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Creative Quarantine Activities

Ideas while we are Quarantined!

Here is a list of ideas to help you get through a lengthy quarantine, whether you’re living alone, with a significant other or with kids. And most of these ideas are universal — even if you’re living alone, FaceTime, Messenger, Skype, Zoom and even just plain old phone calls can help you stay connected with family and friends. I’ve added some possible websites that could be helpful.

Learn to play an instrument — or practice the one you already play

Music can make anything better. Maybe you bought a guitar that sits in your closet. Maybe your parents willed you a piano. Maybe you have a beautiful voice you’ve never cultivated. There are plenty of tutorials online.

www.joytunes.com

Write letters

If you’re feeling isolated, think about elderly people. Most homes for seniors are not allowing visitors. Call an assisted living center and ask the social director or other staffer for the name of someone who might enjoy being your pen pal. You also could set this up with a relative. Take hand sanitizer to the mailbox.

List of Assisted Living Locations –  Pen Pals Around the World

Play Hearts, or Yahtzee

Take sometime online to play board games with your friends. Monopoly, Words with Friends or even card games as some examples.

Board Games

Take a drive and take some photos

You will, at some point, feel claustrophobic. If you get in your car by yourself and make no stops, you can have a sojourn in the Loess Hills, along River Road in northern Douglas County or other scenic spaces. Mom would tell you to use the facilities before you leave home.

www.alltrails.com

Virtual Tours of Museums, Galleries or Zoos!

This may be the perfect time for a free introduction to opera. Google “Met Opera on Demand” for programming from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. They’re not kidding when they say “on demand,” however. If you want to avoid a wait at the site, apps are available for Apple, Amazon and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TVs.

Famous Museums Virtual Local GalleryPopular Zoos

Get in touch with your inner artist

A pencil and paper are all it takes to start, but you could combine cleaning with creativity by repurposing newspapers, mailed circulars, trinkets, gadgets or anything else around the house in collages or other things. And since you live alone, nobody will see your endeavors unless you want them to.

Virtual Instructor

Learn to dance

Online tutorials can help you dazzle your friends, family and potential partners with hip-hop, jazz or ballroom moves. You’ll want to kick back when you’re done keeping your distance.

You Tube Videos

Take an online class

Learn how to paint or do a fun activity with the kids. You will keep your mind stimulated and help pass the time!

www.futurelearn.com

The Art GarageChildren’s Museum of Green Bay

We would love to hear if you have anymore ideas.

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