Virtually explore the world of Cirque du Soleil. Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil.
We are now in this new world where things are slowly beginning to reopen, one county is more open than another, sports are being played without fans, and movements are still limited. Many of us are still working remotely, balancing distance learning for our kids, still dealing with our pets, or more importantly, 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. While some of our favorite spots are slowly beginning to reopen, many of our events are still postponed. In this limbo world, we decided to keep up with what's #virtuallyBARTable all the time. We have gathered a lot of virtual events and live streams for you, your kids or whomever else that may be in your social bubble. From the Bay and beyond, take a virtual BART ride for your next #virtuallyBARTable adventure.
Editor's note: This page has been updated with #virtuallyBARTable adventures you can take at any time. For weekend fun, check out BARTable This Weekend for a mix of in-person and virtual events. Some spaces have opened for in-person entertainment with reservations required in advance, please check websites for more details.
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Visit the Exploratorium online for some "Tinkering at Home". Photo courtesy the Exploratorium.
Exploratorium | Virtual
Get those creative juices flowing and visit the Exploratorium’s “Tinkering at Home” page where you will find experiments in science, art, technology, and lots of delightful ideas. Tinkering is an active, hands-on approach to discovering the richness and depth of the world around you. There are how-to videos and cool new finds in Tinker with Computation, Wind and Air, Exploring Balance, Stop Motion Stories, Creative Constructions, Digital Designs with TurtleArt, Tinkering with LEGO, Animate Your World, Cranky Contraptions, Exploring Spinning, STEAM Starters, Light and Shadow Play, and Chain Reaction. For added fun, share your creations with other tinkering explorers on social media at #TinkeringAtHome.
SFMOMA* | Virtual
The doors to SFMOMA may be open again to smaller capacities of visitors but their virtual offerings continue for those of us not yet able to visit. This month they’re commemorating their founding director’s legacy and 120th birthday with a selection of archival materials of her life and work. Born in Berkeley in Nov. 1900, Grace McCann Morley was a museologist of global influence and became the museum’s first director where she helped build the museum for 23 years and became an encouraging force in the art world.
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.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum* | Virtual
Explore the current exhibitions of The Contemporary Jewish Museum all online. Go in-depth and learn about the history of one of San Francisco's most iconic brands, Levi's in "Levi Strauss: A History of American Style" or check out the ongoing virtual exhibit about the teen years "What We Hold: A Youth Audio Project."
Experience the world of the ballet virtually with the San Francisco Ballet Company. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Ballet Company.
SFJAZZ | Virtual
SFJAZZ has postponed all in-person shows and education events, 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, their weekly series that 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.
San Francisco Ballet Company | Live Stream
Explore the world of the San Francisco Ballet and meet choreographers and dancers, participate in workshops, and experience a host of other exhilarating and enriching activities all from the comfort of your own home. Also check out the programs for the upcoming 2021 season.
Smuin Contemporary Ballet Classes | Live Stream & Virtual
Smuin Contemporary Ballet is offering dance classes via Zoom throughout the fall. 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-what-you-can between $6-$20.
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.
Explore the Asian Art Museum from home. Photo courtesy of the Asian Art Museum.
Freight & Salvage | Virtual & Live Stream
Berkeley's Freight & Salvage is now streaming concerts that you can enjoy from anywhere on multiple platforms. Go back into the Freight archives for previous performances or catch the live streams of upcoming concerts.
Asian Art Museum* | Virtual
Lean into #MuseumFromHome and engage with art from a distance. Check out these digital experiences to bring the Asian Art Museum into your home. From art activities for families to meditations, there's a little something for everyone.
42nd Street Moon's Virtual Moon | Facebook Live & Virtual
Keep up with the artists from 42nd Street Moon throughout the week with a variety of interviews, previews, and other tidbits of theatrical joy. Watch live on Facebook or check out the replays on their page.
California Symphony | Virtual
While the California Symphony is in its seventh season, everything has gone virtual. From checking out the latest symphony to their Second Saturdays virtual concert series, you can easily connect with the California Symphony online.
