Staying home is a new concept for many extroverts, especially when they weren’t planning on having to stay home for a long duration. Luckily, there are many local businesses offering solutions during life in the time of COVID-19. Whether you’re looking for a way to entertain your children while school is canceled or wanting to help support a local business, we’ve compiled a list of local businesses and online resources that are offering either delivery/pick up services, or online education and entertainment for children of all ages.
Note: Due to the influx of orders, some of the businesses may fluctuate between closing orders and reopening up to accept new orders. Don’t let that keep you from supporting local! Continue to check their site to see if they’ve opened up for ordering.

Local Businesses & Restaurants:

Aladdin’s Eatery: Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stick to rice and beans! Aladdin’s is offering carry-out until 9 p.m. until further notice.

Pittsburgh Winery: Sometimes the stress of quarantine can be eased with a nice glass of wine. Lucky for you, you can get that delivered straight to your door. They are currently offering curbside pickup and free local delivery.

The Strip District: Several businesses in The Strip are offering pickup and delivery. You can see the list by clicking here.

Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar: Is currently offering takeout and delivery.

Joe’s Rusty Nail: You might remember them from a previous article of ours. They are currently operating with limited hours and a limited menu. However, you can order pickup and support a local business while practicing social distancing.

Mystery Lovers Bookshop: Located in Oakmont, Mystery Lovers has shut their doors to the public, however they are still selling books. They are offering free, local delivery, curbside pickup, and free shipping on order over $50 through their online shop. At the time of this article, they were also offering 20% off online orders.

Ton Pottery: Located in Millvale, Ton Pottery knows the need to occupy the free time. They are offering a “Quarantine Clay Kit.” For $30, they will drop off enough clay for four people to make a piece. Once you are done, they will pick up the clay, fire your project, and bring it back to your home. They will also offer instructional videos for fun projects for the whole family.

Duro Dry Cleaners: They will pick up and drop off any and all cleaning needs. No human interaction necessary.

Landmark Business Solutions, Inc.: They are accepting drop-off tax returns.

Joe Wos: How to Toon: Internationally syndicated cartoonist, Joe Wos is offering free, live virtual cartooning instruction on his YouTube channel three days a week (Tuesdays-Thursdays). Joe’s classes are broadcasted live from his Oakmont studio.

Wigle Distillery: Would you like a glass of local bourbon, rum, or gin? Wigle is offering pickup and delivery.

Celebrations Bar – Banquet – Grill: Is offering delivery and take-out.

Museums and Zoos:

Many famous museums and zoos are offering virtual tours, safaris, and webcams to help educate and entertain during the shutdown.

Carnegie Museum of Art: Online collection

Carnegie Museum of Natural History: Videos and coloring pages

Carnegie Science Center: Every morning at 8 a.m. they post up three things to do that day: Something to read, something to watch, and something to do!

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Webcams, podcasts, and educational programming

The Frick Pittsburgh: Virtual Tour

British Museum: Online tour

Guggenheim: Virtual tour

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.: Online exhibits

Google Arts & Culture: Offers online arts and culture educational resources and links to museums that have online exhibits and virtual tours.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium: Live webcams of various exhibits. They also have relaxing ocean videos to help get your mind away from the stress of the world.

Other Fun Online Resources:

Story Online: This site offers children’s books read by celebrities.

Story Time From Space: Astronauts reading children’s books in space.

By: Bianca Labrador

Check out our Virtual Tours list!


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