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5 Family Activities to Do Indoors

Who says you need to go out or have a vacation to have some fun this summer?


Your Instagram feed may be filled with snaps of your friends frolicking on the beach, or living it up in a foreign land, but before you get green with envy, remember that a vacation is essentially just a relaxing break from your usual routine. It can be done anytime, anywhere so why not take your family on one right now, in the comfort of your own home?

Main photos from: Design Love Fest and Studio DIY.

Create a street food buffet

Who says eat-all-you-can buffets have to be fancy? Fill big bowls with fishballs, kikiam, kropeck, shingaling, hotdog, and other street food. Get the kids to join in the fun by mixing their own sauces, or put them in charge of a sago’t gulaman, halo-halo, or ice candy buffet. Provide sticks, cups, and disposable spoons to achieve a more authentic feel.

Photo from With A Love Like That.

Create a makeshift tent

The great outdoors or way up high in the mountains isn’t the only place where you can have a tent. Easily create one with just a mattress, a fitted sheet, and a floor fan.

Put the mattress on the floor then tuck the fitted sheet into the sides of the mattress, leaving one side open. Point the fan toward the open side of the mattress, so that the sheet flies open and creates a dome. Instant tent, plus, it's cold and airy inside—helping you beat the heat! Bring in your hot chocolates, fluffy pillows, and s’mores and hotdogs, and it’s just like being outdoors.

RL Tip: You can also watch a movie inside your DIY tent. Add string lights to mimic stars at night.

Photo from Pinterest.

Throw a summer cool-off

Bask in the sun in your swimsuit, even without the sand or the sea! Don your swimsuits and lounge around the home, with cold drinks and grilled seafood for lunch. Create your own fruity popsicles on the fly by filling plastic cups with juice and pieces of fruit, and popping them in the freezer. Take it to the next level by bringing out the beach toys and lounge chairs, all while indoors.

Photo from Studio DIY.

Have a cultural movie night

A lot of films offer gorgeous scenic views of different countries—think Eat, Pray, Love or Life of Pi (even Gravity!). Choose a theme for the films you’ll watch, like movies all set in Europe, in the African wilderness, or even outer space. Prepare food that will match your movies—afternoon tea to go with your films about British royals, anyone?

Photo from Design Love Fest.

Do yoga or tai chi

YouTube is a great resource for everything, from DIY home improvement projects to do over the weekend, to the latest music videos. Search for the latest yoga or tai chi videos that are easy enough to follow by everyone in the family. Both yoga and tai chi are great ways to feel balanced, centered, and relaxed. It’s completely free, and can be done right under your own roof!

Photo from 91 Fays Vivid Lifestyle.

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