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100 Fun Things to Do in the Next 100 Days

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Three months of fun

By now, you’ve probably Marie Kondo’d your entire house four times, went through your entire summer reading list, attempted every new recipe you’ve ever wanted to try, and have run out of things to do. Nearly 138 million Americans have looked to a creative project to stay busy right now, ranging from arts and crafts projects, home improvement work, and re-decorating, according to Michaels craft stores. Now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby, work on that home improvement project you’ve put off, and let your inner creativity run wild. We’ve come up with 100 fun activities that you can do to keep busy over the next 100 days. And if you feel like sitting back and doing nothing, that’s OK, too.

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Create a home theater in your backyard

All you really need to turn your backyard into a home theater is a portable movie screen. If you have a grassy area, you can use blankets and pillows for seating, folding chairs, or even bean bag chairs for something more comfortable. Don’t forget the movie snacks like popcorn, candy, or wine and cheese for adults. Screen one of these 16 family movies that everyone will love.

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Learn how to cook from an Italian grandmother

You don’t need to fly to Italy to cook with an Italian “nonna” or grandmother. For $60, you can learn how to make pasta dishes like gnocchi with pesto or ravioli in a butter sage sauce in a live stream class offered by NonnaLive. First, chose your “nonna” and then choose the day (or recipe) that works best for you. An ingredient list will be sent to you prior to the class along with wine pairing suggestions for your cooking class where you’ll be learning recipes that have been passed down for generations.

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Surprise someone with a flower delivery

Who doesn’t love a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered to their doorstep? Whether a friend or family member is celebrating an upcoming birthday or another special occasion, flowers are always a good idea. Make your own bouquet of blooms or order from Farmgirl Flowers which offers gorgeous burlap-wrapped bouquets starting at $50. Urban Stems offers next day or same-day delivery (NYC and D.C. only) as well as floral subscriptions for an assortment of colorful flowers, plants, and succulents. Or you could send a free virtual “Bouquet of Hope” from the Museum of Art and Photography. Find out the meaning behind popular flowers before you hit “send.”

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Mix your own craft cocktails

Put your bartending skills to the test and create a DIY cocktail bar with different types of liquors, bitters, and garnishes. Mix your favorite cocktail from scratch and top it off with a fun accessory like an umbrella cocktail stick so you can at least pretend to be on a tropical island vacation. Start with these fun and festive summer cocktail recipes.

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Learn from world-renowned professionals on MasterClass

MasterClass is a platform where prominent industry leaders share their expertise and knowledge in a series of video lessons. Over 80 brilliant minds from a variety of categories including business and leadership, cooking, acting, music, photography, sports, and more offer hands-on demonstrations and advice. An All-Access Pass costs $180 per year and gives you access to classes taught by Bob Iger, Martin Scorsese, Kelly Wearstler, and Thomas Keller to name a few. MasterClass is available online or via Apple TV.

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Bake fresh bread

Bread baking has surprisingly become one of the most popular pastimes during quarantine with ingredients like flour and yeast flying off the shelves. King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company, is a go-to resource when it comes to baking. Anyone can chat or call their Baker’s Hotline anytime or visit King Arthur Flour’s Hometown Baking hub for tons of recipe ideas, tips, and tricks. You can also try our no-fail two-ingredient bread recipe.

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Decorate your patio with string lights

Adding string lights to your patio or balcony can really make a difference and create a dreamy vibe for summertime entertaining. It’s an easy way to spruce up your outdoor space that doesn’t cost much. Choose from bulb lights, rain lights, or fun decorative shapes like pineapples for a summertime theme.

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Make homemade jam

It’s super easy to make homemade jam or jelly and it makes for a great gift idea, too. The best part is choosing which fruit to use; just remember to select a fruit that is in-season for the best tasting jam. Stock up on cute jars so you can package them up and give them away as gifts for friends and family. Psst…This is the difference between jam and jelly.

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Send someone a card by snail mail

When was the last time you received a handwritten note in the mail, just because? It’s an easy and thoughtful gesture that can make someone’s day and it’s a delightful surprise to find among bills and junk mail. Better yet, make the card yourself with art supplies you have on hand for a more personal touch.

