As the weekend approaches, you may be looking for activities you can do at home while social distancing during the Coronavirus. If you are, you’ve come to the right blog post! Here are 16 things you can do from the comfort of your own abode while staying safe, healthy and relatively sane.
Activities You Can Do At Home For Adults
- Explore a Museum
Just because you can’t leave your home, doesn’t mean you can’t go to the Louvre or the MoMA. There are at least 14 world-class museums that offer virtual tours right from your laptop. Check them all out here.
- Go to the Movies Together
With the Netflix party Chrome extension, you can host a group watch party with friends and family. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat, so you can make your own version of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
- Work it Out
The gym’s physical location may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sweat it out. Yelp Reno put a list of local businesses offering online workouts, many of which are free via the web or social media. Check it out here.
- Make Your Own HGTV Episodes
If we’re being honest, one of our favorite things to do is to look at homes no matter where we are. It’s what we do, after all! If you like to look at homes too, pretend like you’re in your own version of HouseHunters and check out the virtual home tours on DIcksonRealty.com and LuxuryPortfolio.com. Just make sure to take commercial breaks and debate the benefits of an open floor plan.
Activities You Can Do At Home For Adults and Kids
- Organize a Talent Show
Show off your great (or not so great) singing voice, perform an interpretive dance, or read a poem and organize an in-home talent show. You’re sure to be the headlining act!
- Create Your Own Board Game
If the tried and true classics aren’t cutting it, make your own board game as a group. Decide what type of game it will be, what the rules should be and how the board will be designed. Then, have every person take a different role to make the game come together. Finally, play and see how it all worked out!
- Have a Photo Shoot
Everyone’s an influencer when you have an at-home photo-session. Have fun, and put that high megapixel smartphone to work. Use costumes, makeup, and funny poses to lighten the mood. Then, you’ll have a fun memory to share also!
- Make Some Magic
Activities You Can Do At Home For Kids
Here are some activities you can do at home for kids that only require items you probably have around the house:
- Make a Blanket Fort
Throw a flat sheet over a table or sling it between a few pieces of chairs, and you’ve got an indoor imagination zone. Add some pillows and create a cozy shelter where kids can play and dream.
- Whip up Some Homemade Playdough
Mix 1 cup of white flour, 1 cup of water, ½ cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and your choice of food coloring. Add peppermint extract for scent, if you’d prefer. Stir everything together in a nonstick pan for five minutes over medium heat, and you’ve got an activity that was fun to make.
- Once Upon a Time …
Check out the Washoe County Library’s OverDrive system for a free selection of audio and ebooks. There’s also the TumbleBook Library, which features a collection of animated, talking picture books. Early readers will also find chapter books, literacy-based games to reinforce reading experiences, and educational videos from National Geographic.
- Get Your STEM On
Sierra Nevada Journeys is offering STEM activities that you can do at home through its blog. SNJ will be expanding its virtual library of STEM learning, so sign up for its e-newsletter to receive new content into your inbox.
Activities You Can Do At Home While Solo
- Organize a Virtual Book Club
Whether you’ve been meaning to read a Tolstoy classic or a non-fiction gem, get a group and read the book together. Once you’ve found some fellow readers, pick a time and date when you’ll meet online to discuss. You can even choose books that have a film adaptation, and use the Netflix party to watch the movie. But, no cheating and watching the movie first!
- Calm the Mind
You may be feeling a little anxious at the moment—and even that might be a bit of an understatement. If so, now is a great time to begin to cultivate a meditation practice. Right now, many apps are making their programs free for a period of time. Check out a list here
- A Night at the Opera
Treat yourself to an evening of music and drama, all while never leaving the couch. The Metropolitan Opera has a nightly live stream of performances and the Paris Opera is also screening its performances online for free.
- Don’t Be Jelly
Get mesmerized by a live show of the delicate sea nettles floating at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Live Jelly Cam pairs this part of the aquarium’s Open Sea exhibit with soothing beats too.
No matter what at-home activity you choose to do, know that you’re keeping our first responders and medical personnel safe by limiting your social interactions. We’re all in this together, and the more we can do to help one another, the stronger our community will be.
At Dickson Realty, our team of local experts is committed to supporting our community. If you’ve got more ideas for activities you can do at home during COVID-19, we want to hear all about it! Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.