.lfpl.org/digital.html
Homework Help and Activities for Kids: http://www.lfpl.org/kids/kids-homework.htm
Homework Help for Teens: http://www.lfpl.org/teen/homework.htm
ACT/SAT Test Prep: http://www.lfpl.org/MyLibraryU/act.htm
Other Test Prep for adults including GED, ASVAB, GRE, LSAT, Postal Exam, Citizenship & more: http://www.lfpl.org/research/Subjects/TestPreparation.asp
Storyline Online: https://www.storylineonline.net
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
Go Noodle: https://family.gonoodle.com
- Research Tools: http://www.lfpl.org/research/Subjects/BiographiesGenealogy.asp
- Links to other online resources: http://www.lfpl.org/internet/genealogy.htm
Other things to do at home
You Gotta Eat
Support Louisville's local restaurants and order food out online
- Many of Louisville's restaurants have connected with delivery companies such as Door Dash, GrubHub, Postmates and Uber Eats.
- JCPS Nutrition Services is offering free breakfast and lunch to all children 18 and under, as well as all JCPS students over age 18. JCPS has 58 sites where families can drive or walk up and get the meals from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. each weekday while schools are closed. Each child present can get a breakfast and lunch. Check their Map and Menu for designated sites.
- Metro March for Meals is offering meals to seniors at select site Monday through Friday.
- Support a Louisville restaurant by ordering takeout! Visit Louisville Take Out on Facebook to find out what restaurants are dishing it out.