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Looking for things to do quarantined at home? Here ‘s my list of the top cool and different activities , Part 2. For Part 1 of things to do quarantined, click here.

Have Happy Hour, A Blind Date or Birthday Celebration with Zoom

No reason to not have happy hour, skip the blind date or forgo your good friend’s birthday party. You set a date and time, and all get on Zoom, a video calling app and you’re ready to party. The app has been around for years for business, but is now finding new use in this time of social distancing and seclusion. According to the New York Times, last Sunday nearly 600,000 people downloaded the app. Town and Country, an arbiter of taste and style, did a great article on how to do a stylish, glam virtual cocktail party. Click here.


Join the Virtual Mycelium Network and Help Gables Cinema

Join the virtual mycelium network from the comfort of your own home! Thanks to a collaboration with the film’s distributors, you can watch this enlightening documentary on mushrooms called “Fantastic Fungi” and support the Gables Cinema. Buy a virtual ticket using the link below and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the Cinema. Rental cost is $4.99 for a 48-hour streaming period or $14.99 to stream and download any time. To buy your virtual ticket, click here.

Fantastic Fungi documentary


I’m a complete beginner, and I already feel like this is something I should have been doing for a long time. The New York Times has a helpful guide on how to start.

Think Gratitude

You can do this in a journal, writing down one gratitude a day, or just draw sketches. Quartz’s Katherine Foley has done this exercise in the form of keeping a “happiness jar,” and you can read all about how to do that here.

Learn a New Craft, Gardening Skill or How to Play the Guitar

A good friend with high standards swears by Bluprint. She has taken their classes in jewelry making and embroidery which number among 1300 offerings in five categories — fabric and fiber, food, art, living including garden and home. There are single classes and courses. Find thirty five different single classes for under $10, many of them good for family fun.

Today, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer-songwriter James Bay announced he will be taking to Instagram Live over the next few weeks to give guitar lessons of some of his songs.  See the announcement HERE.

Bone Up with Your Kids on Science

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has a new digital platform series, Frost Science@Home, giving web visitors the opportunity to explore free educational resources, videos, DIY science activities and behind-the-scenes content. Stand-out content includes at-home family-friendly science activities, a 360° exploration of the museum’s top exhibitions and a deep dive into the world of the resident rehabilitated loggerhead turtle, Miko.


Do Video Therapy

Many therapists are offering videoconferencing as an option for their patients, during what is an anxiety producing and isolating time for many of us.

Add to Your Education

There’s a nearly unlimited number of online classes on websites like edX or a friend has successfully used Great courses of the World.

And another trip, this from one of my sons. Top Ivy League colleges are offering 450 courses you can take for free! For more info, click here

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DIY doughnut kit

Make Doughnuts

You doughnut lovers out there, I know there are a lot of you and I’m included. Take note. Thanks to Urban Daddy I found out about a   new doughnut kit from NYC shop Doughnuttery. They’re known for making hot, fresh, uniquely-sugared doughnuts, and now here’s  a simple DIY solution that they say takes 20 minutes.  It makes 30 small doughnuts and comes with classic toppings. The kits are available on Amazon for national shipping, and if you live in New York, you can place a delivery or pickup order through Seamless.

Hot Tip: the Wall Street Journal has a new Arts in Review feature, “The Staying Inside Guide” where editors and critics recommend ways to continue engaging with arts and culture in this time of social distancing. Well worth checking it and subscribing if you don’t already.


  1. Thanks Karen, it helps to see all of the options we have. Love your newsletter and always look forward to receiving it.

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