Enjoy memorable performances with SFJAZZ. Photo courtesy of Dee Dee Bridgewater/SFJAZZ.
A.C.T. | Virtual & Live Stream
Set the stage for the 2020-2022 season as A.C.T. kicks off with live streams and on-demand InterACT at Home programming. Virtual tickets for fall performances are available now or sign-up for the A.C.T. Anywhere Pas to experience all virtual programming for less.
Children's Creativity Museum | Virtual
Create at home with the Children's Creativity Museum. There's so much you can do all in the comfort of your own home that the museum has guides for creative hands-on activities, printables, DIY videos, and more.
Around the Bay
Peek in on the elephants, sun bears, and more at the Oakland Zoo. Photo courtesy of the Oakland Zoo.
Children's Fairyland* | Virtual
Explore Children's Fairyland at home with Toddler Storytimes, puppet shows, puppet-making tutorials, craft activities and more.
Oakland Zoo* | Live Streams
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.
Chabot Space & Science Center | Facebook Live
Jump into the virtual space and science fun with events from the Chabot Space & Science Center. From viewing the Bay Area skies through their microscope "Nellie" to learning from scientists and astronauts, these free events are all on Facebook Live.
California Academy of Sciences* | Virtual & Live Streams
Whether you’re searching for STEM activities for the kids or just want to keep tabs on your favorite Academy creatures, the California Academy of Sciences curated an eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to help you stay learning and engaged, wherever you are. Don't forget about Thursday night NightLife at 7pm, where NightSchool is in session and you take deeper dives into a single science-related theme.
Get your laugh on with a weekly comedy show presented by Comedy Oakland. Photo courtesy of Comedy Oakland.
BroadwaySF From Home | Virtual
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.
San Francisco Symphony | Virtual & YouTube
The San Francisco Symphony may be closed but the virtual doors are open to all. Discover the music of the symphony online by getting a glimpse into some of the musicians lives as they shelter-in-place, explore house of free music and storytelling, and more. You can also check out their YouTube page for all the episodes of the series "CURRENTS."
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.
Comedy Oakland | Live Stream
Laughter is still the best medicine in this crazy time. Tune in to this free show presented by Comedy Oakland every weekend with more chances to laugh at comedians from the likes of “Comedy Central," “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," “World Series of Comedy," and more. Shows are free to watch on Zoom. Experience live online comedy at its finest and giggle yourself into feeling good!
Immerse yourselves in fairytales with Fairyland at Home. Photo courtesy of Children's Fairyland.
"Crazy Funny Asians" | Live Stream
Inspired by the blockbuster movie, see some of the Bay Area’s top comedians at San Francisco’s "Crazy Funny Asians" comedy showcase. Celebrate the Bay’s Asian-American culture and heritage with laughs. It happens evert Friday at 8pm on Zoom. RSVP and you'll get the secret Zoom link right before the show.
"Black Laughs Matter" | Live Stream
Circling back to laughter is truly the best medicine, support Black comics as they come together for "Black Laughs Matter," an online comedy show live from San Francisco. Hosted by comedian and Berkeley native Chris Riggins, the weekly show features Black comics from across the country and you can stay in the #funcheapzoomlounge to hang out with the comics after the show. The show takes place every Friday at 8pm and reservations are required.
Beyond the Bay
The Moon Jellies will mesmerize you for hours. Photo courtesy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Story Time From Space | Virtual
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.
Explore Yellowstone National Park | Virtual
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 mesmerized? 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.
The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks | Virtual
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."
Step into the rooms and galleries of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Photo courtesy of Alex Holyoake/Travel+Leisure.
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.
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.
Stream nightly opera performances from The Metropolitan Opera. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | Virtual
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.
The Metropolitan Opera | Virtual
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 various articles and resources to expand your knowledge and enhance your experience as you enjoy the streams.
*This space is now open for in-person entertainment, please check the website for more information.