Are you looking for things to do while quarantined at home? We’ve got the list for you. We’ll show you how to explore the world from home, have a laugh with friends on a Netflix party, get a little remote nature therapy, or skill-up with some online learning. And that’s just the beginning.
Read our complete list below. And stay safe, healthy, and happy.
Different people are handling quarantine in different ways. While some people are using this time to be hyper-productive and are remodeling their homes, others are simply bored.
If you find yourself stuck at home during COVID-19 and are looking for fun things to do, we can help.
Here’s a list of 10 exciting activities you can undertake without setting foot outside your door.
#1 Take a Virtual Vacation
Need a vacation from your staycation? Take a virtual vacation and explore the wonders of the world right from your computer.
With Google’s Project Street View, you can virtually wander around fabled landmarks such as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the Roman Colosseum, or check out the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto.
#2 See Animals in Action
If being stuck in quarantine is giving you anxiety, consider calming down with some cute animal videos.
Although zoos are closed right now, many zoos still have live streams. Check out what the baboons at the San Diego Zoo are up to, drop in on the elephants at the Smithsonian National Zoo, or take in the majesty of the rhinos at the Houston Zoo.
If you’re looking for a feed with a more calming ambiance, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s coral reef cam. For even more adorable animal shenanigans, check out the puppy cam over at explore.org.
#3 Socialize More
Being stuck at home doesn’t have to mean being alone. With apps such as Facebook and Instagram, there’s plenty of ways to connect with your friends and loved ones.
While connecting online isn’t quite the same as meeting face to face, maintaining social relationships under quarantine is important for your mental health.
If you’re interested in popular culture and memes, check out what people are doing on TikTok – a social network where people upload short, funny, creative videos.
If you miss going to the movie theater with friends, you can replicate the experience with Netflix Party. Netflix Party is a chrome browser plugin that syncs movies and shows across different browsers and has a chat window so you and your friends can watch and discuss the same movies.
Goodbye boredom. Hello long-distance movie nights! Alternatively, if you’re interested in just hanging out with your friends, consider hosting a get-together on Zoom.
#4 Make Movie Night Magical ? ?✨
While quarantine can be frustrating, it’s also a great time to reconnect with your family.
One easy way to do that is through movie nights. Heat up some popcorn, dim the lights, and put on your favorite movie.
With ViewSonic projectors, you can make movie nights magical. From high-definition to 4K cinematic quality, deliver an unforgettable movie-watching experience for the whole family.
#5 Find Your Fitness
Just because gyms are closed doesn’t mean that you have to stop working out.
Whether you’re looking to bulk up or lose weight, there are hundreds of workouts you can try without having to go to the gym. Search for your favorite workouts on YouTube so you can come out of quarantine looking better than ever.
And while being physically active is important, it’s also important to take care of yourself mentally.
Try doing some lightweight yoga with popular channels like Yoga with Adriene or Yoga with Tim. If you’re looking to reduce anxiety, consider downloading meditation apps such as Headspace or Calm.
Thanks to the streaming wars between big companies, there’s no shortage of movies to watch or shows to binge. With a multitude of streaming services, the hard part is deciding what to watch.
If you like big cats and eccentric characters, check out Tiger King on Netflix. If you love westerns and the Star Wars franchise, then you’ll probably love the critically acclaimed Mandalorian on Disney Plus (spoiler alert: a very adorable baby Yoda makes an appearance).
If you’re trying to save money, services such as Hoopla and Kanopy lets you stream thousands of classic and indie movies with just a library card.
#7 Skill Up
If you’ve always talked about learning a new language or mastering a new skill, quarantine is the perfect time to do so.
With shows like Binging with Babish or Tasty, you can learn how to make delicious treats like calzones, steaks, and homemade ice cream in no time. For a more technical breakdown of cooking tips and techniques, check out Alton Brown’s “Quarantine Quitchen” series or the Bon Appétit test kitchen.
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Learning at Your Fingertips
If you’re looking to advance your professional skills or want to get into a new hobby, there are tons of learning resources available online.
Sites like Udemy and Skillshare can teach you everything from photography to interior design. If you have a skill that you would like to teach others, you can make money by creating your own class at the above sites.
#8 Explore the Great Outdoors (While Indoors)
If being stuck inside has got you craving some nature therapy, you’re not alone.
While national parks and other locations might be temporarily closed, you can tour some of the greatest national parks in the world through Google’s Arts and Culture page.
Experience the awe-inspiring volcanoes at Hawaii National Park, take in the gorgeous desolation at the Kenai Fjords National Park, or immerse yourself in the beauty of the Dry Tortugas National Park.
#9 Go Back to School (for free)
While college is an expensive proposition, learning online doesn’t have to be.
Sites like Khan Academy offer brilliantly detailed videos that help break down complicated topics like quantum physics and microeconomics.
If you’re looking for free courses from world-class institutions such as Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley, check out edX.org. EdX also offers various online certificate programs in a diverse range of topics ranging from project management to American sign language.
#10 Curl Up with a Good Book
Being in quarantine is a great opportunity to keep your mind sharp.
With digital apps such as Libby or Overdrive, you can check out thousands of ebooks and audiobooks for free just by connecting your library card.
For more premium audiobook options, check out Audible and Scribd. If you’re interested in physical books, many indie bookstores are still shipping out orders.
If you also want to instill in your kids a love of reading, Storyline Online has a great lineup of celebrities reading children’s books with accompanying activity guides.
While staying at home might be mandatory, it doesn’t have to be boring. There are tons of fun things to do to keep you entertained, engaged, and immersed while keeping you and your loved ones safe.
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