30 Fun Things to Do at Home

I’m BORED! Have you ever heard
someone in your family use those words? Most of us have. I barred that
word from my house. Whenever someone said they were bored, I gave them
two options. First, there is always work that can be done. Secondly,
find something to do. There are always creative things that we can do at
home. You just need to put some thought and imagination into your day.
The list of enjoyable things you can do is inexhaustible. I am going to
share 30 fun things to do at home. Some of the events are best done at
appropriate times of the year. Enjoy!

1. Have a Costume Night

Generally, the only time we can get
away with putting on costumes is on Halloween. It is so entertaining to
put on a costume and play. Host an evening where everyone has to dress
up in a costume. Eat your dinner that evening all dressed up. Play games
and just have a party. You can even make it a “themed” costume party by
choosing a time era or movie characters. Shape it to meet your

2. Throw an Indoor Picnic

Set out a picnic blanket and basket
of food and eat your dinner as though you were having a picnic. Just
having variety in your family life brings you closer together as a
family unit. Events like this are often the catalyst for a fun-filled

3. Have a Christmas Party (*In the Summer)

Set up some Christmas decorations and have a Christmas celebration
during the summer. Prior to this event, buy a few Christmas presents to
give to an organization that accepts donations for families in need at
Christmas time. Have wrapping paper on hand. Wrap up the gifts, while
thinking of the joy they will bring to some little girl or boy at
Christmas. This serves to make your family mindful of others. Everyone
in the family will be excited when Christmas comes and they can donate
the gifts that you wrapped in the summer. It’s unique to have a
Christmas party during the summer.

4. Host an International Dinner Night

As a family, pick out a country you
would like to learn more about and are interested in. Find cuisine that
is unique to that country. Prepare a dinner that would be served in that
country. The family can even find clothing that is worn in the country
and wear it to dinner. Each family member would be responsible to bring
one fact about the country to share at dinner time. For example, you
could choose Mexico. You could serve tacos, enchiladas,and arroz con
pollo. Everyone could wear sombreros to dinner. Plan for an evening of
creative learning time!

5. Film a “Newscast”

The technology that exists today is
awesome. Smartphones come equipped to make videos. Set up and make a
newscast of events that are going on locally or events that are taking
place in your family circle. This will also help everyone learn to speak
in public. Doing this at home is an unusual way to interact as a

6. Have an Indoor/Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Everyone loves hunting for hidden things. Type up a list of things that
need to be found and give everyone a list. The things can be inside your
home or even outdoors around the yard. Put a time limit on how long
they have to locate the articles. Be creative. You can even put some
things in the form of clues, so everyone has to figure out what the
object is. Have a small prize for the winner.

7. Learn to Do Nail Art

Nail art is the “in” thing right
now. You see people with their fancy nails everywhere. With some
patience, you can learn to do this at home. Spend time practicing this.
You can find kits and tools for this at department stores and drug
stores. It is relaxing to sit around painting nails and compare the

8. Plant Seedlings

Planting seedlings and watching
their growth is rewarding, as well as educational. You would need to do a
bit of research as to what would be the best time to plant. The time
frame fluctuates between various types of plants. Most plants take 3-15
weeks to mature to a level to be transplanted into a garden. You would
want to know what type of plants you are planting and the time needed.
It brings great joy to watch them develop and bloom once they are
transplanted into a garden.

9. Host a Themed Movie Night

There are many movies that have
sequels. Pick a genre that your family would enjoy. Plan for a whole
evening of back-to-back viewing of the movies. Make sure you have plenty
of popcorn and snacks on hand! If you want to be really creative, find
props that go with the movie and set them out. You can even make a
dessert that matches the movie theme. May the force be with you!

10. Play Games

games are an excellent way to have fun at home. There are so many
options to choose from. Some of our favorites include Ticket to Ride,
Catan, Sequence, and Risk. These are just a few of the many varieties
out there. Go to a local game store and see what appeals to the taste of
your family.. The great thing about board games is that you are able to
interact with everyone while playing. Let the games begin!

11. Film a Cooking Show

Have you ever watched the cooking
shows on TV? Cooking is a hot topic. In fact, cooking shows are so
popular these days that there are networks that only broadcast shows
about cooking.  Pick out a recipe you would like to try. Pretend you are
hosting your own cooking show and video it. Make sure the whole family
participates, in one way or another. You are certain to have a lot of
laughs while watching your family episode.

12. Make Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are unique and special. Craft stores and department
stores sell supplies that you can purchase to make beautiful cards. Use
your creative skills and have an evening where you all come together and
make Christmas cards to send to your family and friends.

13. Make a Scarecrow

Autumn is never complete without the
fun of making a scarecrow. Rustling in the fallen leaves and stuffing
them into old clothing brings out the kid in everyone. One time while
visiting my grandfather, I thought it would be fun to make him a
scarecrow for his yard. I never imagined that he would come out and
start making it with me. He was well into his 80s, and yet the joy in
his eyes when we made that scarecrow together was a memory I will always
cherish. For those who like to be different, you can always make an
indoor scarecrow at any time of year, using newspaper or paper towels as

14. Have a Karaoke Night

Plan an evening of karaoke. This is a
great way to spend family time together. PlayStation and Wii have
several options to pick from. From experience, this is an evening of
lots of laughter and joy! Everyone loves to sing…even those who might
not have a singing voice like to bust out at karaoke.

