#virtuallyBARTable

Look back at the history of Levi Strauss. Photo courtesy of The Contemporary Jewish Museum. 
 
In our current world, movements are limited and most of the events we enjoy so much have come to a halt. Many of us are trying to figure out the balance of working remotely, kids out of school, dealing with our pets (who are annoyingly excited we are around more), or taking care of loved ones who need us.
 
At BARTable, we're used to sharing with you all the fun events that are happening around our BART stations. Since many of our events have been cancelled or postponed, we are introducing #virtuallyBARTable. We have gathered a ton of virtual events and live streams for you, your kids or whomever else you may be sheltering in place with. From the Bay and beyond, take a virtual BART ride for your next #virtuallyBARTable adventure.
 
Editor's note: This page is continuously being updated with additonal #virtuallyBARTable adventures. 

From our partners 

Go virtual with Cirque du Soleil. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard/Cirque du Soleil. 
 
Exploratorium | Virtual
 
The Exploratorium is offering a new at-home learning center where you can make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom. Additionally, many exhibits have gone virtual as well.
 
SFMOMA | Virtual
 
SFMOMA is leading the #MuseumFromHome movement with links to pieces in digital collections from a variety of art and science organizations. Find the full list here and #MuseumFromHome.
 
Cirque du Soleil | Virtual 
 
Take a virtual trip into the world of Cirque du Soleil where awe-inspiring show footage and fan favorite videos will transport you. You can even exercise the #CirqueWay, learn new makeup techniques, dive into virtual reality or amaze your kids with unique videos created for them.
 
 
In 1873, at the end of the California Gold Rush, Levi Strauss & Co., named for a Bavarian Jewish dry goods merchant in San Francisco, obtained a U.S. patent with tailor Jacob Davis on the process of putting metal rivets in men’s denim work pants to increase their durability. It was the birth of the blue jean. The Contemporary Jewish Museum's original exhibition Levi Strauss: A History of American Style showcases the life of Levi Strauss, the invention of the blue jean, and their iconic place in the history of American style.
 
The SF Ballet Company is live streaming three days a week. Photo courtesy of SF Ballet. 
 
SFJAZZ | Virtual 
 
SFJAZZ has postponed all in-person shows and education events through May 11, but they have a YouTube channel with over 200 videos so you can still get your groove on with your jammies on. Looking for an in-home Friday night date? For $5, enjoy Fridays at Five, a new weekly series will feature exclusive footage from some of the most memorable SFJAZZ concerts from the past few years. Each digital concert experience will get you closer than ever to the music, while providing an online platform that will help directly support artists.
 
 
Missing ballet? Tune in to watch the SF Ballet Company dancers log in from their homes to take classes, taught by the ballet masters. Have a dancer at home? Bring out your bar (or anything you can use for balancing) and take the class with the dancers all from the comfort of your home. Classes are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-2:30pm PST. 
 
Oakland A's | Virtual
 
Missing your A's baseball? From game broadcasts to A's Cast Live, A's Cast is your official home for 24/7 A's baseball! With in-depth shows hosted by Chris Townsend, Ken Korach and Vince Cotroneo, A's Cast is your #1 destination for all baseball headlines, stories, classic games and more. 
 
Oakland Earth Day | At Home Activites
 
Although Oakland Earth Day festivities were canceled, you can still celebrate Mother Earth at home. Check out over 50 home-based and online ideas in honor of the 50th anniversay of Earth Day. The ideas carry real and immediate impact and range from quick educational activities to hands-on projects such as building a home compost and greywater systems. There's educational enrichment for the general public and for pre-school through college students now looking online for learning.  Other activities include include ways to detoxifying homes, save energy and water, improve food storage and use, and more. These lessons and activities not only offer something for now, but carry forward for longer term benefits to the environment and to the participants.  
 
Cal Shakes is going virtual. Photo courtesy of Cal Shakes. 
 