Give yourself the spa treatment

Pretend you’re spending a day at a luxury spa and give your hands and feet the star treatment. Start by picking out your favorite nail polish, soak your hands and feet in a warm water bath and use a pedicure kit like this Barefoot Scientist Pamper Me one, which includes a foot peel, foot scrub, and a hydrating cream to remove dead skin and make your feet feel soft and callus-free. Find out 31 things you need for a head-to-toe spa day.

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Try a new cuisine or food item each week

One of the greatest things about traveling is trying new dishes from different cultures but you don’t have to travel far to sate your worldly palate. You can order online from food distributors like La Española which imports specialty items like Jamón Ibérico from Spain or Overseas Food Distribution which distributes Middle Eastern foods and spices that may be hard to find elsewhere.

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Learn a new language

If you have ever wanted to master a foreign language, now is the time. You can start a new language or practice a language you already know. Duolingo is a free app that has gamified learning a language where you earn points as you complete each level. Rosetta Stone is another option that has been around for a while and is currently offering K-12 students a free three-month trial.

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Just because you can’t offer your services in-person, doesn’t mean you can’t still volunteer. There are a ton of ways to help your community including donating blood, making a cash donation, and donating your time to a food bank. Consider these 15 simple ways to help endangered animals without leaving home.

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Host a virtual scavenger hunt

Gather your friends on Zoom for a virtual scavenger hunt—items can be things like something purple, something with a state name on it, a food that’s sour, etc. Or, for a customized experience, sign up for a private hunt with Watson Adventures, which will craft challenging yet humorous clues for your group.

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Watch a live stream of animals in their natural habitat

Zoos around the country are live streaming animals and giving viewers zoo tours on its social media pages. The Virginia Zoo offers a daily Virtual Voyage at 2 p.m. EDT on its Facebook page with behind-the-scenes footage of animals. Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village in Rhode Island broadcasts live every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. EDT for their “Zoo School” taught by zoo staff and caregivers. Here’s what animals have been up to while humans are in quarantine.

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Have an ’80s dance party

Put together a playlist of your favorite ’80s songs or stream Spotify’s All Out ’80s, dress the part in a neon outfit and big hairdo and have fun practicing your moonwalk and robot.

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Meditate for ten minutes

While meditating may not sound fun at first, it’s a free and effective way to calm your mind and deal with stress, especially during an uncertain time where anxiety may be at an all-time high. Apps like Calm and Headspace offer guided and timed meditations to start your practice. All it takes is a few minutes each morning and once you get in the habit you’ll start looking forward to those few minutes each day. (In fact, I started meditating for the first time during quarantine and now I’ll never go back.)

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Start a recipe exchange

You may have already received an email invitation (or two) to join a recipe exchange that went viral at the beginning of quarantine. It’s a fun way to share some of your favorite easy recipes in an email chain amongst friends and learn some new ones, too. The only requirements are the recipes should be quick and should not require exotic ingredients.

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Build a LEGO set

The beloved bricks are not just for children anymore. You can build your favorite cities like Paris or Tokyo or a major landmark like the Statue of Liberty. Advanced LEGO sets are also designed after popular movies and TV shows like Star Wars and Stranger Things or you can also use your imagination and purchase individual LEGO pieces to create your own figurine or city.

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Start and finish a jigsaw puzzle

It’s no secret that jigsaw puzzles are good for your brain—it requires patience but can also help improve short-term memory. Working on a jigsaw puzzle is a fun activity that can be done alone or with other family members. The number of pieces can determine the level of difficulty and you can select from a variety of themes like animals, people, destinations, or art. These are 14 of the most challenging jigsaw puzzles you can buy.

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Plan a picnic in your backyard

You don’t need to leave your house to have a picnic. Schedule a picnic in your backyard on a day when the weather is nice out. Pack all the picnic essentials such as snacks, games, books, and a blanket to sit on. Don’t forget the portable speakers so you can play music!

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Take a virtual trip

Armchair travel has become increasingly popular as the stay at home orders continue. Tourism boards like Visit Costa Rica are offering a number of ways to “visit” the country, without physically being there. Visit its website and other tourism board websites for virtual tours of your favorite cities. Find where you can virtually tour 10 of the world’s greatest landmarks right now.

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Plant a tree in your name

Forest Founders is a subscription-based service, in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and Trees for the Future, that will plant trees on behalf of each member that joins. Climate activist and founder, Ford Seeman, is on a mission to fight the climate crisis and help individuals and families negate their carbon footprint through a $10 or $20 membership, respectively.

