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NY State has now made it mandatory to wear masks inside all public spaces and stores. To make a mask all you need is some fabric, elastic and time. Click here for different designs. If you plan on going outside, many public health officials are recommending wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This includes going to the grocery store or pharmacy, riding public transit or any other time you're not able to maintain the recommended social distancing of at least two metres. If you don't know how to sew, try our simple tutorial for a no-sew DIY face mask that can be made from common household materials.
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1. Walk around the Block
The sun is shining, the weather is getting warmer, and it would be a shame to miss all of the splendor the season has to offer, so get out of the house! If you only have a few minutes between conference calls and virtual learning sessions, a walk around the block is a great way to get a little fresh air. Wave at your neighbors (from a safe distance, of course), keep track of budding foliage and blooming flowers or scope out a good route for Trick-or-Treating (hopefully we'll be Corona-free by then). For little ones, a walk around the block may even be enough to ensure a great afternoon nap.
2. Go to the Beach
Breathe in that crisp, clean beach air and spread your toes through the sand. It may not be summer, but Long Island's beaches are still open for walks and picnics. Wherever you are on Long Island, chances are you aren't far from a beach, so why not pack a lunch and go for a spring romp in the sand or stroll along a boardwalk. Pack a picnic and a book and spend the day on one of the gorgeous beaches.
3. Take a Hike
Lace-up your sneakers, pack some snacks and take the family on a hike. There are plenty to choose from. Even though all public programs and events are suspended at this point at New York State Parks, all-year-round state parks, trails, and grounds of historic sites are currently open for outdoor recreation and enjoyment.
The trails, animal cages, and outdoor bathroom facility at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will remain open daily from sunrise to sunset. If you live or are visiting the East End, check out these beaches to hunt for sea glass. Think of the future crafting potential!
For more active ideas, check out our list of nine family-friendly hikesacross Long Island.
Search for birds at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.
Take the ferry to Block Island and enjoy a world of pristine beauty.
Take a trip to Hither Hills State Park in Montauk.
Explore the saltwater marshes at the Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Refuge.
Take a windmill-viewing drive on the East End ( there are 11 in all).
4. Go on a Bike Ride
Whether your kids are ready to tackle one of Long Island's many great bike trails or are still riding in a tandem seat, now is a great time to enjoy a family bike ride. Face it, we could all use a little freedom, and there's no more freeing feeling than the cool air on your face while you pedal through along.
5. Pick Up an Activity Kit
NOTE: Please call establishments ahead of time!
Nick & Toni's has their own local pizza kit. Order at www.nickandtonis.com
Mama's Custom Cookies in Wantagh has a Do It Yourself Cookie Set that includes 2 lbs. of Mama's secret dough, chocolate sprinkles, nonpareils and ready made icing.
Take a (Virtual) World Tour
Ever wanted to see the Alps up close? Hike Machu Picchu? Stroll through Barcelona? You can do all that without worrying about spreading disease through virtual tours-consider one of these virtual day trips you can now take online.
Do Yoga with Me is offering its high-definition yoga videos for free during the pandemic. They have classes ranging from stress-relieving breathing exercises to popular yoga poses to regular flows-no prior experience (or flexibility!) required. Your body will thank you for doing yoga!
Learn to Bake Homemade Bread
There is no smell better than fresh bread baking but it can feel daunting for beginner bakers who don't know what "proofing yeast" even means, much less how to do it. Plus, who has the time to sit around rising, kneading, and then baking dough? You do, now! If you're already a pro, take this opportunity to learn how to bake a new type of bread, like sourdough, and teach this skill to your child while you're at it.
Don't miss these grandma-approved cake-baking secrets!
Play Some Brain Games
Keeping your mind active and agile can be a challenge when you're stuck in a quarantine. Thankfully there are plenty of fun and educational brain games to help you stay sharp. Lumosity is an app developed by neuroscientists with over 60 games designed specifically to boost cognition and memory. It's available on Apple, Android or computer.
These brain games will help you get smarter during the quarantine.
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
Explore Egyptian relics at the Louvre, the famous spiral staircase at the Guggenheim, and the masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum-all from the comfort of your couch. Canada's Aga Khan Museum is now offering immersive 3-D tours. And, thanks to Google's Arts & Culture project, the ROM's Blue Whale exhibit, as well as hundreds more around the world, can all be viewed crowd-free from your home.
Catch a Free Live Show
Ottawa's National Arts Centre launched Canada Performs as a way to showcase artists from across the country during self-isolation. Catch live shows day and night featuring musicians, authors, comedians, and more. You can also catch a laugh with free interactive improv performances from Second City. Or, The Play Thing offers live performances of Canadian plays. Encore!
Deal Me In
Join your friends or family for a game of cards online. Choose from one of the many websites offering free group games, including euchre, hearts, bridge, and more. Bonus: with an algorithm shuffling the deck, it's a whole lot harder for grandpa to cheat.