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Couples who live together often fall into a rut. Sometimes, you can shake yourselves out of that same old pattern by getting out of the house, but that's not always possible—maybe illness prevents you, or perhaps the weather is bad...there are so many good reasons to stay home. But really, how can you break out of that boring old routine? Instead of feeling trapped, take a look at these indoor activities designed to bring couples together at home.
Fun Things for Couples to Do at Home When Bored
Do you find that the only thing you and your significant other really ever do together at home is watch TV? If so, you're probably going to get really bored really fast. Here are some other indoor couple's activities that you can do at home to keep life together a little more interesting:
- Play board games. Couples that have fun together are couples that are happy together. Board games and card games keep you interacting with one another but give you something to do so you're not just "hanging out." Have a variety of different games to choose from, from trivia to strategy to the childhood games of your past.
- Cook together. Go online together and find recipes for new things that you've never tried to make at home before. Get the groceries together, and get together in the kitchen without a lot of distractions. The act of cooking and dining with your partner can be fun, new, intimate, and will bring you closer together.
- Play video games. One or both of you might have enjoyed playing video games before, but playing can be a lot more enjoyable together. Choose games where you can team up against others or find ones where you can battle each other. Again, it's all about having fun.
- Do indoor exercises. Find exercises that you can do together, such as passing the medicine ball back and forth. You'll get your heart rate going and feel the endorphins start pumping...something that's a lot more fun with a partner!
- Make art or music. Being creative together is a great way to really enhance the relationship. Find something that appeals to you both, whether it's picking at a guitar or making collages out of old magazines.
- Work on home improvement. Couples that live together can come together by finding ways to improve the home they share. Create a list of projects that you would like to work on, and start checking things off of the list, one by one. Working together to create your home is a great way to get even closer.
- Host a brunch, dinner party, or movie night. If you want to be social but don't want to leave the house, then make your house the setting for the fun. Organize a weekly or monthly get-together to get a fun routine going.
- Make life lists. A life list is when you brainstorm all of the things that you've never done but would like to do before you die. The things on the list can be as mundane as "make a cake from scratch" or as wild as "visit every national park in the country." Make your life lists separately and then share them; you'll be amazed how much you learn about each other.
- Surf the web. The Internet doesn't have to be something that alienates you or distracts you from one another. Sit down in front of the computer together and watch funny videos, read interesting articles, and share ideas about what you see. It's far more interactive than just watching TV and keeps both of you from being bored together.
- Picnic indoors. If you're both feeling like just laying down and watching a movie, do it with some romance. Put together a wine and cheese picnic basket, spread a blanket out on the floor, and get ready to have a better-than-normal evening of watching the tube. This is one of the top couples activities for romance!
Conversation-Starters for Couples
Being stuck at home together can be an opportunity to really talk and learn things about each another that you never knew. Below, you'll find links to articles with lists of interesting, provocative questions to ask each other to get the deep conversations started.
- Interesting Conversation Starters for Couples
- 100 Funny Questions to Ask Your Boyfriend
- 150+ Cute Questions to Ask Your Boyfriend
- 100 Random Questions to Ask Your Boyfriend
- Romantic Conversation Starters for Couples
Games for Couples to Play at Home
Even if you don't have a board game or a deck of cards, you can play fun conversation games with your significant other, like "Would You Rather" or Truth or Dare. Here are three articles to give you inspiration:
- 50 Cute "Would You Rather" Questions for Your Boyfriend
- 100+ "Never Have I Ever" Questions for Couples
- 400+ Dirty "Truth or Dare" Questions
Indoor Activities for Couples Away From Home
Of course, sometimes the main reason that you don't want to be outdoors is because the weather is gross. But you can still go out if you find other indoor locations to enjoy with your partner. A couple's retreat can be the perfect way to spend some romantic time together. Here are some ideas:
- Dress up and go to a movie. Dressing up is important because it makes the event feel more like a real date than just watching a movie together.
- Go gaming. If there's a casino or arcade in your area, then you can have some indoor fun together there.
- Go to a spa or visit local hot tubs. Relax and get that chill out of your bones. A spa is a great couples' retreat.
- Check out a local museum or art gallery. You can learn something together and share a cultural experience that you don't take the time to enjoy nearly often enough.
- Visit friends or family. Sometimes, hanging out with others is the best way to be together. Ask someone in the family to host a spontaneous potluck on a rainy afternoon.
- Take a class together. An art class, an improv comedy class, or a cooking class can bring the two of you closer together, even as you meet others and learn something new.
- Attend an event that you've never been to before. Seeing something new together can brighten up even the dreariest of days. If you've never been to a poetry slam, the local ballet, or a Broadway musical, then get some tickets and go!
