There are a variety of activities to do while hunkering down. Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor fun, here are some ideas you can try while we all practice social distancing.
There are many indoor activities that bring enjoyment, such as cooking or baking with a new recipe, getting creative with crafts, painting, drawing, scrapbooking or working on home projects. You can also learn a new skill, like knitting. When looking for an option to get the body moving, many fitness instructors are providing exercise videos that can be followed along with at home. If internet service is available, individuals can search for local instructors that have live or recorded workouts. Residents of the Municipality of Anchorage can also go online to get a library card and access thousands of resources online for learning, reading, watching, and listening at www.anchoragelibrary.org/.
If there are children in your household, a couple activities to consider are planning a scavenger hunt or completing a simple science experiment. Arts and crafts are also great activities for children. Another option is to select a movie to watch while enjoying healthy snacks, or organize a viewing party and watch the Alaska SeaLife Center tour from home by visiting their YouTube page where they host an all-day stream. Playing board games with the family is another great option. There are many board games that can be played using items from around the house, like charades or Pictionary.
Hunkering down doesn’t mean you can’t get outside for some fresh air. Take a walk, run, or bike in your neighborhood, but be sure to practice social distancing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals stay at least six feet from others who are not a part of your household at all times. As the snow melts, another option to get outside is to clean out your vehicle and give it a wash or start cleaning up the yard from the winter and fall.
Now is also a great time to pursue traditional activities connected to each of our backgrounds and history. Some options include beading jewelry or sewing if you know how or you can learn a Native language at www. alaskanativelanguages.org, through the Anchorage Library, or from a relative. The Alaska Native Heritage Center is offering community village talks via Facebook; tune in every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., for storytelling with cultural bearers. Every Wednesday, an ANHC employee will share a live video on ANHC’s Facebook page and give a virtual tour of the facility, visiting one of the traditional dwellings each week.
Stay safe and enjoy these ideas for activities while hunkering down.