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25 things that will keep you entertained during Ontario’s stay-at-home order

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Well, folks, we’re basically back to the start of lockdown! This time around, however, we have a better idea of how to keep ourselves entertained. From staying in shape and learning how to bartend to touring the world (virtually) and firing up nostalgic board games, we’ve got a little bit of everything. So, let’s get into it! Here are 25 things to do at home to keep you entertained during Ontario’s stay-at-home order.

Get in shape with Toronto’s best online fitness classes

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It’s definitely not easy to stay motivated on fitness when you can’t show off the results (AKA, see anyone). But, trust us when we say you’ll feel a million times better about the stay-at-home order if you come out of it with your summer bod ready to go. Luckily, a bunch of Toronto’s best fitness studios are offering online memberships and classes, so you’re all set!

Go to the circus

Courtesy of a beloved Canadian brand- Cirque du Soleil. That’s right, the famous circus show is offering a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Start off with a 60-minute long special, then explore music playlists, instructional videos, and much more.

Party it up with the best virtual drinking games

No, we don’t recommend you getting hammered at home by yourself, but having a few drinks while online with your friends is definitely going to be necessary over the next few weeks. The good news is that a bunch of the best drinking games have already gone online, or have similar games available virtually.

Play Pandemic

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Ouch, maybe this one hits a little too hard. But if you couldn’t tell by the name of the game, this game is all about eradicating deadly diseases that are taking over the world. And it’s an all-win or all-lose game, sounds pretty familiar right?

Watch some wildlife

But safely, using the National Parks Services wildlife webcams. Bears, eagles, and aquatic animals are currently being featured, and it’s a great way to spend an hour. Very calming vibes.

Explore Google Maps

Explore the weirdest screencaps that have ever been found on there. You’d think that sending people around the earth with cameras strapped to their heads would produce some silly results. And, you’re absolutely right. Click the link above to see the best of the best (slightly NSFW).

Challenge your friends to online trivia 

Using the QuizUp App, go head-to-head with your special someone in a game of Trivia! Turn over your phones, place a bet, and test each other’s ability to answer random rapid-fire questions, or choose a topic and see who’s more quick-witted.

Take a literary trip around the globe

If you’re not sure what to read next, this very unique tool shows you the most popular books set in each country around the world. For Canada, you have Anne of Green Gables, and from there you can bounce all over the globe!

Take an online course from an Ivy League school

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“Yeah, I took a course at Harvard,” is what you’ll be able to say by the month’s end. Ivy league schools around the world are offering online classes to those in quarantine and they’re totally free! Get your mind right, folks. You’ve got the time.

Crush some addictive TV series

If you’re looking for TV shows that you can pick up and finish in a matter of a few days, then you’re in luck! We’ve got a list of awesome series that you can start and finish in less than a weekend, so you’ll probably be able to hammer through the entire list before lockdown is up.

Take a virtual trip to Disney

The parks are closed, but our desire to hit up some rides hasn’t gone anywhere. If you’re in the same boat, hop onto some virtual POVs of Disney’s most famous rides. Turn the lights off and trust us, after a couple of drinks this will feel like the real thing.

Terraforming Mars

And if you really need to escape present-day reality, Terraforming Mars is a fun game. This game is exactly as its title suggests. Except the year is 2400 and you’re a major corporation trying to make the red planet inhabitable for humans.

Shop online but not with Amazon

Look, Amazon is great. It’s got just about anything you need and you can usually get that stuff in a day or two, but if we learned anything in 2020 it’s that supporting local is more important now than ever. With that in mind, check out Not-Amazon, where you can find products from Canadian producers all around the country.

Indulge in some takeout while supporting local

Toronto has a great food scene, and just because we’re locked down that doesn’t have to change. Whether you’re feeling like ramen, healthy food, pizza, or just about anything else, we’ve got you covered!

Have a Netflix Party

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Gone are the days of binge-watching series all on your lonesome. With this super cool extension binge-watching can become a group activity. So just pick your favourite show and you and your squad can watch it together. And they even have a chat area for the “Sally Soundtracks” of the group.

Chat with your pals on Houseparty

Who said video chatting could only be with two people at a time? With this super cool app, you and all your homies can gather in the house. The virtual house, that is. So check it out for some face-to-face fun!

Have a Virtual Wine Tasting Party

Just cause you can’t physically go to Napa Valley, doesn’t mean you can’t virtually stop by! This incredible service will send you wine samples and provide an expert to guide you through them. So start up that group video chat, we’ve got some vino to sip on.

Play Cards Against Humanity Online

The self-proclaimed “party game for horrible people” will definitely keep you and your friends entertained. Just head to this website to play it online! Plus, there are tons of other games on the site as well. Not that you’ll ever get bored of CAH, but if in case you feel like mixing it up a little.

Dive into a Canadian podcast

If you’ve binge-watched just about everything and picking up a book is out of the question, then check out one (or all) of these amazing Canadian podcasts. Whether you’re looking for humour, interesting stories, true-crime, or just an easier way to get to sleep, we’ve got you covered.

Get into some home cocktail kits

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The bars aren’t open, but booze can still be consumed. In fact, Toronto has a bunch of different places offering cocktail kits or even cocktail kit subscriptions! Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with bartending before this is all over!

Learn a new language

Don’t be too intimidated by this one, because learning a new language in this modern age is actually a lot easier thanks to the many courses and apps available to use on the good ol’ internet. Whether you want to start with something more popular like French or Spanish or are going to try your hand at Greek or Mandarin, you can choose from hundreds of languages on apps like Duolingo or Babbel. ¡Vámonos!

Virtually tour the world’s best museums

At the beginning of the pandemic, some of the world’s best museums began creating virtual tours so people from around the globe could get a near first-hand experience. Lo and behold, they’re pretty damn cool! It might not grab your attention for hours and hours, but these tours are definitely worth checking out.

Grow your own bud at home

If you’ve got a bit of a green thumb and are a fan of herb, then why not trying to grow some weed from the comfort of your own home? It’s legal (in certain amounts) and not outrageously hard to do, plus having a plant-baby to take care of will definitely make the next few weeks go by quicker.

Explore the Big Apple

Toronto is a world-class city, but it’s still a heck of a lot of fun to check out places like New York. With this virtual tour, you can check out some of the most famous landmarks in NYC and find out all about their history.

Get addicted to a board game

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Yes, video games are a ton of fun, but there’s something about cracking open a board game that really gets the gaming juices flowing. From Settlers of Catan to Monopoly, board games can be as frustrating and addicting as they are fun. Enjoy!

Well, there you have our list of things to do at home during Ontario’s stay-at-home order. Hopefully, we come out of this safer, healthier, and ready for a big 2021.