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10 things to do at home this weekend in self-isolation

Our list of 10 fun things to do at home is going to power you through the weekend, as we’ve added a bunch of new ideas to keep you entertained through coronavirus self-isolation and the world’s seemingly indefinite confinement.

We’re here to serve as a distraction from today’s surreal situation, or at least point you in the right direction of entertaining or productive things to do this weekend. It’ll keep you from being completely bored and while safely staying at home.

You can do anything you want – so long as it’s indoors and you’re still self-distancing, which, sure, kind of limits your options, come to think of it. But our things to do ideas include the best new games, movies, ebooks and podcasts you may have missed. It may be enough to keep you happily quarantined.

1. Apple Arcade’s latest is built for the whole family

Our best Apple Arcade games list now includes Crossy Road Castle, a platform title that thrives on its four-player local multiplayer gameplay (fear not, single-player is a choice, just in case confined at home alone). The frantic action reminds us of all the New Super Mario Bros. games and the old Castle Crashers game that never made its way to iOS somehow. Developer Hipster Whale provides the next best thing.

What’s great about a game like Crossy Road Castle is that it’s easy to get the entire family in on the multiplayer action thanks to Apple’s family share feature. You’re able to share this game with anyone in your iCloud family, and we just re-upped out Apple Arcade subscription (it’s $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99 a month) to do just that.

2. ‘Tiger King’ rules Netflix this weekend

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Everyone is watching the new Netflix series Tiger King, and even if your video quality has been downgraded, it’s worth streaming all seven episodes. It’s our new favorite true crime documentary, surpassing The Staircase (also a winner if you haven’t seen it).

Right away, Tiger King and its color characters border on being so ridiculous, you’d swear they’re not true. PSA: we’ve known some big cat lovers who couldn’t stand watching it for more the five minutes, so, for them, we suggest last month’s rave documentary miniseries instead, HBO’s McMillions.

Final Cut Pro X

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3. Make a movie with free Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X are free for 90 days, meaning you have three months to make a movie or produce a song about your life in confinement courtesy of Apple. That’s enough time to learn advanced techniques like color-grading without having to pay $299 / £299 / AU$499.99 for FCPX or $199 / £199 / AU$319.99 for Logic Pro X. While Adobe Premier Pro CC has become popular on Windows machines, Final Cut Pro is still king of Mac computers when it comes to making videos.

4. Take a trip… to a virtual museum or national park

The Lourve virtual tour

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You can’t go outside to do small things like go to a movie theater, never mind make much bigger plans like embarking on an expedition to another country. Trust us, it’s a much better idea to stay at home during this coronavirus outbreak. 

Good news: our 10 virtual tours: see museums and the world without leaving home list allows you to visit world’s most popular museums and US national parks virtually. You can use a VR headset, but these tours also work with a smartphone or tablet.

Highlights include Machu Picchu in Peru (without the walking), The Louvre Museum in Paris (Mona Lisa told us to says “Hi”), and the Georgia Aquarium in the US (without all of the school students somehow completely blocking the giant Beluga whales).

5. Become a master chef with a meal kits service

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The best thing to do at home mirrors what we liked doing when going out: eating. It’s a harder now, with grocery store delivery time slots backed up globally. To the best of our ability, we’re highlighting the best grocery delivery services in the US and grocery delivery services in the UK. 

Better yet, now is your chance to become a master chef with the best meal prep kits delivering step-by-step recipes to you along with the necessary ingredients. Blue Apron is our favorite in the US, while HelloFresh is available in both the US and UK.

If you’re not ready to flex your culinary skills, there are food delivery services in the US and similar takeaway apps in the UK that will get you ready-made foods from the restaurants you’d normally visit. You order get breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you’ll be supporting many of the distressed restaurants in your area.

6. Play either Doom Eternal or Animal Crossing

Doom Eternal

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Last weekend, two new video games came out that couldn’t be more different, and we’re thankful for the variety provided by Bethesda Softworks and Nintendo. 

This ride through Hell is one of the best experiences you’ll have in 2020.

Doom Eternal is a beautiful, but brutal reinvention of the first-person shooter series that actually makes life at the moment look… not so bad. This ride through Hell is one of the best experiences you’ll have in 2020. Our full Doom Eternal review agrees, with a five-star rating and an Editor’s Choice award. It’s fast-paced at 60fps and has surpassed our expectations even when it played it in 8K with a $2,500 graphics card.

DOOM Eternal PC + DLC (EMEA)

DOOM Eternal for Xbox One

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is on the other end of the spectrum – it’s a ready to lull you into a sense that nothing is wrong whatsoever like a good ASMR. This is fine. Everything is fine, says main character Tim Nook. Nintendo’s cute social life sim is ideal for today’s self-isolation situation. Read our Animal Crossing: New Horizons review and think happy thoughts.

One thing to note: while the new Animal Crossing is a must-have Nintendo Switch-exclusive, Doom Eternal is available on a wider set of platforms: PCs, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and even Google Stadia.

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7. Watch movie series in order

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