41 Fun Things to Do at Home with Friends, Family, or Alone
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It has been said that there is no place like home. The warmth of a home is not dependent on its structure or decoration. It is the people in the house that make the home a place worth living.
A home is a place where we feel secure, where we can be who we are and feel loved. But if you really want to enjoy it, then one thing you should do is take out some time from your hectic schedule to spend with the people you care about.
That’s why, in this article, we will cover 41 fun things you can do at home with friends, family, or even alone.
Side note: If you want to discover more ways to add happiness to your life, then check out Happier Human, which has 53 specific, science-backed habits designed to increase your level of happiness.
41 Fun Activities to Do at Home
Here is a list of some fun things that you can try at home. Remember that every family is unique and will have their own preferences regarding how to spend quality time together. The following activities common ones that many households enjoy.
1. Cook Together
Do you like watching cooking shows? You might have seen shows where the chefs are divided into teams. These teammates work together to create magical dishes. You can bring the same creativity and enthusiasm into your kitchen. Cooking together is a great activity that brings family members closer together. You can have fun and create finger-licking-good dishes at the same time.
Since you are cooking together, you can easily split up the work. And if you are uncertain about what to cook, you can try out any new recipe you learn while watching a show or reading a cookbook. Or you can prepare your family’s favorite meal using the recipe you found in your grandma's old chest. Whatever dish you choose to create, don't forget to have a lot of fun in the process, and fill the kitchen with laughter.
2. Karaoke Night
Who said that karaoke night should be restricted to special events? Why should you wait for Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve to take out the mic stand and sing your heart out? While there is nothing wrong with having fun with your relatives at family functions, you can also enjoy yourself any night of the week with your immediate family. Search for songs together that you can sing as a family. Your interactive performances will help you build beautiful memories that you will cherish for years to come.
3. Have a BBQ
Nothing says America like a homemade burger. BBQ nights are super fun, and have their own distinct qualities that everyone seems to love. To make BBQ nights more special, call your friends over for supper/dinner and enjoy hot hamburgers on the lawn with some wine.
4. Start a Garden
A garden is a lot of work and requires regular maintenance, but when you involve your entire family in the process, each family member will have a sense of responsibility toward maintaining it. You can ask your family members to plant the crops of their choice and then take care of them. In this way, your garden can have lots of different types of plants in one place. A lush green garden adds an appealing look to your house, and there is nothing better than eating food straight off the vine together.
5. Read a Book
Many people are confused when they are told to consider reading as a family activity, but there is an easy to read a book together with your family, and that is to listen to an audiobook. But not many book lovers like the concept of an audiobook and they want to read the book by themselves.
You can also take turns reading a hard copy of a book, and leaves notes for the next person who reads it after you. Then, once everyone has finished the book, you can have a family discussion about it, sort of like a book club!
6. Play a Board Game
Board games are designed for multiple players. Even if you are playing a simple game, it will be better enjoyed if you have more than two people playing. Fortunately, almost everyone loves playing board games, and there is nothing as fun as playing a game with your family.
You can make the game even more exciting by having a reward for the winner. It doesn't necessarily have to be a material reward. For example, the person who wins the game could be exempted from their daily chores for a day or two. Since the stakes are high, your family members will participate more enthusiastically.
7. Make Homemade Greeting Cards
Personalized greeting cards are a great way to tell your relatives that you have been thinking about them. And what's better than bringing your entire family together when crafting a card for your loved ones? The supplies that you need for creating a card are easily available at an arts and crafts shop. Take a trip to a nearby shop and choose the products that you think will be perfect for your cards. After that, dedicate a weekend to this activity, and make personalized cards for your family members and friends.
Once you sit down to design different cards for your family, you will realize how valuable this activity is. It doesn't just bring you closer as a family, but also makes you realize the love and respect you have for your other family members, and teaches you the importance of always remain close.
8. Role Play
Give each family member a different role to play, and have an evening full of fun. For example, ask your youngest daughter to play the role of Daddy, and see for yourself how your children view their parents. This brief activity can go a long way toward building a strong bond between you and your kids
9. Put Together a Puzzle
Find a complex, 1000-piece puzzle and put the power of teamwork to the test. Puzzles are a great way to spend some quality time together and learn to cooperate.
10. Create a Scrapbook
Scrapbooks are a way of arranging and presenting personal and family history. Creating a scrapbook as a family activity is a good way to help children learn about their family members. With family photos of everyone from their great grandparents to their third cousin, a scrapbook can be used to preserve every small detail of a family. In addition to making a scrapbook that deals with family history, you can also make one that preserves current moments. Create a book that has pictures of different family events such as birthdays, anniversary dinners, and graduation parties so that you have the memory with you forever.
