10 Activities to do Indoors

Staying inside doesn't have to be boring. When you're staying home, there are many more entertaining and worthwhile things to do than constantly scrolling your IG feed (which may have a side-effect of FOMO). We're all about making the most of things, and using our imaginations to have fun so here are Scape's list of 10 things to do:

1) Games

For those of you with roommate(s) there are heaps of board games that you can drag out to play:

  • From the card variety we have: playing card games, Uno, Top Trumps, and Cards Against Humanity
  • Monopoly if you have a lot of time on your hands, and aren’t afraid of a little conflict!
  • Scrabble or Bananagrams are both word games which will engage your brain and improve your vocabulary

If you’re by yourself:

  • Sudoku and crosswords are more thinking types of games, Sudoku relies on numbers and pattern skills, crosswords are word based, you can find so many online for all skill levels
  • Mobile games like 2048, Tetris or Minesweeper, there are millions of them on most smartphone or tablet app stores and a number of them are free downloads
  • Console games which often have multiplayer connectivity, like League of Legends, or FIFA, as well as games like the Mario series and Pokemon, or going old school to Sonic the Hedgehog games

2) Reading

Reading can come in many different forms from physical paper books, to Kindle or e-Books, to Audio books. You can read the classics, read contemporary, follow a fictional narrative or gain some knowledge through non-fiction books.

Here are some book suggestions that our team are loving:

  • ‘Such a Fun Age’ by Kiley Reid (Youth novel)
  • ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens (Historical Fiction)
  • ‘Grown Ups’ by Marian Keyes (Humour, Contemporary Romance)

3) Bingeing

Thank you, streaming services!

There is so much great TV and film out there, and on platforms like Netflix, Stan, Disney+ as well as TV channels’ streaming services, they’re all available from the comfort of your bed.

Top Tip: Bingeing TV isn’t something you can and should do all day everyday, but with breaks, healthy food and hydration, you can enjoy your media and catch up on some great content.

Some of our fave binge-worthy series are:

  • Love is Blind (Netflix)
  • Sex Education (Netflix)
  • Community (Stan)
  • The Simpsons (Disney+)

You can also binge some podcasts, we have a list of some great podcasts on our blog; https://www.scape.com/en-au/life/podcasts-we-love. For the ultimate cultural education stream French films on SBS On Demand, Ooh la la!

4) Education

When you’re not hard at work on your studies, it’s great to have some extra skills and talents and there’s no time like the present to learn them. It’s always nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

Why not:

Learn a language through apps such as Duolingo
Take an online course, or learn a new software like video editing or something relevant to the career you want
Use the internet or sites like YouTube to teach yourself: from make-up tutorials, music lessons to online cooking classes, videos can make it easy!

5) Cooking

Food isn’t just nutrition, it’s taste, culture, tradition, as well as being essential to our lives, that’s why cooking will can be such a great pastime. If the supermarket you go to buy ingredients doesn’t have everything you want, challenge yourself creatively with ingredients you haven’t used before.

How can you learn to cook?

YouTube videos or tutorials on social media. Sites like Buzzfeed Tasty on Facebook are packed with heaps of easy to follow recipes, and you’re sure to find something that looks tasty!
Phone home: even if you don’t physically have family standing next to you, there may be someone you can call for tips and tricks. Elderly relatives would probably love to hear from you, and often have amazing recipes to pass down.
Cookbooks or online recipes: cookbooks by your favorite restaurants or chefs can be a handy tool of guaranteed recipes. If not, search the web for what you want to cook, there are so many step-by-step guides out there, for whatever you fancy eating.

6) Arts and crafts

Give your creative side a work out and try some arts and crafts. Art and crafts are fabulous for your thinking and problem solving skills, as well as your imagination, and you can create some beautiful pieces to decorate your room or as gifts for friends and family.

We’ve made a list of 5 top suggestions for art and crafts activities you can try visit the blog here. 

7) Exercise

Exercise is good for the body and for the mind. It can help you focus, lift your mood and is fabulous for your health and self-esteem.

Want to get fit?

  • Try and follow an online fitness class, many personal trainers and fitness instructors have moved to online like Kaya who are livestreaming their classes like Yoga and Pilates on their website and social media
  • Exercise videos can be an entertaining way to get the blood pumping. Find a style and music you like, and find a video that works for you. You can also visit this list for a round up of some of the best videos from last year.
  • If you’re able to go outside, a run can help you get some fresh air as well as providing cardio fitness benefits
  • Develop your own circuit. Pick the exercises you like, for example; squats, planks, tricep dips and push ups, select the duration you will do each for and repeat them in a cycle, building on which area of strength you like!

8) Meditation

Sometimes it’s important to relax and get some zen. Active things to do are great, but unwinding with some meditation and mindfulness can help your mental health and stress levels.

How can you get started with meditation?

  • Download an app like Smiling Mind or Calm for guide meditations, ranging from beginner meditation to meditations designed for people with experience
  • YouTube and various websites will also have handy guides to meditation

9) Experiences

The internet really is our friend. So many of our favourite things to do outside are making themselves available online, how awesome!

  • Social media and the internet are the host of some cool online performances by musicians. #TogetheratHome is a concert series hosted by Global Citizen where artists like Charlie Puth, the Lumineers, Vance Joy and Hozier (to name a few) performing for fans and uploaded onto social media. You can find a list of some of the artists giving free online concerts here.
  • Museums, galleries and famous landmarks have been made onto virtual tours so you can travel around the world without getting out of bed. Here’s a list of some of the venues coming to a couch near you.
  • Zoos are livestreaming so that you can get educated without leaving your home. Penguins, zebras and tigers? Yes please!

10) Virtual party

You don’t need to be in the same room as your friends to have a party. Use video-calling programs like Facetime, Whatsapp video calling, Zoom or Skype, to catch up with friends, and invite your whole crew, for your own virtual party.

Host online games, get the snacks and drinks out, and hang out with your best buds without leaving home.