150 Fun Things to Do If You’re Bored at Home: Arts & Crafts, DIY Projects, Virtual Tours, and More
Social distancing can be a challenge. Especially with lots of wriggly kids (and adults) getting cabin fever.
And while you may be itching to get out of the house, there are fun things you can do at home. Here’s a list of 100 fun things to do while you’re staying in at home. And yes, you can have fun without binge-watching TV shows and movies.
1. Do a family workout together. Find a free family workout on YouTube.
2. Try a new cookie recipe.
3. And while you’re at #2, film it on your smartphone and
4. Post it online and start a YouTube channel for friends and family.
5. Camp in the living room with sleeping bags and a tent. (A Table and blanket will do if you don’t have a tent.)
6. Try these easy-to-make ice cream recipes.
7. Make Play Dough with this fun DIY recipe.
8. Play with the water table in the shower.
9. Make an indoor hopscotch board with painter’s tape.
10. Rearrange the furniture in your bedroom.
11. Make a time capsule. One day your kids can tell their kids about being cooped up at home.
12. Try a new meal recipe at home without having to venture out to get the ingredients. Get everything mailed to you, and the fun of opening a package!
13. Make puppets from old socks and
14. Put on a puppet show for the neighbors. They can watch from over the fence at a safe social distance.
15. Have a color-tinted bubble bath.
16. Facetime or video chat with friends and family.
17. Play “I Spy” looking out the window.
18. Make different paper airplanes and have a contest to see which one can fly the farthest.
19. Learn a new card game.
20. Play a new board game.
21. Make your own bubble mix and blow puzzles.
22. Play Twister. You can even make your own game and add some glow-in-the dark Twister fun.
23. Make ice cube Popsicles.
24. Play indoor hide and seek.
*25. Listen to an audio book.
26. Make a cardboard fort out of your old Amazon boxes.
27. Play read-at-home bingo.
28. Plan an e-visit of the Louvre.
29. Join a Facebook Live dance party with DJ Mel.
30. Write actual letters to mail to family members and friends.
31. Make artwork to send to family and friends.
32. Teach your kids how to play chess or checkers.
33. Have a daily walk.
34. Play charades.
*35. Stream an episode of your favorite childhood TV show to watch with the kids.
36. Play the opposites game. (You say “on” and they say “off”.)
37. Set up an indoor obstacle course with couch cushion and chairs. (Hot lava floors!)
38. Make your own board game.
39. Write a letter to the editor about current events.
40. Make a vision board.
41. Make an indoor terrarium.
42. Take free art lessons on Facebook.
43. Check out Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge on Seussville.
44. Check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube.
45. Play with sand or sand in a sensory bin.
46. Make your own slime.
47. Practice your cake decorating skills.
*48. Freshen up your dog’s toy stash with a new, durable dog toy. He’s quarantined, too.
49. Teach them about prank calling! “Prank call” Grandma, Grandpa, or another family member in funny voices. (Tip off Grandma in advance maybe.)
50. Finger paint.
51. Learn (or practice) calligraphy and hand lettering.
52. Decorate plant pots and photo frames.
53. Make s’mores.
54. Have an outdoor bonfire.
55. Learn how to code.
56. Take a safari zoo tour every day at 3 p.m. on Facebook Live at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
57. Let Olaf from Frozen, and other celebrities, read your kids a story. Check out recordings of LA Public Library Storytime on YouTube.
58. String Christmas lights around the windows.
59. Check out remote volunteer opportunities.
60. Make a friendship bracelet.
61. Teach your kids how to sew a button and other kid-friendly textile and paper crafts.
62. Teach your kids how to use the sewing machine.
63. Train your dog. Teach your dog a new trick.
64. Take a virtual museum tour of the iconic British Museum in London.
65. Visit the Guggenheim Museum in New York from your laptop.
66. Explore two different online exhibits: American fashion from 1740 to 1895 or the works of Johannes Vermeer.
67. Virtually visit the Musée d’Orsay in Paris – it’s loaded with Impressionist works from giants like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Van Goh, and Gauguin.
68. Take a virtual tour of Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.
69. Explore the Netherlands’ Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which features works from the Dutch Golden Age.
70. Check out Amsterdam’s Van Goh Museum in a virtual tour.
71. Take a virtual tour of the Museu de Arte de São Paulo in Brazil.
72. Explore Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology featuring ancient artifacts and exhibits from the Mayan civilization.
73. Virtually explore over 40,000 works of art online from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
74. You can take a virtual tour of the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Panda cams are up and running, but the pandas might be camera-shy during your visit.
75. Visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. There are 129 pieces of art you can peruse online.
76. Check out the three online exhibits featured at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City that feature dioramas with whales, elephants, and more.
77. The Detroit Institute of Arts features some stunning online exhibits that feature the works of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
78. Explore the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection online by topic, art work, or by artist.
79. Explore six online exhibits of Georgia O’Keeffe from her namesake museum in Santa Fe.
80. Visit the Vatican Museums in a virtual tour that lets you skip the crowds. This includes a virtual visit of Michelangelo’s ceilings in the Sistine Chapel.
