If you’re living in Houston, looking for cheap activities to do at home without breaking the bank, you’re going to love this! I’m a frugal fanatic. I love home activities because for one, they’re cheap. They can keep you at home when you want to be and you can go really crazy and crafty with home activities. Houston can get hot and muggy, making outdoor activities not exactly ideal year round.
This keeps you and your family busy and having fun for hours while staying cool inside.
Check out these ideas.
First up is baking. This is fun especially if you have small kids. Make cupcakes, pies, cookies, whatever you want.
It’s fun to combine all the ingredients, mix it up and then bake. The most fun comes at the end when you get to decorate and enjoy what you’ve made.
This is something a lot of families do over the holidays but don’t limit it to just the end of year. Take advantage of baking year round and enjoy this activity with your kids and partner any time you want!
The last thing I baked? Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and sprinkles were made in my kitchen last weekend.
Get inspired: One of my favorite bakeries in the Houston area is Ooh La La Dessert Boutique. Get inspired by some of their cupcake designs and flavors and make your own. Check out their menu online.
2. Movie night
Movie night is so fun. You can do this during the day too and do a movie marathon!
Make popcorn, pick out some fun, good movies and huddle up on the couch enjoying some entertainment in your living room.
An away from home alternative: Take up one of the many Houston drive-in theaters and enjoy with the entire family.
3. Indoor picnic
This is something my family used to do when I was a child.
We did this instead of outdoor picnics because my sister and I were anti-insect (which means bugs really creeped us out) and we really weren’t crazy about the outdoors.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely went bike riding, walking, playing in the park, etc.
But, if I have to eat outside, especially sitting on the ground, that was a turn off for me.
How we'd have an indoor picnic?
We would do this every few months or so and it was so much fun. Lay a blanket on the floor in the living room and set plates of picnic-style food. Eat family style and talk or watch TV.
What we’d have?
- Charcuterie-style plates
- Fresh fruit
- Veggie boards
It was all finger foods and kid-friendly. So delicious and a fond memory I have even today. Try this!
4. Clean house
This might sound boring but I had to add it to the list.
You can make cleaning fun plus, it’s a productive activity that you can involve the whole family in and when everyone is cleaning instead of just one person, you get so much more done.
Play some music or a fun podcast, assign zones in your house for cleaning, and get to work.
Then assign a reward when you finish like going to the movies, mini golf, out to dinner, etc. It doesn’t have to be an at-home activity for the reward. Make it whatever you want!
5. Backyard BBQ
This was something I absolutely looked forward to as a child!
Backyard BBQs were so much fun and the food was delicious. I’m not sure if it was because we only barbequed in the backyard a few times a year, making each time feel super special or if I just love barbeque food.
Probably a little of both.
Do this with your family, cook food, play music, play games, invite the neighbors over and have a good time!
6. Indoor fort
I’m sure you did this as a child.
I certainly did!
It’s not just for small kids. Take your dining room chairs, drape some towels, blankets and comforters over and hide out in this area. Put pillows on the ground, bring a radio or tablet for entertainment and hang out for hours. So much fun!