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.
- Check out what people are doing on the fastest-growing social app, TikTok
- With a chrome browser app, chat while streaming with Netflix Party service
- Host a Zoom Social
#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.
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).
#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.
- Brush up on interior design
- Learn the fundamentals of DSLR photography
- Learn how to write your own memoir
#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.
#9 Go Back to School (for free)
While college is an expensive proposition, learning online doesn’t have to be.
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.
- Khan Academy (K-12)
- EDX offers free courses from Harvard, MIT and Berkeley
- Learn a new language with an app like DuoLingo
#10 Curl Up with a Good Book
Being in quarantine is a great opportunity to keep your mind sharp.
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.
- Get a free audio book from Audible
- Celebrities reading to children
- Keep your mind sharp with brain-boosting apps like Luminosity
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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