11. Create a Collage
Another way to scrapbook is by making a collage, which is a collection of photos attached together to make one big photo. Use photos from different occasions and make on a big collage of your family. You can use the finished product for decorating your house. It will be a great addition to your living room decor.
12. Declutter the House
Every house is home to random junk that is not sorted out because of lack of time. At first, the idea of decluttering your house as a family activity might seem less fun than other ideas, but if you do it wholeheartedly, you will not only have a lot of fun, but also enjoy some emotional moments with your family.
Decluttering your house means going through all the stuff that you don’t use anymore, which means that you will have to go through the old toys that you had when your children were small, the DVDs that you used to watch on movie night, and maybe even the personal belongings of family members who are no longer with you. This will lead to lots of emotion and nostalgia, which is always great for bringing people together.
In addition, decluttering your house together is an easy way of getting rid of the junk that you had been wanting to dispose of, but just couldn't find the time.
13. Have an Indoor Picnic
You want to enjoy a small picnic with your family, but neither the weather nor your daily schedule is allowing you to go out and enjoy a nearby park. How about having a picnic indoors? Instead of having smores, you can have ice cream sandwiches made in your very own kitchen. The best part is that you don't have to wait for a long weekend for this picnic, as you can have it at any time you want.
14. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunting is a fun activity enjoyed by people of all ages. Regardless of how old your children are (or even if you don't have children), you can easily enjoy this classic evening of fun. Set out some clues and a treasure, and let the games begin!
15. Try a New Craft
Sewing, crochet stitching, and other related activities are all fun activities to try at home as a family. There are many kits available on the market that help people get into new crafts, so choose one with your family and dive in!
16. Have a Fun Family Meeting
Family meetings are generally held to discuss serious matters with your family members, assign daily duties, and talk about progress in school. These meetings are often dreaded by younger family members, as they are scared of the wrath of their parents or siblings. However, you can make these meetings fun.
This doesn't mean that you shouldn't be having serious discussions with your family, but it is important for your family members to realize that they can have discussions on light topics with you too, and that there doesn't have to be an angry fight just because the family is sitting together at the dining table talking. Family meetings generally bring all members closer to each other and allow them to discuss their problems. If you add an element of fun to them, these meetings will prove to be even more successful.
17. Play Charades
Charades are a great way to enjoy an afternoon full of creativity and laughter. Fill a bowl with assignments and gather the family for an hour of acting, guessing, and fun.
18. Have a Costume Party
Costume parties are often limited to Halloween, but why should you have to wait for a holiday to dress up? Get the family together for an evening of dress-up, or throw a themed party where all the guests will have to wear costumes that have the elements of a particular era.
19. Video Chat With a Family Member
In today's global age, many families have family members who have gone abroad for studies or a job. And almost all of them have video chats with their families back home. Because of the difference in time zones, it can be difficult for all family members to gather around the laptop and talk, but you can decide on a specific day to talk to your loved one. Clear your schedule, ignore the time, and gather around the webcam to talk as a family.
20. Carve Pumpkins
Pumpkin carving is a fun activity that you can do at your home with your family. Fall is pumpkin season, but pumpkin carving is not limited to Halloween. Regardless if you are taking part in Halloween festivities or not, grab some pumpkins and knives and dig in!
21. Decorate the House
Home decor is something you can do for hours and hours without getting bored. Whether you are placing decorative pieces on a shelf, arranging books on a bookshelf, rearranging the furniture set, or repainting the house, you can make home decor a family activity and spend some quality time together.
22. Decorate the House for Christmas
Christmas is many people’s favorite time of year, and decorating the house is part of the fun. Whether you like lights, balls, christmas trees, or wreaths, make sure that you decorate your house with your family. Each person should actively take part in the decoration process.
23. Play Badminton
Playing an outdoor game with your family is a great recipe for uninterrupted fun and a large dose of laughter, and badminton is one of the easiest games to set up in your yard. Friendly matches with your family are a great way to spend weekends at home.
24. Have a Dance Party
Dancing can be both energizing and relaxing at the same time. While not everyone is a natural dancer, nearly everyone enjoys doing it from time to time. So why not get the family together and throw a dance party. Clear out the living room, pump some fun music, and get your boogie on.
25. Make a Shopping List
While it may not sound like a fun activity at first, pull the kids together and compile a list of grocery items together. You can have one family member check whether the fridge needs restocking, while another can list down the things that you need. Preparing a list helps you with your shopping, and makes your kids feel like they are part of the family unit.
