Self-quarantine got you feeling stir crazy? Us, too. With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are 10 ways to help soothe your social distancing blues in the Valley this weekend.
1. Have your own happy hour.
There’s nothing wrong with a little liquid therapy during this difficult time, and some of your favorite local breweries are offering beer to go. Stop by PHX Beer Co. in Scottsdale for $20 growlers or use the code DTMESA at Chupacabra Taproom in Mesa for crowlers and to-go packages for 10 percent off. Check out our latest Happy Hour blog or Drink This column for ideas on how to safely imbibe at home.
2. Support local music.
With live music put on hold, the livelihood of local musicians hangs in the balance. Consider buying digital albums or merch from local bands via Bandcamp, which will be donating 100 percent of revenue directly to artists. Phoenix record store Stinkweeds will be delivering purchases to customers within a five-mile radius of the shop.
3. Rearrange your room.
Staying in the same environment can start to feel stagnant, so why not switch up your surroundings? Consider enlisting the services of Phoenix-based business Tydy Spaces, which specializes in innovative (and affordable!) home improvements, and will creatively and safely convert your space into a sanctuary.
4. Practice self-care from said sanctuary.
Maintaining your mental health is just as important as protecting your physical health, so seeking healing experiences during this uncertain time is of utmost importance. Local yoga teacher Taurean Buhl is offering virtual yoga sessions through Instagram.
5. Safely explore the outdoors.
Though coronavirus has caused Valleywide cancellations and closures, adventuring in nature isn’t off-limits. Many state parks and hiking trails are still open. Check out our monthly column Citizen Hiker for some outdoorsy inspo.
6. Or bring the outdoors inside.
Supporting small businesses is especially urgent during this uncertainty. One way to do that is to order plants from local nurseries like Pueblo Life, which is currently offering curbside plant pickup.
7. Try out your cooking skills.
Whether you’re a regular at-home chef or a cooking novice, why not try whipping up something delicious? Take a look at our Recipe Friday blog to get some ideas.
8. Or try out a new restaurant (at home).
Does going to a new dining destination sometimes feel daunting? Take this opportunity to try a new spot from the comfort of your own home. Don’t know where to start? Check out our running list of restaurants currently offering delivery and takeout deals.
9. Go to the drive-in.
The Valley’s sole drive-in movie theater, West Wind Glendale 9, is still screening movies. It’s a great way to get out of the house while practicing social distancing – and you can bring your own snacks!
10. Marvel at holiday lights.
It might seem like a strange thing to do in the middle of spring, but two local shopping centers are re-hanging Christmas light displays to brighten the spirits of Valley residents during this dark time. Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace will remain open with increased sanitation standards and several restaurants are offering takeout options, but guests can also enjoy the lights from a distance in the safety and comfort of their cars.