We’ve come to terms with the fact that the rain is here to stay this winter. While that doesn’t stop some well-equipped and water-proofed explorers from venturing into nature, it does make hibernating at home an appealing notion.

To save you from going stir-crazy during the soggy seasons, we’ve come up with a few ideas that will keep you happily occupied under your own roof.

  1. Arts & Crafts: Exercise your creative spirit and make something. This is the perfect opportunity to begin painting, sketching, sewing, or any other artistic endeavour you’ve been meaning to check off. Visit Opus Art Supplies (there are a number of locations across the Lower Mainland) to purchase whatever you may need to start your project. To get your creativity flowing, check out A Beautiful Mess’s afternoon craft ideas.
  1. In the Kitchen: The holidays are quickly approaching, and now would be a great time to try out a new cookie, pie, cake, or bread recipe. (Not that you need an excuse to bake.) Bake for yourself or for friends and family – both are rewarding. We found some inspiration for you: 23 Things to Bake When You’re Bored.
  1. For the Kids: While you are probably easy to keep occupied inside, kids are another matter. Rather than plopping them down in front of a screen, let their imaginations soar. Put together a treasure hunt around the home – a list of items to find and clues on where to find them. (Perhaps the winner gets to scrape clean the bowl of cookie batter.) Build a fort or campsite in your living room using pillows, blankets, and furniture. Have your kids draw plans before construction, then hold a picnic inside once complete. They could also write a play and act it out with friends in the neighbourhood. Here are some more ideas from PopSugar.
  1. Reading List: Most people have a long list or stack of books they would like to get through. Now is the perfect time. Create a cozy reading nook, make a cup of tea or coffee, and grab one of those baked goods as you settle into a good book. Not sure what to read? Check out David Bowie’s Top 100 Reading List.
  1. Learn Something: There are lots of free educational tools online. You could learn a new language, discover a new subject, or even earn a degree (Okay, this last one may not be free). Visit Duolingo or Future Learn to stretch your mind.

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