What To Do When Your Family Is Bored

Having the feeling that you’re bored sucks. It really does. And if you’re wondering what to do when you’re bored, you’re in luck. There is ALWAYS something you can be doing to move your body, work your mind, and be productive. 

People often say that they’re bored as a way to justify their actions of doing nothing — but it’s time to change that narrative. 


If you’re looking for things to do when you or your family is bored, you’re about to have an eye-opening experience. Everywhere you turn, there is SOMETHING that can be done.

What To Do When You’re Bored

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Coming from a parenting perspective, it’s like nails on a chalkboard when your kids say they’re bored. Like . . . your room is literally full of toys and gadgets and there’s nothing in there you want to play with?

But to be honest, they’ve learned this type of thinking from a number of different sources. The use of technology overall has made us feel as though if we aren’t online, there’s nothing else to do. 

And if you’re sitting around talking about how you’re bored, little ears and mimics are going to repeat that exact same phrase. 

Now is the time to take charge and change that perception. You’re not bored. You’re just running low on ideas. This is where this list of things to do when you’re bored at home can help. 

Fun things to do to beat the boredom blues

“Fun” might all be in the eye of the beholder, but these all sound a lot better than sitting on the couch, complaining that you’re bored. 

  • Snuggle down and read a book
  • Go for a walk
  • Plan a trip to meet up with some friends
  • Declutter the house
  • Get started on some home projects
  • Watch a movie with the kids
  • Cook some yummy recipes
  • Do some yard work
  • Play a game or put together a puzzle
  • Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  • Take a nap
  • Plan a family vacation
  • Spread some kindness to others
  • Go to the movies
  • Spend some time at the animal shelter snuggling animals
  • Join a gym and go work out
  • Start a Would You Rather question game
  • Create a new music playlist

The list could go on forever! Being bored is a frame of mind and one you can easily get out of.

The reason people say they’re bored is because they’re not willing or want to put in the effort to find new things to do.

What seems to stop people from doing other things is they think everything has to be magical and an experience, but it really doesn’t. 

Not everything has to be fun, cost money, or be something on your bucket list. Getting out of the bored mind frame can also be done with work and errands as well. 

Instead of wasting time being “bored,” ask yourself what needs to be done. This will project your thoughts in a productive way rather than have you feeling like you’re treading water where you are.