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While COVID-19 is taking its course, make it a point to still continue yours.


Escape your home and find refuge in your lawn during quarantine!

Safe outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice social distancing while still getting out of the house. 

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For those of us that are not introverts, staying at home during this COVID-19 quarantine can drive you a little stir-crazy. You can only binge Netflix or old re-runs of Martin for so long. Whether you are alone, with the kids, your significant other, or a “quarantine bae,” get out of the house and add structure with these socially distant activities.


Ideas to start your self-care routine. 


1. Escape to Your Backyard
With most of our favorite ways to have fun being closed, it’s easy to resign yourself to a life confined to the living room. But there are many ways to entertain yourself and your family “back in your own backyard” during this time of social distancing. Whether you’re playing games with your family, or responsibly gathering with friends, you’ll find that your backyard opens a new realm of possibility during this lingering pandemic.

Get outside and get some fresh air by taking up gardening.

Home Improvements
Home improvements are another way of getting yourself outside while staying safe. Spruce up your yard or finally get around to that paint job you’ve been pushing off.

Backyard Movies
Set up your own outdoor theater this summer and watch some of the latest Black movies on Netflix.


2. Enjoy Great Parks
The greater Cincinnati area is home to a number of great parks. If your family is looking to get out of the house, why not explore one of the many parks Cincinnati has to offer?

Take a nice paddle boat ride at Winton Woods.

Rent a bike and find a trail.

Go for a stroll through the Krohn Conservatory.

Visit the City Flea Market at Washington Park.


Must-see movies with Black actors in 2020!


3. Explore Re-opened Businesses
As the number of COVID-19 cases decreased, some Ohio businesses were able to re-open with new cleaning standards and capacity limits. Grab your mask and safely go out for a day in the city. Take advantage of the great entertainment options Cincinnati has to offer.

Mini Golf
Check out the Groupon deals for local mini-golf courses.

Escape Rooms
Get out for a night of mystery and puzzles at this Black-owned escape room.

Go Karting & Axe Throwing
Put the pedal to the metal, then put the metal to the… wood at this combination go karting and ax-throwing entertainment venue.

Zeigler Firearms and Defense Systems
Learn the fundamentals of shooting and firearm safety at this Black-owned self-defense company.


Contact these Cincy Black Trainers to see if they have virtual options. 


4. Reserve a Day at The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Cincinnati Zoo has re-opened with new cleaning standards as well as a new capacity limit. Take your family to see how much Fiona the hippopotamus has grown since her famed introduction in 2017. Parents who receive SNAP benefits can take advantage of the Zoo Access for All program and get tickets at a discounted rate.


5. Dwell in Art and History
Immerse yourself in the world of art and history at these iconic Cincinnati museums and music venues. These museums and venues have reopened with new capacity limits and a reservation system. Follow the links to their websites to find out more about their health guidelines and to make reservations.

Cincinnati Art Museum
From Sept. 4 to Nov. 8, 2020, the Cincinnati Art Museum will be home to a multi-media exhibit by a black contemporary artist of great renown, Hank Willis Thomas.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum
Boasting 80+ outdoor sculptures on over 300 acres of land, Pyramid Hill is the perfect place to get your daily dose of nature and art. Don’t forget to take advantage of these special deals.

Music at the Market
Enjoy black artists from It’s Commonly Jazz as they perform at the market. While there, take a look around at all the market has to offer.

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Explore “stories of courage, cooperation, and perseverance,” at the Freedom Center in downtown Cincinnati.

Creation Museum
Explore the question of the origin and see biblical recreations at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

Cincinnati Museum Center
Immerse yourself in the discoveries and innovations of the Maya at the Cincinnati Museum Center’s latest exhibition.

Ark Encounter
Walk inside a full-size replica of Noah’s iconic Ark.


Black TV shows airing and streaming now. 


6. Outdoor Movies
Now is the best time to take advantage of the great outdoors. Some Cincinnati parks are hosting outdoor movie screenings for you and the kids.

North Cincinnati Community Church Parking Lot
Join the Deerfield Parks and Recreation department as they host a screening of Sonic the Hedgehog

Colerain Sizzling Summer Entertainment Series
Check out these movie viewings at some of Colerain Township’s parks.


7. Findlay Market
Get out of the house, support local vendors, and get quality products at Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine. And don’t forget to check out the music scene while you’re there.


Free Printable Games for Family Fun
Enjoy bingo, word searches, scavengers hunts, charades, and more!

Amazon Prime Free Streaming TV and Shows for Kids
Enjoy free kids’ movies and TV shows. No membership required.


8. Get Out of the City
If you find that you’re just looking to get out of the city for a while, here are a few places for you and the family:

Yellow Springs
Yellow Springs, OH is a small village with a lot of personality. Take a hike through Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve or go shopping at the lively shops along Xenia Ave.

Amish Country
Visit the heart of Ohio and explore the life of the Amish. From Mennonite buffets to carriage rides and glass museums, there’s a lot to do in Amish Country (and plenty of space for social distancing).

Mammoth Cave
Experience the wonder of one of the world’s longest cave systems. You can go on a guided tour or even just explore the well kept national park.


Make the switch from cable to streaming. 


Use these ideas as a guide for what can be done to keep your mind, body, and spirit grounded during this pandemic. Don’t stay in your pajamas all day. Get up. Brush your teeth. Shower. Wash your face, and of course, wash your hands! Let us know what things you are doing to get out of the house while still social distancing in the comments, or at The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


Trévon Mathews, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati


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