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Download a coloring book

Adult coloring books are a great way to pass time, flex your creativity, and give your mind a rest. Download and print these 30 free coloring pages, then use markers, crayons, or pencils to color in between the lines and remember, there are no rules!

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Try a new online workout

In case you haven’t heard, online workouts are all the rage these days. With living rooms being converted to at-home fitness studios, and instructors using platforms like Instagram, and Zoom to teach live classes, there is no shortage of free workout classes available online. If you prefer to workout at your own pace without a live audience, check out Alo Moves which offers a range of fitness classes like yoga, barre, meditation, and even apartment-friendly workouts for $20/month or an annual membership fee of $199. The membership gives you unlimited access to thousands of classes so you can switch up your routine every day with a new workout and instructor.

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Join a virtual wine tasting session

Just because you can’t visit your favorite winery right now, doesn’t mean you can’t taste great wine with friends and other wine lovers. Wineries and experts all over California are hosting complimentary virtual wine tastings. Stony Hill Vineyard in Napa Valley pre-selects wines for each of their tasting sessions so you can purchase the bottles in advance and then RSVP for the complimentary virtual tasting session on their website. HALL Wines in Saint Helena offers S.i.P (Shelter in Place) Up Virtual Happy Hours every Friday at 4 p.m. on its Facebook page in addition to other fun social media live sessions throughout the week featuring special guests like country music singer Scott McCreery. Temecula winery, Europa Village, also hosts weekly tastings of their estate-grown wine on their Instagram page.

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Interview your parents/grandparents

Here is a fun way to interact with your parents and grandparents during quarantine that requires little effort but will be an invaluable memory: Come up with a list of burning questions you’ve always had about your family history, starting with our list of 12 questions to ask your parents before it’s too late. Set up a day and time for the video interview and make sure to record the video call so you can share it with family members for years to come.

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Find a pen pal across the globe

Whether you’re in Sydney, Los Angeles, or Rome, everyone has been affected by COVID-19 around the world. In times like this, it’s comforting to connect with other people and hear how they’re coping. Find a pen pal through networks like Worldwide Snail Mail Pen Pals, a Facebook group with over 21,000 members around the world, and keep snail mail alive.

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Give your dog a treat

Don’t forget that your furry friends are going through self-isolation with you and they miss sunny days running in the park just as much as you may miss catching up with friends over a drink. Treat them to a subscription box like BarkBox, filled with fun treats and toys based on a different theme each month. Boxes start at $22 per month and will give your dog something fun to look forward to each month.

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Make some extra cash from your old electronics

You’ve probably cleaned out your closets about a dozen times by now and have a pile of stuff you want to get rid of. It’s true what they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you don’t know what to do with all those old electronics collecting dust, we’re here to tell you that you can trade them in for newer models or gift cards through Amazon or Target’s trade-in program. Get cash for more items at these 25 retailers that will give you the most money for your old stuff.

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Recreate an old family photo

Take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of your old childhood and family photos where you’re guaranteed a good laugh at the fashion trends and hairstyles of the past. Find a photo that you like and try to recreate a “then and now” side-by-side picture in a similar product and pose.

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Built a tent outside and sleep under the stars

You might not be able to go camping right now, but you can still sleep under the stars. Your backyard is the easiest place to surround yourself with nature and you can always go indoors if it starts to rain or get really cold at night. Find a flat surface to set up a tent in your backyard (or build your own) and use plenty of pillows and a sleeping bag. Try using glow sticks for lighting, making s’mores with a firepit, and playing outdoor games just like you did in summer camp.

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Start planting your own garden

Whether you have a green thumb or you’re a newbie, gardening has become a popular hobby during self-isolation. As food supplies are scarce, people have taken it upon themselves to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Companies like EarthBox provide all the tools you need to start a garden delivered straight to your home. The EarthBox original container gardening system kit is perfect for beginners and even comes with a step-by-step instruction guide. Follow these 13 tips to grow the perfect vegetable garden.

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Write a daily journal

We’re living in unprecedented times that will be written about in history books for future generations. Why not keep your own journal and document what it was like to live through this unusual time? Jot down what you did during the day, interesting observations, and include news clippings that will be interesting to reflect on years from now.

