Now more than ever we need fun things to do when at home.
In this isolation it is easy to feel bored and struggle to find fun things to do, in particular if we are extroverted and our main hobby is going out with friends.
We might think online shopping can cheer us up, but there are plenty of fun things to do at home without spending any money.
Yes, you could clean the house and catch up with some life admin, but we all deserve a break, right?
This is a very difficult time for us all, worrying for our family and friends, for our finances and looking forward to life going back to normal. And it’s easy to end up in a spiral of constantly checking the news and worry even more.
To take our mind off this situation, we need distractions.
And what better distraction than 20 fun things to do when at home for free?
Fun things to do when at home – alone
Read a book
If you’re anything like me, you have an ever growing reading list. What a better time to tackle some of those books?
Immerging in another world will help you spend some time away from technology and hopefully jump in a world where social distancing is not required.
In the unlucky event you have no books left at home, you could sign up for a kindle unlimited trial or browse over 60,000 free classics on Project Gutenberg
Visit a museum online
Nothing can beat the real thing, but did you know that there are plenty of museums that offer free virtual tours and online collections?
Clearly, this is a great way to spend some time if you’re an artistic person, but even if you’re not, why not browsing for a little while? You might discover a new interest!
Use the power of google to wonder around some amazing art and architecture. For example, you could discover 6 wonders of Italy, from the ruins of Pompeii to the grand Colosseum, without leaving your couch.
Bullet journaling (BuJo) is all over the internet as the best way to track the past, order the present, and design your future. This tool will help you plan for anything you’re trying to achieve or build new habits and improve yourself.
Learn all about it on the official website
Do a personality test
Keen on improving yourself but don’t know where to start?
Try this unofficial version of the very famous Myer-Briggs test and get to know yourself a bit better.
I have done both the official test and this online so I can attest it is accurate.
In both cases I was told I am ISTJ , also known as “Inspector” because of my focus on details and interest in doing things correctly. Apparently I share personality traits with Natalie Portman, Queen Elizabeth and Warren Buffett – very interesting!
Have a home spa day
Light up some candles and put some music on, and relax for an hour.
This is the perfect opportunity to use up those body wash you have received at Christmas or the face mask samples you have received with your last order. Or you could make your own bathbomb, following this online tutorial.
Write a novel (or just a diary)
Writing can be therapeutic, especially if you’re stuck at home, so why not trying to write a novel or a short story?
If you think you have no creativity you could always write an autobiography or just a diary. It will be fun to read once this crazy time is over!
Call a friend
Now more than ever it is really important to stay in touch with family and friends.
If you’re more a text or whatsapp kind of person, use this opportunity to arrange a video call instead.
You could use Whatsapp, Facetime or try the latest trend House Party for a super easy video chat. They even have games you can play online with your friends in the app like Heads Up!, Quick Draw, or a good old Trivia.
Finish something you’ve been putting off
This may not come at the top of your list as a fun thing to do when at home and I agree with you.
It may not be that much fun whilst doing it, but you will surely feel great once that’s done: update your CV, create a meal plan, update your budget, shop around for better deals for your utility bills or deep clean the house. Your future self will thank you for it!
If you have no clue when your bills are due for renewal, or it feels like every month there is a new bill to pay (no judgment, we’ve all been there), check out my Editable Bills Tracker.
You will feel so much more in control and ready to shop around for the best deal when the renewal dates come. It’s available for free in my Freebies Library!
Make a bucket list
Write down all the things you want to do and achieve in your life (once you’re free to leave the house!) and start thinking what you can do to tick them off your list.
Do some research and write down the steps required to get there.
Learn a new dance
Download the Tik Tok app and learn the trending dance everyone is doing.
You’ll surely use these new moves on the dancefloor in the future!
Listen to a podcast
I love podcasts because you can learn something when you’re busy doing something else.
I used to listen to podcasts during my commute to work, but I now tend to listen to a good podcast when I am cooking or doing some work on my PC.
You can listen to them on multiple platforms and websites, including Spotify.
Plan a holiday
With so much time on your hand, you could start planning your next holiday.
I know it could seem counter intuitive and frankly a bit depressing to plan for something that (right now) you can’t do. But think about it, you often start dreaming about holidays way before booking, and I’m sure you often wished you had more time to plan activities or do some research (I sure did).
Now you have time for all of this!
Not only pick a destination, but start researching hotels, things to do and to see when you’re there. And most importantly the best local restaurants to try! I’ve been to Edinburgh not long ago and I can’t recommend it enough!
Related: Holiday in Edinburgh on a budget
Fun things to do when at home – together
Go through old photos
Make scrapbook or photo album if you’re crafty, or just go through it and revive memories.
This is one of the best things to do when you feel like being nostalgic, remember the old times and getting some good laughs.
Themed dinner and movie night
An easy way to turn a normal dinner into something fun, is to make it a themed night.
As an example, if you’re planning lasagnas for dinner, why not eating it whilst watching an italian film? Or you could listen to mexican music when eating tacos. Bonus points if you dress up!
Get to know each other better
Do you think you know everything about your partner or family?
Try these 200 (Not Boring) Questions To Ask To Get To Know Someone Better and make meaningful conversations with your loved ones.
Learn to bake
With so many chefs and instagram influencers sharing their best recipes online, this is the best time to learn to bake something new.
There is something for everybody from pizza to sourdough bread, to a three layers cake.
You don’t need fancy equipment to play karaoke.
You only need Youtube and your voice. Play your favourite songs, sing along and have fun!
If you fancy sharing your singing skills with the world you can join Smule where you can “Practice singing. Create music. Make friends.”
Look at the stars
Put a blanket in your garden, pour a glass of wine and look up. Can you spot any constellation or planet?
If astronomy is not your forte, download the Star Chart app and point your phone at the star, the app will tell you everything about it!
Have a picnic in the garden
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, why not eat al fresco? You only need a blanket and finger food to enjoy some time outside.
If the weather is not good, move some furniture and do it in the house. Or even better, make a blanket fort with ropes, blankets, cushions and fairy lights!
Play an online game
Online games are very popular as a fun thing to do when at home. However, they are often associated with console like PlayStation or Nintendo Switch and they are known to be quite expensive.
But there are plenty of games you can play online for free!
These are my favourite:
Cards against Humanity
Or as the creators call it, ‘the party game for horrible people’.
The original version of this game is adult only, and there are plenty to choose from online as the concept of the game is not protected by copyright (this from Airconsole is my favourite) but luckily it is now available online a family friendly version that you can print at home and play with your kids. Be ready to spend an evening laughing!
This classic game never goes out of style and it’s perfect to play whilst chatting with your family and friends.
If you are anything like me, you have left all your puzzle in your childhood home and that’s where this website comes to the rescue.
They offer live puzzle games where you can play with strangers (public puzzles) or you can create your own puzzle from a large collection of images (private puzzles), where you can invite people to join you.
What’s even better is that you can decide how many pieces your puzzle should be, making it the perfect game for adults and children.
With so much time on your hand, this could be the best time to start a game of Monopoly and actually finish it!
This online version is perfect to play with friends.
How are you spending your time at home without spending any money? Let me know in the comments below!