Quarantine Boredom Buster Guide: Films, Plays, Games, and More!

Beat boredom with our essential at-home entertainment guide for films, plays, games, and more!

We still have a few weeks ahead before the lockdown is finally lifted and we can enjoy the sweet outdoors, but even then, we know we still have to keep ourselves distant from each other as the world continues to grapple with the unseen enemy that is COVID-19.

Thus, technology has become more crucial during these challenging times. Not only does it keep us informed and connected with our loved ones, it also offers a limitless pool of content that can help us cope during our self-isolation.

If you're still looking for more content however, say no more. Here's our handy Quarantine Boredom Buster Guide a roundup of some of the lists and features we've created in these past few weeks to keep you, our readers, entertained while in staying safe at home!

 

Stream films & shows.

When it comes to busting boredom, we can always depend on the right films and shows. Right after the community quarantine was declared, TBA Studios readily made some of their films available on Youtube, including Jerrold Tarog's Bliss and Mihk Vergara's Patintero: Ang Alamat ni Meng Patalo.


Other local films like Citizen Jake, Indak, and Cinemalaya's Edward to name a few, are also up for free streaming. You can check out our list of 12 Filipino Films You Can Now Stream For Freefor the full roundup! If you're looking for more works from our independent filmmakers, Sinag Maynila Film Festival also made some of their past finalists available online.

Looking for more shows to watch after you've kept up with Netflix's most gripping and thrilling TV series? Then delve into a different type of drama (and comedy!) with our list of addictive reality shows and must-watch Korean variety shows.

 

Read free e-books and comics.

Of course, even before binge-watching was a thing, books have always been reliable companions during one's isolation. If you're looking for some good reads during this quarantine, you can check out our list 15 Apps & Websites Where You Can Read E-books for Free​.

Image: ManyBooks website

Besides the usual collection of public domain works, we've also included on this list Scribd's generous treat of 30 days free access with no credit card commitments, as well as the Filipino Heritage Library online which houses historical books and documents that are always worthy of our time.

If you love reading comics, then we also got you covered with 15 Filipino Comic Books You Can Read Online For Free. If you fancy Marvel, you can also read some popular Marvel comic events for free until May 4, including titles like Civil WarAvengers (2018), Avengers Vs. X-Men, and many more with the Marvel Unlimited app.

 

Watch theater plays & musicals.

If you're more into Broadway or West End, you can also check out the streaming service BroadwayHD with a 7-day free trial so you can binge-watch some of the must-watch plays and musicals created for theater, including Swan Lake, Oklahoma!, Sleeping Beauty, Shakespeare's works, and more.

Not only that, Andrew Lloyd Webber's works are also streaming on Youtube for free every weekend, and you must not miss it this week because the musical slated for streaming is none other than The Phantom of the Opera!

 

Immerse yourself into games.

A boredom buster list wouldn't be complete without video games. As we all know, the current gaming trend right now is Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which seems to have come out just in time. Since we're stuck at home for over a month, continuing to play Adorable Home would be like an overkill; while on the contrary, a game about living a peaceful outdoor life close to nature is just exactly what many of us need.

If you don't have a Switch yet however, there are other simulation games out there with the same relaxing gameplay that you can always download on your phone or PC. Check them out on our list of 7 Games Like 'Animal Crossing' If You Don't Have a Switch. On the other hand, if you're looking for games that you can play with your friends even though you're far apart, like a round of UNO or some action-packed MOBA, then here are 12 Multiplayer Games For Android & iOS Devices.

A PlayStation 4 user? Sony Interactive Entertainment also made their games Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey free to download.

 

Learn something new.

Learning might not sound as leisurely as watching a film or playing video games, but it can be a rewarding choice when you're trying to keep yourself busy. Plus, with the help of the numerous websites and apps, learning can actually be pretty fun and interactive nowadays especially for the young ones at home.

For the kids, go ahead and check out our lists of fun and educational apps for toddlers and websites to keep the kids learning at home. If it is you who aims to increase knowledge while on this quarantine, you can also see our list of 10 Free Websites Where You Can Learn Something New While On Quarantine. This includes websites like Coursera.org, edX.org, and OpenLearn.Edu to name a few.

If you're interested in learning guitar or ukulele, Fender Play offers three months of free access to their huge range of guitar lessons with no credit card commitment! Trying to improve your snaps? Nikon is also offering free online photography classes for the whole month of April.
 

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Homestream images from TBA Studios on Youtube, Scribd website, and Google Play Store.

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