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Start a scrapbook out of old photos

If you have a bunch of loose photos lying around, you can make a colorful scrapbook out of them. Organize your photo albums around a certain theme like vacations or school photos and use your creativity to decorate the album with stickers, captions, or backgrounds—or purchase a scrapbook kit as an easy workaround.

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Master the game of Scrabble

The classic board game has over 2.5 million players playing every day on the Scrabble GO app. Aside from the original game, Scrabble GO also offers new game modes and features for advanced players who are looking for a new challenge. Here are 30 little-known words that will help you win Scrabble.

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Join a monthly book club

Gather some of your bookworm friends and start a virtual book club. Start by having everyone make a list of books they wish to read and vote on the next book selection as a group. Once you’ve picked an upcoming meeting day and time for your book club, rotate hosts each session who will be responsible for leading the book club discussions that month. Get outside your comfort zone and try new genres each month. Not sure where to start? You can’t go wrong with any of these 14 books guaranteed to get everyone talking.

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Adopt a pet

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, animal shelters have seen a spike in pet adoptions as people are finding comfort in having a companion during isolation, especially single adults and elders. If you’re unsure whether you’re ready to be a parent to a pet, fostering an animal is a great way to test the waters but also care for an animal without a permanent home.

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Write a list of travel destinations you want to visit when quarantine is over

Summer is just around the corner and so is wanderlust. What’s on your bucket list—a beautiful island like Bora Bora or a bustling city like London? Make a list of all the places near and far that you’re hoping to travel to when the travel restrictions are lifted. But for now, daydreaming will do. Besides, you’ll need to plan a year in advance for these 13 bucket list trips.

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Binge watch a TV series on Netflix

Even if you’re not a “TV person” you’ve likely become one during the quarantine. And right now, there are lots of great TV shows to binge-watch on Netflix like Ozark, Tiger King, Fauda or you can always opt for oldies but goodies. Find out 20 classic shows you didn’t know you could watch on Netflix.

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Have a wine and paint party for yourself

Let out your inner artist and buy a few blank canvases and paint from an online craft store like Mister Art and try to recreate a famous painting. Pair it with a glass (or two) of your favorite wine, turn on your favorite playlist in the background, and watch your masterpiece come to life.

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Make your own beauty products with ingredients in the kitchen

You would be surprised to learn that you can make just about any beauty product with natural ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. For example, you can make a face mask made out of just three ingredients: bananas, honey, and sour cream. Voila! Here are 6 more DIY beauty products that can be made for under $1.

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Adopt a shark

Shark enthusiasts can adopt a Fiji shark: one with a name, personality, and tracking history. Beqa Adventure Divers created the My Fiji Shark conservation initiative to support conservation efforts and ongoing research. By adopting a Fijian shark, you will not only learn about your shark’s travels and behavior, but you will become a vital part of the ongoing support and advocacy for these misunderstood animals.

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Make your own candles at home

You can never have too many candles in the house. Luckily, they’re cheap and fun to make at home. If you want a semi-homemade option, try Siblings which provides a scented wax kit already pre-packaged for you so all you have to do is melt, pour and light the candle. They also use sustainable materials that are found in the plant-based packaging, the natural coconut wax blend, and you can reuse the candle containers.

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Tie-dye your sweats

In case you haven’t noticed, tie-dye is making a comeback and it’s been keeping people busy indoors. You can tie-dye just about any piece of clothing that is 100 percent cotton—T-shirts, sweats, socks, or even sneakers like these slip-on ones from Blowfish Malibu! It’s easy with a tie-dye kit.

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Attempt a virtual escape room

Escape rooms are not only a fun way to interact with friends and family in a time of social distancing but also a good mental workout. Companies like Puzzle Break have converted their physical escape rooms to 90-minute virtual experiences. The premise remains the same —groups of people convene in the same digital space and have a limited amount of time to work together and solve a series of puzzles and riddles in order to escape.

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Host a virtual tea party

Invite your friends to an afternoon tea party. Send a link to a variety of teas to purchase (check out Tea Forte or The Republic of Tea) as well as a list of recipes for bite-sized sandwiches and snack pairings so everyone can prepare for the party in advance. Do a tea tasting with at least one black, oolong, fruit, and herbal tea and discuss your favorites with the group.