81. Discover the National Women’s History Museum with online exhibits and recorded oral histories.
82. With Facebook Live, you can take virtual cooking lessons for kids on the $5 Dinners Facebook page. Lessons offered Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. EST.
83. Join Erin Mae’s Facebook sing-alongs and play-alongs for kids. Geared for kids pre-K through 2nd grade. Every weekday at 1:30 p.m.
84. Mo Willems is hosting a daily live stream doodle session for kids. Willems is known for famous works including Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant and Piggy.
85. Make an Easter or spring wreath.
86. Make super-cute paper-plate jellyfish! I want to make them and keep them hanging all year round.
*87. Learn how to sew, knit, crochet, or do other needle work on Creativebug. New craft-makers get a 30-day free trial.
88. Make cute paper bead necklaces with scrap-booking paper.
89. Make crayons in fun shapes and molds.
90. Create a family tree using thumbprints for leaves!
91. Make your own race car track on the floor with washi tape.
92. In a twist on #21, make some DIY glow-in-the dark bubble solution.
93. Cut up old sponges and make spiky sponge balls.
94. Make a kiddie car wash with foam noodles and PVC pipes.
95. Use pool noodles to make an outdoor obstacle course. (Swimsuits optional.)
96. Create your own skee-ball game at home with cardboard boxes and/or laundry baskets.
97. Make fun silly-face flip books with binder rings, paper, and markers.
98. Throw a birthday party for your kid’s favorite toy. Make birthday hats, birthday cards, decorations, and sign the birthday song.
99. Learn how to do a magic trick.
100. Have fun decorating some old jeans.
*101. Print out some of the pictures you have on your phone and make a scrapbook or hang them on the fridge. Lots of historians think that we are living in the Digital Dark Ages and our descendants will have no record of us. In a couple hundred years or more, our technology may be obsolete. Create some artifacts of your life!
102. Download the Tik Tok app and learn a trending new dance.
103. Try a big kid (adult) coloring happy like Colorfy.
104. Paint your nails or do a face mask.
*105. Test out some new beauty products.
106. Create a “Boredom Jar” for your kids (or spouse or roommate). Keep ideas in a jar. Every time they say they are bored, pull out a Post-It or slip of paper with an idea on it. If someone used the B-word, you have to do whatever boredom buster they pull out.
107. Give the car(s) a thorough washing at home.
108. Write a letter to a solider. Active-duty military love getting a letter in the mail.
109. Have a picnic, basket and ball, in the backyard.
110. Declutter your closet(s).
111. Play Sudoku.
112. Find a new podcast.
113. Listen to, or watch, Ted Talks. You can even find Ted Talks for kids!
114. Organize your digital photos in files. Back up your photos to the cloud.
115. Plant things indoors or outdoors. Get seeds online.
116. Write a short story.
117. Put together a list of 20 questions you want to ask your parent, grandparent, or other special person in your life before they die.
118. Memorize a passage (or two) of your favorite book.
119. Adults only: do a wine tasting! You and your partner can try, or do it remotely with friends over Zoom or Skype.
120. Try doing a paint by numbers kit.
121. Build a castle out of couch cushions.
122. Play bowling indoors with empty plastic bottles.
123. Try bird watching with binoculars.
124. Climb on the roof (if your crew can safely manage) and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood.
125. Have an indoor snowball fight with balled up pairs of white socks.
126. Create an extra large tic-tac-toe board with masking tape, painter’s tape, or even chalk outdoors.
127. Play an old fashioned games of marbles or Jacks.
*128. Order in lunch or dinner to support a local business. With Door Dash, you can get free delivery on your first order and earn a $5.00 cash bonus.
129. Watch a new movie release at home. Set up a movie theater at home with comfy seats and buttery popcorn. You can even make tickets, a concession stand, etc.
130. Try a karaoke night. Just sing along to a YouTube video – many have lyrics right there on the screen.
131. Make (and send) homemade greeting cards.
132. Put up the Christmas decorations if you have them.
*133. Take a break from screen time and read interesting stories on actual printed paper. Monthly magazine subscriptions still exist.
134. Make fruit kebabs.
135. Explore your backyard with a magnifying glass.
136. Make a pasta or macaroni necklace.
137. Bust out the lawn games like lawn darts and croquet.
138. Learn origami.
139. Have a hula hoop workout or hula hoop party.
140. Make a bouquet of wildflowers outdoors.
141. Play Twister.
142. Get unlimited video games delivered to your door with Gamefly.
143. Take loads of selfies and have fun with new filters.
144. Fix something broken that you’ve been putting off.
145. Water all of your plants. (There’s a reason you can’t keep houseplants alive.)
146. Play outdoor bingo. Create bingo boards for things your kids can see happening outside, like a squirrel climbing on the fence or a red car driving by.
147. Have a staring contest.
148. Make fingerprint and footprint art.
149. Learn what a haiku is, and write one.
150. Make edible jewelry.
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