Finding happiness at home

Here are a few things that might help keep you sane while sheltering in place.

Chanhassen Barber Shop Music Man
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' barbershop quartet from The Music Man,

Sing, sing, sing: VocalEssence, a beloved local ensemble, is offering some terrific virtual content, including a backlog daily live voice lessons — think “Do Re Mi” — with the lovely and talented associate conductor G. Phillip Shoultz III, aka GPS.

Get theatrical: If you love Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, you can check out a range of virtual and live experiences, including regular installments of the CDT Variety Slam — fun, silly and always uplifting. In case you missed it, check out the barbershop quartet (pictured) from CDT’s on-hold show, The Music Man, performing the original tune, Wash Your Hands, via a four-way Zoom call.

See farm babies: Lift your spirits for real with footage of adorable baby animals — including goats frolicking hilariously and a time-lapse video of a chick hatching — all set to upbeat, cheerful music, courtesy of the Minnesota Zoo.

Exercise at home: The YMCA is offering free-for-all workout videos (yes, even for non-members), including yoga, boot- camp, barre, cycling, Pilates, dance, tai chi, kickboxing, weightlifting and youth sports, plus videos made especially for older adults, including chair yoga (sitting or standing versions). You’ll also find Facebook Live exercise and mediation sessions and ideas for healthy at-home meals.

Try diamond painting: This intricate new crafting trend involves attaching tiny, shiny, faceted beads to sticky, paint-by-number patterns using a special wand. It requires patience and dexterity, so we recommend ordering a small canvas to see if you like it before you go all in on a poster-size project. See,, or

Attend a performance: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is offering free video experiences from its online library, including Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, Bach’s Saint John Passion, Schubert’s Fifth Symphony and more — and the sound is excellent. You could even put it on while you’re doing a little diamond painting.

Find more stay-at-home ideas at Stay Home, Stay Safe.