Did you ever think you’d be searching for fun things to do at home during a quarantine? If so, you may want to consider a future in fortune-telling, because you are good at predicting what none of the rest of us could have seen coming.
Still, here we all are. Stuck at home, looking for ways to keep ourselves busy, entertained, encouraged, and productive. If you’ve binged your way through your favorite series on Netflix and are at a loss for what to do next, this guide shares some of the best fun things to do inside.
Fun Things to Do at Home During a Quarantine
It won’t take you long to see that at least half of the options on our list are low-tech. Why? We know screen time is through the roof for all of us.
Finding balance is a good thing, especially when you’re stuck inside. If you’re in need of some new ideas, here are 39 fun things to do today.
1. Do A Puzzle
Puzzles are great activities to do at home. Why not try a gigantic puzzle? See if you can complete one of those 3,000 or 5,000 piece puzzles.
There are numerous options available on Amazon that you can have shipped right to your door.
2. Test Your Brain
Keep your brain sharp by downloading one of the many brain apps that help your memory, response time, and more.
One of my favorites is Luminosity, but there are quite a few out there. If the app isn’t free, you can earn free Google Play credits to purchase a new brain app.
3. Have A Movie Marathon
Have you ever seen Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Avengers or Star Wars series? If not, now you can binge-watch them.
Or really, you can binge-watch any series of movies that you’ve wanted to see. Disney+ is a terrific option to watch movies.
Disney+ no longer offers a free trial, but it’s still an excellent value. The service just $7.99 per month. Or, sign up for the Disney+ Hulu ESPN+ bundle for just $13.99 per month.
4. Cath Up on Your Shows
Do you want fun things to do at home when you’re bored? If so, take the time to catch up on your favorite shows.
Heck, you can even take the time to discover a new-to-you show. Hulu Live is an excellent choice for this as you can access many series on-demand, plus watch other content and get rid of your cable contract.
5. Have A “Kid’s” Movie Night
Remember those cartoon movies you loved watching as a kid? Check them out online and feel like a kid all over again, but this time with better snacks.
6. Start A Blog
Do you have something you want to say to the world? Now is the perfect time to start a blog.
If you want to monetize the site and have plans to grow it, Bluehost is a helpful resource. They launch your site, host it, and provide a free domain name for a year, for just $2.95 per month.
If you lack technical skills, Bluehost solves much of that for you.
7. Start A Business
If you were waiting for a good time to start a side hustle or business, now is a perfect time. Plus, it’s never been easier to get started.
All you need is internet access. Here are some of our favorite ways to earn money from home, many of which come from running your own business.
8. Write A Book
Are you looking for things to do at home alone? Writing a book is a fun way to fill your time, even if you don’t want the story to be public just yet.
Typing it is fine, but it takes longer to handwrite (which means more hours of your time filled).
9. Learn A New Language
Learn a new language or brush up on your high school language skills. Numerous apps and websites offer free language learning.
Duolingo is a fantastic choice if you’re new to learning a foreign language.
I get it; the world sucks right now. If you need to chill out for just a moment, take some time to meditate.
Most people have too much stuff, and that may include you. Take a few hours to go through your things, Marie Kondo style.
Bonus points if you find old electronics you can sell for cash to pad your budget.
12. Declutter Digitally
While you’re decluttering your space, declutter your digital world too. Clear out old photos, ditch old websites, and refresh your phone and computer.
Trust me. Your devices probably need it.
13. Practice Self-Care
There’s nothing wrong with taking this time and pampering yourself. Do a face mask, run a nice warm bubble bath, or do an at-home mani/pedi.
The possibilities are endless.
14. Look Up Kittens & Puppies
Do you want some ideas for fun things to do when you’re bored at home? You can do a quick internet search of cute animal faces and let them brighten your day.
This won’t fill much of your day, but it does warm the heart.
15. Learn Calligraphy
If you love art, you can always take yours to the next level. Learn how to make art with words and learn the beautiful hobby of calligraphy.
16. Learn How To Cook
Do you burn water? Well, now you can fix that. Start with a simple recipe or dish (like pasta) and work your way through your pantry.
This is a perfect choice for fun things for couples to do at home, especially if neither of you is a particularly good cook.
17. Learn How To Bake
I’m a great cook, but a horrible baker. So, I plan on learning how to bake during this time. My first recipe will be homemade brownies, no box mix.
Why don’t you try it as well?
18. Play Board Games
I’m not talking about those kids’ games. There are countless games you can play if you’re looking for fun stuff to do at home.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Playing a board game is a great way to fill your time, and one of my favorite date night ideas. Here are 35 other cheap date night ideas that don’t scrimp on the fun.
