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Ideas for both adults and children on what to do after you turn the television off, unplug it or give it away. Shut down the computer for a while and .....


  • Go to the beach; Find seashells, check the rock pools, swim, float, walk, draw in the sand, build a sand castle, etc.

Play your favorite board games; Chess, Draughts, Backgammon, Snakes and Ladders, Life, etc.

  • Play card games; Old Maid, Go Fish, Crazy Eight's, Snap, Magic, Gin Rummy etc.
  • Read a chapter book out loud; Charlotte’s Web, Anne of Green Gables,
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, etc.
  • Colour a large poster (Doodle Art).
  • Get some chalk and do pavement drawings or draw a hopscotch and play on it with friends.
  • Work on a puzzle.
  • Listen to music or story tapes.
  • Play musical instruments together. Be your own family band.
  • Dance; Hula, jazz, ballet, rock 'n roll, African, hip hop, ball room, etc.
  • Exercise; Stretch, weight lifting, sit ups, skipping, use exercise equipment, trampoline, etc.
  • Do yoga.
  • Bake something together; Cookies, pies, cupcakes, bread, casserole, pizza, etc.
  • Cook a special meal together.
  • Go for a walk, go slow and look at everything. Listen.
  • Work in the garden.
  • Sing songs, old favorites or make some up.
  • Act out a play or skit.
  • Have a puppet or marionette show.
  • Act as a favorite 'hero' or family member.
  • Go for a drive.
  • Go for a bush walk then spend some time sitting in the bush and listening to the sounds of Nature


  • Watch the sunset or sunrise. Especially beautiful to watch a sunset on Good Friday and a sunrise on Easter Sunday and then have breakfast and an Easter egg hunt on the beach
  • Do crafts together.
  • Make gifts for others.
  • Work on scrapbooks or journals.
  • Do art projects.
  • Invite friends over.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Meditate.
  • Play charades.
  • Play twenty questions.
  • Work on your hobby: Sewing, knitting, stamp collecting, cubby building, wood burning, whittling, building model cars or airplanes, jewelry making, train set, stone carving, paper airplanes, weaving, etc.
  • Write letters.
  • Work on the photo album or look at old ones.
  • Take special trips: Miniature golf, museums, fire and police stations, arcades, parks, zoos, etc.
  • Unclutter your house, clean out the closets. Give stuff away or have a garage sale.
  • Sports; Tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, skating, running, skiing, swimming, volley ball, horseback riding, golf, etc.
  • Dress up in costumes and role play.
  • Study: Learn a foreign language, drawing, a musical instrument, different cultures, herbology, correspondence school, self growth, basket making, get your degree, etc.
  • Celebrate the holidays and festivals.
  • Attend a church service.
  • Volunteer; Work at a soup kitchen, visit the home bound, be a big brother/ big sister, visit nursing homes, become a Youth leader, etc.
  • Visit different church denominations. Buddhism, Jewish, Bahai, Catholic, Mormon, Baptist, Adventist, Missionary, Lutheran, Gospel, etc.
  • Work on your family tree.
  • Interview family members, about their life, advice, how it used to be, family stories, etc.
  • Work on fixing up your house; do projects, remodel, landscape your yard, etc.
  • Recycle, reuse, compost. Care for the earth.
  • Paint faces.
  • Visit the airport and watch the planes land and take off.
  • Go camping.
  • Go bowling.
  • Play pool or darts.
  • Go on a train, bus, boat or taxi ride.
  • Go to open houses.
  • Learn pottery.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Train your pet.
  • Have a bon fire and toast marshmallows.
  • Get the kids involved in an art project and be romantic- make love.
  • Listen to a public radio show (Newstalk ZB, Car Talk).
  • Visit an elderly person and just sit and chat to them.
  • Relax- do nothing at all.





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