The Age of the Quarantine family has begun. Or at least that’s what we are told. We are told that life will never be the same.

That we will never be able to interact with each other the same. 

But Social distancing does not have to socially distancing. 

Humans are social animals. We are made to be social, to interact with each other, to love each other. In fact, social isolation or being thrown in the Hole, is often used as an extreme punishment for people who are already being punished in jail.

Social isolation can be devastating to our mental health.

So how do we make sure we do no suffer the consequences of social isolation?

Our quarantine community activities will help you stay safe while also helping you to connect with your family, your neighborhood, and the world around you.

Things to Do With Kids During Coronavirus Quarantine and Social Distancing

1. Make a cardboard fort

Take a hint from Kim K. and put those empty Amazon boxes out in the garage to good use!

Related: 100 Kid Crafts 

2. Set up a treasure hunt

Treasure hunts are pretty easy and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide anywhere from 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours.

3. Watch the beluga whales at the Georgia Aquarium

There’s a beluga whale webcam set up at the Georgia Aquarium, so you can see what your whale friends are up to at anytime.

Related: 50 Best Indoor and Outdoor Toys for Kids

4. Read-at-home bingo

As your kids accomplish each reading task, they should cross off each bingo square.

5. E-visit the Louvre

Transport you and your family to Paris, France by taking a digital tour of one of the most famous international museums, the Louvre.

Related: Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Kids 

6. Bake together

Cookies, cakes, brownies. Anything! Baking is a great lesson in measuring, ingredients, and of course, making delicious goodies.

7. Watch the Cincinnati Zoo livestream

The Cincinnati Zoo will be live-streaming animals on their Facebook page daily at 3PM.

8.  Have an indoor picnic

Grab a sheet, whatever food you have, and enjoy a living room picnic (without the ants). You can even play that memory game at the same time: “I’m going to a picnic and I’m bringing…” Each person takes turns remembering (in order) what everyone is bringing and then adds one thing each turn.

9. Train the dog

No, seriously, this could be a good one. If the family dog doesn’t know how to sit or stay, start there. If he’s ready to move onto more complex tricks, try focusing on training an hour a day. You can move onto down and roll-over.

10. Make elephant toothpaste

Making elephant toothpaste is a great science experiment. Using the laws of both chemistry and biology, this recipe will cause an enormous foaming reaction, fit for an elephant. Check Scientific American for a how-to.

11. Film TikToks

Quarantine? It’s perfect time to choreograph and film TikToks.

Related: 101 Riddles

12. Take a virtual field trip to Yellowstone National Park

Virtually visit the Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more with a digital field trip to Yellowstone.

13. Keep to a schedule

Schools may be closed but one of the ways to keep things running efficiently at home is to stick to a schedule.

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14. Take a virtual field trip of the Boston Children’s Museum

Visit the Boston Children’s Museum without even leaving your living room.

15. Check out Mars

Explore the surface of Mars with this digital 360° camera.

16. Listen to Josh Gad’s story readings on Twitter

Josh Gad just gets it. (He’s a dad, after all.) To make it easier on all of us, the voice of Olaf has been broadcasting readings of different kids’ stories on Twitter.

17. Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel

DJ Mel in Austin, Texas, is hosting a weekly kid-friendly “Living Room Dance Party” on his Facebook page. Join the fun here! Thousands have been tuning in, so get ready for fun.

18. Make St. Patrick’s Day crafts

Tuesday is St. Patrick’s Day, after all. Check our roundup for the best craft inspo.

Related: Zoom Games for Kids

19. Start an independent novel project

Read a book together and, as an added educational component, have the kids write up an independent novel project once it’s finished. The novel project can feature a summary and reaction.

20. Make a sensory bin

Fill it with anything and everything, give the kids some shovels, and they’ll be excavating for hours.

21. Download and fill out academic printables

All the printables!

22. Enact a digital quarantine

Limiting screen time might be a good idea. In fact, some professionals recommend it. When school work, reading, and other educational tasks have been completed, then you can give back tablets and phones.

23. Make a space for learning

This won’t keep kids entertained, but it will make learning from home all the more easier. Set up a designated homework/schoolwork area. Whether it’s a desk or a specific place at the kitchen table, having a workspace can really help kids focus.

