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Fun Weekend at Home Activities You Can Plan with Your Friends and Family

Updated: Dec 2, 2020

by Irene Chooi. |

Gone are the days when we could rush to the mall for free air-conditioning on the weekends. The new normal dictates you stay in as much as possible and not leave the house unless it's necessary. By now you would probably have realised your introverted friends were right all along, staying home is great! But if you’re struggling with boredom, don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are a few fun and out-of-the-box weekend activities you can do at home with your friends and family.

Inflatable Pool Party

It is not advisable to head to a public pool right now and most pools at condominiums and apartments are still closed to outsiders, but that does not mean you can’t have a pool party at home! Just like bouncy castles, I think we have to stop assuming that inflatable pools are just for kids; adults can enjoy them too!

There are so many sizes to choose from and they only cost around RM50-RM100 online or can be even cheaper if there is a promotion or a sale. Here's a find from Shopee which you can check out!

Malaysia is a hot, hot, HOT country and I can’t think of a better and more socially responsible way to cool down than dipping my feet or (if my balcony or front porch is big enough) my whole body in an inflatable pool while sipping a cold drink and enjoying the sound of waves playing from my Spotify in the background. Get some friends over or just make it an occasion with your family. You can even throw ice into the pool for an icy dip! We might not be able to access the public pool right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a paddle in the comforts of our own home.

Scavenger Hunt

I’ve not been part of a scavenger hunt since I was young, but I think they are so underrated! A scavenger hunt is a great way to get your brain juices flowing and the difficulty (and hilarity) level is upped exponentially when you’re playing with people you live with. If you’re playing with your family, either go online to search for a generic list or ask a third party like a friend, relative or neighbour for ideas. You can have different themes to the scavenger hunt such as kitchen utensils, sports equipment, dad items, etc. The sky’s the limit!

If you’re social distancing but missing your friends, you can do a live stream scavenger hunt! You can each contribute about 4 random household items to the scavenger hunt list, hop on a video call, and have some fun! Always make sure there is a prize though, even if it’s just bragging rights.

Board Games

I’m not talking about Snakes and Ladders, I’m talking Exploding Kittens, Sherlock Holmes, Pandemic… (Ok, maybe not that last one. It’s too close to home.) There are so many board games in the market nowadays in just about any genre you can think of. There are over 1000 versions of Monopoly alone! It’s not going to be that hard to find a board game that suits everyone’s tastes. Board games are not only a great mix of fun and challenging but they also allow people to set their imagination free and take on any character they wish.

Board games are also relatively inexpensive so you can get a few to test out if your family or friends can’t decide on one game. If you want to save money and generate less waste, you can either borrow some from your friends and relatives or get them second hand online! There are tons for sale and all it takes is a simple search to find the perfect one or three.

What's better is you could have fun with your friends AND #SupportLocal at the same time, with board games like The Malaysian Dream, The Lepak Game, and Kaki Lima!

Potluck Party

Potlucks are great for bonding because not only is there food (duh), no one feels left out! Inviting your friends to your home for a potluck is extremely straightforward. Everyone brings a dish they cooked or bought and then you can hang out, chit chat, maybe watch a movie and eventually fall into a food coma, just like a good Malaysian does. Opting for a potluck instead of the host being in charge of food makes it less stressful for everyone and is a more cost-effective way of hanging out and pigging out.

If you’re doing this with your family, each person can contribute a dish as well. No one gets left out! If young children are involved, this is a great chance to teach them some culinary skills. If they are too young, they can share their candy with the family or “buy” pizza for everyone. It’s the thought that counts. Give your family’s chef a break and enjoy some quality time together. Just remember to clean up after yourselves afterwards. Here are some quick and low-budget potluck recipes.

We might all be stuck indoors at the moment, but it does not mean we have to be bored out of our minds. There are so many meaningful activities we can do with our friends and family both online and offline from the comforts of our own home. So, let’s take advantage of them. Bye for now, I’m off to buy a board game!

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