Quarantine fun

18 activities to do in quarantine

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Story by Sydney Rowe, staff writer

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many restaurants, stores and other public places to close to avoid spreading the virus. Citizens have been asked to self quarantine and some places have even enacted a curfew. With all the time that people are spending at home, it’s easy to get bored and sit in bed all day. 

To keep you from constantly complaining about having nothing to do, here is a list of activities to keep you entertained while in quarantine.

Make a fort

Channel your inner kid and grab some blankets, pillows, chairs or whatever you want and build a tent in your house. You can even have a sleepover inside of it and watch movies. The only downside is having to clean the mess up afterward.

Bake

Look up some new recipes on Pinterest to bake either alone or with your family. Most ingredients will already be in your house ready for you to get started baking. Follow the recipe, and you’ll get something new and tasty along with a new experience. 

Clean

Although it might not sound like much fun, cleaning your room or house can help relieve some anxiety you might’ve been having and wiping down surfaces can help prevent spreading germs that can get you sick. With all the time everyone is spending at home, there is almost no reason not to clean. Plus, what parent wouldn’t be happy to come home to a clean house?

Try new makeup looks

Makeup can be a hard skill to master and definitely takes practice, so while you’re home and out of the public eye, why not try out some new looks and try to get better? YouTube videos can be a big help when it comes to inspiration or even how to do certain techniques so experiment a little. However, if it comes out terrible, all you have to do is wipe it off and start over.

Learn a new hobby

Take things you already have at home and pick up a new hobby. Some things you can learn are how to sew, crochet or knit, origami or how to play an instrument. Not only are you keeping yourself occupied, but you’re also learning something that you could potentially really be interesting. 

Puzzle wars/ game night

Grab some puzzles, split the people in your house into two groups and have a competition to see who can complete the puzzle first. You can also play some other board games while bonding with your family.

Cook dinner for your family

Find and follow a recipe and cook dinner for your family. You can cook something that you already have all the ingredients for and could even make it a themed meal. Have fun and do something nice to help out your family during this difficult time.

Go for a walk/run

You can go for a walk or run alone or with family to get some time out of the house. Exercise is important since everyone is spending so much time stuck in the house. It doesn’t have to be long or intense as long as you’re up and moving.

Study for your driver’s permit/ licence

Although you can’t take your actual driver’s permit or license test until social distancing is over, you can study in order to be ready when the time comes. Now is a good time to practice on busier roads because there will not be much traffic due to everyone staying home.

Read

Reading a good book can help you get your mind off of whatever’s going on in life. If you normally read a lot anyway, try a genre of book that you don’t normally read. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t enjoy reading but still wants the experience, buy an audiobook and listen to it. 

Experiment with photography

You don’t need a super nice camera to take nice pictures. You can even use your phone and get great quality pictures. Experiment with different lighting and poses and even look up pictures to try to recreate.

Work on getting more flexible

Flexibility is a useful thing in many aspects of life and you never know when you’ll have to drop down into the splits. Use what you have at home and stretch to become more flexible. You can even choose to learn simple tricks while you’re at it.

Clean out your closet

Go through all your old clothes that you don’t wear anymore and donate or sell them. Not only are you decluttering your closet, but you could also get money to get new clothes that you would wear. 

Rearrange your room

If you’re able, you can move the furniture around and rearrange your decorations to revamp your room. Having the same room can sometimes get boring so this is a simple and inexpensive way to change up your room.

Learn some Tik Tok dances

At this point, if you don’t have Tik Tok, what are you doing? With all of the new dances being made up constantly, you’ll always have one to learn when you’re bored. Doing the dances gets you up and moving and might even result in becoming Tik Tok famous.

Online shop

Since you can’t leave the house to go shop, you can shop online. There are many websites that have cute clothes and accessories that aren’t expensive but are still well made. Depending on where the order is shipping from, you may have to wait a long time to get your order so be sure to look at the location before ordering.

Play in the rain

There’s just something about splashing around in puddles and standing in the rain that can make you feel happier. When the forecast predicts a storm, throw on a rain jacket and boots and go outside and enjoy the rain, but make sure to get out of your wet clothes as soon as possible afterward and into dry ones to avoid getting sick. 

Paint/ make art

You don’t have to be skilled to enjoy painting. It’s relaxing and all around fun so pick up a brush and create something. If you’re not the painting type, draw something on paper. The most important thing is to be creative and have fun.

Overall, during quarantine, be sure to use your time wisely and don’t complain too much about being bored. There will come a day when we all have to go back to our daily routine, and we will wish we still had this time to relax.