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Take a sketch writing or improv class

We can all use a good laugh these days. Sign-up for an online improv class and learn how to improvise and crack a good joke. The Groundlings Theatre, the premier comedy training school in Los Angeles that has taught some of the biggest names in comedy, is offering online comedy courses for the first time. Classes include instruction on writing monologues, developing characters, strengthening a character’s point of view, tips on making a self-tape audition, and more. Classes will be conducted via Zoom and cost $35 for a single class and $130 for a four-class series.

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Go on a bike ride

Dust off your bike and take it for a spin outside. You’ll enjoy some fresh air while also getting a good workout in. Don’t forget to wear your protective gear (both a helmet and face mask)!

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Host a virtual happy hour hangout

In a time of social distancing, a virtual hangout with friends might just be all you need for a little pick-me-up. Round up your friends and host a virtual happy hour video call. Catch up on what you’ve been doing, watch a movie together, or just cheers to a glass of your favorite wine.

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Visit a museum virtually

Museums all over the world are giving visitors access to their art and exhibits through live streams and videos. Google Arts and Culture offers a look into over 2,000 museums from 80 countries around the world. Start with these 17 virtual museums and concerts you can now see online.

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Create and edit your own video

Be the star of your own video. Shoot a dance video, documentary, or even a video about your local neighborhood using Adobe Premiere Rush, an all-in-one easy-to-use app that allows you to shoot, edit and share videos right from your phone or computer. For more advanced creators, you can also shoot a video using a DSLR camera or your smartphone and then use Adobe Premiere Pro, which is an editing software used by video professionals, broadcasters, and filmmakers.

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Surprise an essential worker with an act of kindness

Essential workers and healthcare providers are the real heroes during this pandemic and we have a lot to be thankful for. Show your appreciation for them by gifting them with an Amazon gift card, a care pack, or even buying them lunch. Here are 14 meaningful ways people are saying thank you to nurses.

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Explore a new neighborhood by foot

Make a list of neighborhoods in your city that you haven’t explored much and pick a day each week to check it out. While most of the shops and restaurants will likely be closed, it’s still nice to break up the monotony in your day and see something new.

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Go on a nature walk

You can turn any walk into a nature walk and it’s a great learning exercise with children. Bring a basket on your nature walk and make a list of items for your child to collect. Collect objects that can be used for an art project like leaves or rocks or simply observe the beauty of nature. Look closely at the leaves, smell the flowers, and touch the plants.

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Take a virtual cooking class

Chefs around the world are turning to social media to share their culinary skills with a captive audience that’s ready to cook up a storm. Follow your favorite chefs on social media to see what they’re cooking and maybe even catch an Instagram Live session where you can watch them make their favorite dish. You can also take a live virtual cooking class through cooking schools like Haven’s Kitchen based in New York City where you can learn how to cook everything from fresh pasta (with kids ages four to 14 years old) to pot pie to fried chicken over Zoom. Classes are $40 each and for NYC residents, they have partnered with Farm to People to deliver all the ingredients you’ll need for the Friday afternoon classes.

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Learn how to make coffee four ways

If you go to bed looking forward to your morning cup of Joe, the same drink you make every single morning, then try a new way of brewing your coffee. If you normally use an instant coffee machine, try using a French press or the pour-over method. Peet’s Coffee put together a series of instructional videos to help you learn the proper way to brew coffee in four different ways.

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Learn how to play a new instrument

While you may not be able to take lessons with a music teacher, that shouldn’t stop you from learning how to play an instrument. You can search YouTube for beginner lessons on just about any instrument. If you’re interested in learning how to play the piano, try The ONE Light Keyboard, a 61-key MIDI keyboard that works with the free ONE Smart Piano app to provide users with interactive games, lessons, crash courses, and 4,000+ versions of LED-guided sheet music.

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Rearrange your furniture

Rearranging your furniture is an easy (and free) way to redesign your space and it can also be therapeutic. Consider the focal point of the room and traffic flow and work around those two things. Think about applying a fresh coat of paint on the walls and trying a new color to give your room a fresh look—you may even feel like you’re living in a new space!

