Today, nearly 93% of American adults use the internet. Around three-fourths of American adults have broadband internet service in their homes. Broadband internet connection isn’t the only type of internet that Americans rely on, however.
There are multiple ways to provide internet in a home, and some Americans (15%) even choose to use their cellphones as their main internet source. Keeping these numbers in mind, there’s no denying that the internet has become a major factor in almost all American homes, especially with so many people working remotely now.
What happens when there’s no internet though? Indoor activities at home used to be a popular way to keep the entire family entertained. With the climb in internet use, children and adults alike quickly turned to online video games, movies, videos, and other forms of online entertainment to stay busy.
When you have no access to an internet connection and are staying indoors, continue reading below. Here’s everything you need to know about keeping busy without the internet.
Set Up a Dance Floor
What’s a great way to get in some exercise while having fun indoors? Set up a dance floor and have a dance party! If you have floor mats, then place them down to create a square or rectangle dance floor.
If you don’t have mats, then all you need to do is rearrange some furniture to create enough dancing space. You can select a music channel on your television using your cable network and get the party started! CDs and pre-downloaded playlists work well for a no-internet dance party also.
If your cellphone service is still working, then use your cellphone to play your favorite tunes. Otherwise, be sure to correct the issue quickly. Why is cellular not working?
There could be a few reasons causing your cellular data not to work. Take your time researching and speaking with professionals to solve the problem.
Make a Blanket Fort
If you have children in your home, then you know just how special building forts is. All it takes is a few blankets and pillows to create a magical fortress. To get started, remove any cushions from your couch or use pillows and mattresses.
Place them together to create the structure of the fort. Then, find your biggest blankets or sheets and drape them over the structure to create the fort feel. Make sure there’s a door as well for ultimate secrecy/privacy.
Spend your time really putting effort into your fort creation and gather a few flashlights, books, and stuffed animals for when it’s done. Your children will love going in and out of the fort and putting their imaginations to use.
Create an Indoor Scavenger Hunt
Another great way to keep the children busy indoors without the internet is to put a scavenger hunt together for them. Consider the age of your children before creating the scavenger hunt. For older children, you can leave clues around the house for them to figure out and follow to the next clue.
For younger children, you can leave pictures of things as clues for where to go next. For multiple children, you can make it competitive and set a timer to see who can gather all the clues the fastest. Once they gather all of the clues, there should be a treasure at the end as their reward!
The reward can be something simple like a delicious cookie or a coupon for one free night of no chores.
Cook and Bake
Without the distraction of the internet, you can spend quality time cooking and baking with your family. Do you have a favorite recipe you like to cook each week that everyone loves? Now is the time to teach them how to make it!
Not only is this a wonderful bonding experience, but it’s also the best way to pass down family traditions and recipes. After cooking dinner, make sure to whip up some homemade cookies or another dessert as well. Get the entire family involved and have fun while doing so.
Plan an Old School Movie Day/Night
As long as you have cable TV, a DVD player, or a VHS player, then you can enjoy a movie day or night with yourself or the family. Head to your local store and pick up a few old-school or current movies to watch at home or select something to watch via your cable network.
If you have a favorite movie or television series, then you can make an entire day of it and have a movie marathon. Don’t forget to pick up some snacks and drinks as well for a complete movie experience.
Have a Family Game Night
If you can’t agree on a movie to watch, then consider throwing a family game night instead. Sure, there are lots of awesome online games to play, but there are a lot of cool offline games as well. Pull out the old game console or select a few board games.
Gather the entire family around in the living room to play. It’s a great way to have fun while teaching your children that online games aren’t the only fun games out there.
Which Indoor Activities at Home Will You Try?
At first thought, spending the day without the internet might seem like a major struggle. After some consideration, you may realize how nice it is to go without the internet for a few hours or so. Take this as an opportunity to create memories with the ones you love most.
Which of these indoor activities at home will you enjoy most? Try a few and have a day filled with adventure, excitement, and family fun! To find more life topics, continue to check back here on a regular basis.