24. Do give them recess

Setting a schedule and focusing on educational tasks is awesome, but you should take time to focus on recess, too. After a few educational tasks, make sure to focus on playtime, too.

25. Write a letter

Break out the envelopes, the stamps, the pens, and paper. No, we’re not talking e-mails; we’re talking old-fashion snail mail. Write a mail a letter to someone you love, like grandma and grandpa, or a family member who lives far away.

Related: Easy Card Tricks for Kids

26. FaceTime family members

FaceTime is another meaningful way to connect with family and friends while practicing “social distancing.” Use it to check in on family members and to socialize, even if over the phone.

27. Start a travel journey from your last trip

Reminisce on the last time you were allowed to travel by starting a travel journal. This is an awesome exercise for both kids and adults alike. If you want a resource, Teachers Pay Teachers has an interactive journal that’s inexpensive.

28. Make your own play dough

Need a recipe? Check out this one from I Heart Naptime. All you need are quart-sized bags, all-purpose flour, salt, cream of tartar, water, veggie or coconut oil, and food coloring.

29. Do some spring cleaning or organizing

We know cleaning isn’t exactly “fun,” but with everyone off from school and off from work, the house is bound to get messy, and pretty quickly at that. Carve out a few minutes, even if it’s just 15, each day to prioritize organization.

If you come across a few things that you don’t want anymore but are worth selling, try using OfferUp, a mobile marketplace that makes it easy to sell your unwanted items.

Related: Free Learning Apps for Kids

30. Play cards

Rummy, War, Go Fish, Solitatire, Uno, Old Maid… Any game you can think of!

31. Break out the board games

Scrabble, Monopoly, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders…

32. Put a puzzle together

Break out the jigsaw puzzle!

33. Play checkers

Kids will love learning the ins and outs of checkers. And if they’re already pros? Challenge them to a checkers Olympics!

34. Teach your kids chess 

Every kid could benefit from learning the strategies of chess.

35. Go for a walk

It costs nothing!

36. Play charades

No talking. Just you and your fam acting something out. It’s a classic boredom-saver.

37. Take a virtual tour of Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is a national park in California. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

Related: Home Science Experiments for Kids

38. Host a paint night

Grab some canvases, brushes, and paints, and do a paint night at home.

39. Make a pizza

It’s miscalleneous toppings night. Whatever you have laying around the house, that’s what’s going on your homemade pizza!

40. Write in a diary

Writing down your thoughts is a classic way to pass the time.

41. Practice mindfulness

You can practice mindfulness using an app, sitting quietly, or with a few worksheets like the ones below.

42. Set up indoor hopscotch

With painters tape!

43. Break out the flashcards

Got any old vocabulary or math flashcards laying around? If not, no worries. Make your own!

44. Practice opposites

Playing the opposites game is an educational exercise for toddlers. You say “in,” they say, “out.” You say, “on,” they say, “off.”

45. Set up outdoor gym class

Obstacle course, anyone?

46. Practice cutting with scissors

Another good occupational therapy exercise for toddlers is practicing scissors. If you have safety scissors at home, watch and help children learn how to cut up old scrap paper. They can even practice by trying to cut along a traced line.

Related: Best Virtual Disney Rides

47. Play dress-up

It never gets old.

48. Listen to an astronaut read from space

Storytime From Space is unlike any other kind of storytime; NASA astronauts read stories to kids while they float around in space.

49. Take a virtual tour of a farm

Learn about what it takes to run a farm, meet farm animals, and more by taking a virtual farm tour on Farm 360.

50. Create an animal fact sheet

Have your child pick an animal. Can they make a fact sheet, listing everything they know about that animal? Now, do some research. After learning a little bit more about that animal, have your child add new facts to the sheet about what they learned

51. Watch the Monterrey Bay Aquarium sea otter cam

Monterrey Bay Aquariam has a sea otter cam that allows you to watch what the sea otters are doing at any given time of day!

52. Teach how to edit videos

Use programs like iMovie or YouTube to teach kids how to edit videos. It’s a meaningful skill to have in both school and the real world! Who knows? Maybe they’ll want to even create their own YouTube channel.

