A continuing series about awesome social distance activities in DC to keep you entertained during the outbreak and inspired to keep daydreaming about your next adventure in the Nation's capital.
Make the most of quarantine life and explore new hobbies you've always wanted to try or improve the ones you already have but didn't have time to work on before.
We used to draw and paint all the time before life got in the way and have been enjoying getting back into it with virtual lessons. We call the results our abstract period.
That aside, we’ve come up with a list of 14 hobbies you can try. You just might find a new passion and be able to help support a local business while things are shut down.
1. Improve your photography and editing skills
Take your photography to the next level with a combination of professional instruction, live learning sessions and discussion from Capital Photography Center.
2. Learn to knit
Knit one, pearl two … Get the ultimate learn-to-knit kit from Fibrespace. It comes complete with yarn, needles and an instruction book – everything you need to get started on your first project from Fibrespace! Everything comes packaged in a cotton tote for you to keep your project in.
3. Bust a move
Get your groove on with virtual dance classes with the Dance Place. Explore African, Cuban, hip-hop, modern and tap weekday evenings and on Saturdays at 9:30am and 11:15am EST, on Facebook.
4. Try Calligraphy
Laura Hooper offers would-be calligraphers a kit with all the materials needed to get started—an oblique pen, ink, and an instruction book, plus access to a video tutorial.
5. Paint a masterpiece
Express your artistic side with a freestyle or guided art class at Art Jamz. Pick from themes that range from landscapes, cherry blossoms and (yaaas!) queen. Art supplies are available for pick-up or delivery if you live within 5 miles of DC ($20 delivery fee). You can also check out Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s Instagram, every Thursday at 11am, to learn how to draw figures and the bodies with artist Jill Galloway.
6. Sign up for music lessons
Whether your goal is a creative energy outlet, fulfilling a rockstar fantasy, or, a future seat with the symphony, sign up for virtual music lessons. 7 Drum City offers classes in more than just drums, taught by instructors who are professional musicians themselves and Weber Music Center offers private music lessons in everything from piano to drums/percussion, and beginning voice.
7. Craft your own beer
Get your own craft brew on while social distancing with City Brew Tours. The Live Homebrew Experience shows you how to craft your own beer and City Brew Tours can send you the supplies.
8. Practice another language
Want to learn Spanish? Chinese? French? What about other languages? The DC Public Library offers great free electronic resources to help you achieve your goals! All you need is a library card.
9. Learn more about wine
Maxwell Park, a wine bar in Shaw kicks off an IG Live series with its sommelier owners that will focus on a different theme each week. Themes will be based on their current to-go and by-the-bottle inventory (which is 30% off right now) and will focus on different grapes, regions, winemaking, etc. Follow them on Instagram for updates. Also, some VA wineries, like Breaux Vineyards in Loudoun County and Molon Lave Vineyards in Fauquier County, are streaming virtual wine-tastings.
10. Improve your culinary skills
Learn the basics or try out new recipes with the virtual help of some of DC’s best chefs and cookbooks that took you on a journey of DC’s eclectic food scene.
11. DIY your own cider
ANXO, DC's first cidery, is selling three different $75 at-home cider kits to meet every level of fermentation expertise. First timers can order the one-gallon kit, outfitted with all of the necessary equipment and 1.25 gallons of fresh-pressed Goldrush apple juice. For those who have their own fermentation set-ups, kits are available with 6.5 gallons of fresh-pressed juice. And if you’re already an expert in pressing and fermenting, you can order 100 pounds of GoldRush apples. All packages come with one pound of apples for snacking, two four-packs of ANXO’s Cidre Blanc, and an instructional video from ANXO’s cider connoisseur.
12. Start an at-home garden
Local gardening business Hortiki Plants has dozens of options for small-space gardening kits that allow you (and little ones, if you have them) to connect with nature. Whether you’re looking to eat your own sustainably grown food with their Baby Greens kit ($39.99) or treat your furry friends with indoor pet grass seeds ($34.99), a little afternoon horticulture breaks up the day. Plus, all items are free to ship.
13. Get fired up about pottery
Painted pottery purveyors All Fired Up has paint kits for you to decorate your selected pottery at home. You get a set of brushes, 4 paint colors and take-home instructions (pottery is purchased separately) for $8. Plus, they'll deliver items to your door.
14. Make your own coffee blend
Be your own at-home barista with coffee roaster Southeastern Roastery. Purchase a virtual class complete with a variety bean pack, french press brewing kit, and grinder and you'll be making grande-mocha-latte-half cafs like a pro in no time.
Curious? There's more!
Look up, down, and all around. Adventures can be found everywhere -- if you're curious enough to look. k for it