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Things to do During a Pandemic in L.A. (May 2020)

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Hello fellow travel-lovers!  What a strange time to be a tour guide and well, a person.  All of our tour guides from our many cities are at home, staying safe.  While we are eager to return to being out and about, sharing stories, we are finding alternative ways to celebrate our cities!  We are also finding lots of things to do from home.  Here are a few suggestions for things to from your home after you've logged off of your Zoom meeting, finished organizing your sock drawer and opened your fridge and then closed it again.  Have fun!  Let us know if we've missed any great events that you've seen!

1) Isolation Drag Bingo- May 1st, 8th, & 15th

Looking for something fun to do?  Join a weekly live bingo game hosted by Drag Race star Charlie Hides.
This 90 minutes of Bingo should be a blast- with prizes of a $100 Amazon gift card, wigs, and lashes!   

Tickets are only $5 and it is BYOB, of course.

Drag Bingo

2) Los Angeles Beer Fest - May 9th, 2020

This annual event has gone digital!  Instead of going out, you’ll enjoy beer tastings in your own home.  To prepare for the event, there will be a scheduled beer pick up with 10 special release beers and swag.  

The evening of the event, you’ll be digitally invited to experience guided tastings, music, and games.  Cheers!

To buy tickets, click here.

3) Live Virtual Theatre “The Present” -May 7-April 7

The Geffen Playhouse is producing a LIVE virtual magic show called “The Present” with magician Helder Guimarães and producer Frank Marshall. 

It will be a blast!   Be sure to
buy tickets here.  Geffen is a Not-for-profit, so you'll feel good supporting them too!

The Present - Geffen Playhouse

4) Watch Some Good News

John Krasinski is producing at home news show filled with Some Good News!  If you need to feel better about the world, this is a great start!  He has several 15-20 episodes.  Below is a small clip from NASA sharing Some Good News with us!

5) Read a good book

Hop onto the Los Angeles Public Library page to check out a digital book, audio book, magazine, or newspaper.  You can also watch movies, videos, and T.V.  Alternatively, you can hop onto their ancestry page and research your family history!  Plenty of rabbit holes to fall into on the L.A. public library page.  

If you don’t have a public library card, you can sign up online to gain access to many of the free programs and content.

6) Dance!

Sweat Spot is an amazing dance studio in L.A. led by choreographer Ryan Heffington.  It hosting dance parties on Instagram LIVE with Ryan's playlist as well as classes on instagram.  Don’t forget to send a tip to their Paypal!  See below for a fun looking class, Pre-COVID, of course.

7) Order food from local restaurant

Los Angeles has many local, family-run restaurants that offer tasty meals with delivery right to your door.  This is a great option after you’re ready for a break from baking all of the bread. Many restaurants are offering booze with their takeout meals!

Rose and Blanc is offering full afternoon tea pick up if you'd like to have a little tea party with your roommates.

Arther J which is known for their steak, is offering full family meals (feeds 4-6 people) as well as essential box kits packed with eggs, proteins, butter, and other delicious staples to be delivered.

8) Work out in your Living Room

If there is anything L.A. is known for- it’s celebrities!  Because they live here! During the pandemic, enjoy Chris Hemsoworth’s fitness app for a limited time for free.  

There are loads of other apps offering limited free or reduced memberships including Nike, Barre3, and Down Dog.

Head to YouTube for many other fantastic workouts like Yoga with Adrienne or Pop Sugar Fitness.

9) Travel from your couch

If you are like us, we are just itching to travel!  But of course, we want to be safe and responsible.  So for now, we are traveling from our couch!  

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You can find our podcast “Tour Guide Tells All” Podcast here which highlights our D.C. Tour guides.

We also offer virtual tours on social media so you can still learn from and enjoy our cities! From short 3-5 minute clips on our Instagram & Facebook stories to longer videos on our YouTube channel.  

We are hosting “Tour Guide Tuesdays/Thursdays” on Facebook LIVE from all of our cities as well!

Follow us for updates and fun content! 

10) And if nothing else… Pour yourself a drink and raise a glass.  You’ve made it through April 2020.


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About The Author


Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: April 28th, 2020
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