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88 fun things to do while at home during the Coronavirus quarantine

You are stuck at home with nothing to do. It’s an unprecedented time in history. We got you! Here is a comprehensive list of 88.7 things you can do for fun.

  1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better! Feeling extra saucy? Take on a Rubik’s Cube. More of a word person? Crossword puzzle!

  2. Start a journal or blog. Sure, it can be about the coronavirus, but it could also be about a specific interest from chess to cheese.

  3. If it won’t bother your neighbors: Dust off that old instrument and practice.

  4. Write poetry. Perhaps you can craft a haiku for Mother’s Day.

  5. Watch all the really long movies you’ve avoided until now.

  6. Download Duolingo, or a similar app, and teach yourself a foreign language. Duolingo provides fun, quick lessons in over 94 different language courses in 23 languages.

  7. Put on a soap opera. Mute the sound. Create your own dialogue.

  8. Try on all your clothes and determine whether they “spark joy” á la Marie Kondo.

  9. Watch the films that won Oscars for best picture. My Top 20 (listed alphabetically) are American Beauty (1999), Braveheart (1995), The Departed (2006), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994), Gandhi (1982), Gladiator (2000), Green Book (2018), The King’s Speech (2010), No Country
    For Old Men (2007), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Parasite (2019), Rain Man (1988), Rocky (1976), Schindler’s List (1993), Shakespeare In Love (1998), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Spotlight (2015), Titanic (1997), and Unforgiven (1992)

  10. Watch films that won Independent Spirit Awards for best picture. My favorites are Black Swan (2010), Brokeback Mountain (2005), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Pulp Fiction (1994)

  11. Use Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts or Marco Polo to video chat with your long-distance friends.

  12. Take a bubble bath.

  13. Coloring books: They’re not just for kids.

  14. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year?

  15. Clear out the family room and camp indoors with all blankets, popcorn and scary movies..

  16. Pretend you’re in middle school and “fold a square piece of paper” into a fortune teller you put
    your thumbs and pointer fingers into. Proceed to tell fortunes.

  17. Interview your grandparents (over the phone, of course) and save the audio. Can you create an audio story or book with that file?

  18. Create a Google document of shows or movies you’re watching and share it among family and friends.

  19. Make a list of things for which you are grateful.

  20. Play Monopoly with your favorite people. Just remember groups of less than 10 and no one over 65 for safety and health.

  21. Dye your hair a new color. No one else needs to see it if you don’t like it.

  22. Go viral in the good way by making a quarantine-themed TikTok.

  23. Stop procrastinating and do your income taxes. They are still due April 15th.

  24. While you’re at it, fill out your 2020 Census form and mail it.

  25. Make lists of all the museums, sporting events and concerts you want to visit when they finally reopen.

  26. Rearrange your furniture to make it seem like your home is a totally different space.

  27. Get a free trial of a streaming service and binge-watch as much as you can before it expires.

  28. Bring out the Legos.

  29. Can you binge watch all the “Star Wars” movies in chronological order? Set aside 22 1/2 hours! I double dog dare you!
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (set 32 years before A New Hope)
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (22 years before)
    Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (19 years before)
    Solo: A Star Wars Story (about a decade before)
    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (ends moments before ANH)
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (three years after A New Hope)
    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (four years after)
    Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (34 years after)
    Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (34 years after)
    Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (35 years after)

  30. Watch all three Lord of the Rings movies. Return of the King won an Oscar for Best Picture!

  31. Learn the chorus to Snow’s “Informer,” then impress everyone with your rapping skills.

  32. Been meaning to get some new glasses? Try on new frames virtually on sites like GlassesUSA.com.

  33. How many words per minute can you type? Try it now!

  34. Sleep. Get lots of it.

  35. Take a virtual tour of one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, “The Art Institute of Chicago”

  36. Artists are livestreaming concerts from their home. Check out your favorites on their Instagram. P!nk, Chris Martin from Coldplay, and John Legend are among a few.

  37. Learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube

  38. Bake your favorite cookies

  39. Challenge yourself to make a meal with whatever you have in your fridge or pantry right now

  40. Go through all the old mail laying around

  41. Read a book. Psychology Today suggests reading five books you have always wanted to read but never had the time.

  42. Go through all your records, LPs, and vinyl and organize them by your favorites first.

  43. Call someone

  44. Listen to a podcast. Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it, The New York Times suggested.

  45. Go for a walk outside. Doctors say fresh air and exercise are good for not only your physical health but also mental health.

