7 Fun Things to Do at Home Tonight (Besides Watch TV)

If you and your family (or your roommates) always find yourself sitting on the couch, or in front of the computer, and all that screen time is starting to make you a little stir-crazy , we’ve got a few ideas for creative ways to while away boring nights.

If you don’t have housemates, you can do everything on this list (in one way or another) over the internet, using Facetime or Skype or Zoom to connect with friends or family anywhere in the world. You might need to plan ahead to make sure everyone has the same puzzle or ingredients, but the connection you’re forging will be well worth the extra work.

1. Play a game

Dust off that old game of Clue, or Trivial Pursuit, or Monopoly (ok, maybe not Monopoly unless it’s a really long night) and challenge your housemates to some good old-fashioned intellectual competition. I always forget, until I’m playing them, how much board games can bring out people’s personalities and show you new sides of people you already thought you knew. Just try not to let rivalries or hard feelings linger after the game’s over. In my house, one of our rules is that the winner always picks up the game, which tends to take the edge off gloating. Read more: Experts Pick the Very Best Board Games for Families, Adults, Couples, or Anyone!

2. Put together a puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles, I think, are incredibly underrated. Sure, working on a puzzle may not be as immediately gratifying as say, watching a car chase, but it has a certain slow joy that is a nice antidote to the chaos of modern life. When you’re piecing together a puzzle, you can explore a bit, try different combinations, take your time. If you work on a puzzle with someone else, you’ll wind up having all kinds of conversations that you might not otherwise have had. Puzzles are like alcohol. They relax people. Read more: How to Be Really Good at Jigsaw Puzzles—Plus, 6 to Buy Right Now

3. Have a cook-off

Cooking is fun: competitive cooking is even more fun. Rummage through your cabinets for random, leftover ingredients, and challenge one of your housemates to a cookoff, iron-chef style. Winner gets bragging rights, everyone gets to eat something.

4. Draw each other

No, this doesn’t have to be some kind of sexy “Titanic” thing (unless you really want it to be). Some of the most fun I’ve had with friends at house parties involves just paper and pencils: turns out, drawing people you know is really, really fun. You can have one person pose and all draw that person, or just have everyone in the room draw someone else. And you don’t have to all be Da Vincis: Having participants with a range of styles and skill levels makes the end results especially entertaining.

5. Make something

Crafts are like Sudoku for your hands. And you don’t have to make a lifelong commitment to knitting to procure an evening’s entertainment. Trying searching online for instructions for origami, or even towel art. Or heck, just decoupage something. Read more: How To Make an Origami Fortune Teller

6. Bake something really difficult that you’ve never baked before

Make dumplings. Or macaroons. Or a pie-crust from scratch. Now’s the time to try an intimidating recipe that you’ve heard takes forever. After all, you’ve got plenty of time. And, as a bonus, it makes the house warmer! Read more: How to Make Homemade Asian Dumplings from Scratch

7. Build a pillow fort

You may think that you are too old to build a pillow fort, but you are wrong. Building pillow forts is a joy that knows no season, and when you’re an adult you don’t have to worry about your mom coming into the room and having a fit when she sees the couch standing on its side. Once your pillow fort is complete, you can sleep inside of it. Or eat macarons. Or play a board game. Or make towel art. The sky’s the limit. Want more ideas? Check out (Stay in Your Apartment) Therapy: Our Guide to Being Home Right Now

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