RIDE A THEME PARK RIDE FROM YOUR COUCH
“The Ultimate Theme Parks Experience Channel” with Crystal Clear Low Light 4K Video from around the world. For those who can’t make it out to the parks, they bring the fun to you. ALL videos are filmed by two brothers, Benson & Jason. Twitter: @SoCal360, Instagram: Attractions360 and YouTube @SoCal Attractions 360. Visit Disney, Six Flags, Knotts Berry Farm, Las Vegas, Universal and even LEGOLAND. Socalattractions360.com
BOARD GAME OLYMPICS
Pick 5 or more games and have the family play for the Gold Medal. (You can create Gold, Silver & Bronze medals to award the participants.) Create a scoreboard and keep track of 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners to calculate the overall Gold Medal Coronavirus Quarantine Board Game Olympics Winner! Or just play Monopoly, that should keep you busy for a couple of weeks.
NETFLIX PARTY APP
Netflix Party allows you to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. Link up with friends and host long distance movie nights and TV watch parties. ONLY available on Chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers. Netflixparty.com
HAVE A CUTTHROAT COOKING COMPETITION
The grocery stores are empty, you’ve got some stuff at home but it’s questionable. Make quarantine fun by choosing 3 ingredients and letting 2 people come up with recipes using the same ingredients. They battle each other to make the best dish and the other family members must choose. You can throw in some curveballs like adding a 4th ingredient halfway through the competition or taking away a utensil. (The family has to eat it, so be nice.)
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Learn a new language for that big trip you’re going to take when we’re allowed to leave the country again. Apps like Memrise allow you to watch and learn real conversational language from native speakers. Get a personalised learning experience to keep you motivated. Download the Memrise app to learn on the go. Free daily lessons or purchase Memrise Pro for more lessons. memrise.com
GOOGLE STREET VIEW THE WORLD
Tour museums like the Riksmuseum in Amsterdam, sporting locations like a Melbourne Cricket stadium, historical monuments like the Great Pyramid of Giza and even get the view from the top of 11 landmarks from around the world like the Eiffel Tower or St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Visit artsandculture.google.com/project/street-view
Learn to knit, macrame or crochet on YouTube. Purchase a DIY embroidery kit on Etsy made locally by Pin + Needle. (Etsy at thepinandneedle) Build the biggest LEGO structure ever. Finish the scrapbook you literally started 19 years ago. Paint something & give it to someone when it’s safe to leave the house. Let the kids take photos or paint pictures that can be framed for gifts.
CREATE A MOVIE THEATER
Create a concession stand (clear off part of a counter or have the kids build one with boxes) and arrange popcorn in individual containers, candies or snacks in little bags. Give the kids a “credit card” to buy the movie ticket (have them make them ahead of time) and choose their own snacks. Designate special seating, turn the lights out and let the movie begin.
If you have little kids around, create an obstacle course for them to race through. Walk the dog, give the dog a bath, swim in your pool, garden or take a walk around your neighborhood. If it’s too hot outside, build a blanket fort in your home and go “camping” complete with a faux fire, sleeping bags, flashlights and a sleepover.
Get out those yoga pants! Inside Out Yoga, a yoga studio based in Polk County, has their own YouTube channel offering free, short, instructional videos. Learn how to slow down, breathe to relax, feel grounded and find calm in this uncertain time. The studio is currently closed for your safety, however the videos will live on in your living room forever. Find them on YouTube at Inside Out Yoga.