Bored yet? 18 ideas to stay entertained during the lockdown
The world has completely lost its marbles and we’re all stuck inside for the foreseeable future. Even though we’ve dropped down to level 3 and can get KFC again, it’s more important than ever to take care of each other, to stay busy and to keep having fun.
The Golstruct Homes staff have always been pretty creative when it comes to entertainment, so we’ve put our heads together and come up with 18 ideas to help you laugh, learn and connect with your family during the lockdown.
1. Get streaming
There has never been a better time to blob on the couch and watch TV and movies and the easiest way to do this is via one of hundreds of streaming platforms. Most of these offer your first month free so you might as well try them all:
- Netflix: The biggest library of TV and movies on the internet.
- TVNZ OnDemand and ThreeNow: Great for local stuff
- Disney+: Ideal for the kids
- Amazon Prime: Netflix’s cheaper competitor
- Lightbox: Pay-per-view movies and a decent list of TV shows
- Neon: TV streaming featuring HBO content.
If you’re not sure what series to watch, may we suggest The Wire, Breaking Bad, A Handmaid’s Tale, How I Met Your Mother, Fleabag and Game of Thrones. Or if you feel like watching something completely ridiculous, try Tiger King on Netflix.
2. Watch the Oscar Best Picture nominees
If you’re stuck for movies to watch, Oscar Best Picture nominees and winners are a good place to start. Here’s the 2020 list to get you going:
- Ford v Ferrari
- The Irishman
- Jojo Rabbit
- Little Women
- Marriage Story
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
- Parasite (winner)
The Irishman is three hours long and a little violent so maybe save that one for when the kids are already asleep!
Yes Netflix, we’re still watching.
If you’ve got the motivation, you might as well do something productive with your lockdown. Try practicing a skill you already know, taking online courses, or just YouTubing how to do something and giving it a whirl.
4. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
You can’t see the real museum right now but you can see the next best thing. Google Arts and Culture offers free virtual tours of over 2,000 museums and culture spaces including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
5. Belt one out at karaoke
Challenge your lockdown partners to a karaoke-off using the Sing King Youtube Channel’s free karaoke videos, which include all the latest hits.
6. Get fit
If you’re really, really bored, getting up off the couch and getting some exercise in isn’t a bad idea. The Nike Training Club app is a great way to get motivated and create your own workouts.
7. Host a house party (a virtual one that is)
Right now, we all need to stay connected as possible while remaining physically distant. Apps like Zoom and House Party are a great way to video chat with friends and family from afar and get that social interaction we all need. This is much more fun with a couple drinks on a Friday night!
8. Play video games
Playstation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch games are the time holes we need right now. What’s your favourite game?
9. Fight over board games
Board games are a brilliant way to kill time. We suggest Monopoly, Cranium, Cluedo and the Game of Life. If you don’t have have any physical boardgames go to Tabletopia.com and play for free.
10. Learn a language
11. Try yoga
Yoga is an awesome way to relax and exercise at the same time. To get started try the Downdog app – it’s got a bunch of guided yoga lessons and it’s completely free until May 1st.
Having fun is more important than ever.
12. Plan a Kiwi holiday
We’re not going to be in lockdown forever. Support Kiwi tourism and hospitality businesses by planning a trip somewhere in New Zealand in 2021.
13. Create a reading challenge
Reading is the perfect way to kill time productively. If you’re a reader, download Goodreads and set a reading challenge for the year – a book a month is a good place to start.
14. Make a blanket fort
Do you remember making blanket and pillow forts back when you were a kid? Now’s the perfect chance to recreate those glory days and make an epic blanket castle at home. Try making it around the TV and having a movie night inside it for extra fun.
15. Bake something delicious
Baking is awesome. You’ll not only kill some time but you’ll end up with something delicious to eat at the end of it. Check out one of these YouTubers for inspiration.
16. Train the dog
Your dog’s probably getting more walks and attention than ever thanks to this lockdown. Put that spare time to good use and train your dog to be an even better boy/girl using Zak George’s positive reinforcement methods. Check out his YouTube channel to get started.
17. Play cards online with friends
Try pairing video chat with an online card tabletop like playingcards.io to play remotely with friends and family outside your bubble.
18. Eat dessert twice
When you’ve run out of ideas, eating dessert never gets old. Plus, we’re in the middle of a pandemic, so you’re allowed two desserts per night – no judgement here.