When the global pandemic hit in March 2020 and the world effectively shut down, we all quickly found creative ways to keep ourselves entertained at home. Even mindlessly scrolling social media for hours and bingeing Netflix shows gets old after a while.
Whether you’re in the middle of a COVID-style shutdown or you’re just stuck inside due to inclement weather conditions, there’s still plenty of indoor entertainment that doesn’t involve folding laundry or watching your Roomba vacuum the floors. Need some inspiration? Here are 15 indoor activities to keep your mind occupied and your little ones entertained.
15 Indoor Entertainment Ideas to Spice Up Life as a Homeowner
1) Put together a puzzle. Beginners and younger kids can complete a large, 100-piece floor puzzle, while those with more patience and experience can fit together an intricate jigsaw with 500 or 1,000 pieces.
2) Try a paint-by-number. If puzzles aren’t for you, then a paint-by-number kit may fit the bill. They’re inexpensive, you can order them online (thank you, Amazon), and the instructions show exactly where to paint. Look for canvas options that come with all the shades; then get to work on that masterpiece.
3) Play a game. When’s the last time you dusted off your Trivial Pursuit, poker, or Operation skills? Go with a classic card game, or find a brand-new favorite.
5) Take an online cooking class. Look for a local restaurant or store offering a virtual cooking night so you can learn about the finer points of pasta flour or make your first from-scratch marinara.
6) Get into plants. Think you have a black thumb? You might be surprised to learn that taking care of houseplants or starting your own herb garden is easier than you think. Look for low-maintenance options like pothos, snake plants, or succulents.
7) Trace your roots. Sign up for a genealogy site and begin building your family tree. You may be surprised about your background.
8) Build a fort. Fort building is for all ages whether you have a house full of children or you’re single. All you need are a few sheets and blankets, chairs, and sleeping bags.
9) Listen to a podcast or audiobook. Love a good true crime case, a good historical fiction story, or are you more interested in World War II history? No matter the genre, there’s a podcast and an audiobook for that. Find audiobooks via Audible and podcasts on the Apple podcast app or Stitcher.
10) Plan a movie night. Popcorn? Check. Cozy pants? Check. Your favorite ‘80s and ‘90s rom-coms from your childhood? Yes, please.
11) Learn about a new place. Spin a globe, have the kids pick a country, and then learn about its culture, customs, and foods. If your children select Canada, serve poutine and a butter tart for dessert. England? Cook some bubble and squeak or beans on toast.
12) Complete a family art project. Got a few big poster boards or cardboard boxes? Break out the scissors, glue, paints, and glitter (if you’re brave), and let everyone in the house fulfill their artistic ambitions by contributing to the masterpiece.
13) Visit a virtual museum. Explore a museum anywhere in the world from the comfort of your couch. Climb the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase, glimpse the Monets and Gaugins at Paris’ Musee D’Orsay, or get an up-close view of Van Gogh’s works at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum.
14) Dance your heart out. “Alexa, play dance music!” Whether you’re rocking out to vintage beats or some newer hip-hop rhythms, everyone in your home can join in.
15) Go on a scavenger hunt. If you have kids, you probably already play, “where are their shoes?” at least once a week. But why not create an indoor scavenger hunt checklist that doesn’t leave you in a tizzy? Even those busy toddlers can peek in closets and under beds to look for an orange ball or blue umbrella.
Whether you purchased your new home right before quarantine or, after a year of quarantining in a house you’ve owned a decade you’re looking to find a fresh new space, our team of experts at OVM Financial is ready to serve all your home needs so you can get started making memories. Contact us today, or start your online application.
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