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Learn how to make a beautiful cheese plate

Making a cheese board is fun because you can use whatever you have stocked in your pantry and fridge like olives, crackers, dried fruit, nuts, capers, fruits, and vegetables and every cheeseboard will look different than the last. Cheese is not only a comfort food but it has been scientifically proven to improve your mood. “Not only does taking a bite of delicious cheese basically feel like being wrapped in a warm embrace, but nutritionally speaking, cheese is packed with amino acids like tryptophan, and minerals like calcium, which, when they are consumed together, have proven mood-boosting qualities,” Molly Brown, American Cheese Society certified cheese professional, explains. You can find inspiration on Instagram at @ThatCheesePlate and @SilverlakeSocialite.

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Teach your pet a new trick

Teaching your pet new tricks requires time and patience, however, it’s a great way to build communication skills with your pet and give them a mental workout too. If you need extra help, sign up for a virtual dog training session; D.O.G., for one, is offering FaceTime classes. Here are 12 easy dog tricks you could start teaching today.

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Work your way through a cookbook

Whether you’re a novice or a pro in the kitchen, it’s always exciting to try a new recipe. Choose a cookbook of your choice and work your way through each recipe. Meal and a Spiel: How to be a Badass in the Kitchen is great for beginners or cooks who like easy recipes that don’t require random ingredients and Cravings by Chrissy Teigen is better suited for experienced cooks who are looking for eclectic and comfort-food recipes. Fans of the Barefoot Contessa will want to check out Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food when it hits stores on October 6.

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Subscribe to a news outlet and support journalism

If there’s a trade magazine you love or a newspaper that you rely on daily, consider supporting them with an annual subscription. The media industry is suffering and relies on subscriptions to stay afloat so you’ll be supporting good journalism and an important cause.

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Try an Airbnb Online Experience

Airbnb Experiences connects travelers with locals around the world to explore a new city and culture through an authentic local experience but with COVID-19 limiting travel, Airbnb moved the offline Experience platform online. You can take a Portuguese tapas class, or a ricotta cheesemaking class from Sonoma, and even workout with an Olympian—all for a small fee.

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Learn a new skill

You can learn just about any new skill online through sites like Udemy or TakeLessons on subjects ranging from foreign languages and musical instruments, to academic tutoring, visual and performing arts, yoga, and wellness. In light of the coronavirus crisis, TakeLessons created TakeLessons TV to bring weekly free online group lessons to kids and adults every day.

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Try different recipes in a dutch oven

If there’s one versatile piece of cookware that most chefs swear by, it’s the dutch oven. You can roast a chicken, bake bread, make a one-pot pasta, and even cook a stew in the dutch oven. While they can be pricey, you can consider an enameled dutch oven as an investment for your kitchen and Le Creuset has recently been cutting prices on its best selling products. Experiment with different recipes from baking to roasting and have fun discovering all the ways to use your new cookware. If properly stored and cared for, a Le Creuset dutch oven can last you for years. How to clean a dutch oven so you’ll have it forever.

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Take a relaxing bubble bath

If you’re lucky enough to have a bathtub, now is the time to use it. Treat yourself to a few scented bath bombs, or add a few drops of scented oil directly in the tub and allow yourself to soak for at least 30 minutes. Turn off the lights, light some candles, and play your favorite music for some real self-care.

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Download the new TikTok app

Move over Instagram, TikTok is the app of the year and it’s getting all the buzz. The short-form video app allows you to create fun 15-second voice-overs and dance videos and it’s quite entertaining. Download the free app and try the “flip-the-switch” challenge which even celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Hoda Kotb, and Ryan Seacrest have nailed.

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Get “sea turtle ecology” certified from your living room

Volivoli Beach Resort is a world-class dive resort in Fiji that is offering a digital Sea Turtle Ecology course with full certification that guests can complete from the comfort of their homes. Designed for kids, adults, and everyone in between, participants will learn about the different types of sea turtles, how to identify each species, how far they date back (some over 100 million years!), their mating and migration patterns, environmental threats, and current conservation measures. You’ll be a total turtle pro by the time you can visit them in person on your next trip to Fiji.

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Pickle vegetables

You can pickle just about any vegetable you have in your fridge. Not only is pickling fun to do but the ancient food preservation technique also has many health benefits including improving your gut bacteria.