Of course, none of this means that you need to cancel your Netflix subscription and Sky TV package. It just means you need to find new ways to have fun at home together, too. The real goal is that you have to always aim to be creative and different. Comfortable is great, but it can get boring if you're not careful. Don't let yourselves fall into a rut that you won't be able to get out of.
Stay-at-Home Date Night Ideas
Tried all these ideas? Still looking for something to do? Here are some links to articles that have even more great ideas to save you and your partner from getting bored:
- 10 Stay-at-Home Date Ideas
- 25 Fun Things to Do With Your Boyfriend
- 100+ Fun At-Home Date Night Ideas
- 111 Fun, Flirty, and Romantic Things to Do With Your Girlfriend
talfonso from Tampa Bay, FL on March 15, 2020:
What a very useful article here - especially the activities to do at home! With the calls for us to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, the activities to do at home are just what home-sequestered adults REALLY need right now! Thank you for writing this!
Jen on January 20, 2014:
I agree. Nice list. The last list of things to do that I found, included; drink hot chocolate, drink hot tea, and make soup. lol It wasn't very creative. Thank You for some really interesting, yet simple ideas. I like that they don't require money or crazy items that you will never have laying around the house.
Hailey on July 05, 2013:
Interesting, informative, cool tips.
HelpaHubby on January 17, 2013:
Wow... thanks for posting those ideas! Reading this actually got me really excited about being home with the wife. We have small kids so there is not a lot of time that we get to do things out of the house. Cheers
Paul on November 06, 2012:
Coming closer to the one you love is key for both you and I
mama on March 28, 2012:
it was goood job......
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on March 24, 2012:
Fantastic ideas! TV is a killer, I'll definitively be giving a few of these tips a try.
Frank Galvin on February 16, 2012:
Terrific article. There are so many things to do with a special someone that is outdoors. Get out and enjoy the sunshine, the environment; it's healthier. I am a big sailing fan; actually, anything to do on the water. Scuba diving, swimming, surfing...finding a woman who loves to do these things is the one for me. I actually found a site online that is just for people who love the outdoors and the ocean, which speaks to what this article is all about. Take a look at Yachtdates Facebook page. Terrific
Kathysue on February 09, 2012:
anyone interested in learning self defense together? i have a great weekend intensive on Feb. 18&19 at the Villa Roma Resort in the Catskills :) if interested, email me at email@example.com - thanks!
Michal from Miami, Florida on February 08, 2012:
Great ideas to hang out with my hubby! Thanks! We mostly enjoy cooking, entertaining and doing things outdoors together and there are some great suggestions on here.
Pissed off girlfriend on January 12, 2012:
these are terrible, used up ideas.
Waqar Ali on December 30, 2011:
Great list compiled I also collected a few ways to smile for couple on my blog.
Please don't forget to check out: http://wizlifetalk.blogspot.com/2011/12/fun-activi...
Kenny on December 15, 2011:
Nice ideas! We're also putting together a list of couples games and activities for our site, so I might post a link to this page as it features a lot of nice activities. Would you mind? We're at www.gocouple.net so do check us out and let us know if you'd rather not!
We cover couples games and activities too, with ratings and reviews, so maybe we can exchange ideas? :-)
pkmbuffalo on December 06, 2011:
i teach self defense and am having a weekend seminar at the Villa Roma Resort in the Catskills on January 21-22, 2012 for couples. What do you think about this idea for couples to do together?
C-Bless on November 29, 2011:
I was googling to find ideas for a gift basket (things to do indoors) and came across this great article. I was able to supplement my list with some of your great ideas. Thank you very much for sharing. Be blessed ...
rikabothra on September 06, 2011:
I loved the points and I am sure they will go a long way in spicing up the relationships... Voted up!
fatanddepressed on July 23, 2011:
STUPID, hate it my husband left me after i beat him at scrabble. DO NOT TRY THESE THINGS AT HOME OR ANYWHERE this site is a hoax
TheMonk from Brazil on June 29, 2011:
My wife and I loved to play chess together. It´s a shame we stopped since our kid was born. Got to dust that old chess board and play again! Thanks for reminding me of that!
Tessa M on May 18, 2011:
Fun article, I really liked a lot of the ideas. My boyfriend and I have already done some of these things so I can totally agree that they're worth the time and super fun. Thanks for a great article.
marizadanke_san on April 19, 2011:
really greats article .thank you so much ,it,s interesting thing to do for couple lifes more happys and enjoying .greats and very useful .
Ikeji Chinweuba from Nigeria on March 28, 2011:
Interesting article.I think i really enjoyed reading this very article because its a useful one indeed.
