Kate manages a nanny business which caters to high-end clients in California. Getting others out of a funk of boredom is her specialty.
It's that time of year. The sun is out longer, the birds are singing, and it's just too nice out to sit around scrolling through your Facebook feed or cringing at Reddit threads until bedtime. Tuck away your Netflix app and change out of your sweats because I have 17 fun ideas for things to do when you're bored of messing around on the internet!
1. Go Play With Puppies
Did you know that many animal shelters allow volunteers to play with the dogs and cats they have? Find your local shelter on Facebook and message them to find out what their volunteer policies are. Doing good makes us feel good. It's a win/win in the war against boredom!
2. Grab a Coffee
Grab a real paper book, a stack of mags or a bunch of those local-freebies housed in the lobby or every downtown cafe and relax with a small cuppa jo. If caffeine isn't your thing, grab a decaf tea or a sweet treat from the counter. It's all about disconnecting from the wifi and taking some time to reconnect with your surroundings
3. Find a Local Show
Use Facebook (I know, we're trying to get away from the internet - but it does have a place and purpose in enhancing our life outside of it) to browse local events like live music at the hole-in-the-wall pub downtown and free family-friendly after-school events.
If you're hoping to catch a concert, check out the Bandsintown app available for free on iOS and Android.
4. Clean Your House
A long winter can really do some damage on the hidden corners of your home. If your house is starting too feel a lil' crusty and you don't feel like heading out on the town, devote a day to cleaning up your space. Use an app like Shipt to have cleaning supplies delivered on-demand and order a few plug-in air fresheners while you're at it to motivate you to scrub until your den shines!
If you have clutter to tackle, check out Marie Kondo's decluttering revolution at konmari.com where you'll find inspiration in even the most pitiful walk-in closet.
5. Throw a Dinner Party
Dust off those cookbooks your mom gave you when you first moved in and find a couple of crowd-pleasing recipes to whip together. Invite your nearest and dearest and host 'em all over a smorgasbord of dishes made with love. Don't worry if cooking isn't your true talent or if your space is small—it'll just feel wonderful to connect with people you care about and you can ask everyone to bring a little somethin' to share to take some of the pressure off your kitchen skills.
6. Build a Rocket
Wait, what? Did you know you can buy kits to build rockets at hobby stores? You can be a rocket scientist for low prices these days. Nothing about launching a rocket is boring.
Head into your local hobby store to find yourself a DIY kit, then invite your friends to the park to launch it. Boom! Boredom is annihilated.
7. Go Star Gazing
When was the last time you stared up at the night sky? Grab a friend and head to the nearest dark-sky park or just out of town to gaze at the Milky Way. Boredom because nonexistent when you're taking in the incomprehensible vastness of this universe we exist within.
8. Take a Hike
Take advantage of a mild day and fill those water bottles! You'll only need the internet to find a trail near you at www.alltrails.com or using one of these awesome, free apps for finding local trails and hiking paths:
- AllTrails (Yes, they have an app too! Perfect for finding local paths and trails Free on iOS and Android)
- Komoot (An app that lets you lay out your route before heading out. Free on iOS and Android)
- TrailLink (This app helps you to find the best trail for your method of travel whether it's by foot or on bike. Free on iOS and Android)
9. Do Some Gardening
Whether you have a big ol' backyard or you're just working with a 4x4 apartment balcony, you can create a lush garden that'll be a summer-long boredom buster!
Head to your local home-improvement store and talk to reps in the garden center to find out what will work best for your space and budget. If you're looking to branch out and get a little more social use Facebook to search for local gardening clubs and community gardens. Just make sure to log off as soon as you jot down the info *wink wink*
10. Dance the Night Away
This is even more fun if you actually hate dancing because you can go into it expecting to have an awful time and definitely come out of it with at least a few laughs. Text two friends that share the same vibe as you and promise each other you'll stay for at least 15 minutes. That should be enough time to have some hilarious stories to share over late-night diner pancakes and milkshakes after your big night out.
11. Hit Up the Bowling Alley
Stretch those digits, put on a fresh pair of socks and pack the Tums because you're in for an evening of bowling gutter balls, downing french fries and chasing it all with a slightly-off pitcher of Coke. Whether you go with friends, your kids or a couple of coworkers who seem like they could pan-out as part-time pals, you'll have a blast completely disregarding the breaking-news-that-isn't-really-news happening on the internet right now.
If the weather is nice, throw a barbecue! Nothing is more fun than hanging out with friends outside and grilling a bunch of meat. If you're feeling extra daring try grilling up one of these yummy sides:
- Pineapple and mango sprinkled with cinnamon
- Corn on the cob and red onion
- A rainbow of sweet peppers
- Asparagus (drizzle with lemon and sea salt afterward, top with feta)
- Carrots (drizzle with lime and toss fresh cilantro on afterward)
13. Check Out the Museum
Get cultured outside of Google Arts & Culture and hit up your nearest museum. This is an especially fun way to bust boredom when it's too hot or rainy to enjoy the great outdoors.
14. Write a Song
You don't have to be a classically trained musician to create beautiful music. Download Garage Band and get started plucking out jams right from your laptop.
15. Go to the Zoo
Pack a picnic lunch, grab your crew and head to the nearest zoo! If it's a bit of a trip make a weekend out of it and plan to hit up the hot spots around it too. Make sure to bring:
- Your phone (to take pictures of course!)
- Your charger (to make sure your phone is charged to take pictures...)
- Shoes that are good for walking long distances
- A cooler of healthy snacks like string cheese, fresh fruit, peanut butter, rice cakes and electrolyte enhanced bottle waters!
- A lightweight backpack or fannypack (I hear they're coming back into style, sooooo...)
- Cash + debit/credit card
- The zoo's app to get the most from your experience!
16. Go to a Theme Park
Plan a day trip (or overnight if you're more than two hours away) to your nearest theme park. Check out TripSavvy's thorough list of water and theme parks by state to get started.
17. Learn to Juggle
If you can't stay off the internet then you might as well learn how to do something you can do offline too! Grab three balls that are the same size and check out Rachel Ballinger's quick tutorial for beginners.
(Fun fact, if you've ever seen Haters Back Off on Netflix or followed the uncomfortably hilarious adventures of Miranda Sings on YouTube, this is Miranda, AKA Colleen Ballinger's equally talented sis).
Learning How to Juggle With Rachel Ballinger
Other Internet-Free Boredom Busters
© 2018 Kate Stroud
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