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100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More

100+ Fun Things to Do at Home Right Now, From Virtual Tours to Animals Cams and More

t’s safe to say things are understandably weird right now. As the world reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the planet are staying home, quarantining, and practicing social distancing as an effort to slow — and hopefully stop — the spread of coronavirus. Though staying home is totally necessary right now, it means many of us have found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. If you’re struggling to figure out how to keep yourself occupied beyond your usual at-home hobbies of Netflix and chill, you’re not alone.

For us, we’ve taken this time to really lean into the leisure side of Travel + Leisure, and help our readers around the world realize that we’re all actually a lot closer than it feels right now. If you’re like us, the idea of not being able to get outside to explore is difficult, but we’ve found that virtual travel is not only fun and exciting, it’s helping us see and understand places we’ve only dreamed about going. From the comfort of your couch you can explore the depths of Carlsbad Caverns and other national parks before “jetting off” to a virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris. Afterwards join an online cooking demonstration from a world-famous chef before sitting down to a breathtaking performance from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. The world’s the limit — really.

So whether you’re at home trying to find educational stimulation for your kids, in a tiny apartment with your best friend from college dreaming about restaurants, or alone with your dog or plant calling everyone you know on FaceTime, we’ve gathered up a massive list of fun things to do at home during this time. From livestreams of animals to games to play virtually, these activities will keep you entertained, informed, and hopefully put a smile on your face. And we all could use a smile right now.

Take a virtual trip at home

With travel basically at a standstill, it’s time to embrace a new way to see the world — virtual travel and virtual tours. Thanks to the World Wide Web we can go pretty much as far as desired — all without a passport. Below we’ve rounded up the very best ways to experience the world outside our homes from the comfort of our couches, all broken down by different activity types to make it easier to get going.

Go sightseeing around the world with these virtual destinations

Explore museums, art, theater, and culture at home

Get “outside” while stuck at home

What to eat and drink while stuck at home

Whether your shelves are totally stocked or you’re trying to figure out how to make dinner with a box of noodles, can of beans, and some cookie dough, don’t fret. World-class chefs and Italian nonnas are taking to social media to teach you how to cook — and has there ever been a better time to learn? Plus, breweries are hosting virtual happy hours, quarantini happy hours abound, and digital mixology classes are popping up left and right.

Things to do at home with kids

With most schools shut down and kids turning to online lessons, it’s obvious that little ones are also learning to adjust to this new normal. Luckily, we’ve found plenty of fun and exciting activities for parents to do with their kids — and digital adventures kids can get lost in on their own. Play some travel-inspired games to help them learn about landmarks or set them loose in a virtual children’s museum to let their imaginations run wild.

How to experience Disney at home

There’s nothing more magical than a trip to a Disney park, and, sadly, many of us had to cancel trips to Anaheim and Orlando (and beyond) as coronavirus spread around the country when many families were about to embark on spring break. Disney parks have totally shut down, though reservations are open starting June 1. It remains to be seen if that will actually happen, but until then you can certainly conjure up some Disney magic at home by attending a virtual parade or taking a virtual ride. Here’s how to experience Disney at home:

Virtually visit other theme parks around the world

What to watch at home during quarantine

While it’s true that this is certainly a time to do some armchair tourism, let’s face it, it’s also a chance to binge, binge, binge some TV shows and movies. And though you’ve probably already watched Tiger King and Love Is Blind, we’ve gathered up everything else you should be binge-watching while stuck at home. We even have a handy guide to the best wine to pair with every type of TV show.

What to read at home right now

If you’re like me, TV can only last so long before you need to change it up. There are plenty of travel books to give your mind a little sense of wanderlust while you’re at home, and libraries around the world are beefing up their digital subscriptions so you can download books straight to your favorite devices.

How to watch an animal livestream at home

If there’s one group that seems to be thriving during this unfortunate time, it’s animals. Dogs have never been happier as their owners are spending hours-on-hours at home. It may be a different story for cats. But whether you have a pet or not, zoos, farms, and animal sanctuaries around the world are here to help by livestreaming their most adorable animals right into your living room. Might we suggest tossing one of these bad boys up on your TV and, well, never turning it off?

How to connect with celebrities at home

Celebrities, like us, are also stuck at home right now. And they’re using this time to give live performances, teach us classes on things they’re experts at, and generally trying to keep us smiling. Here’s how celebrities can keep you entertained for a few hours.

The best classes to take online right now

One good way to spend this time is to take a class online. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to learn a new language or brush up or finally learn some basic accounting. Trust me, now’s the time. And you can even take free classes from Harvard. So what are you waiting for?

How to stay fit and healthy at home during quarantine

Gyms and workout studios are closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun by staying healthy while trapped indoors. Hotels are sharing their best workout tips and tricks while celebrity fitness instructors are taking to social media to do the same. Here are a few of our favorites.

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