Coronavirus: What Is It and What Can I Do?

The Arc Maryland, with financial support from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, has put together resources from reputable organizations and sources to provide you with important information to stop the spread of coronavirus to you and people close to you.
Through the guide for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, you can find access to the following:

  • Information about the Coronavirus
  • How to Prevent the Spread
  • Symptoms and Signs of Illness
  • Emergency Prep
  • Shopping for Groceries
  • How to Pass the Time
  • And More!


Passing the Time

While we practice social distancing in our houses, we have a lot more time to ourselves! Below are some ways you can have fun at home the Maryland way. Click each title to visit the fun sites.

Visit the National Aquarium Online!

See the world below the surface with live broadcasting from Maryland’s own National Aquarium. Watch the Jellyfish Invasion or learn about the Blacktip Reef. For at-home activities, dive into the deep for word search activities, color the ocean from A to Z and more! 

Learn Something New with the Maryland Science Center

Take on engineering challenges, discover new science in your backyard, try some DIY experiments or watch the stars with celestial highlights.

Join in on a Dance Class From the Annapolis Children’s Theater

Tune in each Wednesday at noon for a Facebook LIVE Dance Fitness class with Miss Katie! Boost your spirits and get those bodies grooving!

All Aboard the B&O Railroad Museum

Junior Junction Specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays includes virtual story time, educational activities, or take a journey in the past. Visit the B&O TV Network, starring actor Michael Gross, which spotlights moments in B&O railroad history.  

Get Patriotic at Fort McHenry

O! say can you see… “The Star-Spangled Banner”, written by Francis Scott Key, came from the valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. Watch the “living flag” – you can even sing-a-long in this special patriotic tribute.

Get Your Groove On at DJ Joe’s Virtual Dance Party

Join DJ Joe’s “Share the Love Virtual Dance Party” on Facebook. DJ Joe is a proud member of The Arc Community. His parties are held on Saturdays from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. Can’t wait until Saturday? No worries, as his past parties are ready for you to dance the night away now!

Land Ho! Check Out the Drum Point Lighthouse

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, take a virtual tour of the Drum Point Lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum on Solomons Island. A true national treasure!

Get Creative with DIY Art Projects

Engage in some fun projects at home using everyday household items with help from the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore.

Break a Sweat with an Online Workout

Energize and empower yourself with these online workouts and enjoy the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle with the Annapolis Athletic Club.

Check Out Artwork of the Past

See artwork from around the world and across the centuries on the Walters Art Museum website. Get detailed information about the artworks, including conservation and exhibition histories.

Learn Ballet from Professionals

Looking for a new hobby? Learn ballet right in your own home with these online classes from professionals at Maryland Youth Ballet.

Learn About Works of Art

Meet Raoudi, artist Henri Matisse’s perky schnauzer, in Matisse for Kids, a delightful on-line exploration of the beloved 20th century master’s bold, bright paintings. Along the way, you’ll earn props, patterns, and colors to use in creating your own Matisse-inspired artwork. (Requires Adobe Flash)

Learn from Virtual Exhibits

From family events, art exhibits, history happy hours, and more, you’ll be sure to find the activity that’s right for you from Sandy Spring Museum.

Discover Your Local Art Council

Link up with your County’s Art Council for a gallery of artworks thanks to the Maryland State Art Council.

Stop by the Farm for a Virtual Tour

Virtual Farm Tours for all ages across America while you’re stuck at home. See what is going on out in the fields from the American Dairy Association.

Participate in Story Time with Your Local Library

From daily bookclubs, storytime, conversation clubs and more, your local library has many virtual, online activities for all ages. To find additional libraries in your own County offering virtual activities, visit their websites.

Get Up Close and Personal with Animals at the Zoo

Answer the call of the wild! The Philadelphia Zoo is hosting a daily video series featuring a new animal each day. Learn about animals from zookeepers Monday through Friday at 2 PM. Tune into their Facebook page for the latest episode each day. You can also binge-watch their first few videos on their website.

Join the Wizarding World with Harry Potter at Home

Join in the world of Harry Potter through fun online games, activities, and quizzes through the brand new “Harry Potter at Home” website. Long time “wizards” and “muggles” are all welcome!

Get Wild on Your Exploration with National Geographic Kids

Learn about all types of animals, play fun and educational games, and test your knowledge on all types of science topics through quizzes on National Geographic Kids.

Choose from a Variety of Home Workouts with the YMCA

Try out a new workout like yoga, soccer, tai chi, and more through online classes with the YMCA! Choose one of their recorded workouts with instructors so you can stay active at home.

Get Some Fresh Air with Nature Activities from the Howard County Conservancy

It is important not to spend all day cooped up indoors. Step outside for an animal scavenger hunt, do yoga in your yard, and more. The Howard County Conservancy has plenty of options for you outdoor explorers!

Watch a Show from Cirque du Soleil

Tune in for an hour-long performance from one of the world’s most popular circus performances: Cirque du Soleil! Kids’ content is also available.

Read Stories Alongside Famous Actors

This free service has a library of stories read, on video, by actors such as James Earl Jones, Betty White, Kevin Costner, Viola Davis, and more. Check out the website to pick a story. Options cover multiple reading levels.



Additional Resources can be found on the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council website.


This project was supported, in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.