Fun Things to Explore While Safer At Home

For many of us, April has been a long year (or month), which ever you prefer. When being in the great outdoors is no longer an option, what can we do to fulfill the day? There’s only so many movies, dramas, board games and dare I say, books (gasps, not my beloved books), one can enjoy.

Well, Keep Calm and Carry On! The good folks at House Beautiful feel your pain, have heard your cries and answered your pleas. They’ve compiled a list of 20 fun things you can do, while feeling productive, at home. Listed below are a few of our favorites. For the full 20, visit their website:

Bring Out Your Art Supplies

Whether you like working with clay (try your hand at a stop motion video!), water coloring, or drawing, set up a little corner to start practicing art again. Crafting and getting creative is such a great way to get out of your head.

Volunteer Virtually

There are lots of communities to support right now, and though we can’t necessarily provide relief or comfort with our physical presence, we can certainly contribute what we can.

Work Your Way Through a Cookbook

If you’re someone who collects cookbooks but only ever really makes one of the recipes or you’ve never actually even made a recipe from them and simply use them ass coffee table decor, this is the perfect opportunity to dive in. It’ll make cooking (and eating) so much more enjoyable. Plan out themed dinners to spice it up even more!

Put Together a Virtual Book Club (did you really think I’d give books a pass J)

More downtime inside = more time to read. Try the book-a-week challenge and then get together on FaceTime with a group of friends to discuss it. Or, if you have a list of classics you’ve been meaning to get through, now’s the time.

Bead Jewelry

Doing something detail-oriented and creating something beautiful is both soothing and long-lasting!

Organize a Talent Show

If you’re currently cooped up in a household of two or more, organize a little talent show. Whether it’s playing the piano, spoons, or doing a little jig, a little light-hearted fun will be much appreciated. The more comedians in the house the better! Laughing. Is. Good.

Teach Your Community

For example, host a Zoom sessions in your area of expertise (like taxes if you’re an accountant or yoga if you’re an instructor) and spread the word on social media.

Tour an Exhibits Online

Lots of museums are setting up their exhibits online, so we can still get our arts and culture fixes from the confines of our homes. Here’s a look inside the Met!

Research a New Topic

Been curious about a specific period in history, a public figure, some strange conspiracy theory, or really anything at all? Now’s the time to educate yourself. Become an expert! Go knee deep into the Reddit weeds.

Learn a New Language

If you were pro in a foreign language in high school but have since lost your magic or you’re a first-timer, now is a good time to download a language app like Memrise or Duolingo and start practicing. Or, if you’re not interested in learning a new language, sign up for another kind of online class.