To quote the classic line from George R.R Martin’s Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming.”
Yes, once again, the season where we wrap up in warm layers and where many of us would rather spend a few extra hours in the comforting warmth of our beds approaches.
It is understandable why, for some, winter isn’t the most favourite season. You don’t get as much opportunity outside without stacking on a pile of extra clothes and the activities you enjoyed doing outdoors become less enticing to do or perform.
I, for one, can’t stand being cold. I’d much rather be warm indoors than out somewhere like the freezing snow.
That said, if lockdown has shown us anything, it is that being cooped up indoors can affect us all after a while, with the means of cabin fever and the main cry of kids saying…”I’m bored.”
Hence, I’m here to give you a way to make the indoors just as fun as the outdoors, and show you how you can find something entertaining to do within the surrounding walls.
Mix Houdini with Holmes
Do you like to use your brain? Are you the type of person who loves puzzles? Well, Escape Rooms Melbourne may just be the best leisure activity for you.
The escape room has the intention to flex your analytical muscles and your brainpower while seeing how you can work with others to deduce the best way to get you out.
This experience is a great way to test your logic, teamwork and creativity while allowing you to potentially give Harry and Sherlock a run for their money, by using puzzles and logic within a certain time frame and having an opportunity for a lot of fun along the way.
Nothing like a little bit of healthy competition. Watch your step
What many of us seem to have forgotten is that of being together. After so much time in our homes, how about a public outing to the ten-pin alley?
Whether you know how to swing or you need the bumper, (and there’s no shame in that) seeing if you have the ability to meet a score of 300 is still a great way to bond with friends.
Just remember that the clown shoes are bigger than your foot and not to slip on the lane surface.
Arts and Crafts for the whole family
From painting to homemade Playdough, there are countless arts activities that the whole family can enjoy, from the kids to the adults, and all can get involved.
When it comes to arts and crafts, this can range from anything including baking to drawing. Hey, your teen may even find a means to create a bucket list or find their inner ability in drawing or nature photography.
Whether it is entertaining your littlest kid with flour and cookie cutters or teaching one how to knit a jumper for themselves for next winter, crafting can come in a variety of forms.
Make science fun and interactive
Whether you are engaging young, curious minds about the stars and planets or making a biology lesson more motivational, there is a way to fascinate all ages on how the world works.
They have exhibits relevant to sport and the human body, space and astronomy to how the various appliances and utilities in your house operate.
From how our body functions or that of learning about light speed, Scienceworks in Yarraville is a great way to make an indoor winter day fun and educational.
It’s a place of discovery and wonder for all, from the littlest kid and can even be a reminder for us adults.
History that becomes immersive
One thing about Melbourne, and Victoria, in general, is that we have a rich, colourful history. Rich and colourful are the notable words.
For, while many will already know, it is always interesting to learn about or re-educate oneself on how Melbourne was formed and built on the profits of the 1850s Gold Rush, which you can do at the Melbourne Museum. This is part of their “Making Melbourne” and “Marvellous Melbourne” collections.
You can also get involved in our somewhat more colourful history, specifically around our most infamous ‘bushranger’, Ned Kelly, by visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol.
Here you can take a ghost tour, immerse yourself in the watch house experience or, if you’re a budding writer who needs to clear some writer’s block, even shut yourself in a cell for some time to reflect.
All of these activities concerning the gaol are held under the guidance of the National Trust.
Therefore, whether your taste is logic, sport, arts, science or getting involved in history, there is a way to make the indoors something fun for everyone during this winter season.
I hope you find the perfect thing to cure any means of boredom, good luck readers!
Image Alana King