Fun Indoor Activities to Do for Couples Who Are Bored at Home

Updated on June 14, 2019
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I'm a San Francisco-based freelance writer and blogger with nearly ten years of writing experience behind me.

Exercising can be a great way to spend time together as a couple.
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Couples who live together often fall into a rut because of the familiarity of their routine. The only way that they know to shake themselves out of that rut is to get outdoors and do something fun together. Unfortunately, there are a lot of times during life when you just don't want to be outdoors, whether that's because of inclement weather or just that neither of you feels like leaving the house. So how can you avoid settling into a boring old routine indoors? Take a look at these indoor couples activities that are designed to bring couples together instead of making them feel trapped with one another.

Indoor Activities at Home

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 a little more interesting with one another:

  • 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". Find a variety of different games from trivia to strategy to the childhood games of your past to enjoy together when you're hanging out indoors.
  • Cook together. Go online together and find recipes for new things that you've never tried to make at home before. Get the groceries and get together in the kitchen without a lot of distractions. The act of cooking and dining together is intimate and offers a fun activity that will bring you both closer together.
  • Play video games. One or both people in a couple may play video games on their own but it's a lot more enjoyable if you play them 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 coursing through you, something that's a lot more fun with a partner than it is alone.
  • Make couple's art or music. Being creative together is a great way to really enhance the relationship. Find something that you both like to do whether it's picking at a guitar or making collages out of old magazine images.
  • Work on home improvements. 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 a home is a great way to spend time with someone else.
  • Throw brunches, dinner parties and movie nights. If you want to be social together as a couple but don't want to leave the house then make your house the setting of all of the fun. Do these weekly or monthly to get a routine going that's all about fun instead of boring habits.
  • Make life lists. A life list is when you sit down and brainstorm all of the things that you've never done which you'd like to do before you die. 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 find out about each other.
  • Surf the web. The Internet doesn't have to be something in your home that alienates 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 read. 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 together, do it with some romance. Put together a wine and cheese picnic basket, spread a blanket out on the floor together and get ready to have a better-than-normal evening of watching the tube. This is one of the top couples activities for romance!

Indoor Activities Away From Home

Of course, sometimes the only reason that you don't want to be outdoors is because the weather is gross. During these times, you can go to other indoor locations 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 it more of a real date than when you normally just head out to a movie together.
  • Go gaming. If there's a casino in your local area then you can have some indoor fun together there.
  • Go to a spa or local hot tubs. Get away together into relaxation and get that chill of the icky weather out of your bones. A couples spa is a great couples retreat.
  • Check out a local museum or art gallery. You can learn something together and share an experience that you don't take the time to enjoy nearly often enough. This is a great local couples retreat.
  • 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.
  • Go to 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 subscriptions and Sky TV packages. It just means you need to find additional ways to have fun at home together, too. The real goal to keep in mind when trying to find things to do with your significant other 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.


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    5 years ago

    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.

  • HaileyAdams profile image


    6 years ago

    Interesting, informative, cool tips.

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    6 years ago

    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

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    7 years ago

    Coming closer to the one you love is key for both you and I

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    7 years ago

    it was goood job......

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    Melanie Chisnall 

    7 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Fantastic ideas! TV is a killer, I'll definitively be giving a few of these tips a try.

  • Frank Galvin profile image

    Frank Galvin 

    7 years ago

    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

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    7 years ago

    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 - thanks!

  • mpoche4 profile image


    7 years ago from Miami, Florida

    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.

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    Pissed off girlfriend 

    7 years ago

    these are terrible, used up ideas.

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    Waqar Ali 

    7 years ago

    Great list compiled I also collected a few ways to smile for couple on my blog.

    Please don't forget to check out:


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    7 years ago

    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 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? :-)

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    7 years ago

    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?

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    7 years ago

    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 profile image


    8 years ago

    I loved the points and I am sure they will go a long way in spicing up the relationships... Voted up!

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    8 years ago

    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 profile image


    8 years ago from Brazil

    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!

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    Tessa M 

    8 years ago

    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.

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    8 years ago

    really greats article .thank you so much ,it,s interesting thing to do for couple lifes more happys and enjoying .greats and very useful .

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    Ikeji Chinweuba 

    8 years ago from Nigeria

    Interesting article.I think i really enjoyed reading this very article because its a useful one indeed.

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    8 years ago

    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:///

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    8 years ago

    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 profile image


    8 years ago

    Oooo Nice hub! I have cabin 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!

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    8 years ago

    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.

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    Joy S 

    8 years ago

    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.

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    Larry Wade Price 

    8 years ago from Long Beach, California

    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

    Thumbs up!

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    9 years ago

    thank you for some really good ideas! Most of these are already part of our lives, but there is place for improvement

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    9 years ago

    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!! :)

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    9 years ago

    Dance class

    I'm looking forward to it.

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    Richard Armen 

    10 years ago

    Great ideas and I think sometimes you need to schedule time to make sure you spend enough time together.

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    Sarah m Marie 

    10 years ago

    A fun article with many good ideas. Thanks.

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    10 years ago

    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.

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    Camping Dan 

    10 years ago

    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 profile image


    10 years ago from Los Angeles

    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!

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    10 years ago

    Very informative! You're right, you'll get used to each other if you don't have activities that can stimulate your relationship. Thanks!

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    10 years ago

    woooow great

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    10 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    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 profile image


    10 years ago from Georgia

    This is a great hub! Sometimes it is just so hard to find new things to do. Thanks for the ideas.

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    10 years ago

    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.

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    11 years ago from Ohio

    Thumbs up on this one. Board games are a lot of fun when played with your partner!

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    11 years ago from India

    Good. I have given 2 Thumbs Up.

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    11 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    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.)

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    Stephanie Hicks 

    11 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Thumbs up! I think any couple can find some great ideas here.

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    lady luck 

    11 years ago from Boston

    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!

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    11 years ago from london

    Dear Kathryn, a wonderful hub and a wonderful intention, as well! Thank you.

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    Peter M. Lopez 

    11 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

    Great list, thanks.

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    Dorothy Cooper 

    11 years ago from Deltona Fl

    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.


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