You'll find us on the porch, getting our daily dose of vitamin D.

By Southern Living Editors
April 01, 2020
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During this period of home confinement, we could all use a change of scenery. We’ve devised countless ways to keep ourselves busy during quarantine, but when we eventually run out of craft supplies and DIY projects, we’ll be hankering for a little sunshine. In normal times, we’d take a trip to the park or the local botanical gardens for a moment of peace and serenity. Needless to say, these are not normal times.

Self-quarantining may keep us confined to our houses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside. While public parks and beaches (and even the neighbor's front porch) are off-limits, it’s time to get creative—your lawn, porch, or backyard are great places to unwind and soak up some vitamin D. Especially now that the weather has started to warm up again, we’ll be taking in as much sunshine as possible.

Here are 15 activities that both adults and kids can practice outdoors during quarantine (just be sure to follow the guidelines of social distancing).

Set up a cornhole tournament.

Break out the cornhole set for a family tournament. This game was practically invented with social distancing in mind—keep your cornhole boards 6 feet apart, you hear?

Play bocce.

Now is the time for some good, old-fashioned lawn games. Bring out the bocce balls and get playing!

Mow the lawn.

Just because we’re quarantined doesn’t mean our yard will fall into a state of disrepair. No, mowing the lawn may not be as glitzy or glamorous as some lawn games, but hey, someone’s got to do it.

Weed the garden.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, the monotonous act of weeding can actually be quite soothing. Plus, by the end, your garden will be looking shiny and new.

Move happy hour out to the patio.

Mix up some cocktails for an outdoor happy hour.

Dine al fresco.

Dwindling supplies have us all getting creative with pantry ingredients like canned beans and frozen vegetables. Boost spirits and make any weeknight dinner feel special by turning a drab meal into an al fresco dinner party for your family. Set the patio table, dress up, and enjoy your meal outside.

Picnic.

Pack up a bagged lunch and lay a picnic blanket out in the front yard for a warm-weather picnic.

Read on the porch.

Or if you don’t have a porch, simply set up a lawn chair in the yard and crack open a good book.

Throw a frisbee.

Toss around the frisbee that’s undoubtedly buried in the depths of your garage. If you can’t find the frisbee, throw around the pigskin.

Jump rope.

Even when you’re quarantined, it’s important to stay active. With a jump rope, you can get your cardio in from the comfort of your driveway.

Play in the sprinklers.

On a warm day, set up the sprinklers and let the kids go to town.

Embark on a neighborhood scavenger hunt.

Take a walk or drive around the neighborhood and look out for certain landmarks—a colorful front door, a bicycle, a basketball hoop. Have the kids check these items off our neighborhood scavenger hunt list (just be sure to practice social distancing).

Play hopscotch.

This one may be meant for the kids, but who says adults can’t join in on the fun?

Make chalk art.

Turn your driveway into a drive-by gallery with multicolor chalk drawings.

Play with the dog.

Fido needs some sunshine, too! Everything is more fun with your #1 animal companion.