It's all too familiar during the rainy season. You are stuck inside, yet again, due to the latest thunderstorm, bitterly cold weather, or gloomy rain. But it doesn't need to be an all-day drag when there are many fun activities at hand. Try any of these entertaining ideas, and note that catching up on extra work and doing chores are not on the fun list!
1. Make an Awesome Breakfast
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Time to step it up from the on-the-run breakfast you usually have and make some French toast, bacon, or eggs to enjoy. Or try something different, but easy, like Breakfast popovers – Cheese, Ham and Tomato.
“As well as being super-quick and tasty, cottage cheese, eggs and ham all give us satiating protein, helping our muscles to repair and recover and helping to keep us full till lunch. – Jamie Oliver”
Click the link for the complete recipe: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/cheese-recipes/breakfast-popovers/
When was the last time you had a daytime nap? Relive your childhood and take an uninhibited, no alarm clock, and midday nap in a cozy place. Or do a Pajama Day in Bed --Turn your day inside into the ultimate time to do nothing but relax. Get on your most comfortable pajamas, gather some cozy blankets, and round up reading materials or watch TV, all while you do some serious lounging in bed.
3. Take an Online Class or Tutorial
Take advantage of the time to learn something new for a few hours by taking an easy online class or tutorial. Search online for free options ranging from intro language classes to DIY tutorials to crafts.
Moving things around in your home can be fun and refreshing if you are into decorating. Try hanging your pictures in different places, rearranging your furniture, or dreaming up new ideas online.
5. Take a Luxurious Bath
Get your bubble bath going and make it extra luxurious with nice music, candles, and perhaps a nice book or beverage. And, if you have kids, an extra fun daytime bath with plenty of toys and bubbles can be a fun change from the usual nightly routine.
6. Catch Up With Family and Friends or Plan Your Next Get-Together
Getting in touch with the grandparents or a long-lost friend over the phone or Skype makes for a great indoor activity and can be a lot of fun for all.
Or…Take the time to plan some upcoming fun events for you and your family or friends by thinking up a great dinner party menu, prepare song list for a sing-along friendly match, theme party, or a fun pub crawl. You can have fun planning the menus, looking up details, and coming up with the guest list.
7. Check Out Some Good Blogs
There are some great blogs (in addition to 2ndAvenue Main Street, of course!) that can help you ‘better’ your life or learn some great tips. Check out some of our favorites, like BTV HUDDLE, JACK’S CORNER, ETC BLOGUE and SOLAR SPORTS PLAYBOOK to get started.
8. Video Game Marathon
Anyone into gaming probably doesn't need a rainy day excuse to play, but a day stuck inside provides a wonderful opportunity for a video game marathon. Or, involve the kids and do Wii or PS4 competitions or learning games on your tablet or computer.
9. Make a Fancy Dinner
Since there is time to actually enjoy cooking and eating a quality meal, why not make yourself or the family a delicious dinner? You can set the table with fancy dinnerware and make it like a restaurant for a change from the usual. Try some easy dinner recipes that the kids can help with, too!
For a Fancy dinner idea try SEARED SCALLOPS & CREAMY MASH from Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club.
If working out is your thing, don't despair if you can't get to the gym or go outside. Do your own mini at-home workout using weights, a program online, or a workout DVD to get that much-needed exercise.
11. Happy Hour
Assuming it's noon somewhere, use this lazy day to whip up an exotic cocktail, favorite glass of wine, or a delicious hot cocktail to enjoy. Add some small appetizers to the mix to make for your own little happy hour.
12. Story Time
Another great activity for the kids is to round up some good books, get comfy together with some snacks and blankets, and do an old-fashioned story time by reading aloud to them.
13. Turn Your Videos Into Movies
If you have lots of video clips, try spending the time organizing your collection on your computer and burning them to DVDs. Your loved ones will enjoy seeing clips of the kids, and your friends will be so surprised to have video memories of that last vacation you all took together.
14. Popcorn and Movie Day
Sort of a given on any rainy day, but pop up some popcorn and get comfy on the couch with your favorite movie(s) on The Screening Room.
15. Catch Up on Your Favorite Shows
Another given for a rainy cold day stuck inside, but catching up on your favorite shows that you missed during busy weeks is a fun way to pass the time. Or, indulge in some mindless daytime TV without the guilt (See also 2ndAvenue Show offerings for more )
What are some of your fun ways to pass the time on a Rainy day stuck inside?
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