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8 Fun Things to Do While Staying at Home

Catan Junior Board Game

Bored at home while maintaining social distancing? Sometimes you need something to distract you from everyday life so here are eight fun things to do while staying at home. There are a lot of great options that are even free!

Plan a Board Game Night

Board Games from Pax Unplugged

Planning a board game night can be tons of fun! Whether you are looking for a quick card game like Rummy or Uno or a strategic board game like Catan or Ticket to Ride, there is something for everyone. Don’t have someone to play with? No problem, you can play a huge selection of board games on websites like Board Game Arena and Tabletopia with people from around the world. Both of these websites are free! You can also host a virtual game night with your friends & family on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp.

Check Out Some Video Games

Brawlhalla Video Game

Similarly there are a lot of fun video games to try and there is even a good selection of video games for free for phones, computers and consoles. So definitely check out web stores like Steam, Epic Games and Google Play for these deals. Some top-notch video games that we recommend include Brawlhalla, Hearthstone and Starcraft.

Watch a Movie or Show

Netflix Home Page

This is also a good time to catch up on your favorite shows or even find new ones. There are plenty of streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ offering both new shows and movies and classics. Also HBO Now is offering a ton of free content without a subscription and Filmed on Stage has a bunch of musicals that you can watch for free too.

Read a Book

Delatora Quest Books

Sometimes you need a break from the TV and computer screens and in this case, we recommend picking up a book. We know we have a lot of books in our to-read pile. For some great book recommendations, be sure to follow our social media like Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

Cook with the Family

Cacio e Pepe pasta meal kit


Now that you have some free time you can experiment in the kitchen! Cooking can also be a fun family activity. Check out our A Taste of Little Italy Meal Kits. It includes yummy ingredients from Di Palo’s in Little Italy to make a classic Roman pasta dish and the Ahoy NY family recipe book. We would love to see photos and videos of your creations!

Have a Virtual Dance Party

Google Hangout Screenshot

You’ve been cooped up for days (weeks, even) and need to release some energy but don’t feel like going through the process of putting on your mask, your outside clothes, shoes, and gloves. What to do? Check out a virtual dance party on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. Shake your groove thang & work up a sweat in your living room (bedroom/terrace/kitchen). The best part is, you’re in your jammies!

Take a class

Class Central Screenshot

If you’ve always wanted to learn a language or how to play a musical instrument, now is the time to dive right in! Lots of sites are offering free extracurricular classes on their platforms during this time. There are also tons of free classes offered by Ivy League schools as well.

Do Some Online Shopping

Little Italy NY Tour

Finally, we love to shop and luckily you have so many options to do a little online shopping! Shopping and buying gift certificates is a good way to help small businesses during this tough time. There are plenty of good deals out there including Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting. We are offering 30% off future food tours (both public and private) and gift certificates with the code KEEPON20 for a limited time so you can plan a future trip or vacation to New York City.

Please stay safe and stay in touch!