Socially Distanced Activities

After 10 months of the pandemic, even the creative folks are running out of ideas on how to have socially-distanced fun.

We’ve baked bread, gone for long hikes at the park, taught our grandparents how to use Zoom and Facetime, attempted yoga, cleaned out the attic and garage, planted a garden, painted the living room, and bought a bike.

Been there, done that.

The end of the pandemic is on the horizon, but with the numbers of infected and deaths still climbing, we’re all looking for new ways to have some fun – at a safe distance.
There are tons of things you can do! 
  • Run a virtual 5K or marathon. Google virtual 5K and find one you like. You can support a charity or a favorite event! Nobody will know how fast or slow you go, and no one will care.
  • Get really artistic. Buy some canvases, watercolors, or acrylics and try your hand at painting. You might surprise yourself and have something beautiful to hang in your living room.
  • Dive into the wormhole of Ted Talks. Want to hear experts and geniuses from around the world speak about topics from religion to business to entertainment? There’s a Ted Talk for it. And it will make you think.
  • Rent a kayak, canoe, or boat and spend a day on the water. Explore a new creek or lake.
  • Learn a new language. This can be as simple as Googling new words and phrases as you build your vocabulary, checking a book out from the library, or borrowing or buying CDs to help you learn. 
  • Try Geocaching. It’s like a scavenger hunt with people you don’t know. Log onto, plug in the GPS coordinates and look for geocaches in your area. You will get outside, learn more about your area and have the thrill of looking for something that someone else has hidden.
  • Check out a drive-in movie. Since the pandemic, these almost-forgotten entertainment dinosaurs have become insanely popular. Check the times and get there early. Bring your own snacks!
  • Maybe you’re a camping guru or maybe you haven’t been since you were in Scouts. If there was ever a time to go camping, a pandemic has to be one of the best. Clear your head in the great outdoors, build a campfire, roast some s’mores and sleep under the stars.
  • Buy or borrow a croquet set and stake it out in the backyard. Get the whole family involved and remember why this game took skill, precision, and just a little bit of cunning.
  • Grab a cane pole and go fishing. Your parents or grandparents probably have a pole in the garage or the attic and would love for you to haul it out. Stand on a pier or a creek bank and spend the day casting.
  • Spend the day at a museum without leaving your house. Take a virtual tour of museums around the world, like the Georgia O’Keeffe in Santa Fe, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery in London, National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. or the Guggenheim in Amsterdam.
  • Take a virtual trip with a virtual reality tourism app. Go on a quick tour of a famous destination, someplace you may never have been able to go to, like Machu Picchu or the Galapagos Islands.
  • Stare at the stars. Borrow or buy a telescope or just see what you can see from your back yard. Look online or check out a book from the library to see if you can pick out the constellations.
  • Do something for someone else. Start a coat drive or canned food drive for a charity in your community. Contact a reputable charity and ask them what they need. With the pandemic, thousands have lost their jobs and are in need of assistance right now.
By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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