We get it – social distancing can definitely be a mood killer! But it’s imperative that we all work together to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus. Instead of our usual activities and hobbies, we might have to adapt or get creative to stay safe while having fun in our community! We’ve put together some of our favourite activities for you and the family to enjoy during social isolation.

On Fourth Street

There are plenty of ways to continue to safely enjoy Fourth Street during social isolation. You can take a stroll down the street, maintaining a safe distance of 2 metres from anyone not in your “isolation unit”, and enjoy some window shopping. Plenty of our stores are taking online orders, and some are even delivering, so you can still find that special someone the perfect gift.

The Elbow River is a few blocks east of Fourth, so make a coffee-to-go at home, bundle up, and enjoy a romantic walk along the River with your quarantine buddy. Make sure to avoid any playground equipment if you take the kids, as the City of Calgary has closed all playgrounds to help flatten the curve. Getting out to enjoy some fresh air and exercise is a great way to boost endorphins, but please make sure you explore your own neighbourhood. Driving to a new area to walk can be a community transmission risk!

Supporting local businesses during COVID-19 is integral to ensure they can reopen their doors when the virus passes. We’ve prepared a few tips on how to do that in our blog on Shopping Local During Uncertain Times. In addition to those ideas, plenty of businesses along Fourth are doing contactless curb-side pick-up and delivery of food. Make a romantic date night at home and bring the restaurant to you!

At Home

Get Crafty

Now is the best time to bust out your hot glue gun, sequins and paints for some at-home crafts! No matter how old you are, sometimes getting in touch with your inner child is just what the doctor ordered. Here are a few crafts of varying difficulty levels that you can try out! Don’t forget to tag us in your finished craft project – you might just be featured on our social media channels!

For Grown-Ups:

Confetti Champagne Flutes: These beauties are perfect for making a special toast just that much more special! It’s important to know the curing time on the paint is 21 days – just in time for Easter!

Easter Wreath: Add some charm to your front door with this adorable Easter wreath! Many community associations have started “walking tours” by all putting together items in their windows for people on walks to find and enjoy. These wreaths would be a great way to start a walking tour in your neighbourhood! Follow the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association and encourage them to start a similar initiative!

Local Paint Night: Many local Calgary artists are hosting events on their social media accounts! We’ve been following along @TayTayski on Instagram. She is a local Calgary artist doing free follow-along paint nights on Instagram Live. Do you have a local artist you love doing the same? We’d love to hear about them!

For the Kids:

Three-Ingredient Play Dough: Don’t let avoiding going out stop your young ones from flexing their creative muscles! You can make this quick and easy at-home play dough. And since it’s made with all-natural ingredients found in your pantry, it is safe and non-toxic as well.

Origami Finger Puppets: Do you have a blossoming actor in the family? Why not encourage them to create a play with these origami finger puppets? Perfect for kids who are a little bit older, or do it with your younger kids together! These are also a great way to get creative on snowy, cold days.

Toilet Paper Tube Bugs: Giving recyclables a new lease on life is a great way to reduce your environmental impact and get creative with the kiddos! Since most of us probably have plenty of empty toilet paper tubes lying around at home, grab the paint and googly eyes and turn them into fun bugs!

Host a (Virtual) Party

If you love entertaining and are really missing out on having your friends and family over, why not host a party virtually? There are so many ways to stay connected with video chats, including FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Chat, Skype and Google Duo to name a few! Since a dinner party might be logistically challenging, we suggest a night of cocktails (or mocktails) and games. You can try the following games with your friends online:

  • Jackbox Party Games. These are definitely for the adult crowd in your household and they tend to get more fun with a few glasses of wine! Only one person needs to purchase the game to host – everyone else can join in for free. These games were released in 2016 but they are still plenty of fun! We recommend Party Pack 3 which includes five games that support up to 8 players.
  • Charades. Don’t let social distancing keep you from having a silly time with your friends and family! Charades is great – even on FaceTime. To make it work, get everyone to write down a list of terms to guess on small, separate pieces of paper then drop into a bowl. When your opponent has to guess, describe the term without saying what it is. Do this for all of your paper pieces and see how many they get right. For the second round, act out the clues without saying anything. For the third and final round, you can say one word to describe the term without saying it. At this point, it is a memory game!
  • Karaoke. It’ll be hard to keep a smile off your face when you’re watching Uncle John try to belt out his favourite Journey song! Search karaoke songs on YouTube, share your screen, and away you go! Just remember to be considerate of your neighbours when belting out your fave Whitney Houston track!

Do you have a favourite activity to pass the time? We’d love to hear about it! Join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Don’t forget to tag us in your safe social-isolation activity photos for your chance to be featured on our social media accounts!