A little downtime is good for the soul, but too much of it can lead to boredom. And you can only binge watch so many shows or bake so many goodies before you find yourself feeling restless and longing for something else to do. Thankfully, there are hundreds of ways for adults to have fun indoors, and all of them can be delivered right to your home. Some are child-friendly, so you can get the entire family involved, while others are for adults eyes only. Some are solo activities, and others are meant to be played with a partner or group of friends. Either way, these are some of the most loved activities for grownups looking to have fun at home.
Best Overall: Exploding Kittens
A game called Exploding Kittens is sure to make all the cat lovers out there gasp in shock, but this party-perfect card game is one you don't want to miss. It's certainly not your average deck of cards, so gather all your friends and get ready for some crazy-good fun. The main concept is simple: Draw an exploding kitten card, and you explode — figuratively speaking, of course — knocking you out of the game. But then, it wouldn't be much fun if game play was really that simple.
Exploding Kittens includes plenty of twists and turns to help you stop those kittens from blowing up in your face. The real fun begins as you plot to escape the explosions by playing Defuse cards to save yourself or taking things a step further by playing cards to target other players with those adorable kitten bombs. You can even access special powers by using grownup cat cards — kittens can't have all the fun! Disclaimer: No kittens are harmed during the playing of this game — hopefully.
Best Value: Eat, Drink, and Be Mad Libs
You probably remember playing Mad Libs as a child. Well, Eat, Drink, and Be Mad Libs is the same exact thing, only it's just for grownups. While this is just one book in an entire series of Adult Mad Libs, it's a fun and inexpensive way to kill some time. Each page has a food and wine theme, and according to reviewers, they’ll consistently leave you in stitches after you fill them out. Play it alone, with your significant other or with an entire group of friends — even remotely.
Best for the Whole Family: Giant 4 in a Row Connect Game
The Giant 4 in a Row Connect Game is a great throwback for adults who grew up playing Connect Four, and if you have kids, they'll enjoy playing this brightly-colored lifesize version as well. Play it inside or out in the yard. Those who've purchased it say it's easy to assemble, easy to take apart and store and so much fun.
Best Eye Fatigue Solution: Yuham Magnetic Dart Board
If you spend most of your time indoors watching screens, you're probably suffering from eye fatigue at this point. Luckily, entertainment doesn’t have to come from a screen. The game of darts has been a favorite pastime since medieval times, and if you're a fan of the game, the Yuham Magnetic Dart Board is a safe alternative to the original game and a great way to remind yourself to look away from your computer or smart device every once in a while. You can practice alone or compete against others in your household. Even kids can play, since the darts are magnetic. Those who have purchased it say that this dart game is high-quality and a good time.
Best Board Game: Jenga
Many people think of board games when they're bored inside, but some of those classics can get old quick. Not Jenga. If you're not familiar with it, Jenga is a game of balance, patience and concentration, and you can play by yourself or with as many other players as you want. It's recommended for people over the age of six, but adults seem to love it more than kids. People who have purchased it say it's a great choice for when you’re tired of technology and conventional board games alike.
Best Way to Get Some Exercise: Pop-A-Shot Official Dual Shot Sport Basketball Arcade Game
If you've indulged in too many snacks while stuck inside, you need a fun way to get some exercise. The Pop-A-Shot Official Dual Shot Sport Basketball Arcade Game is a great place to start — and work on your jump shot. Just like the basketball games you see in arcades across the country, this game keeps score when you make a basket. You can also play 10 mini games for one or two players. Users love that it's durable and easy to put together, fold up and store if you don't have a permanent spot for it.
Best Way to Get Your Brain Some Exercise: Brain Games — Criminal Mind Puzzles
If it's your brain that's in need of a workout, consider Brain Games — Criminal Mind Puzzles. After all, who doesn't love a good game of detective? With this book, you can solve crimes through a series of word games and logic puzzles that will make you think harder than you have before. Don't worry; the answers are in the back of the book if you really get stumped. Users say they have a hard time putting it down once they get started, and it's a great way to kill time when you need to.
Best for Real Competition: Best Choice Products 40-Inch Air Hockey Table
Air hockey tables can cost you hundreds and thousands of dollars, but the Best Choice Products 40-Inch Air Hockey Table is a smaller, much cheaper version that you can usually get for under $60. Those who own it say it's durable and easy to put together. They also love that it's small enough to fit on practically any surface. Play against your friends or significant other. It’s also great for older kids and teens.
Best Solo Activity: Drinking Animals Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are not only fun, but they can also be therapeutic when your mind needs a break from everything going on in the world. If you're looking for a great way to have fun on your own, grab some colored pencils and try the Drinking Animals Coloring Book. Each page features a cute drawing of an animal enjoying an adult beverage along with a recipe for you to make that cocktail on your own. Those who have purchased it say it's relaxing, and they love that they can get it for under $10.
Best Option for a Large Group: It’s in the Bag!
It’s in The Bag! is typically thought of as a party game, but you can play with as few as two or as many as 20 players, so it's a great option if you're stuck indoors with other people. Game play can be short or long, depending on how in-depth you want to go, and users say it's easy enough to learn that kids can play, too. Essentially, you have to guess what your opponent’s card says through word association and charades. This highly-rated game should be on everyone's game shelf.