Theaters, libraries, museums and recreation complexes are closed and most public events have been cancelled or postponed — but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Several area organizations are offering virtual (and in person) experiences that are educational, entertaining and inspirational.

  -Tour a historic neighborhood. Historic Columbia is offering online tours of more than a dozen neighborhoods, including African American heritage sites, the Robert Mills Historic District and State House grounds monuments. Tour on your computer at home or use your mobile device for a personal walking tour.

  -Visit a state or national park. State parks are open, although visitor and nature centers are closed and programs are cancelled. Both Sesquicentennial State Park and Congaree National Park have miles of walking trails and scenic views. Carolina Outdoor Adventures is still operating kayaking trips at Congaree National Park.

  -Plant flowers or a garden. According to the Farmer's Almanac, March and April are the ideal months to plant crops. Many local nurseries are still open to the public.

  -Z-learn at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The Zoo’s Facebook page tours a different exhibit every weekday at 10 a.m. Check the zoo’s website to see which exhibit is featured daily.

  -Create an online science project at Ed Venture. The museum’s Today’s Play videos offer fun, educational at-home activities such as experimenting with colors and building vehicles.

-Stream a church service. For example, many United Methodist Churches in South Carolina are now offering live-stream services.

-Spring clean. Now is a great time to purge your closets, drawers and garages. Prepare donations and recyclables in advance of Earth Day.

-Grab a meal from a local restaurant. Dine-in service may be closed for now, but many local restaurants are still open, providing to-go and curbside services.

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