Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home – Weekly Update (June 20)

As we start the weekend, here are the latest additions to “Stuck at Home Doesn’t Have to Mean Bored at Home.

But first, Happy Father’s Day to all the dad celebrating Father’s Day in quarantine! (See below for some ideas.)

The purpose of the original post and these updates is to provide ideas for maintaining some quality of life while on lock down. Note that the original post is updated regularly to contain all of the suggestions, including the updates; these separate (now weekly) update posts are intended to provide an easy way to know what’s new. (I know that these posts are entirely unrelated to the general subject matter of the blog. But, given the circumstances and that I have received a surprising number of appreciative comments about it, I plan to continue for the foreseeable future.)

If you have found things not on my list that others may benefit from, please send them to me, and I will include them in the next update.

In the meantime, enjoy! . . .

Home Not Alone (with Kids)

Whether indoors or out, during the day or night, a good Escher-like maze is always fun: “Amazing mazes: cities become graphic puzzles – in pictures.”

Wired has a list of their favorite subscriptions for kids. It’s a bit old (from February), but still good!

Aquariums, Zoos, Museums & More

Ever wonder what it’s like on the International Space Station? Well, take a look at “Departing Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory.”

Games (without the Board or Boredom)

I know I’ve identified Puzzle Break Newton, MA’s virtual Escape the Room before, but they are having a special Father’s Day 15% discount offer (with the code FATHER).

Music

Starting July 1, Tanglewood will be live streaming virtual concerts. Some will be free, some will be inexpensive ($5 to $12), and multiple stream passes are available as well.

Cooking, Cookies, and Other Food Options

MIT Technology Review’s The Download identified CNET’s article about making butter, “Ive reached the making my own butter phase of quarantine.” Go for it!

Travel (Virtually … or Not!)

With the country – including the national parks – slowly reopening, Thrillist is keeping track of the status of all of them.

News that Doesn’t Suck

I wasn’t sure where to put this, but how can a Zoom date with Keanu Reeves suck? It can’t. So, here’s what you need to know: “Keanu wants to go on a Zoom date with you — for a good cause.” Bidding closes Monday, June 22, and is currently at $16,600. According to CNN, “All proceeds raised from ‘15 Minutes of Fame with Keanu Reeves’ will go directly to the children’s cancer organization, which focuses on giving kids empowering experiences.”

Random / Other Lists

With the nice weather upon us, now is the time for Good Housekeeping’s The Ultimate Guide to Gardening for Beginners.”

And, don’t forget that tomorrow, Sunday, June 21, is Father’s Day! So, if you did forget, or are just procrastinating, here are “9 Great Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts That Will Arrive In Time” from Thrillist.

Finally,

Hats off to this one. (Sorry for the dad joke, but this weekend is Father’s Day, after all.)