15 activities you can do while practicing social distancing

From getting outside to going on a virtual museum tour, we’ve got some tips to help you get through social distancing

Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine file photo. Photo: Langmuir/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine file photo

If we want to flatten the curve when it comes to COVID-19 here in Revelstoke, then we all need to do our part by practicing social distancing. BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has defined social distancing, saying people should stay a finger-tip-to-finger-tip distance (about six feet) away from people outside of their immediate family.

So what’s a person to do while social distancing? Here’s a list of activities, including local content, you can still participate in:

Channel your inner artist

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about art, even if you think you aren’t very good at it. So go ahead, grab some paper, pencils, pens, paintbrushes, or whatever art supplies you happen to have lying around and get creative.

Virtual museum tour

You may not be able to visit Revelstoke’s museums in person, but you can view collections and other content on both the Revelstoke Museum & Archives and the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s websites.

The Revelstoke Railway Museum. File photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Make a music playlist

Make a play list of all the band’s who were scheduled to play in Revelstoke. Here’s a few to start: Metallica Master of Justice, Del Barber, Muriel Buckley, Majesty Funk Band, Pineo & Loeb and Belvedere.

Check out virtual galleries & museums of the world

Head over to artsandculture.google.com where you can read about the construction of the Statue of Liberty, take a peek at Frida Kahlo’s diary, take tour of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and much more.

Read a book

Now is the perfect time to start that novel you’ve been wanting to dive into. Don’t have anything to read? You can also visit orl.bc.ca (you’ll need a library card) or gutenberg.org for a selection of electronic books.

Stream a wildlife live camera

Head over to explore.org/livecams where you’ll find tons of livestreaming nature videos. You can also check out the Vancouver Aquarium’s Sea Otter, Penguin and Jellyfish livestream at vanaqua.org.

Bake something

Now’s the perfect time to try whip up a batch of cookies, try your hand at cake decorating or teach the littles in your house to follow a basic recipe.

Plan your garden

Seasoned gardeners know the thrill of excitement that comes with plotting out a plan for their flowers and vegetables. What would your dream garden include?

A bountiful Southside garden. Photo: Aaron Orlando

Learn something new

Open Culture offers a selection of free courses from some of the world’s top universities. There’s also a selection of lectures from Margaret Atwood, Michael Foucault and Carl Sagan.

Make a trashion show inspired outfit

Make an outfit using only materials you find in the recycling bin or garbage, then post a picture of your creation on social media.

Abril Silano models a hat featuring roses made from recycled cardboard during the 2019 Trashion Show. Photo: Louise Stanway/ Revelstoke Mountaineer.

Check on your vulnerable friends

Chances are you know someone who fits the criteria of being vulnerable to COVID-19 whether it’s due to health issues or age. Now’s a good time to check in on them and see how they’re holding up.

Revelstoke, what activities are you partaking in while practicing social distancing? Let us know in the comments below.

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