Things to Do with Your Quarantine Bubble
If you’ve spent much time on the internet lately, you’ve probably at least heard of the “quarantine bubble” or “quarantine pod,” an epidemiologist-approved strategy of combining households or creating a small social circle to quarantine together. It has worked pretty well for families with kids, who have been teaming up to make childcare and playdates safer. But quarantine bubbles aren’t just for kids—adults need playdates too!
Humans are social creatures, and interaction with others is critical for our mental health. We don’t know for sure how long it will be before we can go back to our usual social outlets live and in-person, whether that’s volunteer work, recreational sports, or happy hour with coworkers. And by now, we’ve all realized that cocktails over Zoom aren’t quite the same as bellying up to the bar at your favorite dive.
We came up with some small-group social ideas to get your quarantine bubble bucket list started:
Quarantine bubbles take “sharing is caring” to a whole new level. Find out who has an awesome backyard and a grill and celebrate your social circle with a barbecue! This simple summer pastime is a great way for everyone to dust off their entertaining skills and contribute something unique. Get your resident grillmaster to roast something delicious for dinner, have your mixologist stir up some summer cocktails, and get your musically inclined member to make a summer playlist. Check out our blog post detailing the exact way to host a barbecue safely during this pandemic.
Get TikTok famous while you still can
It may or may not be banned in the U.S. anytime soon, but for now, TikTok is still on the table for your quaranteam’s enjoyment. Pick one of the most popular dances to learn or get inspired and create your own. Remember, it’s not about being perfect, but having a good time. Failing fabulously can get you just as many views as a perfect performance. It is also worth the effort, and silliness trying out Instagram’s new function Reels, which is a rival to TikTok. Here is an ultimate Guide to Instagram Reels.
Enjoy a live DJ set
If your bubble is missing the club scene or just looking for an excuse to get a little weird, check out the insane virtual dance parties hosted by DJs around the world. It’s not all about replicating the experience of getting drunk and sweaty with hundreds of strangers, but rather finding a sense of connection with other people who are also bored out of their minds and trying something different. Put together an ensemble from your clubwear stash, mix in some old Halloween costume elements and dig out your disco ball, and you’ve got a recipe for the most interesting Saturday night you’ve had in literal months.
Have a classy happy hour
After you’ve closed your laptops for the day, slip into something fancy and get the squad together for cocktail hour. Google “cocktail kits” in your area and support a local business while you get your happy hour on at home. Assemble a charcuterie or some tasty appetizers to complete the experience. If someone on your 'quaranteam' has access to a rooftop or a patio, use it! Read 3 ways to happy hour at home while supporting locals for some ideas.
Cook and bake together
Cooking has always been a great way to bring people together, so it makes sense that it’s one of the most universal pandemic pastimes. Connect your bubble with the bigger picture and try the most popular quarantine recipes in the U.S. and around the world. Plan a single meal together once a week or choose one dish to perfect over the course of time (think bread, pastries or Dalgona coffee). We’ve also witnessed waves or folks starting a journey in sourdough bread making.
While most of your traditional travel options are on hold, you can still get out and see some new sights if you get creative. National Geographic has dubbed 2020 the Year of the Camper: apps like RVShare are making it easier than ever to rent the right vehicle for your group and get out on the open road. Some resorts in Hawaii are exploring the use of geofences to create resort bubbles, so your personal bubble may be able to team up for a tropical getaway sometime soon!
Our social lives will take a little more strategic planning than usual. Reach out to some people in your life who have similar work and living situations and see if you can pool your resources to spend some time alone together.
If all members of your “quaranteam” can stay relatively isolated, you can ride out the pandemic together and do some really interesting things with all this free time. Just make sure you do your research first and have a formal talk about what guidelines everyone is comfortable with. Once you have an agreement, it’s time to start planning your first playdates!