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Decorate your space

If you’ve been dreaming of sprucing up your place, now is a good time, especially since you’re spending most of your time indoors. Upgrade your old furniture or refurnish existing pieces. Decide what items you want to replace like a couch, coffee table, or dressers and sell them on free apps like OfferUp or LetGo. West Elm furniture store offers complimentary virtual design consultations so you can ask design questions via video, phone, or email. Or if you prefer a style other than mid-century modern, Havenly pairs you with a designer who will offer their services customized for your needs, depending on the package you select. Find out 12 science-backed secrets to a stress-free home.

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Support your local restaurants

Now is the time to try that restaurant on the corner you’ve been meaning to try because independently owned businesses need your support more than ever before. Pick one new restaurant a week to support and order dinner to-go.

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Host a virtual karaoke party

We’re here to tell you, it is possible to host a virtual karaoke session and still have fun. Download a karaoke app like Karafun or Smule to get access to thousands of song lyrics, dividing into teams and make it a competition with judges and a winning prize. Create a list of songs that each team will sing, and go through three rounds and let the judges decide who will win. Rotate between singers and judges so everyone has a chance to sing their hearts out.

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Re-live your favorite festival

It might be a while until you attend a concert or music festival but thanks to YouTube, you can still relive your favorite moments from past concerts. Check out highlights from festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, or any Coldplay concert which is guaranteed to make you feel good.

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Watch funny dog and cat videos

You can always count on cute animal photos and videos to cheer you up and give you a good laugh. In fact, these funny dog videos are the break you need right now.

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Bake the DoubleTree by Hilton chocolate chip cookie recipe

For the first time, the hotel revealed the recipe behind the beloved chocolate chip cookie and bakers everywhere are going crazy for this nostalgic treat.

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Create your own playlists on Spotify

Spotify has undoubtedly changed the music industry and made it easier than ever to discover new artists and songs with their Discover Weekly and Release Radar playlists that are released on Mondays and Fridays, respectively. But you can also create your own custom playlists like your favorite “Summer Jams” or “Sweat it Out.” Then share playlists with friends, discover podcasts, and find out what your friends are listening to.

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Make homemade ice-cream

As the temperature outside heats up, many of us will reach for a cold beverage or a scoop of ice-cream to cool us down. Ice-cream is super easy to make and can be a fun activity to do with the family.

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Try a home improvement project

Even if you don’t have a knack for being handy, you can start with an easy project like replacing the hardware on your cabinets. “Update the cabinet hardware in your kitchen or bath to freshen the look almost instantly,” Gena Kirk, vice president of design for KB Home says. “Matte black and gold finishes are replacing chrome and oil rubbed bronze and give any kitchen or bathroom a sleek modern look.” Ready for more? Try these 11 DIY home improvement projects you can do yourself instead of hiring a professional.

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Listen to a new podcast

There are endless podcasts for every type of interest you may have—true crime, news, leadership and development, and the list goes on. The good thing about podcasts is you can listen to it while you’re doing something mundane like cleaning the house so you’re killing two birds with one stone. Get started with these 12 best podcasts you’re not listening to—but should.

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Make your own face mask

Since face masks are now part of our daily lives, you might as well learn how to make your own and add your own flair. While you’re at it, make extras to hand out to your at-risk family, friends, and neighbors. Find out everything you should know before DIYing your own face mask.

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Check out a book from the library

Did you know you can digitally check out books from your local library using the OverDrive app? The app connects to your local public library so you can access ebooks, audiobooks, and videos digitally. Looking for a good read? You can’t go wrong with any of these 50 best summer reads of all time.

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Learn a new magic trick

Reading is the best way to start learning magic tricks. You can read books, watch YouTube tutorials, and learn from professionals like David Blaine or David Copperfield by observing their past performances. Start by learning a few basic tricks and ask your friends if you can practice your new-found wizardry on them during a video conference call. And when you’ve become a bonafide magician maybe you can learn how to make COVID-19 disappear?

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Try to hit 10,000 steps every day

It’s easy to be a couch potato when you’re in self-isolation but we all know that being lazy isn’t helpful and can affect your mood. Try to get outside and get your daily steps in. Break it up into two 30 minute sessions so it’s more manageable and it breaks up your day. You’ll be surprised to see how many steps you can take in just half an hour!

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Submit an op-ed story for a newspaper

We’re living through a rare time in history right now and there are interesting stories happening all around us. If you have a unique point-of-view to share, consider submitting an op-ed or opinion story to your local newspaper. You don’t have to be a professional writer to submit an op-ed piece and you may even get paid for your article.

