In the past few weeks, life has gone from business-as-usual to a completely different outlook on life that includes staying or working from home, limiting your exposure to the public, and limited access to facilities and buildings throughout the city. Despite the recent changes in attempts to slow the spread of Coronavirus, COVID-19, there is still plenty for you to do whether you are at home or looking to get out of the house for a few hours

Looking for something to do with the kids? Not sure how to spend your future days at home? Tired of just watching Netflix and scrolling through the news? We have your solution Take a look at the many different things that you can do in Calgary this April (both at home and out in the world) that will keep you busy during the COVID-19 social distancing periods

Get Fresh Air Outdoors

Just because you are self-isolating or spending more time at home doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and get some fresh air The city of Calgary is privileged to have manicured paths that are available to the public at any time. Whether you like to run, walk, bike, or skate, the city’s public areas and pathways will help you stretch your legs, get away from the screens, breathe in some fresh air, and prevent cabin fever (and don’t forget to bring the dog along). Some popular parks and pathways include:

Confederation Park

Nose Hill Park

Fish Creek Park

Douglas Fir Trail

Bowmont Park

Bowness Park

Edworthy Park

South Glenmore Park 

Rotary Park

And others

For a complete list of all the pathways and bikeways throughout the city, be sure to check out the City of Calgary’s website for an interactive map to find the routes in your area WeStretch, is a great app to help keep you on track with your stretching. 

Find a New Book

Despite the Calgary Public Library having to shut their doors mid-March, there are still plenty of options for you to get the pages and books that will keep you immersed in a story and help you escape the realms of our world with something fictional Calgary Public Library has an app that enables you to download ebooks and audiobooks so you can still get your free book fix The city of Calgary also has plenty of local bookstores that currently remain open and are ready to find the perfect book for you Aside from ordering online from the big chain bookstores like Indigo, feel better about your buy by purchasing a good book from one of the many local bookstores, such as:

Owls Nest Books (Open and free delivery)

Books Between Friends

Shelf Life Books (Open and delivery options)

Fair’s Fair Books

The Next Page (Open and free delivery)

Pages on Kensington (Open and delivery)

And others (check out our blog for a complete list of local Calgary bookstores)

Not able to leave the house? No problem Many bookstores have recognized the difficulty of the situation and are now ready to deliver the books you love straight to your door Contact them directly to find out if they will deliver to your home

Sign Up for an Online Course

With more free time at home, you may be wondering what to fill your time with. How about taking this opportunity to learn a new skill? Whether you have always wanted to learn how to do digital marketing for your business, learn to cook like a pro, or even learn another language – now is the chance to take some time at home and learn something completely new Not sure where to start? A wide selection and various types of online courses are available at:

SAIT

Athabasca University

Masterclass

Jumping Elephant Academy

Coursera

SkillShare

OntarioLearn

And others

Find the local or globally popular courses that will give you plenty of new skills, get you certified in new areas, or simply help to keep you entertained

Keep Up Your Exercise Routine

Although local city fitness and recreation centers are now closed, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to raise your heart rate The best news is that you don’t even need to have access to a treadmill or a home gym – you can do an amazing workout right from the comfort of your own home with a few simple weights (either dumbbells, fill up some old milk jugs, or just find something heavy and get creative) or your own body weight. Don’t know what to do on your own? Take a look at some of the online solutions via YouTube or local gym websites that will get you huffing and puffing, staying fit even when you’re stuck at home:

Fitness Blender – Thousands of workout videos for FREE YouTube for any area of focus

9Round – Temporarily offering online 30-minute kickboxing workouts for members

Gymondo Online Fitness – Register to access hundreds of fitness workouts (fees apply)

Yoga With Adriene – Start your yoga practice with the help of FREE online guided videos

Peleton – With the purchase of the Peleton Bike, get access to membership workouts

Joanna Soh Fitness – FREE online videos and YouTube guided tutorials

Evolution VN – A local Calgary home workout equipment provider with access hundreds of exercises online for members

Amazon Prime – Members receive access to various fitness videos for all types of fitness

Don’t see the workouts you are looking for? There are plenty of online workouts and fitness solutions available online, simply search the type of activity or goal you have in YouTube and you will be able to find a multitude of workouts that can be done right from your home

Continue Children’s Learning

The kids may be rejoicing that they do not have to complete more homework because school is canceled, but taking time to continually learn is important, for both you and the kids For younger grades, there are plenty of online resources that provide educational programs, materials, and activities in the areas of math, English, reading, science, and more These online resources are great solutions to help parents engage with their kids, keep the kids from getting bored, and help excel their learning from home 

Starfall Education (K-3)

Scholastic Story Starters (1-6)

Reading Horizons (K-12)

National Geographic Kids (K-6)

Breakout EDU (K-12)

Prodigy Game (1-8)

Computer Combat Cards (Intro to Computer Science)

Brain Pop (K-6)

Canadian Geographic (1-6)

Mathletics Canada (1-6)

Looking for more resources? Reach out to your child’s school, teachers, or local daycares for more ideas and resources

Shop and Support Local Businesses 

With the many closures of public places, corporate buildings, and public facilities, small businesses will struggle in the weeks or months to come. Do you have a local business that you love and support? Take this time to support them further Many small businesses are offering online orders and local shipping (many are even offering FREE shipping) of their local products to ensure that the community still has access to the things they need. Instead of heading to a large-scale corporation for stock, check out a local business in your area and support them instead Look for small businesses that offer:

Grocery or fresh produce (farmer’s markets or local producers)

Handmade goods (support local business and buy gifts or home products handmade)

Cleaning products (get stocked up on the soaps, sanitizers, and other cleaning solutions needed to prevent the spreading of disease)

Bakery items (local bakeries)

Local coffee (individually-owned cafes)

Eco-friendly solutions (local refill stations and bulk distributors)

Family-owned or local restaurants (Food delivery services, local eateries, etc.)

And other small businesses in your area

If you are unable to go out, consider ordering online from these small businesses, reaching out to see if they will provide shipping options for you, or simply purchasing gift cards that can be used at a later date

Other Things to Do While at Home

Need some more ideas of what to do while in quarantine or self-isolating? Practice social distancing with these unique, fun, and engaging ideas that you can do at home or in your nearby area

Practice mindfulness and meditation

Write thank-you notes to those in the service industries

Bake or cook a new recipe

Complete a puzzle

Do a home workout using YouTube or other online videos

Build a fort with the family

Complete a home DIY project

Give yourself a home-spa day (face mask, manicure, bubble bath, etc.)

Start spring cleaning early

Create a digital photo album or start scrapbooking

Teach your pets new tricks

Play board games with family (or online with friends)

Go through your closet to see what still fits/is still in fashion

Make a craft with kids or for the home 

Start an indoor garden

Watch films that have been on your ‘watchlist’ for too long

Have a pillow fight

Stream concerts or watch a virtual magic show

Go through the home and donate or sell stuff you no longer use

Research local charities to support

Print out adult or kids coloring pages

Search new music and create playlists

Journal, write a book, start a blog, or write poetry

Have a nature scavenger hunt in the neighbourhood or backyard with kids

Call/Skype friends or family you haven’t spoken to for a while

Make this April in Calgary a time spent enjoying moments with family, accomplishing the to-do tasks at home, and resting and recuperating for the time when the Calgary community will come back together once again

Stay safe and take care

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