We’ve compiled a list of our favorite activities, games, tours and other ideas to alleviate the stress that being isolated at home can bring. Most of these ideas can be done both alone or with family.
- Visit your favorite animals via live cam at the National Zoo, San Diego Zoo, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or just view some puppies.
- Just because Museums are closed, doesn’t mean you can’t see them. Come take a virtual tour of the Louvre.
- Travel is limited but you can still take a virtual tour of a national park!
- Want to visit one of twelve famous museums? This website has virtual tours of all of them.
- Watch a streamed performance at the Paris Opera or the British National Theatre. Performances change weekly so check back often.
- Learn more about the oceans with educational materials for children.
- Visit PBS and PBS Teaching Materials for ideas on educating children during their time away from school.
- Want an educational scavenger hunt you can do in your own backyard? Here is a biodiversity bingo card! Kids can look around their backyard or local green space and try to find enough biodiversity for bingo.
- With pretty much every subject available, Khan Academy is amazing for these no school times.
- Get outside and take a walk, do yoga, go for a jog, or visit an open space in your area. Just remember to stay 6ft away from people, wash your hands, and don’t touch your face!
- Visit Planet Fitness’s Facebook page or the Jazzercise Facebook page for free online classes! The Boston Globe has more good ideas.
- Is there a home project you keep putting off? Take advantage of this time to organize a closet, clear out a basement or spruce up your yard. This is also a good time to check out your household resources:
Start with the faucets. Ensure they don’t drip when closed. If they do, replace the washers (or in the case of washerless units, the valve cartridges); Next, check that your toilets don’t leak. To check for leaks, pour colored liquid bowl cleaner into the tank, then wait several hours to see if it appears in the bowl without flushing. If it does, you likely have a leak, and may need to replace the stopper in the bottom of the tank.
Then, make sure your hot water tank and/or pipes are not sweating. While you’re at it, consider turning down the tank thermostat by a couple of degrees – chances are you won’t notice a difference, except hopefully on your energy bill.
Finally, check that windows and doors are not drafty. If they are, consider caulking, repairing or replacing them.