It’s that time of year again: the weather is getting progressively colder. As the temperature drops, so does your motivation to do anything involving going outside. But just because it’s bitterly cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! There are plenty of fun things to do inside when the weather sucks outside. We’ve got 15 suggestions for what to do when you just can’t bear to go outside.
1. Curl Up With a Good Book
When it’s too cold to have your own adventures outside, why not read about some other people’s exploits? Nothing beats curling up with a warm blanket, fuzzy socks, a hot drink, and reading a good book.
2. Host a Nostalgia Night
What is it about the holiday season that makes us nostalgic for the past? Give in to this temptation and hold a nostalgia night for your closest friends. You can watch an old favorite movie, break out those snacks you loved as a child, and reminisce about simpler times.
3. Bake Something Sweet
One of my favorite things to do inside when it’s bitter cold is to bake something sweet. There’s just nothing like having the entire house fill up with the amazing scent of baking brownies or cookies to make you feel cozy. Plus, you get a delicious treat when you’re done!
4. Have a Tea Party
The British may be rubbing off on me, but I’m starting to understand the appeal of drinking a nice warm drink like tea when it’s cold outside. So why not host an old fashioned tea party when it’s too cold to go outside? You get to enjoy delightful warm drinks with your friends, and you could even bake some delicious scones or teacakes to go with your tea!
5. Pamper Yourself With a Spa Night
We all know that the cold weather does no favors to our skin, so when looking for things to do inside, why not pamper yourself with a spa night? Give yourself a nice warm bath, paint your nails and try out some facemasks. You’ll stay nice and cozy inside, and feel so much more relaxed when you’re done. It’s a win-win!
6. Try Out a New Recipe
There’s nothing like eating something warm and filling when the weather is cold outside. Which makes winter the perfect time to try out some new recipes! Who wants to go out to a restaurant when it’s so cold outside? Browse Pinterest for suggestions and follow the recipes to try out yummy new soups or other delicious dishes. You’ll feel so accomplished afterwards, and have a delectable warm dinner to enjoy.
7. Host a Christmas Carol Karaoke Night
One of the best parts of the winter is the holiday season, so why not take advantage of the cheer in the air and host a Christmas carol karaoke night? Most people will know at least some Christmas carols, so people won’t struggle to find a song they know to sing, and you can all laugh about it while getting in the mood for the best time of the year!
8. Have an Old Fashioned Sleepover
When the weather is cold outside, who ever wants to leave the warmth of being indoors? Invite your friends over for a fun night that they don’t have to leave for until the next morning! We all loved sleepovers when we were younger for a reason: you got to hang out with your friends for hours and no one had to leave the house once you all arrived. So have a grown up sleepover—order in (or try out a new recipe!), catch up, and keep out of the cold.
9. Hold a Potluck Dinner
Try out some new dishes without having to cook it all or leave the house by hosting a potluck dinner! Invite your friends to bring their favorite dish and catch up while trying out tons of good food. I always want to eat when it’s cold outside, so satisfy your taste buds while catching up with your friends and avoiding going outside.
10. Discover a New Show on Netflix
Let’s face it, it’s one of everyone’s favorite things to do inside when it’s cold outside: watch some Netflix. When you’re just too tired to do anything else, curl up with a warm blanket and a hot drink and check out a new show on Netflix. Just don’t fall too far down the Netflix rabbit hole—there are plenty of other fun things to do inside once you re-energize.
11. Put on a Hot Chocolate Making Competition
As I said before, drinking hot drinks is one of the vital things to do inside when it’s bitter cold. And hot chocolate is a classic. So why not combine your love of hot chocolate with a little competitive spirit and host a hot chocolate making competition? It’s a win-win situation: you get to try out lots of new hot chocolate, compete with your friends, and avoid having to leave the house.
12. Write in a Journal
When you’re inside all day, you have lots of time to think. Why not jot down some of these thoughts in a journal? I’ve been keeping a journal that I write in every day in 2016, and it’s so relaxing to write down my thoughts about the day each night. Plus, it’s really nice to get to look back on some of my best memories from the year. You’ll be making lots of great memories trying out all of these things to do inside during the cold weather, so why not write about them so that you’ll have something to look back on?
13. Try Out an Indoor Workout
Just because its too cold to run outside and you can’t bear to leave the house to go to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t get in a workout. There are lots of great videos on YouTube that you can follow in your own living room! Cold weather doesn’t have to be an excuse for skipping a workout. Winter can be a stressful time for many people, so de-stress and keep up with your fitness goals by working out without leaving the house.
14. Break Out the Board Games
Board games are classic for a reason—they provide great entertainment on evenings when you just can’t bear to leave the house. You can spring for staples like Monopoly or Sorry, or try out newer favorites like Cards Against Humanity. Whatever you choose, it’ll be sure to be a lively time!
15. Get Crafty
Staying inside during the cold weather is the perfect opportunity to try out a new craft. Look on Pinterest for ideas or try out a DIY you’ve always been meaning to. It can be very relaxing to just focus on constructing something. Plus, if you’re happy with your creation you can even give it as a gift this holiday season!
Just because the weather sucks outside doesn’t mean your winter has to be boring! Try out some of these things to do inside this winter and you’ll still have plenty of fun times—without even having to leave the house.