53. Make your own board game

Is your family up to the challenge of creating your own board game? Use the DIY board game instructions.

54.  Learn coding

MommyPoppins has some great coding resources for kids just getting into the ins and outs of coding.

55. Interview each other

Interviewing is an important skill. You and your child can start interviewing each other face-to-face by asking each other questions and taking notes. If your child shows interest, they can take it to another level by calling a grandparent or family member and interviewing them over the phone.

56. Explore Africa with African wildlife cam

Learn more about the wildlife of Africa by checking out this African wildlife cam situated by a busy watering hole.

57. Write opinion pieces

A great academic practice to get into, either after reading a book, doing research, or watching a movie, challenge your child to write an opinion piece about it. What they thought, what their opinions are, and if they’d recommend the book/movie/resource.

58. Listen to Story Pirates

Arg, matey. Pirates tell stories, too.

Related: 15 Animated Films to Binge on Disney+

59. Start a book club

Reading is a big one during these quarantined days. But to make reading extra exciting, join an online book club with discussions and thought-provoking questions about the books your child has just read.

60. Listen to podcasts

There are tons of kid-friendly podcasts out there. Do some research and find which one is best for your family!

61. Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy

You can even do a science experiment along with him!

62. Watch the puppy play room

What’s better than a live stream of puppies playing all day long?

63.Try origami

Might as well hone our origami skills, right? Learn how to make dozens of origamis: dinosaurs, swans, frogs, and more.

64. Listen to But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids

Tune in here!

65. Listen to Stuff You Should Know

Stuff You Should Know is a podcast for kids. You know, stuff they should know.

66. Listen to KidNuz

We bet your family will get hooked. Listen here.

67. Download all the work sheets!

In need of homeschool worksheets (or just education-related activities? Download this second grade learning packet.

68. Virtually tour the Great Wall of China

You don’t need to leave your home to explore some of the most historic monuments out there—the Great Wall of China included.

Related: Social Distancing With the Kids? These Are the 20 Best Family Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now 

69. Check out these kid-friendly recipes

Cooking with children is one of the most educational lessons you could give.

70. Listen to Wow in the World

Check it out.

71. Practice instruments

If your kids are learning instruments, make sure to instill an hour-long practice time each day.

72. Bird watch

Can you identify five types of birds and then research them?

73. Make a list of the animals that live in your neighborhood

What kinds of animals live near you? Maybe squirrels, maybe alligators, maybe chipmunks… Make a list of all the animals you observe while looking out the window.

74. Take a virtual tour of the British Museum

Tour the British Museum online.

75. Watch Oxford Education’s Story Hour

They have lots of great stories!

76. Make a sticker book

Paper? Check. Stickers? Check. Staples? Check. Make a sticker book, then decorate it.

77. Learn about insects

Log onto the Smithsonian Science Education Center to do a deep-dive into insects.

78. Take a virtual glider around the world

The Smithsonian Science Education Center has more resources, too, including a virtual glider that makes you feel like you’re flying around the world, exploring.

79. Learn about sugar

Here’s another good one: Learn all about sugar through an online simulation that shows kids how sugar dissolves and interacts with other substances.

Related: Best Virtual Tours of National Parks

80. Study the weather

Staying home all day is a great opportunity to report on the weather. You could even do a study on the weather, using the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Learn about currents, air masses, and more.

81. Take a virtual tour of Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is a national park located in Maine. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

82. Launch ABCmouse Learning Academy

ABCMouse Learning Academy is a great educational resources with tons of lessons that kids can benefit from.

83. Do chores bingo

Squares can include “put away your clothes,” “brush your teeth,” “put the dishes in the sink,” etc.

84. Craft your own hand soap

There’s never been a more relevant DIY project than making your own hand soap.

85. Do an at-home dance class

Dance like no one’s watching! (And make sure you’re not sitting on the couch all day.)

86. Take a virtual tour of Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a national park located in Utah. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

87. Learn with Osmo

Osmo is an online learning resource that interacts with the real objects you have in front of you. Osmo interacts with the physical items in front of you for engaging play.

88. Play with felt boards

Felt boards are great for imaginative play, learning the alphabet, math, and so much more.

