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100 things to do While Quarantined During Coronavirus

As the coronavirus lockdown continues, many people are looking for fun at-home activities, things to do when their kids are bored, and other fun things to do at home alone, things that anyone can do during the quarantine. Quarantine games are becoming a trending topic online, as are films to watch while at home and any activities related to kids, films, or games that families can use to defuse overly tense situations at home or simply pass the days away.

Here are 100 things to do in quarantine broken up into categories that include video games, films, and other activities. Any or all of these activities could become part of your family’s coping strategy for the COVID-19 quarantine, bringing you together, improving everyone’s mood, and maybe discovering some new favorite family activities in the process.

Games

Quarantine has expanded everyone’s taste in games as people look for new fun at-home activities. From video games to table games to board games, here are a few examples of what your family could be doing to bring everyone together while they’re bored in the house (or in the case of some board games, tear yourselves apart, in the most loving way possible).

Video Games

 man playing video games fun things to do at home alone coronavirus quarantineVideo games are favorite fun at-home activities already. The thing to look for in a video game that’s suited to quarantine play is one of two options: new ways to play with others, either locally or online, or refined experiences that let you get the most out of a single-player game.

We’re assuming that you’re looking for games that you can play a lot, so we’ve prioritized connectivity and replayability when selecting these 25 quarantine games. While we’re sure that some of you will stick to your Call of Duty or Fortnite games for this purpose, we tried to give this list a little more variety for those looking for new things to play that may not be as obvious.

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Don’t Starve
  • Minecraft
  • Terraria
  • Stardew Valley
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Elite Dangerous
  • Fallout 4
  • Spelunky
  • FTL: Faster than Light
  • Crypt of the Necrodancer
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Mario Kart
  • Mario Party
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Kerbal Space Program

This is a shortlist of 20 video games available on platforms ranging from the Nintendo Switch to the PC that should keep you occupied during the quarantine. We tried to give everyone something to try out, no matter their tastes.

For those looking for cooperative, connective, everyday gaming experiences, the unlimited possibilities of games like Animal Crossing, Minecraft, and Stardew Valley provide excellent reasons to join with others over Discord or in your house to mine and farm the days away.

Roguelikes are also uncommonly good choices for video games during quarantines. Money is tight for everyone right now, so you want to find a game that will last you a long time at a low price. “Roguelike” is a term in modern gaming that should come in handy for that.

It means that the game map is generated every time you play. The game itself could be anything from a platformer like Spelunky to a strategy game like FTL to a survival game like Don’t Starve or even a top-down shooter like The Binding of Isaac. The hallmark of roguelikes is that you start over every time on a new map.

Though these games are notoriously difficult, there’s no better time to find one you like than in quarantine. Since they generate the map every time you play, the possibilities to replay the game are literally endless. One of those games could be the best $5 you ever spend on Steam and your new fun at-home activity of choice.

Finally, multiplayer enjoyment with people who are in quarantine with you could majorly boost everyone’s mood. This includes staples like Mario Kart, Mario Party, and Super Smash Bros. to less conventional picks like using Minecraft’s servers as a safe haven from quarantine.

At the very least, find a game with a huge world map like The Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, or The Legend of Zelda to explore and enjoy. If you can’t get outside, at least you can explore the virtual outdoors when you’re bored in the house.

Board games

things to do when bored for kids mother and daughter playing board games coronavirus quarantineBoard games are time-honored fun at-home activities, if you have someone to play with. This includes card games and boxed games and will provide those who are lucky enough to be stuck at home with family a great opportunity to have some old-fashioned distracting fun with these games.

  • Risk
  • Monopoly
  • Trouble
  • Boggle
  • Scrabble
  • Smash-Up
  • Skyjo
  • Rook
  • Catan
  • Clue
  • Life
  • Rummy
  • Poker
  • Texas Hold ‘em
  • Blackjack
  • Operation
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Encore
  • Twister
  • Carcassone
  • Azul
  • Gloomhaven
  • Pandemic (oops)
  • Mansions of Madness

Of course, there are more available, but these classic board and card games make fun at-home activities for those looking for quarantine games and who have enough people to play them.