26. Shop for Home Decor/ Ideas for Renovation
Since the whole family lives in your home together, they might as well all be involved in decorating it. Spend an afternoon online looking at different ideas and products to renovate or spruce up your house.
27. Watch a Movie
Watching a movie alone will never be as fun as watching it with the people you love. Pick out a favorite, throw some popcorn in the microwave, and the family to the movies in the comfort of your own home.
28. Make a Family Video
Family videos are a great way to relive the exciting moments that you shared with your family members. And with today’s advanced technology, making a video is as simple as turning on your smartphone. No matter what you are doing, turn your phone to video mode and make some memories.
29. Go Through Old Family Albums
Old family albums remind you of the good times that you have had together, and the loved ones you’ve lost. Different family members have different memories of places and people, so go through your family albums together and enjoy the opportunity to talk openly about your feelings. Doing so can be cathartic, bring you closer together, or simply bring back happy memories.
30. Have a Tea Party
An evening snack with your family is a good way to catch up on what's going on in your life. Even better is to set up a table in your backyard and have tea or coffee under the open sun. You can also have some freshly baked snacks to make tea time even more fun.
31. Build a Fort
Children love forts, and so do adults, although they often get too busy and suppress the voice of their inner children. Use storage boxes to build a fort-like structure and have quality time as a family. You can also decorate it with lights or place sleeping bags inside it to give an authentic look and feel.
32. Play Hide and Seek
Hide and seek was everyone’s favorite when they were kids, but there’s no reason adults can’t enjoy it to. Get your kids together, count to 10, and see who can stay hidden the longest!
33. Reorganize Your Closet
Messy closets are common in many households. During spring cleaning, you might half-heartedly reorganize your closet, only to see it get cluttered again the very next day. If you are looking for a fun activity to do at home, try reorganizing your closet. Family members can help each other, making the work easier while spending quality time together.
34. Play With Legos
Legos are fun for all ages, and can be a great way to spend time together as a family. Choose one set for each person, then let your Lego worlds interact and grow into a huge Lego universe.
35. Make Up Your Own Game
Sometimes the best game is one that you make up yourself. Draw up some rules and an objective, then see where the game leads you. Keep the rules open-ended so that the game can evolve each time you play and come up with better ideas.
36. Discuss News
There is a lot going on in the world, and we are constantly bombarded with stories by the media. This can get to be overwhelming for just about anyone, let alone kids, so taking time to discuss the recent news is a great way to better understand it and deal with the stress.
37. Watch a Reality Show
Reality shows have become super popular over the past decade, and for good reason. They bring together drama, entertainment, and a variety of themes to appeal to just about anyone. Choose the theme that your family best relates to, then settle in for some veg time with your favorite reality stars.
38. Have a Water Balloon Fight
Water balloon fights bring out the kid in everyone, and are a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. Spend an hour filling the balloons together as a family, then set up your forts and get ready to get wet!
39. Do Yoga
Yoga is not only healthy for your body and mind, but it’s also a fun activity that you can enjoy with your family members. A 30-minute yoga exercise in the morning gets you grounded and ready for the day, relieves your stress levels, and allows you to bond as a family.
40. Build a Snowman
Is it wintertime, and is there snow on the ground? Instead of wishing for summer, a better idea is to make the best of what you have. Embrace winter and the snow on the ground by building a snowman. This classic family activity will give you hours of fun, and remind you of the afternoon you spent together until Frosty finally melts away.
41. Make a Family Vision Board
Vision boards are a great tool for getting clear about and manifesting your goals in life. So why not dream big as a family? Discuss what goals you’d like to achieve as a collective unit and list down all the ideas. If there are little kids in the family, you can assist them in formulating their goals.
Then get a sturdy board, some old magazines, scissors, glue, and other embellishments. Cut out words and pictures that represent your goals, and paste them to the vision board in whatever form you want. The Internet is also a good source of printable materials for your board. Once you are done, display the board where you can all see it, so that you always keep your family goals in mind.
The Final Word on Fun Activities
Home is where your heart is, and where you are truly happy. Close relationships with your family members and friends make being at home even better, and give you a lot to be grateful for. But if you start to take your time together for granted, you can quickly forget how fortunate you are to have people in your life who you love, and who love you.
Take time out of your busy schedule to pause and enjoy life together. Doing fun activities at home helps you appreciate what you have, and reminds you to be grateful for all the blessings in your life.
Finally, if you’d like to discover additional ways to add happiness to your life, then check out Happier Human, which has 53 specific, science-backed habits designed to increase your happiness level.