89. Naptime? Try a sleep meditation

It may just get kids to sleep quicker. And you.

90. Discover BrainPop

BrainPop is an educational resource that provides lesson plans for all kinds of subjects—even health, arts and music, and engineering and technology.

91.  Create pasta jewelry

Paint it, thread it, and then wear it!

Related: Best Virtual Garden Tours

92. Take a virtual tour of Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park is a national park located in South Dakota. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

93. Explore homeschool lessons with NearPod

NearPod has homeschooling lesson plans for grades K-12: ELA, social studies, math, science, and more.

94. Check out Scholastic

Scholastic, an educational resource, has enough learning programming for 15 full days of homeschooling.

95. Take a virtual tour of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a national park located in Montana. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

96. Try some STEM activities

STEM activities are great for learning and educating kids about science and math.

97. (Virtually) visit Alaska

Take a family trip to Alaska… virtually, of course. Visit Denali National Park a la Google Maps and learn about the wildlife, environment, terrain, and more.

98. Check out Mystery Science

Mystery Science has lesson plans for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Their lesson plans cover everything from: How does hand sanitizer kill germs? to What causes things to glow-in-the-dark?

99. Make play dough with Kool-Aid

Making play dough is fun, but making play dough with Kool-Aid smells really, really juicy.

100. Watch an online music lesson

Music to Your Home provides online, guided music lessons.

101.  Practice another language 

Listen to audio recordings of other languages (like Spanish, for example) on slow. Repeat to practice pronunciation.

102. Start an indoor herb garden or terrarium

You can start an indoor herb garden by using eggshells as planters or make a terrarium out of mason jars. Check out Food52 for a terrarium tutorial.

103. Make a vision board

Print out pictures from Pinterest or Google and adhere them to a poster board or computer paper. Fill it with images of what you want this year to be, then hang it on the fridge or somewhere where everyone in the family will see it often.

Related: Free Virtual Tour of the Paris Catacombs

104. Practice spelling 

Ready for the next national spelling bee? Make practicing spelling fun by computing your child’s vocabularly words to Spellingcity, where you can turn vocab words into spelling lessons.

105. Join a free virtual arts & crafts lesson 

McHarper Manor is offering a free arts and crafts lesson on Facebook Live every day at 1PM EST. You can check out their supply list for what you’ll need for the first few projects on their website.

106. Make rainbow ice paint

107. Dance, mediate, and get moving

That might not seem like one individual idea but you can do all three with GoNoodle. GoNoodle encourages kids (and families!) to get moving, whether that’s dancing, meditating, or just jumping around!

108. Take Dr. Seuss‘s Word Challenge

Log onto Suessville and you can join Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge. The challenge is to read as many books as you can. If reading challenges aren’t your speed, still poke around on Seusville where there’s Dr. Seuss-themed games and videos.

109. Listen to a children’s book reading

Chris Van Dusen has written and illustrated children’s books throughout the years. Now, for quarantined families, he’s treating readers to recordings of each of his books on Instagram Live.

110. Do yoga

The YouTube account Cosmic Kids Yoga has all kinds of yoga-for-kids videos. It’s not just for kids, either; you can all do yoga together as a family!

111. Hone those motor skills

All it takes is a few household items to really focus on honing motor skills with young kids. Mamoat has tons of at-home occupational therapy ideas, from inserting pipe cleaners through a collander to pushing pom-poms through a hole in a plastic container.

112. Paint with shaving cream in the shower

Shaving cream painting is a favorite sensory activity amongst preschool teachers, but if you’re doing it at home, it’s best to do it in the shower or bathtub. Add food dye to the shaving cream to make it all the more interesting!

113. Try sensory sorting

This is an activity best for younger kids who are learning colors and shapes. You can use almost anything for sensory sorting. By grouping different colors or shapes together, challenge your toddler to group all the reds together, all the blues together, and so on. If you’re doing it with shapes, try different items. Can you separate the sort the straws from the magnets?

114. Set up an Easter egg hunt

Sure, it’s a little early, but it’s time-relevant and you can even make it educational by hiding letters inside the eggs instead of candy. Hide the plastic eggs around the house and see if your child can find the entire alphabet!

115. Make slime

There’s a bunch of different ways to make slime but if you’re just getting started, the below tutorial is perfect for beginners.