19. Play Video Games
If video games are more your speed, now’s your chance to play. With new releases of games (like Animal Crossing), you can even spend time with friends while you play.
20. Spring Clean
Spring is officially here, so don’t let an outbreak keep you from sprucing up your place. Make a list of all the cleaning you need to do and get it done.
It’ll feel extremely refreshing when you finish!
21. Listen To New Music
No list of fun things to do by yourself at home is complete without listening to music. New music is released every single day, and there are tons of albums that you may not have heard yet.
Get a free trial from Spotify and find some new music to dance to.
22. Video Chat Friends & Family
When you’re stuck inside, that doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with family and friends.
You can video chat them using apps like Zoom or Skype, as long as they have a smartphone or computer.
23. Write A Letter
If you don’t feel like video chatting, or if technology is taking over your life, try writing an actual letter. It can be to an old friend, a family member, or even a new pen pal.
But it’s a nice break to write something and put a stamp on it.
24. Do At-Home Workouts
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t continue to exercise. You can still keep up with your workouts (or work on getting fit) while quarantined.
Try at-home workouts from YouTube, Amazon, or even from those old DVDs you may have.
25. Try Out Adult Coloring Books
You don’t have to stop coloring just because you’re an adult. Try out an adult coloring book.
There are many to choose from, from fan-type books to flowers.
26. Create A Vision Board
If you haven’t had the chance to create a vision board for the year, now you have some time to do it.
Don’t forget to plan out those goals and visions so you can accomplish them this year.
27. Recreate A Pinterest Pin
I’ve had my fair share of bad Pinterest recreations. But it’s always worth a try. Try a new craft, hack, or recipe that you find on Pinterest.
28. Camp Indoors
You may not be able to go outside, but you can still enjoy camping inside. Roast some marshmallows over the stove, pop some popcorn, and build a fort.
Combine this with a movie night, and this is an excellent choice for fun things for couples to do at home.
29. Complete Those Home Projects
Do you have any renovations or DIY home projects that you’ve meant to do? Make a list of them and start working through it.
30. Have A Chopped Challenge
If you’re lucky enough to be stuck inside with a loved one (or a few), have a Chopped food challenge. Pick four random ingredients and see who can create the best dish.
31. Spend Time On Your Finances
I know this doesn’t sound like fun. But, if you’re a planner, now is the time to make sure to analyze your finances to make sure everything is in order.
And, seeing those numbers in front of you can give you peace of mind that everything will be okay.
32. Plan A Trip
One of the best parts of taking a vacation is planning it. Think about a new place you want to go and plan out all of the details.
This planning exercise is a great way to help you look forward to the quarantine’s eventual end.
Planning a trip is one of my favorite activities to do at home, especially when I’m bored. From food to excursions, you can plan out almost everything online.
33. Get Some Sleep
Look, you work hard. So why not spend the extra time you have in the house to catch up on some much-needed rest?
This extra sleep offers an additional benefit of helping you stay healthy.
34. Have An At Home Karaoke Night
You don’t even need a mic. Blast some instrumentals on YouTube and see if you get all the words right. If you live with others, vote for the best singer of the night.
35. Start A New Book
If you love to read, but just haven’t had the time, now you can try out a new book.
If you’re not a reader, a new audiobook is a great option. There are sites that give free audiobooks so you don’t have to spend money!
36. Write Down A Wish List
Before you know it, Christmas will be here. Instead of saying you don’t know when someone asks what you want, make a wish list now.
37. Start An Herb Garden
You can start an herb garden anywhere, including a small apartment. Even better?
You can order a kit on Amazon and have it delivered straight to your door (contact-free).
38. Take A Drive Through A New Country
You may not be able to get outside, but you can still explore. Check out Random Street View and see where you end up.
39. Say Hi to Your Neighbors
Practicing safe social distance doesn’t mean you can’t socialize. Socializing is even more vital when you’re stuck at home.
Sit on your porch with a cold drink or go to your backyard and chat with your neighbors. Conversation not only kills time, but it also gives everyone involved some much-needed social engagement.
Sometimes, you just want to be outside doing normal things like an average person. But when that’s not possible, there are countless fun things to do when you’re stuck at home.
These things are just a few of the thousands that you can do while at home, and they can last you a while if you start checking off this list.
Don’t let being stuck inside keep you down. Instead, try a few of these fun activities to fill your days.
What are some of your favorite and fun things to do at home? How do you entertain yourself and your family without spending too much? What’s one thing you’re looking forward to once things return to normal?