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Beating Boredom in a COVID-19 World

Stir crazy? Plan some outings that that get you out of the house but keep you safe from COVID-19.

Look, we’re all feeling it. We stayed at home from March to May, we followed all the rules, did all the things that were asked of us. Then the weather warmed up, many businesses were allowed to open and we got out there and played a bit.

And then cases spiked again.

So now, we’re torn. We’ve had a taste of freedom, but our sensible sides are saying we need to be careful. So how do we support small businesses and get out and do some things without going stir crazy?

Here are a few ideas.

Get out on the water. You can get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, jam to some of your favorite music and forget about everything else at a safe distance from others. Try places like Klave’s Marina in Pinckney for a pontoon rental or stay closer to home by renting kayaks from River Town Adventures in downtown Lansing. You can also rent smaller water vessels at Hawk Island in south Lansing or Burchfield Park in Holt.

Have you heard about the Lemonade League? Wood-bat baseball is playing through the end of August with the Collegiate Lugnuts vs. the Collegiate Locos with only 100 seats available on game nights. Tickets are just $12 a pop and being back at Cooley Law School Stadium will feel great for baseball fans. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Be a tourist in your own town. You can’t say there is nothing to do in the 517. Whether you are hiking The Ledges in Grand Ledge, visiting the Michigan State University Horticulture Gardens, kayaking Eaton Rapids or enjoying an open-air meal in downtown East Lansing, the options are truly endless. Take a day to visit Old Town, REO Town or any town in the region. Shop retailers and show your support in any way you can.

Finally, get up the nerve to try something new.  You’ve been handed the gift of plenty of time on your hands — now is the time to embrace it and learn a new craft, sport or hobby. From photography to cycling or golf, you can start small and ramp up as you learn.

What are you out there enjoying? How are you coping with your COVID-19 lifestyle? We’d love to hear from you. Reach out at



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