Normally, we spend our time finding all of the fun things to do, and we encourage you to get out and experience the things that Ouachita Parish has to offer. With the latest mandate from the Louisiana Governor, it is important that you do almost the opposite of that. But staying home does not mean you can't experience Monroe-West Monroe. Our vibrant community continues to prove itself incredible by offering fun, unique experiences. So curl up on the couch with your isolation crew and enjoy these virtual experiences:
Explore the current collection of art from the safety of your home! This is a competition, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite while you’re here. Each year, artists from all across the region submit their work. This year is no different. Check it out here!
Follow this Facebook page for live music by local musicians. They update their schedule regularly, with a different local musician playing almost every night! This page also provides a place to donate to the artists to help support them during this time. Catch some of your favorites here.
Displaying the rich history of the Monroe-West Monroe area, our local museums and attractions have closed their doors during this time. Our website has special 360 tours of most of them! Check out The Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo, and The Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum and more!
These Duck Dynasty ladies read a short devotional from the book Duck Commander Devotions for Kids at 1:30 p.m. CDT. Catch them on Korie’s Instagram live or later in the day. It’s a great activity to do with your kids!
Looking for a fun reason to get off the couch? INFIT Gym offers Virtual Zumba Fitness classes for free! Hang out with other locals and get your dance on. Like their Facebook page for updates here!
Our local boutiques have moved to online stores for the time being, but you can also catch them on social media doing Facebook and IG Live sales! Follow them to stay on top of the latest trends, even if it's just to add to your WFH outfits. Gotta look good for those Zoom calls!
This locally produced magazine takes a deep dive into the NELA area. Using stunning photography and thoughtful written pieces, they highlight the unique and interesting parts of our area. For April and May, they are producing their magazine in digital versions!
We know that these are hard times for many, but it's so encouraging to see people in our local community work hard to continue to bring light and entertainment. Please continue to support local restaurants, and check out our Coronavirus updates here.