Nine Ways to Avoid Cabin Fever During COVID Pandemic


As we continue to practice social distancing, many of us will be facing days, possibly weeks at home. Whether we are teleworking, “homeschooling” or just stuck inside, there are things we can do to avoid cabin fever as we wait out the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are nine things you can do by yourself or with your children to stay busy, feel connected and pass the time.

1. Bedtime Stories with Carly Schwartz and daughter Libby

Join Carly Schwartz and her daughter Libby each night at 6:30 p.m. for a wonderful bedtime story. See the live stream at JCC Baltimore’s Early Childhood Facebook page.

2. PJ Library Activities

Enjoy hours of free audio content and other great activities for the whole family. Listen to easy, kid-friendly baking ideas, hear from storytellers and maybe even learn a few Hebrew words. Check out all the fun, interactive activities HERE!

3. Head to the Museums – At Least Virtually!

Come and tour the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. This tour will have no crowds or wait times. You can ‘visit’ your favorite exhibits or explore new ones. Many museums around the country are doing the same, including our very own Jewish Museum of Maryland, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

4. Live Virtual Concerts

Had tickets to a cancelled concert or just want to enjoy some live music? Check out virtual live concerts from a range of artists such as Willie Nelson, Niall Horan and the Metropolitan Opera.

5. Watch a Broadway Play or Musical from Your Couch

Even though Broadway is closed, you can view numerous plays and musicals from home. Rent, Peter Pan, Cats and many more are now available for streaming.

6. Book Club

Join the “Quarantine Book Club.” This virtual place allows for book-lovers across the country to enjoy and discuss the latest books as well as old favorites. Hear from multiple authors during in-depth question and answer sessions.  

7. National Aquarium in Baltimore

Being connected to nature during this time can be difficult. Luckily, the National Aquarium will be streaming several of its exhibits, including Blacktip Reef and Pacific Coral Reef, live.

8. Living Room Concerts

Not only is most of the community stuck indoors for the time being, so are many Broadway actors. Join stars of Dear Evan Hansen, Pretty Woman and Mean Girls and sing songs from their favorite shows right from their own living rooms. Watch here for the latest.

9. Virtual Disney Rides

Take a virtual ride through your favorite Disney park with your favorite characters. Explore the Frozen ride at Epcot, It’s a Small World at Disneyland or Monsters, Inc. at Disney California Adventure. Check out these and so much more!

The Associated and its network of agencies continue to actively monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure critical needs and services are provided and available to our community members. If you need assistance, want to help or are looking to learn more, please visit associated.org/covid19.

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