From tabletop classics like Risk and Monopoly to two-person competitions in Chess and Checkers, these are the staples. Getting ahold of a set, buying one online, or playing them virtually shouldn’t be too hard and will pass the days away before you know it.

Films

quarantine film woman watching shows laptop coronavirus quarantine

Everyone’s relying on streaming services and rentals now that the theaters are closed. Naturally, everyone is wondering what the best quarantine films are.

It would be easy to make a list of quarantine movies and prioritize the ones that are about viruses or contagions, but the point is to make people feel good, right? You wouldn’t recommend Jaws to someone vacationing at the beach.

Instead, this is a list of movies that take you on a journey. They’re beautiful movies, movies that feel good, movies that make the world seem alright. We included some for adults that want new quarantine movies and some that are things to do when your kids are bored. That’s what we all need in quarantine from the things we watch.

  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Amelie
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Ip Man
  • Howards End
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Paddington 2
  • La La Land
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Song of the Sea
  • Emma (2020)
  • Porco Rosso
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Sting
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Chungking Express
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • His Girl Friday
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Sherlock Jr.
  • Mystery Science Theater: 3000

This list of 30 quarantine movies has something for everyone. It has animated classics from studio Ghibli like My Neighbor Totoro that are sure to brighten everyone’s day. It has dry comedies like Groundhog Day and adventurous romances like Amelie and musicals like La La Land.

Many of these films are available on streaming sites and all can be rented on Amazon. If you don’t know what to watch, turn on a feature-length episode of Mystery Science Theater: 3000 on Netflix or YouTube. There isn’t much that’s more cathartic than watching them rip into low-budget old movies. Everyone could use a laugh right now, after all.

Other activities

Facetiming friends quarantine coronavirus

Though there are a ton of games you can buy, there aren’t as many that you can play alone. This is why we’ve made this final list of games that you can play with family but without any boards or cards, or with friends virtually either on video chat services or apps if you’re trying to survive the lockdown by yourself.

  • Drink, Talk, Learn
  • I, Spy
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Pictionary
  • Talent Show
  • Gestures
  • Charades
  • Taboo
  • Drawful
  • You Don’t Know Jack
  • Fibbage
  • Lie Swatter
  • Word Spud
  • The Escape Game
  • Tabletopia
  • Houseparty
  • Words With Friends
  • Uno &Friends
  • Draw Something
  • Progressive Slots

Many of these games are online, on apps, or virtual tabletops. They give you a great chance to play games with friends despite following the proper social distance protocols. They’re perfect for anyone bored in the house and ready to “interact” with their friends again over video chat or elsewhere.

The Staples

woman petting dalmation dog coronavirus quarantine for dogs

We have 5 activities left and we saved them to remind you that this time with family or with yourself is valuable. You don’t have to buy or rent movies or fancy games to find activities to do with your family, especially if you’re looking for things to do when kids are bored.

These activities could include:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Going on family walks
  • Eating family dinner
  • Playing with pets

These are all enriching for families looking for fun things to do when they’re home alone or with family. Use this time wisely to build relationships, learn a new instrument, read a book, or exercise your body.

The Takeaway

If you’re looking for quarantine games, there are obvious choices like video games, tabletop simulators, traditional board games, chat room games, and other activities. There are also things you can do that are more conventional like read and have family dinners, which seem easy but which are things that many of us don’t have time for when we’re busy with work. See the list above for the best quarantine films as well.

While you’re bored in the house and looking for quarantine activities for your dogs, or for things that kids can do when they’re bored, or just for yourself, use these 100 options to make yourself busy. Don’t regret wasting this time when we all go back to work. Enjoy it (or at least try).

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