Becky on March 25, 2011:
Great article! Thanks for the many ideas. One additional idea that my husband and I do a lot are to play online games. There is one particular type, called escape games. You have to figure out puzzles and we have a great time working on these games together. You can find them all over, but here is one link where we like to play: http:///www.luckygamez.com/related/Escape
Lou12 on March 01, 2011:
How about trying an indoor Archery Lesson?
Me and my boyfriend had a great lesson in London from a company called Experience Archery. He dragged me along, as I wasn't sure if i'd like it. But I absolutely loved it, and I beat him! ;-)
Becky532 on February 22, 2011:
Oooo Nice hub! I have cabin fever...so sick of winter and sick of watching tv with my guy :) We have tried some workout dvds and playing board games but I like the life list idea, that could be fun!
christina on February 16, 2011:
We bought nerf guns and ran around having war. Strip war. Everytime you get shot, something comes off. We're competitive, so we were hiding in the craziest places and it got intense.
Joy S on January 10, 2011:
Great ideas and I would like to add reading together,doing harmless practical jokes or something spontaneous like a whip cream or a sock fight.Also, one of my favorites, imaginary dates, where one spouse creates the scene and then you act it out.Last time my husband said we were in a villa in Aspen and had just returned from skiing for a night in front of the fire and we went from there. Have fun! Been married 27 years.
Larry Wade Price from Long Beach, California on December 09, 2010:
I am on a quality family time theme myself.
This is great quality stuff. Allot of stuff on the internet lacks quality.
This is real. Keep up the good work
maki on July 20, 2010:
thank you for some really good ideas! Most of these are already part of our lives, but there is place for improvement
Alicia on July 17, 2010:
We love going to IKEA and picking up a few new items once in a while for our home improvements. Their items are mostly very user friendly, and you won't completely bust the bank!! :)
Throbbin on April 13, 2010:
I'm looking forward to it.
Richard Armen on November 08, 2009:
Great ideas and I think sometimes you need to schedule time to make sure you spend enough time together.
Sarah m Marie on August 28, 2009:
A fun article with many good ideas. Thanks.
amy on August 15, 2009:
Thank you. This was very helpful; I and he would have been bored to tears if it had not been for these helpful tips. Again, thanks.
Camping Dan on March 20, 2009:
We built a greenhouse so that we can garden together year round. Of course we grow some food and lots of herbs and then we cook meals together with our bounty.
Of course we also do the video game thing, golf is always a good one.
AshleyVictoria from Los Angeles on March 12, 2009:
Playing a game together is good advice. My boyfriend and I play Scrabble all of the time. We find it's a very mentally stimulating activity that's free and easy!
broyce on February 24, 2009:
Very informative! You're right, you'll get used to each other if you don't have activities that can stimulate your relationship. Thanks!
khawar on February 18, 2009:
Reynolds_Writing from Atlanta, Georgia on January 25, 2009:
Great hub, My husband and I go to hot yoga together once a week.. we also like playing rummy 500 although he keeps winning!!
livelovecoffee from Georgia on January 21, 2009:
This is a great hub! Sometimes it is just so hard to find new things to do. Thanks for the ideas.
Tausha on November 21, 2008:
I do not recommend home improvments unless one or both of you really know what you are doing. I know for me and my husband trying to figure it out as we went was so fustrating and did not make for fun weekends.
02SmithA from Ohio on July 21, 2008:
Thumbs up on this one. Board games are a lot of fun when played with your partner!
guidebaba from India on June 29, 2008:
Good. I have given 2 Thumbs Up.
2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on June 06, 2008:
Entertaining hub. Some of the ideas will work for some people. I can remember the last time my other half and I decided to do DIY together. I was holding up the wallpaper he had just applied to the ceiling, paste, water (and probably sweat) were dripping down my ams. He said 'Isn't it nice to be doing something together!' (We are still marrried.)
Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on June 06, 2008:
Thumbs up! I think any couple can find some great ideas here.
lady luck from Boston on June 04, 2008:
Great list and it's so true! I lived with my last boyfriend and I had to kick him out because he was so boring and i'd try to get him to do all of the above (almost) and he was so resistant!
solarshingles from london on June 04, 2008:
Dear Kathryn, a wonderful hub and a wonderful intention, as well! Thank you.
Peter M. Lopez from Sweetwater, TX on June 04, 2008:
Great list, thanks.
Dorothy Cooper from Deltona Fl on June 04, 2008:
Very well written and great tips as well. I was writing my hub on this same thing the same time you were apparently and you added even more in depth to your options of doing things as a couple by including things to do indoors while away from home. Very nice hub.