Combat the Boredom: Things to Do While Quarantined

As a collective, we are experiencing something unprecedented. With all of the drastic changes as of late, companies are adapting, parents have become the teachers, home delivery numbers are at the highest point they’ve ever been, and many are discovering new or previously unused ways of entertaining themselves.

Casey’s team and family are experiencing it too. After all, people in the Northern Virginia area are clearly feeling the weight of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), even if many of those people aren’t your typical social butterflies. While Casey’s is keeping our doors open to provide our customers with the best automotive service in Sterling, VA, we know many don’t have the option of leaving their homes.

As a result, we decided to come up with some resources to help combat the boredom while also broadening the mind space! This list provides you with ideas for education, science experiments, and physical health, and entertainment resources.

At-Home Science and Experiments

Bright Side has some experiments that even adults can enjoy. Things like making a makeshift lava lamp or a working volcano!

Kid Spot has a huge list of fun things to try at home. Have you ever made real egg bounce? Or created hovercraft? You will now. is an excellent resource for parents with kids who love science. There are tons of ways for those little minds to expand.

Watch Animals and Brighten your Day

Watch and chuckle at pandas doing whatever it is that they do in this adorable Livestream.

Missing those blue waters? Check out the Jelly Cam from Monterey’s Aquarium where you can see angelic jellyfish glide.

If big cats are your jam, some zoos in Australia are offering a stream of baby snow leopards.

Has Meal Prep Become a Challenge?

Smitten Kitchen offers recipes for those pantry items that are always hanging around in there. If you have a pantry staple you can’t seem to find a use for, you’ll probably see it here.

Reddit has a list of 200 FREE cookbooks!

Considering Continuing Your Education?

It’s times as such as these when we hear a lot of adults talk about broadening their education. After all, with all of this time spare on our hands sitting around in Sterling, VA, why not? These online schools offer course auditing where you have the chance to learn all sorts of cool things. Most of them also offer the ability to earn a certification for a one-time fee!


Working on my Fitness

Haven’t worked out in a while? Now is the perfect time to give it a go. Studies have shown how crucial physical activity is for mental health, and given that we are all stuck inside, there’s no time like the present. Combat the cabin fever with these fun ideas.

YouTube has a massive amount of beginner workouts that you can do at home using only the weight of your body.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to do a split, Women’s Health offers a how-to that can guide you through the process. They even say it is painless!

Qalo has some great workouts you can do as a family unit.

If you haven’t done much in the way of physical activity over the past few months, there’s no need to go full throttle now. More than anything, listen to your body. Start small and light while going at your own pace.

Create a Different Atmosphere

Have your lunch or dinner picnic-style in the comfort of your Sterling, VA, home. Grab an old sheet or picnic blanket, and spread it out in your living room, or on your home’s lawn. Break out your outdoor camping or picnic supplies and tell stories and as if you’re in front of a campfire. Don’t be afraid to break out the s’more ingredients! You can make them simply by putting the marshmallows in the oven for a moment. Then, WHAM, s’more sandwiches!

You can also build a fort or a teepee with pillows, sheets, and blankets. Kids, and plenty of adults, love the security often felt in a home fort.

A personal favorite is creating a floor lounge. Simply move the coffee table out of the family/living room and put down an inflatable bed or heavy comforter on the floor in front of the sofa. Throw a ton of pillows and blankets on it; pull some of the sofa cushions and lean them on the sofa’s bottom. Now you have an expansive lounging space. Pop up some corn and enjoy a movie night or show-binging session. Whether alone, in a couple, or multiple people, this little trick helps to make you feel like you are on a vacation.

While utilizing your home theatre, take advantage of streaming services that are now giving access to movies currently in the theatre!

Casey’s Automotive is Here to Assist You!

We hope we were able to provide you with at least a few ideas to help combat your boredom. We are all in this together and are looking forward to going back to a safe and healthy environment.

Automotive repair and maintenance have been deemed essential services. If you are in need of an automotive service: brakes, tires, fluid flushes, A/C repair, oil change, transmission work, and more, contact Casey’s Automotive. Our Concierge Service Team will pick-up your vehicle from your home or place of work, service and sanitize it, then drop it back off to you at no additional cost. Casey’s team has got your back!

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