By now, most of us have done spring cleaning ( twice) and baked enough banana bread to last a lifetime. The question is – what to do next? If you’re looking for a new hobby, check out the list below for a few ideas to pass the time. Hang in there, Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh Hobbies
Try biking along the rivers for a change of scene. Photo Credit: Visit Pittsburgh

Bike through the ‘Burgh 

It’s safe to say that we are all a little tired of walking or running to get our daily dose ( and government approved!) of outdoor exercise. Why not take it to two wheels? Pittsburgh is a great city for biking, and decreased car traffic will help new timers feel safer on the roads. Check out BikePGH’s list of suggested trails and routes.* If you’re in the market for a new bike or tune up, head to Kindred Cycles, Thick Bikes, or Trek Bikes

* Recommend confirming the operating status of some trails due to potential closures from COVID-19

Bust a Move

If you love to dance, why not use this time to learn bellydance? Nothing like shimming and shaking your way through social distancing! Bellydancing is not only fun, but a great core workout that is sure to impress. Head to Los Sabrosos Dance Co. to learn more and check out their other virtual classes. 

Channel Your Inner Fred Rogers

Have little ones to entertain? Perform a puppet show! This is a great way to stretch your crafting and imagination muscles. Puppets can easily be made out of common household items. If you’re looking for inspiration, read about Fred Rogers’ famous puppets who helped make the world a little kinder place ( something we could all help do right now). 

Virtual Book Club  

This is the time to read that book you always wanted to, but never found the time. Even better? Sharing it with others! Conversation topics may seem limited these days, but we all want to stay connected with our family and friends. A virtual book club is the perfect solution to that problem. Pick a book, set a date, get reading, and discuss! Order books from the White Whale Bookstore ( Bloomfield), Amazing Books and Records ( Squirrel Hill), or City of Asylum Bookstore to help  support local businesses with your reading endeavors. 

Cook Up a Storm

Craving a certain dish, but the restaurant that makes it is closed? Why not make it yourself? 

Building off the previous suggestion, order a cook book or find a recipe online to try. Brands around the world, from Disneyland to Hilton, are posting their fan-favorite famous recipes during this time.  Support a local business by ordering any equipment you may need from In The Kitchen, and get cooking. Find a recipe you love? Cook up some extra and drop it off ( from a distance) at neighbors or friends to get their feedback. 

Wine about it

If you found the perfect recipe to cook, find the perfect wine to pair with it by trying wine tasting. Read up on the basics, pick up some bottles from Pittsburgh Winery or DreadNought Wines, and have some fun! 

Volunteer

Help others from the comfort of your home. If you’re looking to do something with a greater purpose, virtual volunteering has become a large reality during the pandemic. Search here to find a virtual volunteer opportunity suited to your interests and skills. 

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Katherine Lewis

A Virginia native, Katherine moved to Pittsburgh in 2016 to attend the University of Pittsburgh. After earning her B.A. in Media and Professional Communications in December 2019, Katherine begun working as a Marketing Intern and Public Relations for two different Pittsburgh-based organizations. She loves to travel, read ( big Carnegie Library fan), and explore Pittsburgh during her free time! All while fueled by an unnecessary amount of caffeine, of course.

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