12 Ways to Find Adventure Inside While Avoiding COVID-19

The Great Indoors

Written by Beth Meaden

Strange title for an outdoor adventure camp, right? I know, but with COVID-19, many of us are looking at spending extended time camped out indoors. Personally, it’s hard to imagine spending just one day cooped up inside, but as an outdoor enthusiast and mother of two boys (ages 4 and 6), I’ve learned how to find adventure just about anywhere.

Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to find adventure inside while spending healthy, quality time with your family.

ONE
Build an awesome fort that fills an entire room using blankets, furniture, laundry baskets, etc. and play board games, read books, or tell stories inside by flashlight.

TWO
Scour Pinterest for the weirdest food recipe and cook away! Maybe make an entire meal out of fun, new recipes.

THREE
Use your imagination and turn the entire house into an obstacle course. The sky's the limit on what type of course you’ll build!

FOUR
Freeze small toys in water inside ice cube trays or popsicle molds. Then do some ice carving to dig them out.

FIVE
Find the most elaborate cake recipe in your home cookbooks and have a British Bake-Off!

SIX
Practice your wood carving skills on a bar of soap! This is especially good for little children or beginner carvers. You can use toothpicks and butter knives to carve.

SEVEN
Snuggle together and read a book out loud. Start with one chapter a day.

EIGHT
Make art. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative and have fun expressing yourself. Establish a judgment free zone where everyone is free to create. Art also helps reduce anxiety.

NINE
Design an indoor workout plan to burn off extra energy. If you have children, involve them in the planning process. Sometimes, kids have the best--and most fun--ideas for exercise.

TEN
Dance, dance, dance! Turn on some music and have fun.

ELEVEN
Create a scavenger hunt around the house. Have everyone wait in one room while another person hides the clues. Clues can be as simple as “Go to the closet” or as intricate as “The answer that you seek is behind the door that squeaks.”

TWELVE
Play timeless games such as Charades, 20 Questions, Truth or Dare, Telephone or Never Have I Ever. Or design a new game together!

Boredom is often seen as the enemy, just look at how quickly we turn to social media or streaming services for entertainment. My encouragement is to embrace boredom as a friend in this season. If you let it, boredom can spark creativity that leads to all kinds of exciting new places. Simple activities often don't sound exciting in the beginning, but my family has found a lot of laughter, joy, and treasured memories in the simple, silly things. So gather your family (or roommates) and get creative! This season at home might just end up as a blessing in disguise.

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While Beth Meaden is always trying to get her boys outside more (ages 4 and 6), they often beg to stay in and build forts or obstacle courses. They are a constant reminder that creativity and adventure can be found everywhere, and with local school cancellations, she is attempting to appreciate all this extra time with them.