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Last Updated: April 21, 2020
101 Fun Things to Do at Home While Social Distancing
I know with the current circumstances, many are feeling anxious. People are losing their jobs. The store shelves are empty.
It’s only day 1 where all non-essential businesses have closed here. While being bored is clearly a first world problem, since I love making lists, hopefully this will give you a few ideas to curb cabin fever while you are social distancing. We’ll be working our way down the list.
Arts + Crafts + DIY
Time to get those creative juices flowing.
See our best photo tips here. Learn new skills like long exposure or flash. You can even have themed days where you photograph objects of the same color.
Or start with a collage.
- DIY Cards
It’s a nice touch when you get handmade greeting cards.
- Mixed Tape
These days it’s a playlist, but I miss making actual physical mixed tapes.
- Finger Knitting
- Cross Stitching
- Tie Dye
- DIY Garland
- Press Flowers
- Cord Organizer
- Potato Stamping
- Paper Beads
- Tour the Met Online
With the Kids or Let Your Inner Kid Out
- Play Dress Up
You can have a costume night and host a fashion show.
- Make Your Own Board Game
I definitely did this a a kid.
- Build a Fort
Have enough pillows and blankets?
- Invent Your Own Language
And then send each other secret messages.
- Play Hide and Seek
Or sardines if you have a big family or any of those other games that kept us busy as kids.
- Make an Obstacle Course
- Virtual Disney Ride
Bring the Outdoors Indoors
Set up your tent in the living room. You can even cook yourself a meal using only a jetboil limited ingredients.
- Slumber Party
- Car Camping Setup
Build your ultimate dream car camping configuration because I’d rather camp in a car than on the dirt.
- Create Indoor Climbs
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In the Kitchen Food Adventures
- Bake Something New
Try something new or make your favorite treat.
- Cook Something New
You can also cook through your favorite cookbook and do Julie and Julia. Here are some great choices: The Food Lab, Joy of Cooking, How to Cook Everything. We’ve loved using our Instant Pot.
- Decorate Cookies
Or cupcakes or a cake.
- Cooking Challenge
Split into teams and try to cook with limited ingredients.
- Wine Tasting
Compare a flight of wine, beer, whiskey, or sake.
- International Dinner
- Make Fun Popcorn Flavors
- Pizza or Taco Night
Use creative toppings. Are you team pineapple?
- Meal Prep
Plan your meals and prep them for the week or make smoothie bags.
- Rearrange Furniture
It can make the place feel fresh and new.
- Redecorate Each Room
Take all the decor out and start adding them back in.
- Hang Your Photos
Finally design the gallery wall you’ve always wanted. Print, frame, and hang your photos.
- Rainbowtize Your Library
Arrange your books by color. All our designer friends do this, and their homes look so nice.
- Clean Your Closet
Donate what you don’t wear and if you want to have a little fun, rainbowtize your clothes too.
- Make Linen Spray
This is the latest book we read and enjoyed, and here are the best travel books of all time. Any recommendations for us?
- Watch Cat Videos
Or dog videos. Furry friends can always lift your mood.
- Listen to a Podcast
- Binge a Show
Watch a new show or binge your favorite series. You can go through the best movies of all time according to rotten tomatoes or imdb.
- Watch Ted Talks
- Take a Nap
Have you tried a coffee nap where you drink a cup of coffee right before you nap? Supposedly you wake up ready to go!
- Make a Sound Bath
- Spa Night
Do a facial at home, take a bubble bath, give yourself a mani pedi, or anything that helps you relax and feel pampered.
- Learn to Give a Massage
These might not be what you think of for fun things to do at home, but the sense of accomplishment always makes it fun for us.
- Budget Plan
Make a want and need list and set up a budgets to help reach those goals.
- Vision Board
- Start a Side Hustle
- Schedule Social Media
Scheduling for the week or month always saves me time.
- Plan Out Your Month
Put together what you have to do on your calendar.
- Join Nanowrimo
- Memorize Lyrics
I can’t remember the last time I memorized all the lyrics to a song.
- Try a New Workout
It’s always fun to try a workout you’ve never tried before like aerial silks.
- Play a New Instrument
Whether it’s the guitar, piano, or recorder.
- Learn a New Dance
Try a new style of dance or start with one new dance move. We used to take hip hop classes with Jasmine in NYC, and now she has free virtual classes (click to find out more on her IG).
- Go for a Walk
Walk your favorite path or trail near your home or explore a new one.
Luckily, we still have facetime.
- Video Chat
Facetime with your family or friends.
- Virtual Book Club
Read a book together and set times to talk about it in group chats.
- Drink Virtually
Get on video chat and cheers each other. We just did this for St Patty’s.
- Have a Talent Show
Do this with people you live with or do it virtually.
- Write Letters
I like to write at least one a month.
- Themed Movie Night
Dress up and have themed snacks.
- Put Together Care Packages
That you can give out later.
- Start a New Instagram
- Make a Wishlist
- Make a Time Capsule
Or if you can’t bury anything, write yourself a letter, seal it up, then read it in ten years.
Seasonal Fun Things to Do at Home
- Fall: carve pumpkins
- Winter: build a snowman or igloo, make paper snowflakes
- Summer: run through sprinklers, slip and slide, water balloon fight
Can you think of any more fun things to do at home? Which of these will you be doing while social distancing?
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.
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