15. Do a Puzzle

is a calming way to spend time together at home. Hours can be spent
finding just the right pieces to add to the puzzle. The best part is
when you see the finished product. This isn’t a one-night activity, so
set aside a place that the puzzle can be undisturbed. You can find mats
that roll your puzzle up when you aren’t working on it. If you have a
spare table that isn’t used daily, you could have it there on display
and readily available to continue on.


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16. Play with Lego

am sure you have seen some amazing
pieces of art made with Lego. Of course, not everyone has talent enough
to make huge projects with Lego. Fortunately, the pleasure isn’t limited
to your ability to build great things. Regardless of what you build,
simply be creative and let the kid in you come out.

17. Make Jewelry

 Learning to make jewelry isn’t that difficult. You can find many links
on the internet that will teach you how to make earrings and necklaces.
Visit your local craft store or department store and purchase some tools
and supplies. Take your time and visualize what you want the finished
product to look like. The jewelry you make can also be presents to give
away. That is, of course, if you can bear to part with what you made.

18. Host an English Tea Party

 Some of us can remember being a little girl and having tea parties,
chatting with our imaginary friends and sipping tea. Now that you are
older, why not have a real tea party? Have the family dress up in their
best outfits and host an English Tea Party. There are guidelines,
recipes, and even games to play on the internet. Do a bit of exploring
and planning, then host the perfect tea party at home for your family.

19. Plant Bulbs

There are two times of year that
bulbs can be planted. In the fall, you can plant spring bulbs such as
tulips and daffodils. Alliums, agapanthus, cannas and some other summer
bulbs can be planted in early spring. Set aside an appropriate time and
plant bulbs in your yard. You will reap rewards when you see the sprouts
starting to come up. Your yard will look lovely with the flowers

20. Read a Book

The art of reading aloud has lost
its popularity. Pick out a book that would interest your family and have
an evening each week that you read the story aloud. Take turns reading
out loud. Interact about what is going on in the story line. This can be
your own family book club.

21. Have a Water Balloon Fight

activity is best done outdoors in warm weather. This is an “action”
activity that brings out the youthfulness in all of us. Depending on the
size of your family, you can have teams for this. Fill up as many
balloons as you like with water. Go outside and aim for your target.
Run, laugh and have fun!

22. Learn Yoga

Yoga is so beneficial for every age
group. As a family unit, learn yoga. Once again, there are many learning
tools for this. You can find videos at your local library. This is a
refreshing way to enjoy healthy interaction as a family.

23. Invent a Writing Code

Invent your own code and write
messages to each other. Take the alphabet and transform it into symbols
and signs to represent each letter. It’s exciting to come up with your
code. Once it is created, give everyone a copy of the code, and begin
writing messages to one another. It will be interesting to translate
words into the special code you made.

24. Have a Photo Shoot

together some props and outfits and take family pictures. Make sure
each member has individual shots as well. Acting as a professional
photographer, be creative in the photos you take. Take funny pictures.
Take serious pictures. Take candid shots. The joy of digital photography
is that you can take as many photos as you like and delete what doesn’t
work. Make sure you add props to make it interesting!

25. Learn Calligraphy

Learning a new technique is always
interesting. Calligraphy is a well-known type of writing with special
pens. Craft stores and department stores have kits designed to assist
you in the learning process. Write out poetry or some of your favorite
quotes. You never know, you might acquire a talent and be able to frame
some of your work.

26. Have a BBQ

It’s always enjoyable to have a
barbecue. You can cook up your food and eat outside. After you are
finished, have a campfire and tell scary stories. Remember how fun it is
to sit around a campfire telling stories. Make this happen in your
yard. Enjoy the night sky. Most of all, enjoy each other!

27. Invent Your Own Board Game

what type of game you want to make. Design the board together. Make the
rules that will need to be followed. Make the game pieces that you will
need. Play the game that you invented. Coming up with the game and the
rules you want to make is an awesome time of interaction with one
another. The results of your collaboration will be so exciting to view
and play.

28. Have a Spa Night

Plan an evening where you can do an
at-home spa night. Light candles, put on relaxing music, and make your
atmosphere resemble a spa. You can do facials, manicures, and pedicures.
You also can have bubble baths. Schedule it so that each person is
doing a different thing and rotate the process. Your family will enjoy
this time of pampering and relaxing.

29. Play Charades

game has existed for such a long time and yet it never grows old. You
can buy charade games already packaged. However, feel free to make
up your own. Each family member can contribute by writing down charades
on index cards. Watching your family members act out the charade while
the others are guessing is guaranteed to be a night full of fun and

30. Make a Family Scrapbook

Choose an assortment of family
pictures taken during different events. Compile these photos into groups
and begin to make a scrapbook. Perhaps you want to focus on a special
trip your family took or another meaningful event you wish to document.
The ideas for creating your family scrapbook are endless. Personalize
this and make it your own; after all, this is your story!
hope that out of this list you will find some new things that you want
to try at home. We have already done most of the things on this list as a
family, and we look forward to doing the few that are left. Have fun
and make some unique family memories that will be remembered for years
to come.

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Updated: September 9, 2017 — 10:33 pm

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