Whether you’ve gotten a positive test or have had close contact with someone who has, you’re stuck at home for the next 10-14 days and you’re not sure how you’re going to survive. Even though you made it through the national shutdown last spring, this time feels different. Regardless of if you’re at home with minor symptoms or are just waiting out the potential incubation period, you need some things to do to keep you busy and pass the time. You want to make the most of this time but you also want to enjoy yourself, so what do you do? You take a look at our best virtual activities list and start going through them. We’re sure you’ll enjoy yourself and get a lot out of each experience!
VIRTUAL ZOO & AQUARIUM TRIPS
Many zoos and aquariums have had live streams of certain animals available online for a while, but they’ve upped their game big time since the pandemic hit. San Diego Zoo, The Georgia Aquarium, and the Houston Zoo are some of the best virtual trips you can take when you’re stuck at home. You can also check out the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary or the Taronga Zoo in Australia using Google street view. The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are home to Fiona, the world-famous baby hippo, and you can watch an entire video series about her and other animals on their website.
VIRTUAL MUSEUM VISITS
It can be fun to virtually visit a museum you’ve been to before, but how much cooler is it to explore a museum that you’ll probably never have a chance to visit in person? The British Museum in London lets you look at Egyptian mummies, the Guggenheim Museum in New York shows you their infamous spiral staircase along with centuries of iconic art, and the American Museum of Natural History allows you to explore a butterfly conservatory, mammals, and human origins. Other notable museums with virtual visits include the National Gallery of Art in DC, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.
TAKE ONLINE CLASSES
It has never been easier to take an online class. You can find a variety of topics to learn about, from cooking to sewing to DIY projects. Some universities are even offering free online classes, and famous chefs, scientists, and more are offering virtual classes at no cost. If you’ve been considering learning a new language or learning a new skill or craft, now’s the time!
VIRTUALLY VISIT A NATIONAL PARK
While outdoor, spacious venues are typically safe to visit during the pandemic, if you’re quarantined or self-isolating, any public outing is a no-go. Thankfully, you can still interact with nature and imagine yourself in the great outdoors with virtual visits to some beautiful national parks. The Great Smokies, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Yellowstone are all accessible online. Google Arts & Culture also created a series called “The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks” that allows you to explore parts of Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and Florida in 360° views.
Although it’s not ideal to be stuck at home, do your best to remain positive, make the most of it, and find some enjoyable things to do to help you pass the time well.