Fun Activities for Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Adjusting to a life of social distancing can be a challenge for many reasons, but we're here to help.
Along with the rest of the world, Rhode Islanders have been asked to stay at home if possible and limit contact with others in an effort to help stop the spread of the COVID-19. Adjusting to a life of social distancing can be a challenge for many reasons, simply because it might seem like there isn’t much to do while sitting at home. Here is a list of activities you can enjoy (at a safe distance) in the face of this pandemic.
1. The Avenue Concept
If you are feeling a little stir crazy, the Avenue Concept is here to get you out of the house. This public arts organization has created a downtown self-guided tour with educational questions for you or the kids and a South Side and West End self-guided tour. If you do decide to go out, make sure that you do not touch anything and that you stay at least six feet away from others. If you are feeling even a little bit ill, for the well being of our fellow Rhode Islanders, please stay home and stick to the other fun activities on this list!
2. Dani and Jackie’s Virtual Happy Hour
Are you missing the bar scene? These professional mixologists are bringing the bar to you, with live mixology classes and socializing opportunities over Zoom. There are many options for classes, with availability through April. zoom.us
Although museums are closed for in-person visits, many have begun to offer online or virtual tours. Locally, Gallery Night Providence is offering virtual tours online and on their Facebook Page. If you are feeling more of an international vibe, both the Louvre and the Vatican have uploaded virtual tours of their world-famous exhibits.
4. Book Clubs
Quarantine/social distancing presents a great opportunity to do some good ole’ recreational reading, but even with this abundance of time, it is often challenging to actually get yourself to pick up a book. Goodreads functions as a platform for a plethora of book clubs, from Oprah’s book club to Lord of the Rings book club. If you still need more motivation, try out the Rumpus Book Club. This $30 a month membership mails a book to you every month and online discussions about the book to help you work through what you are reading. Check out our list of books written by local Rhode Island authors.
5. Sofa King Fest 2020
Are you a music lover? Are you among the many disappointed concert-goers in a time of social distancing? If so, then Sofa King Fest is here to soothe your sorrows. This virtual concert series is taking place now and for the indefinite future. Check the website for the daily lineup and tune in to watch quarantined and sheltering-in-place artists around the world share their music. Donations to support the artists are optional but encouraged.
6. Broadway Shows
If you are craving the theater, the existing platform, BroadwayHD, brings prerecorded Broadway performances to your living room. For less than the price of a standard Netflix subscription, you can have endless Broadway performances at your fingertips, perfect for the long at-home weeks ahead.
7. The Metropolitan Opera
In this time of stress and isolation, the Met is bringing a bit of free joy to your computer screens with free daily performances from the past fourteen years of the Met’s Live in HD series. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. for a new performance every night. Videos are up for twenty-three hours (until 6:30 p.m. the following night) and then they will be rotated out for a new video.
8. The Paint Bar
Usually, this Newton, Massachusetts-based, family-owned paint bar has in-person paint parties, but now, they are offering online classes, private parties and corporate events via Zoom. Soon, they will be able to ship materials directly to your door so you can participate with no hassle. Make sure you check their online calendar and complete the required registration in advance. thepaintbar.com
9. Podcast Class
Podcasting 101 at What Cheer Writers Club has gone virtual. This monthly class has a session on April 16 and May 21. Participants will need access to a computer with a microphone. It is free for members and $10 for non-members. To receive your Zoom link, register here.
10. Writers Round Table
Join What Cheer Writers Club for a virtual Environmental Writers Round Table on April 25 at 1 p.m. Special guest Dr. Lucy Spelman will share how her nonprofit Creature Conserve is connecting creatives with scientists, followed by an opportunity to hear from other local writers about their environmental creative projects. The session is free for members and $10 for non-members. To receive your Zoom link and password, register here.
11. Podcast Listening Party
What Cheer Writers Club is hosting a podcast listening party online to showcase the work of local podcasters. This event is free to Members, with a suggested donation of $5 to $10 for the public. Local podcasters interested in sampling their podcast can email firstname.lastname@example.org.