116. Play with a sensory rice bin

Dye rice all the different colors of the rainbow, then let your child dive in with scoopers. You can even hide other small toys or prizes inside the rice and she has to dig out.

117. Play tic-tac-toe

It’s a classic game most of us remember from our own childhoods, but how often do you play with your kids now? If they know the game well, have a tic-tac-toe-off; if they’re newbies, teach them the ins and outs.

118. Make a sensory bag

Fill a Ziploc with hair gel, glitter, pom-poms, and other small items that won’t pierce the bag. Your child will love this sensory play!

119. Make a self-portrait

If you want to keep things simple, the self-portrait can be made with crayons or markers. But if you want to take things up a notch, switch to a more unconventional medium: candy, pasta, buttons, or anything else you can find!

120. Take a virtual tour of Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is a national park located in Florida. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, explore local vegetation, and click on places of interest.

121. FaceTime a princess

Live from the castle, your child’s favorite princesses are available via FaceTime or Skype! You can decide what to chat about during the 15-minute call; princesses can even read your little one a goodnight story.

122. Solve a maze

This one incorporates everyone. Parents or older siblings can draw a maze on construction paper; the younger ones can try to solve it by drawing along the maze with a crayon.

123. Learn how to knit or crochet.

Need help yourself? Ravelry is a free resource for knitters, no matter your skill level.

124. Take a virtual tour of Zion National Park

Zion National Park is a national park located in Utah. With Google Maps, you can scroll over the different terrains, and click on places of interest.

125. Don’t forget about Disney+!

When all else fails and you crack on the screentime rules, don’t forget Frozen 2 is now streaming on Disney+.

via 125 Things to Do With Kids During Coronavirus … – Parade

10 Outdoor Activities to Do With Your Family During Quarantine

  1. Go fishing – Visit your neighborhood pond, or take the boat out and endless hours of great bonding time.
  2. Do yard work – Plant new flowers in your yard, or start a backyard garden
  3. Play in your backyard – Use your imagination, play baseball, or jump on the trampoline with your kiddo!
  4. Take the dog for a walk – Your dog will love you for this.
  5. Teach your kid to ride a bike – We just took Jayden’s training wheels off, and our goal is to teach him to ride his bike by the end of the school year.
  6. Go for a run – Clear your mind and go for a run around your neighborhood.
  7. Take a nature walk – most trails or national parks will have plenty of open space for you to enjoy a nature walk in while practicing social distance.
  8. Go bird watching – step outside and go bird watching in your own backyard.
  9. Head to the beach – If you are close to a beach, find a secluded or private beach that isn’t crowded to relax in.
  10. Exercise outside – take your at home workouts outside in your backyard or driveway.

via 10 Outdoor Activities to Do With Your Family During Quarantine

1. Take a virtual cooking class

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen: A $15 ticket gets you access to a private cooking show with Chef Alyssa over Zoom. Instructions and an ingredient list will be emailed beforehand. Chef Alyssa recommends watching the video first before diving into cooking. Classes coming up include dumplings, tacos, and knife skills. Details.

Chef Kevin Winston: The chef (who’s cooked for Justin Bieber and Anthony Hamilton) goes live on Facebook at 6:30 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday. He posts the ingredient list ahead of time if you want to follow along. It’s free to tune it. Details.

Courtesy of Chef Alyssa

What: So far, there are seven virtual classes scheduled for April covering a range of topics like social media and building an online business, or makeup and meditation lessons. Once you sign up, you’ll get specific information on how to log into the class.

Details: Classes are $20 and an hour-and-a-half long. Sign up here.

3. Channel your inner grand millennial, learn to knit

What: Charlotte Yarn is offering beginner knitting kits which include supplies to make a hat and step-by-step instructional videos. Color options are cream, blue, pink, and purple.

Details: $25 for kit and video lesson. Order here.

