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Fun indoor activities to do at home

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As the weather gets colder and you begin spending more time indoors, it can be hard finding ways to entertain yourself and your family. If you're looking for some easy and fun indoor activities to do at home, look no further!  We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite ways to have fun and make memories while staying indoors.

7 ways to have fun at home 

Whether you’re looking for fun things to do with kids at home, fun things for couples to do at home, or fun things to do at home alone, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for our seven favorite indoor activities.

1. Bring the movie theater home 

Do you miss going to the movie theater and watching the big screen while eating delicious popcorn? No need to feel like you’re missing out, you can bring the movie theater to you! If you don’t have a big TV you could consider investing in a projector which will have a huge impact on making a special movie night. To get a wider variety of movies that you haven't seen yet, treat yourself to a rented movie or try out a movie from a new streaming service. No matter what, it will still be cheaper than a night out at a real theater!

When looking for movie snacks, check your local theater. Many are offering snack items like popcorn to go through food delivery apps or pickup. If you want to make your own popcorn, you can buy movie theater seasoning or put it in traditional popcorn boxes for a special feel.

To make your at-home movie theater super cozy, take out extra pillows and blankets, or even string up some fairy lights. If you have young children at home, this is a great opportunity to build a fort from which you can watch the movie!

At-home movie night with projector and fairy lights

2. Host a games night 

There are many fun games to play at home both in person and virtually. If you’re in the same household with your friends or family, it’s easy to host a games night. To make a memorable games night, buy a new game and learn it together, or set up a game swap with your friends and family so you can try a bunch of new games without a financial investment.

If you’re hosting a virtual games night, you can find many of your favorite games like Taboo, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, and Scattergories online! Just google your favorite game and see if an online version has been made. If you're competitive - up the ante!  Play household versus household and bet on something, or have a prize ready for the winner.

Daughter playing Pick-Up Sticks with her Dads

3. Create a DIY spa day 

Spending increased time inside can make you feel stressed or cooped up, so let yourself unwind by bringing the spa to you! First, make sure you have a clean and organized bathroom, as it’s hard to mentally unwind when you're in a cluttered or dirty space. To make your bath more special, order some bath bombs or bath salts online and light a candle or use a diffuser. Some other relaxing add-ons are having a glass of wine, reading a book, using a waterproof speaker, or bath pillow. 

It’s not a true spa day unless you take some time to pamper your skin, so try a new face mask or a new lotion. If you want to take it a step further give yourself an at-home manicure or pedicure. 

Woman in a robe turning on her bathtub

4. Learn a new recipe 

There's no better time to learn a new recipe than when you have the time to practice it.  Before you start on any recipe, make sure you create a clear counter space so you have the room to expand if needed. Bonus: if you make a floury mess, it's okay because it’s easy to wipe off a clutter free surface!

You can treat learning a new recipe as an activity to do with your loved ones. If one of your friends or family members has a favorite recipe, get them to teach you how to do it over video chat so you can follow along as they go, just like a personalized cooking show! If you have kids at home, get them to help with the easy parts like mixing, so they are entertained and feel involved.

Woman baking with her young daughter

5. Have an at-home beer or wine tasting 

If you miss doing a local brewery hop, bring the beer or wine tasting to you! Whether you stop at a liquor store or pick up drinks from local breweries or wineries, get a variety that you haven't tried before. Trying new drinks makes the tasting more exciting and you might just even find a new favorite! To make your tasting more legitimate, search for beer or wine tasting mats online then print them out and develop a ranking system for each new drink you try. Complete the tasting with a couple of your favorite bar snacks, like pretzels, chips and wings, or wine accompaniments, like cheese and crackers.

If you’re tasting with some friends who aren't in the same house, make it a virtual tasting! You can drop off a goody bag at your friends houses with the beers or wine you're trying, a tasting mat, and some small snacks. To split up the drinks, get a six pack of beer and split up the cans or portion out wine in leakproof reusable cups. Once everyone has received their own goody bag, schedule a video chat and taste all the drinks together.

Couple enjoying a virtual wine tasting through video chat

6. Create your own yoga retreat 

While you can't exactly create a hot yoga studio in your home, there are some easy ways to elevate your workout space. Seek out virtual classes with instructors to help guide you through the exercises. Oftentimes these classes have calming music in the background, but if they don’t look for a relaxing Spotify playlist. You can step up your yoga game by replacing your yoga mat and investing in some staple items like yoga blocks. 

To enhance the mind-body experience of yoga, bring in aromatherapy practices and use your favorite scented candle or diffuser oil, or buy a new one specifically designed for yoga. You can even buy yoga mat cleaners that are infused with essential oils! Lastly, set your phone to ‘do not disturb’, so you're not distracted and can remain in the moment.

Woman doing an online yoga class in her living room

7. Treat yourself to brunch

Whether your family or significant other is involved, or it's just a treat for you, set aside some time to enjoy a slow morning over brunch with some of your favorite foods. Make your own brunch or order in from a local breakfast spot and treat yourself to a fancy coffee or a mimosa. Use this time to do something that you don’t usually have enough time for, like reading or doing a puzzle. If you really want to step it up a notch, use a breakfast tray and enjoy a relaxing breakfast in bed.

Woman having brunch while looking at her phone

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