 
During this shelter-in-place, Smuin Contemporary Ballet is offering dance classes via Zoom. If you ever wanted to take ballet, now is your chance. These classes are drop-in based so you can choose the one that works best for you. It's also pay if and what you can. 
 
Cal Shakes | Virtual
 
Cal Shakes may have closed the Bruns for the season but you can still experience their craft from afar. With three new online programs (Run the Canyon, #ShelterHereabouts, and Direct Address) offering resources and programming to bring solace, entertainment, and joy, Cal Shakes Online is a gathering space for the Bay Area and beyond.
 
 
While we remain sheltered-in-place, homeschooling kids and working from home, for some new and fun virtually interactive fun for the kiddos, visit the Bay Area Children's Theatre online "playborhood" connecting kids with imagination. Fun challenges, activity sheets and more await to keep young minds creatively occupied.
 
 
Keep up with the artists from 42nd Street Moon every Tuesday and Friday at 8pm with a variety of interviews, previews, and other tidbits of theatrical joy. Watch live on Facebook or check out the replays on their page. 

Around the Bay 

The G-Men have gone virtual. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Giants.
 
 
Bring Fairyland to you with a downloadable coloring book of all your favorite park favorites. This coloring book just isn't for kids, but adults too! Once your pages are complete, take a photo and share it with Fairyland on Twitter @FairylandCA.
 
Oakland Zoo Web Cams | Live Stream
 
Missing the Oakland Zoo? Catch the Zoo's web cams of the elephants, sun bears, and black bears. Watch the elephants graze over six acres of grassy knolls, a sun bear climb up a eucalyptus tree, or the black bears play in their habitat. You can also learn more about the different characters in each habitat. Starting April 2, the Oakland Zoo will also be going live with their Zoo Keepers daily at 2:30pm for Go Behind the Scenes
 
 
The San Francisco 49ers YouTube playlist has access to games from the NFL achives. Relive the team's Super Bowl XXIII Victory, the NFC Championship matchup game that brought us "The Catch" and the NFC Wild Card win over the Green Bay Packers that was clinched by "The Catch II." 
 
 
We can't gather in person at the California Academy of Sciences for NightLife, but we can virtually. Every other Thursday, check out the virtual version of NightLife on the Cal Academy's YouTube page. Bring your drink and as the Cal Academy brings you an eclectic mix of science, music, and art. When NightSchool is in session, they'll take deeper dives into a single science-related theme.
 
CuriOdyssey has gone virtual with animal live streams, science experiments online and more. Photo courtesy of CuriOdyssey. 
 
 
Missing the theater? BroadwaySF has you covered! To keep you connected with the theater, BroadwaySF curated some of their favorite theater videos and are streaming them on their YouTube channel. 
 
 
The San Francisco Symphony may be closed but the virtual doors are open to all. Now streaming virtually on YouTube, you can watch Keeping Score featuring Michael Tilson Thomas. He goes behind the scenes in St. Petersburg and Paris to discover the spirit in which it was written and the drama of the opening night that shook the music world to its foundations. 
 
 
The City by the Bay is missing Giants baseball in real life, but luckily, Fan Central is your go to for all things orange and black. From original content, podcasts, and Lou Seal's Kid Zone, there's something for Giants' fans of all ages. 
 
CuriOdyssey: Anytime, Anywhere | Virtual & Live Streams
 
Designed to help children gain new insights, develop critical thinking skills and have fun, CuriOdyssey online has everything from at-home science experiments, animals & science in action, to live streams of animal presentations, science experiments and more. 
 
 
Get ready to yell "BINGO!" to your virtual board every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30pm with MC Preston and Tech Guru Justin from Walnut Creek Recreation. Before the game begins, download your virtual board and join in on the Zoom link for some Bingo fun (a password is required to join in on the Zoom link, find it here).
 

Beyond the Bay 

Paris is closer than you think, virtually. Photo courtesy of  Alex Holyoake/Travel + Leisure. 
 
