8 must-try activities to entertain the crew at home
Whether you are spending more time at home or making up for lost time with family and friends, we've got plenty of fun activities and theme nights to keep you entertained for hours. Whether it's baking sweet treats or setting up your own movie night under the stars, there’s lots to get creative with if you put your mind to it.
Here's our list of at-home activities that both little kids and grown-ups will enjoy. Get your calendar ready and see how many of these you can tick off this year!
1. Host a movie night under the stars
Round up your family or friends for balmy evening movie night with a twist by having your very own moonlight cinema in the back yard! If this sounds like fun, consider investing in a movie projector. These clever devices use wireless technology to screen your favourite films and TV shows - simply point it onto a bare wall or hang a white sheet on a fence to recreate the movie theatre experience. Bring out a cosy outdoor rug, pillows, throws, and hey presto! You've got your very own moonlit cinema. Don’t forget the popcorn and choc-tops!
2. Spend a day photographing nature
Looking for outdoor activities you can do from the backyard? Nature photography can be an educational adventure that you can do with kids. Grab a single-use camera or a Polaroid and start snapping whatever inspires you, like beautiful flowers and interesting insects. Try a local park if you have one close by. Once you've developed your photos, have your favourites framed and you've officially created your very own masterpiece.
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3. Introduce a monthly games night
A great way to cut down on screen time, playing board games and cards is fun for kids and adults alike. Go for a mix of old-school favourites – like Uno, checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Taboo, Cluedo – and new releases. For kids that are on the younger side, try playing in teams to keep things fair (and arguments to a minimum). If it's a grown-ups night you're planning, trays of tacos and pitchers of magaritas will not only go down a treat, but are easy to whip up! Why not give this Japanese-inspired delcado guacamole recipe a go?
4. Plan a fun family (or roomie) pyjama day
It’s easy to get swept up in planning elaborate activities, but sometimes simple is best. Host a pyjama day – guests optional – full of playful activities and relaxation time. The little ones will love building blanket forts and getting stuck in playdough. For a girls' day in, slap on a face and hair mask, grab some new nail colours and keep those chick flicks rolling. Matching pyjamas will make things feel extra special.
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5. Set up camp in your own backyard
If you need to holiday at home this year, try sleeping under the stars. You can keep it simple with a sleeping bag and pillows or go all out! Assemble your tent (if you have one) or a play teepee for the kids, then layer mats, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags inside for comfort. If you want to get the full camping experience set up a fire pit and roast some marshmallows.
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6. Crown the kingpin
One of the most fun backyard activities during the warmer months is ten-pin bowling. And while it’s probably not feasible to recreate a professional alley, you can certainly set up a single DIY lane in your driveway that does the job. All you need is a bowling set and someone to keep score. Fire up the barbeque and you've got entertainment and food sorted. These Mexican roasted cauliflower steaks with Delcado salsa would go down a treat with a vegetarian main or deliciously, healthy side for lamb or chicken. Finally, finish off with a tempting slice of this Strawberry, Almond & Lemon Myrtle Syrup Cake. You know they'll be back for seconds!
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7. Get crafting
If you’re after a little quiet time then cross stitch, knitting, tie-dye and other such crafts are a great idea. Browse the web or Youtube for endless DIY inspiration and tutorials. Get the little ones involved too by giving them simple jobs to help out. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, buy a few embroidery hoops and frame up your work so you can hang them around your home.
8. Whip up your own sweet treats
If you ask us, one of the best at-home activities is baking. Why? Unlike other pastimes, your hard work results in delicious treats! Browse through our list of Kids in the kitchen: Treats that are almost too cute to eat recipes (perfect for amateur chefs, and kid-friendly too!), then ensure you’ve got all the fresh ingredients and cookware you need before you start.