Blizzards are boring. I know this because I live in the tundra of Maine where it has snowed non-stop for the last 3 weeks. Being snowed is fun for the first few hours when you get to sleep in and don’t have to go to work. But when the novelty wears off the reality of being trapped in your house with nothing to do can start to make you a little stir crazy. I’m an indoor person (possibly a vampire) and even I can get a little cabin fever during a snow day. So here are some easy, free, fun activities to try out the next time the snow keeps you stuck indoors.
1. DIY Spa Day – Paint your nails, do your make-up, wash and style your hair real fancy. You could even Google DIY facials to make your skin glow.
2. Old Movie Marathon – Everyone has Netflix marathons, but may I recommend busting out the DVDs or heck even VHS tapes if you still have a player. Go old school and binge on Disney movies. I watched the Lizzie McGuire Movie the other day with friends and it was spectacular.
3. Bake-Off – Use whatever ingredients you already have in your kitchen and see who can make the tastiest treat from scratch.
4. Rearrange Your Furniture – It will give you a new perspective plus a little exercise.
5. Board Game Tournament – When was the last time you played a board game? Dig out the Monopoly Board!
6. Clean Out Your Closet – Keep the stuff you wear, make a donation pile of the stuff you don’t.
7. Karaoke Contest – YouTube your favorite songs and sing along. This is particularly fun if you add in some throwbacks like N*SYNC and Spice Girls. 90’s dance moves required.
8. Fancy Dinner Party – Get dressed up, decorate the table with candles, play some classical music, talk in British accents . . . whatever makes it seem more special than the average meal.
9. Dramatic Reenactments – You could act out scenes from your favorite movie, read aloud from your favorite book with different voices for each character, or lip sync to your favorite song. Anything that gets you up and keeps you entertained.
10. Rubber Band War – My sister and I did this once when we were little and for some unknown reason our parents left us alone together in the house. It was amazingly awesome until I got hit directly in the eye, cried, and quote “ruined the game for everyone.”
11. Build a Fort – Forts are the best. Make a really elaborate one with all the blankets and pillows you have in your house and then cozy up inside of it.
12. Tell Scary Stories – “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary . . .” AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
13. Paint or Draw – I’m terrible at both of these, but I was surprisingly talented at copying the instructor when I went to one of those Paint Bars where they walk you through how each step. The wine might have helped . . . but you could YouTube Bob Ross and make your own masterpiece.
14. Practice Yoga – Ooooom. Maybe you’ll find inner peace despite being trapped inside.
15. Write a Postcard to a Faraway Friend – With social media it’s easy to feel like you’re still in touch with long distance friends without actually talking to them. Reconnect by sending them some snail mail love.
16. Make a Collage – Use old photos, cut outs from magazines, ticket stubs, etc. to decorate a bulletin board or other space.
17. Write a Bucketlist – Make a list of things you want to do if the snow storm ever ends. Dream big.
18. Have a Picnic in Your Living Room – You can pretend like you’re outside in a nice sunny park instead of snowed into your living room. And it’s weirdly always fun to eat on the floor.
19. Have a Fashion Show – You’re never too old to play dress up. Practice your catwalk strut and your smize.
20. Read a Book – See if you can read the whole thing in one day! Just pick something in the 200-300 page range. Don’t go too crazy.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!