If you are like us, you are probably used to enjoying time outdoors during the lovely Arizona spring season. However, the COVID-19 crisis has closed all non-essential businesses across the state and halted travel. Luckily, the internet can provide you with all sorts of at-home entertainment tailored to your interests. Here are some things you can enjoy while waiting for nationwide lockdowns to end:

Scottsdale Public Library

For those who love to read, there is no better way to pass the time than by checking out a book or two. While media centers, such as the Scottsdale Public Library are effectively closed, they continue to operate online. If you have an SPL library card, simply visit https://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/ to ask a librarian questions, check out an eBook or audiobook, rent movies, and more. This is a great budget-friendly option that will provide hours of fun.

World Class Learning

Now is a great time to upskill, train for certification, or earn your degree! A multitude of educational institutions and organizations offer online programs at a fraction of traditional tuition rates and in some cases, absolutely FREE! EdX, one of the largest open online course providers, hosts university-level courses in a wide range of disciplines offered through elite global universities. Coursera is another online learning platform that offers massive open online courses, specializations, and degrees. If you wish to go straight to the college or university itself, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and our local Arizona State University have online programs that will help students achieve their educational, professional, or self-development goals.

Online Classes with OdySea

Scottsdale’s OdySea Aquarium might be closed, but they are offering free virtual classrooms that will teach you and your family all about aquatic life. This is a great way to see your favorite animals while the doors remained closed during the COVID-19 crisis.

Digital Safari with Phoenix Zoo

The animals at the Phoenix Zoo miss you just as much as you miss them! Attend a virtual safari with the Phoenix Zoo so you can see these majestic beasts “up close.” Educational programming and trail walkalongs will help you learn about the amazing animals that call our zoo home.

Look Ahead to Your Time in Scottsdale

We are getting through the novel COVID-19 crisis together and will come out even stronger than ever. While travel is restricted at the moment, it will open again before you know it. Contact our travel representatives to see how our Scottsdale vacation villas can provide you with a luxury experience unlike any other. We can’t wait to see you in Scottsdale once again!