12 More Ideas for Quarantine Fun
You may be stuck at home, but creativity knows no bounds.
Now’s the time to dust off that sewing machine—especially if you’re still in need of a mask—and untangle that yarn. If crocheting, knitting, felting or crafting feels lonely, you can do it in good company. Falls Church-based TINT, a modern makerspace, is hosting virtual craft nights on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, starting a project or finishing one, these online meetups offer inspiration and camaraderie. And if you’re low on supplies, you can still buy fabric, yarn and other essentials via phone.
Sadly, local parks and playgrounds remain closed, but with a little creativity you can recreate many of the things you love about being outside in nature. Arlington County Parks & Rec has put together a long list of park-themed adventures you can “recreate at home,” whether it’s satisfying your wanderlust by virtually touring America’s most stunning national parks; making your own ice cream; or trying your hand at projects like sensory boxes, scavenger hunts, toilet-paper-roll binoculars or DIY bird feeders for your backyard.
Solve a Puzzle
Have you run out of jigsaw puzzles for your kitchen table? Preservation Arlington has put together more than 40 online puzzles featuring Arlington historic sites, from the Ball-Sellers House to the Green Valley Pharmacy. Best of all, these brain teasers are digital, so you won’t lose any of the pieces to cats who think they are toys meant for hiding under the couch. One More Page Books is also bolstering its inventory of traditional jigsaw puzzles if you’re a purist and need a break from the computer. You can also buy puzzles for delivery or curbside pickup from local retailers like Barstons Child’s Play, Doodlehopper 4 Kids and Kinder Haus Toys.