16 fun activities for quarantine. Here’s a list of things you can do by yourself or with the entire family!

cotton candy sky right before sunset at a park

I can honestly say I never thought I’d write a blog post about ‘fun activities for quarantine,’ yet here we are!

If you’re like us and are practicing social distancing, you know too well that, at this point, the days are running into each other. I don’t know about you, but we’re starting to get a little antsy! So with the weekend right around the corner, I thought I’d put together a list of things to do if you’re looking for a way to add a bit more variety into what we call the Coronavirus normal.

So without further ado, let’s jump right to it!

16 Fun Activities for Quarantine:

baking pan with focaccia dough with rosemary on granite counter

cooking cinnamon swirl french toast on flat top

1. Bake Bread

2. Start a Movie Marathon

TIPSpeaking of movie marathons, did you hear that Netflix Party allows you to watch synchronized movies with friends on your computer? It even adds a group chat so you can talk about the movie together!

Organizing Your Kitchen Pantry

3. Organize an area of your house

You could dedicate as much or as little time as you like here. Do as little as one hour a day, or you can dedicate an entire day for an area.

  • Reorganize the kitchen pantry
  • Order furniture that needs assembly that you didn’t have time for before, it’s literally one of the most perfect activities for quarantine 😂
  • Organize your spices by ordering matching jars and custom minimalist labels
  • Reorganize your linen closet
  • Wash and donate any clothes that you don’t wear anymore

Italian Bookstore

4. Sink Your Teeth into a Thriller/Mystery Book

Here’s my personal list of books! I’m working my way through these:

5. Start a Hobby, it’s the perfect time

  • Learn to play an instrument
  • Pick up a paintbrush
  • Read a self-help book about an area you’re interested in
  • Paper Mache a decorative bowl (with stuff you probably already have around)
  • Write a book/a poem/a short story
  • Start working out at home (Anees suggests these apps: Fitbod, 7-Minutes, 6 Pack in 30 days)
  • Listen to a podcast about something that interests you

6. Treat Yourself

  • Try a face mask with almost 30,000 reviews, I’m adding this one to my cart to try out
  • Try an at-home microdermabrasion system
  • Give yourself a pedicure or manicure with this setHere’s my current favorite color for spring
  • Start a skincare routine and stick to it. It takes 20 days to form a habit, so this is definitely doable!

Cookie Dough Scooped on a baking sheet

Texas Blueberry Cobbler

7. Make Dessert

8. Binge Watch These Shows

  • The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • The Morning Show (Disney+)
  • Dexter (Netflix)
  • The Mandalorian (Disney+)
  • FRIENDS (disc set)
  • Game of Thrones (HBO now)
  • The Office (Netflix)
  • YOU (Netflix)

9. Play a Game

Homemade Taquitos on sheet pan ready to be Fried

10. Cook Dinner with the family

11. Buy an adult coloring book

  • Lost Ocean Johanna Basford is also the creator of Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. I could get lost coloring in these books for hours!
  • Married Life a coloring book with a snarky sense of humor filled with both words we say to each other too often and fun patterns to color! If you can relate to Mom Life more, she’s got you covered there too. 
  • Plant Lady by Sarah Simon is a floral-themed coloring book filled with fresh blooms, plants, and bouquets. The pages are removable so after you’re done, you can even frame your artwork! 
  • Harry Potter coloring Book: Okay, but how could I not include this one for those of us that are a fan? I’ve made it almost halfway through mine already!
  • Here’s a set of 100 color pencils so you can always find the right colors!

Bike leaning against a wall

12. Go Outside

There are plenty of activities for quarantine that you can do outside the house as long as you maintain a distance from others:

  • Go for a jog/walk
  • Practice meditation – This one is great for anxiety (and completely free)
  • Learn a new sport – I love Badminton, you can play with 2-4 players and swap out players if you’ve got more family members at home. Here’s a reasonably priced set for beginners that you can use in your own backyard!
  • Ride a bike – I’ve got this one in my Amazon cart as we speak
  • Grab a yoga mat and head to the backyard or stay in and try Youtube Yoga 

Chicken in Tomato Butter Sauce on white plate

13. Master a family recipe

  • Find a recipe that you love that someone in your family makes, get the recipe from them and try it at home. 
  • Or try to create their recipe from scratch by yourself! For all you know, you might just make it even better!

14. Find a dance on TikTok and master it

  • You could do this as a family or by yourself
  • Send the video to a friend or family member and challenge them to get in on it too. If you’re both terrible at dancing, at least it gives you something to laugh at together!

bright living room designed with lgiht colors

15. Start a DIY project around the house

  • This could be as small as creating artwork for a room by just putting pen to paper or you could knit a blanket, or finally turn your old college tees into a quilt.
  • Paint a room, bathroom, or even a piece of furniture. This is on my list of things to do. I’m hoping to use the extra time to paint our bathroom vanity, add a wallpaper focal feature, swap out the builder-grade mirror, and change out the light fixture!
  • Change up the decor in a room by ordering 1-2 new pieces or rearrange the furniture or decor you already have to make it new without spending any money!
  • Swap out an old light fixture for a new one! You won’t believe how much life that breathes back into a room. 
  • For my advance friends: add woodwork, crown molding, do a feature wall, or add faux-brick paneling (on my list as well) to change the look of a room!

16. If all else fails, catch up on laundry!

I kid, but seriously, how is it that there is always laundry to do?

Stack of Books with Fresh Flowers

If you have any other fun ideas or activities for quarantine, book recommendations, or are binge-watching any new shows (mamma always needs a binge-worthy show) leave your recommendations below! 🙂

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