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A Few Things To Do When Stuck at Home

I am not sure about you but I seriously had the thought today of “I wonder how long it will take me to ‘get through all of Netflix.'”

As a locally owned business dedicated to “finding you something to do” we are not slacking off now. I mean, seriously, this is our time to shine with unique and creative things to do.

Cabin fever is real but there are a few things you can enjoy doing from your home, your car, and at local parks that are still open.

First, a few basic rules:

  • Wash your hands again. And again.
  • Stay at least 3 feet from others.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cough into your bent elbow or a tissue.
  • Wash your hands again.

Now on to a few ideas for entertainment for adults and kids of all ages:

Get Outside – No, not in a big crowded public place but in your own backyard or driveway. This fun (and free) video is great exercise and will burn off some energy.

Get ‘To Go’ Dinner

Dinner and movie, anyone? Support struggling local businesses by getting dinner to go or delivered. For instance, you could get a bowl of Gumbo and a Shrimp PoBoy from Happy Fish and then watch Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Yes please! You could make a night of it with a yummy cake from Jamie’s Cakes – delivered straight to your front door from Patriot Delivery for FREE with the discount code “EGuide”. Happy’s does breakfast too just in case you want “breakfast in bed” sometime during your time off at home.

Take a Tour, Virtually

How cool are these:

Virtual Field Trips to See the Wolrd!

Free Virtual Museum Tours Around the World – Check out the National Museum of Natural History, The National Zoo, The Uffizi Gallery in Italy, and even the Van Gogh Museum! Check HERE for details.

The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover. They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!

School is NOT Out Completely

Khan Academy offers a ton of online classes. Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. Khan is a nonprofit organization with free educational resources. They are also having daily (weekdays) 9am PST/12 EST live streams on FacebookYouTube and Twitter for students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures. A Parent Quick Start Guide  is available.

The Tyler Public Library may be closed physically but their online resources are open and available. You can get a free library ecard HERE online. All City of Tyler residents are eligible. Check out these FREE resources:

Acorn TV – An RB Digital resource accessible with your library card for a week at a time. Acorn TV brings world-class mysteries, dramas, and comedies from Britain and beyond to library patrons through a streaming video service to any Web-connected device. Library Edition – While in the library, access this resource for free. Discover your family history and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records.

Driving Tests – A free online resource with practice tests for the Texas DMV’s exam. Includes tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. Also includes handbooks and the Texas DMV FAQ. Also available in Spanish.

Family Search – Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources. While at the library, access more records that are not open to most users. Users will need to create an account.

HeritageQuest Online – HeritageQuest® Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Powered by Ancestry® with more than 4.4 billion records and coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center – A collection of leading hobby and craft magazines with detailed how-to instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Smith County Historical Society (SCHS) Digital Archive and SCHS YouTube Channel – SCHS has been digitizing audio files which are available at this resource. SCHS has been digitizing historical videos. Check it out for local interviews and other local historical information.


Breweries & Vineyards

ETX Brewery: It’s time for OKTOBERFEST, {BE}ER Happy!

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There’s a lot going on at the Brewery Downtown. ETX Brewing Co. is located at 221 S. Broadway, Downtown Tyler,,, (903)630-7720.

ETX Brewery offers onsite quality craft beers. Alongside it, The Porch at ETX offers wonderful food and a relaxed atmosphere.

There is live music most Friday and Saturday starting around 8pm.

This Weekend: It’s time for OKTOBERFEST

For 4-days, come out and salute German culture Wednesday & Thursday, September 23rd-24th, 11am-10pm, and Friday & Saturday, September 25th-26th, 11am-11pm.

Details HERE

Don’t hesitate to come by, have a drink and BE{ER} HAPPY! This month’s events are:

For more events, check out ‘s entire

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Fall Fun

Beautiful Fall Foliage Drives


Summer’s grip has finally given way to fall and the luscious green countryside has slowly and quietly exploded with rich autumn colors. East Texas is a sight to behold in the fall, with yellow oak trees, orange sweetgums, deep red dogwood trees dappled among the might every greens. Fill up your tank, grab your cameras, and take an East Texas fall road trip today!

East Texas comes alive with peak color typically occurring mid-November. Take the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region during this seasonal transition.

Get off the beaten path this autumn! Take any farm-to-market road in East Texas for prime fall foliage viewing and a real Texas experience.

“A good stretch of farm road is the apotheosis of a very Texan institution—the drive for no other purpose than to get the feel of the country—and that is why the farm-to-market road is to Texas what the freeway is to California: not just a highway but a symbol of the culture.”~ Paul Burka. Texas Monthly 

Visit any state park in East Texas and for exceptional fall foliage viewing. Find a state park in East Texas HERE.

My East Texas has compiled a list of routes that usually yield incredible fall foliage and photo opportunities. Take any farm-to-market road off these routes for extended viewing pleasure.

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See Fall Foliage Driving Routes Here.

Throughout Texas: 4 Must-See Fall Foliage Spots in Texas



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Fall Fun

Fall Fun Events for All Ages

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When it comes to fun in the fall, east Texas is a beautiful place to explore for all ages. Check out these fun events that will be going on in #tylertx #lindale #benwheeler #kilgore and more!

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