7 must-try activities to entertain the crew at home

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7 must-try activities to entertain the crew at home

Whether you are spending more time at home or making up for lost time with family and friends, we've got plenty of fun activities and theme nights to keep you entertained for hours. Whether it's baking sweet treats or setting up your own movie night under the stars, there’s lots to get creative with if you put your mind to it.

Here's our list of at-home activities that both little kids and grown-ups will enjoy. Get your calendar ready and see how many of these you can tick off this year!

1. Host a movie night under the stars

Round up your family or friends for balmy evening movie night with a twist by having your very own moonlight cinema in the back yard! If this sounds like fun, consider investing in a movie projector. These clever devices use wireless technology to screen your favourite films and TV shows - simply point it onto a bare wall or hang a white sheet on a fence to recreate the movie theatre experience. Bring out a cosy outdoor rug, pillows, throws, and hey presto! You've got your very own moonlit cinema. Don’t forget the popcorn and choc-tops!

Try Noel Leeming to find all your supplies.


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2. Spend a day photographing nature

Looking for outdoor activities you can do from the backyard? Nature photography can be an educational adventure that you can do with kids. Grab a single-use camera or a Polaroid and start snapping whatever inspires you, like beautiful flowers and interesting insects. Try a local park if you have one close by. Once you've developed your photos, have your favourites framed and you've officially created your very own masterpiece.

Pick up a camera at Noel Leeming.


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3. Introduce a monthly games night

A great way to cut down on screen time, playing board games and cards is fun for kids and adults alike. Go for a mix of old-school favourites – like Uno, checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Taboo, Cluedo – and new releases. For kids that are on the younger side, try playing in teams to keep things fair (and arguments to a minimum). If it's a grown-ups night you're planning, trays of tacos and pitchers of magaritas will not only go down a treat, but are easy to whip up!

Try David Jones, Whitcoulls or Farmers.

4. Plan a fun family (or roomie) pyjama day

It’s easy to get swept up in planning elaborate activities, but sometimes simple is best. Host a pyjama day – guests optional – full of playful activities and relaxation time. The little ones will love building blanket forts and getting stuck in playdough. For a girls' day in, slap on a face and hair mask, grab some new nail colours and keep those chick flicks rolling. Matching pyjamas will make things feel extra special.

Try Country Road, Farmers or David Jones


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5. Set up camp in your own backyard

If you need to holiday at home this year, try sleeping under the stars. You can keep it simple with a sleeping bag and pillows or go all out! Assemble your tent (if you have one) or a play teepee for the kids, then layer mats, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags inside for comfort. If you want to get the full camping experience set up a fire pit and roast some marshmallows.
Try Kathmandu or Torpedo7.


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6. Get crafting

If you’re after a little quiet time then cross stitch, knitting, tie-dye and other such crafts are a great idea. Browse the web or Youtube for endless DIY inspiration and tutorials. Get the little ones involved too by giving them simple jobs to help out. Once you’ve finished your masterpiece, buy a few embroidery hoops and frame up your work so you can hang them around your home.

7. Whip up your own sweet treats

If you ask us, one of the best at-home activities is baking. Why? Unlike other pastimes, your hard work results in delicious treats! Browse through our list of Kids in the kitchen: Treats that are almost too cute to eat recipes (perfect for amateur chefs, and kid-friendly too!), then ensure you’ve got all the fresh ingredients and cookware you need before you start.

Try Countdown or Tai Ping.