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Learn something new every day

If you’re finding it hard to stay motivated to do any kind of work, you’re not alone. While it’s easy to drift off and binge watch TV and movies all day long, try to learn at least one new fact a day to keep your brain active. Whether it’s looking up a new word in the dictionary, learning about a historical event, or picking one famous person to read about, stay engaged in one new topic each day. Try these 12 ways you can get smarter in your spare time.

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Call an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a while

During trying times like these, it’s nice to reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in ages or those who are single and alone. A 15-minute phone conversation could really brighten someone’s day. It doesn’t take much effort and it can mean a lot to someone who may be struggling.

Clean out your closet

This may sound like a daunting task for some people, and exhilarating for others. Either way, look at it as a way to declutter your space and make room for new energy. That pile of clothes you haven’t worn in years can be turned into cash with apps like The Real Real, Tradesy, or Poshmark. Follow these 9 genius rules for deciding which clothes to keep or toss.

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Start a gratitude journal

It’s simple—every night, write down five things you are grateful for that happened during your day. It can be something as simple as drinking your favorite coffee in the morning or that the sun was shining. If you experience the world with gratitude, you will be a much happier person.

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Sleep in

Yes, we said it. Sleeping in doesn’t have to be reserved for Sundays anymore. Sleep in an extra few hours during the week and give your mind and body the rest it deserves. It’s a stressful time and a good night’s sleep (seven to eight hours for most) is one thing you can do to improve your mood and health. Find out what your sleep position reveals about your personality.

Go for a drive

Even if you aren’t spending the night in a faraway destination, you can still go on a road trip or just go for a quick drive to get some fresh air and a change of scenery on the quiet roads.

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Do a dessert swap with a friend or neighbor

Here’s a fun way to try new desserts and minimize the amount of baking you do each week: Pair up with a friend who lives close by or a neighbor. Pick a different recipe to make and split half of your sweet creation with your partner. Or drop some off at your local EMS station as an appreciation of thanks.

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Take a virtual ride at Walt Disney World

Disney World might be shut down but you can still enjoy the thrill of a ride.

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Open up that fancy bottle of wine

If you have a vintage wine that you’ve been reserving for a special occasion, now is the best time to open it up and enjoy it. If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, it is how fragile life is. There is no better time than the present to savor that special bottle. Cheers!

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Take a free online course

MOOCs (massive, open, online courses) are free and open to all and often times created by universities. ClassCentral, a platform that distributes these courses to the public, earned more traffic in March-April 2020 than it did the entire 2019 year. Find out the best free courses you can take online.

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Start composting

Next to recycling, the best thing you can do to decrease your output of trash is to compost food scraps. Don’t have a yard? Try an indoor countertop compost bin and use the resulting rich dirt in your houseplants. Find out 11 things you need to know about composting.

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Throw a virtual beauty bash

Gather your friends for a night of virtual pampering and glam. Pick a new hair or face mask you’ve been wanting to try and test it out with your friends on a video call. Afterward, you can have a makeup party where everyone puts on their makeup during the call and shares their favorite beauty tips. Make sure to take a screenshot of the final looks!

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Head to a drive-in movie theater

With traditional movie theaters closed in many states, drive-in theaters are making a comeback. Bring your own snacks and settle in to watch a movie from the comfort of your own car. These are the most iconic drive-in movie theaters in America. 

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Watch the sunrise or sunset

Get up early and catch the sunrise (or sunset, if you’re not a morning person). It’s the perfect way to begin or end your day and you don’t need anyone else with you. Meditate while you’re doing it for a serene, peaceful start to your day.

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Practice photography

You don’t need a fancy camera to take beautiful photos—these days smartphones shoot better pictures than some cameras do. The next time you go for a walk, start taking pictures of things that inspire you in nature in and around your neighborhood. Over time, you’ll start developing your style and a better eye for images. Next, read on for more things you can do when your whole life gets canceled.

Leila Najafi
Leila Najafi is a regular contributor to's Travel and E-commerce sections. Her work has also appeared on Thrillist, NBC News, by USA Today, HuffPost, and Eater among other sites. Leila covers destination guides, cultural pieces, home and wellness topics. She earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University and B.S. in Anthropology from UCLA.

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