 
As part of PBS KIDS Read-Alongs on Facebook & YouTube, former First Lady, Michelle Obama, will be reading some of her favorite children's books every Monday at 9am PST on Facebook Live or YouTube. Please note that you do not need a Facebook acccount to watch the Read-Alongs and will be available for viewing anytime afterwards. 
 
 
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; the band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, and somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; but there is no joy in Oakland, with the remainder of the MLB season in doubt.
 
All hope is not lost, however, as Strat-O-Matic is using its Baseball Daily engine to virtually play out the entire 2020 MLB season. The results are posted each day at 11am PT.
 
 
The voice of Olaf from Disney's Frozen, Josh Gad, is going live at 4pm PST daily for storytelling time almost every day. Join him on Instagram as he provides parents about 10-minutes of childcare during his live stream. 
 
 
Every day at 12pm PST, the Cincinnati Zoo will host a Home Safari Facebook Live each weekday. They'll be highlighting one of the amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Also check out their Facebook Live event featuring Zoo Blooms daily at 7am PST (too early? don't worry, you can watch the replays after). 
 
Have Michelle Obama read to your kiddos every Monday. Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Sarah Morris.
 
 
Who says you can't go to space? Take a journey to the International Space Station and join the astronauts as they read some favorite books to those down on earth. These readings are up on the site and you can take a trip to space whenever you want. 
 
 
Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don't have to take a physical trip, you can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park. 
 
Monterey Bay Aquarium | Live Streams
 
Ready to be mesmorized? From live moon jellies to adorable sea otter pups, get your fix of the Monterey Bay Aquarium by viewing ten different live cams. Want a view of the open sea? They have a live cam for that too. 
 
Celebs, including Betty White, come together and read some favorite children's books via Storyline. Photo courtesy of Parade. 
 
 
Thanks to Google, you can now go on a virtual field trip to some of the most remote and beautiful US National Parks. Get 360-degree tours of the Kenai Fjords in Alaska, Hawaiian volcanoes, New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns, Utah’s Bryce Canyon, Florida’s Dry Tortugas, and more. In the words of Google, "Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go." 
 
Storyline Online | Virtual 
 
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning and Daytime Emmy-nominated children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.
 
 
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles! New episodes are posted daily at 1pm EST and remain online for streaming. 
 
Louvre Museum | Virtual
 
You don't have to go very far to check out the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre with a virtual tour and enjoy the views from the comfort of your own home. 
 
Learn about the California Coast from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Photo courtesy of Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. 
 
 
The vision of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is to inspire a diverse community to explore and conserve the natural and cultural wonders of the Central California Coast. While the museum is temporarily closed, the staff is bringing the museum to you virtually. Explore the California Coast, bug out, or even check out Science Saturdays. Every Monday at 1pm PST, tune in with Zoom for Museum Mondays and every Thursday, watch Zoom live for Sciencing in Place at 7pm. 
 
 
Create a free account and access professionally developed lesson plans, activities, presentations, videos, playlists and other digitized primary source materials from the library & archives of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Whether you want to learn about the 1950s or the 2010s, there is something for every music lover out there. Parents can even sort content by their child's grade. 
 
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater | Virtual & Live Stream
 
You can't see the Ailey dancers perform in a theater, but you can find comfort and joy in the beauty of dance by virtually connecting with their performances. For a limited time, Ailey is sharing full length videos of the Company performing on stage. You can also join the Ailey dancers for conversation on Instagram live every Wednesday and Saturday at 1pm EST. 
 
Check out the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska virtually thanks to Google. Photo courtesy of NPS Photo/Jim Pfeiffenberger.
 
 
If you've ever wanted to see an opera at The Met, you're in luck. The Metropolitan Opera presents Nightly Opera Streams featuring both scintillating and searing operas. Before the show, explore variousl articles and resources to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.
 
Let's get social. 
 
Going on a #virtuallyBARTable adventure? Let us know via social media, @SFBARTable #SFBARTable! Keep up with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter to see all of the best BARTable (virtual) events, places to eat (grab take out from) and have fun (outside) around the Bay. 
 
 

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