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Spring Break Staycation Ideas

March 13, 2020

In response to mounting concerns over the coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis has declared a state of emergency in Colorado, which in part means people are strongly advised to change their normal behavior—as in limiting travel and avoiding social gatherings.

Read CU Denver’s latest updates and announcements on Coronavirus.

As a result, some students and faculty may have to nix their spring break plans and stay home. If you need some ideas to keep you entertained, we have you covered. Below are five activities to pass the time the week of March 23 – 29.

1. Binge Watch

Let’s face it, adulting can be hard. Every now and then, we could all use a day of mindless entertainment. You or someone you know is likely a subscriber of a streaming service, whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+. Grab some snacks, curl up on the couch, and pick a new show or movie to binge watch. All. Day. Long.

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2. Get Competitive

In a world inundated with technology and news, it’s nice to have a break from reality every once in a while. If you’re stuck inside, dust off your board games or opt for a puzzle. Invite your friends, stock up on snacks, and have some good old-fashioned fun! 

Need some inspiration? View Amazon’s best sellers in board games.

3. Tap Into Your Creative Side

Whether your goals are related to lifestyle, career, academics, or travel, a vision board is a good way to hold yourself accountable. Grab a poster or box, dig through old magazines, and glue on your dream destinations and aspirations. Watch the magic unfold! 

4. Sweat

Being housebound doesn’t mean you can’t be active. If you own a phone or computer, you have a digital gym at your fingertips. YouTube offers countless free, home workouts for people of all skill levels, as does the app store on your smartphone. You’ll find everything from high intensity interval training to calming yoga. Plus, avoiding the germ reduces your exposure to germs.

Sneakers and weights

5. Head to the Kitchen

The internet is home to hundreds of recipes that vary in the amount of ingredients and cook time (The Simple Dollar, for example, is for foodies on a budget). If you’re able to venture to the store, make a list of ingredients ahead of time and spend a day experimenting in the kitchen.

If You Go

If you do decide to travel, make sure to take extra precautions to protect yourself. All travelers should check travel advisories with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State Department, and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as research their destinations and consult their medical providers with any specific health concerns. 

Travelers should have contingency plans in place in the event of major disruptions, including the possibility of being unable to return to the U.S. due to in-country quarantines, canceled flights, and getting stuck on a ship or cruise. Consider the benefits and more importantly the risks of travel.

Wash Your Hands

The CDC recommends using clean, running water (warm or cold), applying soap, rubbing your hands together with the soap (don’t forget the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails) and scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.  

Get a Flu Shot

It’s not too late! Flu season typically falls between the start of fall and the end of spring. Start by finding the nearest clinic that offers flu shots.

Stay Hydrated

W.H.O. recommends adults drink at least two liters of water per day to prevent dehydration, stay energized, and protect against illness. If you’re traveling, aim for up to four liters.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Cough/sneeze into your sleeve or the crook of your elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, limit handshaking, and stay away from people who are sick!


Your immune system requires sleep to function and fight off illness. The CDC says adults should be getting at least seven hours of sleep per night.