Weather is unpredictable, and even the usually reliable app on our phones can be completely wrong. What looked like a beautiful, sunny evening can suddenly become overcast and turn to rain in a matter of hours, ruining the outdoor plans you had made for your family.
Fear not, you will not have to scramble to find a backup plan. If you’re locked inside, there are never enough activities to keep you occupied. Cabin fever, after all, is no fun at all. But all it takes is a shift in mindset and a well-curated expert list to change that. Stay with us, and you’ll find most to keep you entertained, from books to games to movies and TV shows. Though not to give up on the delights of the outside world just yet, you might feel more inclined. You know, it’s pretty damned lovely out there. Thanks to technology, there are plenty of easy options out there for you to enjoy a night in, whether it is just you and your partner or a family of six. Add these ideas to your repertoire so that you are always prepared for a change in plans.
The beauty of a smartphone? Endless apps
There are literally thousands of apps available for smartphones and tablets. If you are trying to kill time or create a memory-filled with laughter, try out some popular games that you can download within minutes and put to good use. Games like Heads-Up or Mad Libs are great choices for people of all ages, and you could be playing them within minutes of finding them in the app store. There are apps that can test your memory, reactions, and teamwork, and some are even educational. You can find a game that works for everyone with the vast library of options in the app store.
Raining outside? Perfect time for a movie night
There are some really creative setups for home theaters that could give you inspiration for the movie night experience, but all you need is a tv, some comfy seating, and maybe some snacks to create a relaxed setting. The popularity of streaming platforms also makes it easier to find a movie to watch with huge libraries of on-demand selections. If you know how to jailbreak a Firestick (if not checkout troypoint.com), you can access even more free movies than ever before. The point is that movie night can look however you want and it is a great way to bring a family, or couple, together for a few hours. Plus, nothing beats cozying up on the couch with a blanket on a rainy day, and watching a movie with your loved ones gives you an excuse to do just that.
Pick a project or craft to do
Thanks to the internet, you can learn almost anything through tutorial videos or helpful blogs. Whether you want to be ambitious and look for a house project to do or just find a simple craft that can be done with regular household items, working with your hands to create something can be a fun bonding experience for your family. As a bonus, you will have something tangible at the end of the night to remind you of the experience. It could be something simple, like a sleigh made out of popsicle sticks that makes a cute Christmas ornament. Or you could go bigger and create your own board game with materials from around the house. Whatever you choose, you can bet that there are tutorials on Youtube or Pinterest that can show you the way. Pull out your phone, do some browsing, and get creative!
Make a home movie
Mobile devices and user-friendly editing programs help make this option a really fun alternative. What weird outfits do you own that would make a funny costume for the movie? Do you have a particularly well-behaved, (or even poorly-behaved), pet that could be the star of the show and get everyone laughing? If you have kids, the process of coming up with a story could be a memory that lasts for a lifetime. It is so easy to make a home movie with how advanced smartphone cameras are and the availability of apps that make video-editing on your phone a quick and easy process. You can write, film, edit, and watch a finished product all in one night. Break out a pencil and paper, open the camera app, and make the next blockbuster.
Who says karaoke is only for special occasions? Why put off taking out the mic stand until Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas Eve? While there’s nothing wrong with having a good time with your relatives at family gatherings, you can have fun with your immediate family any night of the week. Look for family-friendly tunes to sing together. Your engaging performances will help you create lasting memories.
If you’re looking for a family karaoke machine, we’ve done the legwork for you. If you’re on a budget, however, you may always connect your phone to your computer.
Armed with ideas, you will always be ready
When weather, or other circumstances, make you cancel your evening plans, don’t miss the opportunity to create a memory for your family. You may be tempted to just accept the change in plans and let everyone do whatever they want for the rest of the night. But you can grab this chance by the horns and grow closer as a family with these ideas. Board games are actually a fun thing to do when you are all packed up at home for no reason. You may make the whole thing more intriguing by giving the winner a prize. It is not required that the incentive be monetary. For instance, the winner of the game might be excused from doing their daily tasks for a day or two. Because the stakes are so high, your family members will be more eager about participating.
Maybe none of these are really your cup of tea. That is the beauty of living in 2024 because someone out there has thought of an idea that would be perfect for you. All you have to do is hop on Google, Pinterest, or Youtube, and look up “fun things to do on a rainy day.” You will find thousands of ideas from thousands of different people. The internet is the best!