Stuck at home on an unexpected day off from work or school? Netflix binges are definitely a strong contender for snow days, but there are plenty of other ways to pass the time that are productive, creative, and fun for people of all ages. Avoid cabin fever and expensive activities by doing fun things that are cheap or free and go beyond plopping down in front of the TV for hours.
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Card games and board games are the original ways to pass the time with a few friends or family members, and they can stretch on for hours. Make a tournament out of shorter games or pick epic games like Monopoly. A few rounds of solitaire keep the brain active during downtime alone at home.
Let the creative juices flow by breaking out some paper and paint or colored pencils. Even markers or highlighters would do in a pinch. Start by drawing anything you see around you, or create something abstract. Drawing and painting are meditative and help soothe and calm any underlying stress. They're also just good old-fashioned fun.
Building snowmen and snow forts is great exercise, totally free, and so much fun. Especially during heavy snowfalls, the possibilities are endless, from tunnels to igloos to making snow angels.
With plenty of time to reflect, it's the ideal time to sit and pen a letter to an old friend, a pen pal, or maybe a grandparent or other relative. A letter is a rare token of friendship these days, since most people use only e-mail and text, making it an extra-special gesture.
Enjoying the snow while it is fresh can be an exhilarating pleasure. Whether you choose to take a leisurely walk in the snow or ride swiftly down a hillside, the beauty of the crisp, white snow is not to be missed.
With plenty of time on your hands, you can go through closets, cabinets, and drawers to pick out a few things to part with. See how many bags or boxes you can fill up and donate to a local charity shop.
Take some time to craft a playlist to suit your current mood, or make a few of them for different moods. If you're spending the day with others, take turns choosing songs and come away with a fun reminder of the snow day you all shared.
Whether you are an accomplished home chef or someone who rarely picks up a pan, an entire day is enough time to consider the available ingredients and plan and execute a meal. It's kind of like playing your own version of "Chopped" with what you have on hand in the house.
A snow day can be a welcome excuse to sit down and finally tackle that scrapbooking project you've been meaning to do. If you're in the initial planning stages, go through some photos and boxes of mementos and plan out the pages for the next day off.