  46. Broadway HD has about 300 classic musicals, plays, and shows to watch online free

  47. Get caught up on new music. Search for “New Music Friday” in Google. Spotify updates it weekly.

  48. Spring cleaning! Get rid of all those expired items in your fridge and pantry.

  49. Clean all surfaces in your home. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that most common household disinfectants are effective in killing the coronavirus.

  50. Post a video on social media of you singing your favorite song and challenge others to do the same.

  51. Laugh! The average person does it thirteen times a day. Pick a comedy and relax. Some of the best are Dazed and Confused, First Wives Club, Happy Gilmore, Idiocracy, Mrs Doubtfire, Scary Movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Legally Blonde, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and There’s
    Something About Mary. Find your favorites here.

  52. That pile of clothes in the corner of your room that’s been building up for weeks? Let’s put ’em away.

  53. The emails you’ve marked as unread for an embarrassing amount of time? Read ’em.

  54. Try making a collaborative Spotify playlist with friends who are also home.

  55. Learn TikTok’s most popular dances.

  56. How many pushups can you do? A study found men who can do 40 have a lower risk of heart disease!

  57. Dust off that retro video game system and replay some of your favorite games! Do you still have your Atari 2600, Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, or original Sony Playstation? What about a Nintendo 64, Sega Dreamcast, or Xbox?

  58. Where do you stand on the Political Compass? Test yourself and then print a free personal certificate!

  59. What’s your personality type? Take this test and find out about the REAL YOU!

  60. Where do you land on the Kinsey scale? Find out!

  61. Remember when your parents asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some of us never do! Try this!

  62. Share your favorite local businesses on social media.

  63. Stretch for 5 minutes. Hold each stretch for 15-20 seconds for maximum results. You’ll feel better!

  64. Opportunity search. Now is a productive time to look for potential employers, internship opportunities, scholarships, update resumes, or portfolios.

  65. Brand yourself. Make a website, design a logo, reach out to local digital marketing and branding freelancers to plan for your future business plans. Or re-brand your Instagram profile or business page.

  66. Research for your next vehicle. Perhaps you have been considering purchasing a new car. Do some research into what you are looking for and your budget.

  67. Future schooling. Look for future schooling options such as which program you want to pursue and where. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams!

  68. Search for a new home. Perhaps you have been wanting to move. Take some time to explore the type of home and area you are looking for. Dream big!

  69. Find a side hustle. Think of ways to make more money for the rest of this year.

  70. Dear Future Me. Write a letter to your future self.

  71. Vision board. Find some magazines, newspapers, scissors, glue and get crafty about your future goals.

  72. Text someone an encouraging, kind, grateful message. In challenging times brighten anyone’s day with a simple message of appreciation.

  73. Garage sale prep. De-clutter your home, store the items you no longer need in some boxes for a future garage sale.

  74. Clean inside your car. It’s time to freshen them up for spring.

  75. Put together a Birthday or Christmas List (whichever comes first!)

  76. Pamper your pet. Spend extra time playing with and petting your furry friends. If you don’t have one, adopt! Having a pet lowers anxiety and depression.

  77. Dance like no one’s watching

  78. Take a hike! Nothing like nature to uplift your mood, give some exercise, and offer a change of environment.

  79. Listen to cover versions of your favorite songs on YouTube.

  80. Give money or food to food banks. People with low incomes, or whose work is being interrupted by cancellations of events, travel, or education due to coronavirus, will need more help than ever. Visit Feeding America’s site to find a food bank near you that could use donations of food, toiletries or
    money, and possibly volunteers.

  81. Help people who shouldn’t leave home: Older adults, and people with serious illness or disability, should avoid public settings as much as possible because they’re more vulnerable to getting seriously ill from coronavirus. But they still need food and human interaction. This makes local Meals on Wheels programs more important than ever – and may mean that these programs will have more demand than ever. Look up the program near you!

  82. Help young children in need. More than a third of children in America are part of low-income families, and coronavirus-related closings and cancellations may hit them hard. Families whose children have serious medical conditions that are sending them to the hospital may be under extra stress because of coronavirus worries. Find a diaper bank near you to give money or diapers and wipes to, so families with infants, toddlers and children with disabilities don’t have to spend as much on these essentials. Give, volunteer or gather donations for a children’s charity that supports ill children.

  83. Help yourself and others practice patience, kindness and understanding.

  84. Learn something new. Be inspired! Watch a Ted Talk.

  85. Visit archive.org

  86. Sign up for a dating site, if you are single, of course.

  87. Smile and take three deep breaths

  88. Relax!

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic ALT section, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, and can now be heard 6-9am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff at 88.7 The Pulse.
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