4. Stream a fitness class

Bootcamps/conditioning:

  • Shane Lucas (@gucciwills), an instructor at Barry’s in Atherton Mill, has been posting 20- to 50-minute workouts on his Instagram stories that you can watch for free. He’s done resistance band training, yoga, and other full-body workouts. It’s free to tune in, but donations are welcome.
  • Barry’s founding instructors Chelsea Cox and Erica Peñuñuri Rossi each post live workouts daily on Instagram that include strength training and high-intensity intervals.
  • Health and fitness coach Emily Daly has started posting daily workout challenges that take around 10 minutes to complete. She also shares other health-related content on Instagram – all free to consume.
  • Flywheel coach Caitlin Collins Gulley and Barry’s founding instructor James Gulley post free at-home workouts with helpful modifications.

Yoga: 

  • CorePower Yoga has 20 free videos, including 16 yoga classes and four guided meditations. They’re also streaming three live classes a day, available on YouTube.
  • Yoga One posts free online classes while its studio is temporarily closed. The collection of classes is updated periodically.
  • Be Yoga is hosting its classes online. New students get 10 classes for $79 or two months of unlimited for $119.

Screen grab from Hilliard Studio Method

Pilates:

  • Hilliard Studio Method is offering a free 7-day trial for online classes, and $19 a month for unlimited classes after that. The studio also shares helpful tips and challenges on Instagram.
  • Pure Barre Myers Park, SouthPark, and Ballantyne have teamed up to do live streaming through a private Facebook group. You can email the studios if you’re already a member and want to join, or you want to become a member. You can also try Pure Barre On Demand free for seven days, then a month of unlimited streaming is $29.99.
  • BK Pilates is offering 30-minute Zoom sessions for $5.

5. Order a cake pop kit or custom cook decorating kit from The Wow Factor Cakes

What: A six-piece cake pop-making set is $20 and a custom cookie-decorating kit (cookies, sprinkles, frosting) is $19. Cookie themes include dinosaurs, sea life, cupcakes and crowns, and vehicles. You can check their COVID updates highlight section to see more.

What: Spring break might be canceled, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t earned a cocktail. Stay tuned for classes with Charlotte food and drink pros. Details.

Tequila cocktails at Haberdish

7. Entertain kiddos with a balloon drop from Confetti Castle

What: Confetti Castle will deliver you a giant bag of colorful balloons, 10 activity ideas, and a special deal for you next order. I’ve seen parents posting about this on Instagram saying it’s entertained their kids for 2+ hours.

You can also add a cookie kit from Wow Factor for $25.

Details: $40 including delivery ($10 additional delivery for Concord, Waxhaw, and Mooresville). Order here.

What: I’m all about learning new skills right now, including how to apply a full face of makeup while absolutely no one can see me. I started experimenting with my Naked eyeshadow palette on my own, I just looked like I had dirt around my eyes. So I used LRT’s tutorial for guidance, and it was much easier to follow.

9. Become your own personal chef

I’m already my personal chef, but I’m almost two weeks into self-quarantine and the inspiration has run dry. Lindsay Kingdon’s SevenLayerCharlotte has tons of healthy recipes, and Christina Marcellino at Carolina Charm makes really creative (but simple) family-friendly meals and snacks. She just posted 20 quarantine recipes to try, too.

10. Tune in to a live concert

The people behind Music Everywhere have launched Music Anywhere. On its website, browse a growing list of virtual concerts. Most are free, but virtual tipping is encouraged.

Literally every day: Local cover band Josh Daniel’s Grateful Band has said it’ll put on a virtual concert every day that this quarantine lasts.

11. Have a dance party

DJ D-Nice: At one point, 100,000+ people joined the party last weekend, including Elizabeth Warren, Khloe Kardashian, and Lil Jon. Charlottean Anthony Hamilton also joined and got a shout out. Hamilton also did his own virtual concert recently.

The Jam CLT: The dance/fitness studio is posting free choreography to YouTube so you add a little zest to your workout routine.

12. Listen to a local podcast that has nothing to do with coronavirus

Some options include Laura Vinroot Poole’s What We Wore, On Life & Meaning by Mark Peres (you can hear our own Michael Graff on this episode), Date Night with Jake and Page, and The Black Guy Who Tips.

Laura Vinroot Poole owns Poole Shop (pictured), Capitol, and Tabor. Her podcast is all about fashion.

