We’ve all heard those three dreaded words “I’m so bored!” and with so many of us under self-quarantine, as COVID-19 rears its ugly head, it can be difficult to find fun things to do together. Enter our list of 31 boredom busters.
Here are 31 ways to keep you and your family entertained.
Outdoor Boredom Busters
1. Have your own Easter egg hunt with plastic eggs. You don’t need to fill them up with anything, or you could add small things inside, like stickers or any small change you might have.
2. Try Geocaching. This might be your favorite new activity as you and your family go on your own type of treasure hunts.
3. Explore nature. Visit your local State or National Park. Go to the beach. Visit Botanical Gardens. You can keep a healthy distance from others around you and enjoy the beautiful world around you.
4. Take a walk. Go for a hike, or listen to music while you take in the beauty of the world around you.
5. Get out the sidewalk chalk and make a masterpiece! Or, a hopscotch court, checkers, tic-tac-toe, and more!
6. Play in the sprinklers. Provided the weather’s nice outside, put on your bathing suits and have at it!
Boredom Busters for the Whole Family
7. Play Hide-and-Go-Seek or Sardines. This game works really well inside or outside. Choose if you want everyone to hide with one seeker, aka “hide and seek”. Or, you can do the inverse, where one person hides, everyone else becomes a sardine with them, and the last person to find them is the next person to hide.
8. Work in the garden. Whether you’re growing flowers or vegetables, it’s a wonderful way to get in touch with nature. Plus, you can get a decent workout pulling all the weeds!
9. Go on a family bike ride. With spring flowers starting to bloom, you’ll feel a sense of joy and freedom as you explore on your bikes together.
10. Play Foursquare. Find a hard surface and get out a foursquare ball. You don’t need a ton or space or skills to get a good game in! And you can create a court with the sidewalk chalk.
11. Have a family fashion show. Go through the dress-up box or the box of clothes that should probably be headed to Goodwill, and vote on your favorite outfit combo.
12. Family Game Night. Pick your favorite board game or card game and get ready for some friendly (or insanely intense) competition!
Educational Boredom Busters
13. Watch a movie with subtitles. Mute it and work on your reading skills. Or, change the audio to another language so you can start getting immersed in a new language.
14. Take an online class. It’s easier than ever to learn online, and whether you learn through a university or Masterclass, it’s a fun way to learn.
15. Watch a documentary. Were your kids’ science classes canceled? No problem! Learn about different types of animals or people all over the world. There are countless options on Netflix, Disney+, or Amazon Prime to keep your whole family entertained.
16. Download a new educational app. There are so many fun and educational video games that make learning fun. Whether you learn a new language with Duolingo or brush up on your math facts with Reflex Math. Educational apps cut the boredom and have a long-lasting effect.
17. Tour a virtual museum. Even if you can’t see the art up-close and personal, you can choose nearly any museum in the world to learn about art, history, and culture.
18. Play it loud. Have you ever wanted to learn a musical instrument, but never had the time? Now’s your chance! There are multiple easy-to-use online resources as you start your musical journey. You can even use a tablet as a keyboard if you don’t necessarily have a piano at home.
Indoor Boredom Busters
19. Three Words: Family. Dance. Party. Not only is it fun, but also a great way to burn off energy when you’re housebound. You can also use this time as a reward after cleaning the kitchen.
20. Solve a puzzle together. Get the whole family in on the action, or let your little guys do a larger jigsaw puzzle on the floor while adults work on some with smaller pieces. Liberty Puzzles are especially fun, and boost your analytical thinking skills!
21. Play a card game like Memory, Go Fish or War. It’s a great way for younger guys to play and work on their math skills.
22. Sing your hearts out with Karaoke. Even if you’re totally tone deaf, you can always crank up the volume and sing to your heart’s content.
23. Create your own comic strip. Download a blank comic book template, and create a storyline with pictures.
24. Make a Time Capsule. Add in some photos, favorite things, and notes, and set a date to open it ten years or another date in the future.
25. Do a workout video. Get the whole family involved- you can find some fun dance video options or stretching activities with everyone together. Bonus points if you can get a vintage copy of Richard Simmons’ Sweatin’ to the Oldies!
What are Some Boredom Busters for Adults?
26. Try a new recipe. Have you ever wanted to bake your grandma’s famous brownies yourself? Or wanted to teach your kids how to bake? Now’s your chance!
27. Go through old photos and put together a photo book online so you can have hard copies of your favorite pictures. Or, just print out a few favorites and frame them.
28. Clean your closet. While organizing isn’t everyone’s idea of a fun activity, it’s a great way to stay focused and occupied when you want to do something productive.
29. Call a friend. There’s something so beautiful about talking to an old friend you haven’t seen in a while but really gets you. Take time to connect with some of the people you love. You can also set up a FamilyApp chat to reconnect with your favorite family members and friends.
30. Start scrapbooking. It’s a great way to commemorate many of life’s moments. You can even start a baby book for your now 11-year-old!
31. Take a bath. Whether you’re giving your kids a bubble bath, or taking care of yourself with an indulgent Epsom salt bath, enjoy some quiet time to unwind.
Whether you’re hunkered down inside or exploring the great outdoors, there are so many ways to keep your mind and body active. Let us know about your favorite boredom busters in the comments!