13. Order takeout or delivery

We’ve rounded up 200+ local restaurants offering takeout and delivery right now. Options include:

14. Support your favorite retail shops online

Some include:

  • Monkee’s of Charlotte has free shipping, curbside service, and local delivery. You can send them a DM if you see something you want on Instagram.
  • Boem is doing free shipping and free home delivery within a six-mile radius of their SouthPark store for online orders. You can also pick up an order or book a private shopping appointment by texting the store at 704.575.2509.
  • Girl Tribe has online inventory and is offering free shipping. They also launched a special collection to support other small businesses during this time.
  • Society Social added more of its inventory online, of you can DM the shop for inquiries. They have delivery and curbside pick-up options.

Some local options include The Antidote for Everything by Kimmery Martin; The Elephant in the Room by Tommy Tomlinson; and anything by the Reichs family. (Kathy Reichs’ books inspired the TV show Bones and her son, Brendan, is now an acclaimed author himself.)

16. Schedule a virtual therapy session

In my own life, I’ve noticed fear showing up in ways I’m not used to since COVID-19 has spread. My therapist has been a really great resource for me during this time and has offered to answer questions over email, text, schedule some quick check-ins, or do a full phone or video sessions.

If you aren’t seeing a therapist currently, but have thought about going, you can sort through this list by insurance provider, areas of expertise, and meeting methods. It’s what I used to find my current therapist (that and reading every review I could find online).

17. Try Tabor takeout

How it works: DM Tabor with your needs (think: I’m looking for casual new spring clothes), and a stylist will pull somethings for you in your size based on your request. They’ll deliver or ship to you for free, once you try everything on, you decide what to keep and send back the rest.

18. Order your a necklace-making kit from Erin McDermott

Kids kits: For $16, you get strands of wood beads (you choose the colors), a white turquoise elephant charm, two strings, and a cloth bag.

Adults: Kits cost $30 and include enough to make six bracelets. You can choose from gold, grey, and natural colored beads, gold, natural, and white or teal, gold, and grey.

Courtesy of Erin McDermott

19. Channel your inner Picasso

Windy O’Connor: Local artist Windy O’Connor is sharing painting lessons through her Instagram. In the first video she shared what supplies you’ll need, and she’ll be adding more videos to her feed to share how-to.

KidzArt: Kids ages 6-11 can tune into a virtual, 45-minute drawing class Monday-Thursday. The week costs $30, and you can order supplies for an additional $20 if needed.

Evelyn Henson: The artist behind Charlotte’s beloved hearts wall created a cheerful 10-minute tutorial on how to paint lemons.

20. Do a science experiment with Discovery Place

What: Discovery Place Science launched at-home science lessons for your kids. So far, they have six videos with step-by-step science experiments, and a few live streams of exhibits at the museum.

What: Good Taste with Cate is normally an in-person forum where women can mingle then have a guided conversation on a variety of topics, from sex to finance to style. Scheduled forums include Friendships & Quarantine on May 7 and Hormone Disruptors on May 14.  These online forums are free for whoever wants to join; just DM @goodtastewithcate.

Lunch and learn: The series includes talks and discussions on various historical themes.

Distance learning: The museum has guided educational virtual lessons paired with an activity for school-aged kiddos. And some options for all ages, too.

23. Picnic at home with a curated to-go box

Camp North End: For $30, you get a charcuterie sampler from Chop & Chisel (cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and rosemary spiced almonds); Bourbon Apple Jam from Bleu Barn Camp Northend; and salted caramel chocolates from Wentworth & Fenn. All proceeds go to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund, too. Details.

Babe & Butcher: There are four individual boxes to choose from, including cheese and fruit ($15), veggie ($15), desserts ($15), and meat, nuts, and cheese ($20). Delivery is $6. There’s also an option to buy a meal for a healthcare worker, which costs $20.

The new weekly variety show features various talented Charlotteans and celebrities showing off their talents, like music, comedy, theater, and dance. The show starts at 10 p.m. on Thursdays.

25. Learn how to decorate cookies with Sweet Spot Studio

The bakery has six cookie decorating class packages priced $50-$60; it includes materials and videos for step-by-step instructions. Themes include Harry Potter and Friends, and there’s a macaroon option. Kits without detailed video instruction start at $35. Pickup and delivery are available.

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