After yet another big storm on the East Coast, many schools and even some offices are closed today.
Yay! Snow day!
All right, now that everybody has that out of their systems -- what do you plan to do with your free time? This blizzard has left some people trapped in the house for days. For others, boredom may just be starting to set in. So to help pass the hours, we have come up with seven ideas to keep you and your family entertained while stuck in the snow.
These are just seven ideas. There are plenty of other good ones. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. Maybe for the next storm we will expand the list to 10 or even 14 things to do when stuck inside. Let's all just hope we aren't snowed in forever.
There's nothing quite like spending time with your family. Don't just plop down in front of the TV. Do something the whole family can join in on: board games.
Sure, they may be old fashioned and don't come with as many bells and whistles as that Wii or Blue Ray player. So what? These games have been around for decades. There must be something good to them.
Monopoly isn't only fun because it lets you buy real estate, collect rents, build hotels -- all while you try not to go broke -- but it also teaches some good lessons in risk, investing and managing money.
For something a bit less challenging, try Candy Land, which has been many children's first game for more than 50 years. Colorful characters and whimsical places take children through a journey of magic and fantasy. What better activity for a snowy day?
Some of our other favorites include Bobble, LIFE, Jenga, checkers, chess, Clue, and Apples to Apples.
All right, enough fun. Now it's time to get down to some work. Have that closet that you have been meaning to clean out, but just never found the time to tackle?
This might be the perfect day to clear out those clothes from last season -- or two waist sizes ago -- that you aren't wearing anymore. But don't throw out those outfits. Make a pile and when the snow clears, donate them to a local charity. And, hey, for most people the donation is a tax deduction.
After you organize your closet, move on down to the basement or garage. Look, we know it's not going to be fun, but would you rather do it today or on a bright, sunny spring day?
OK, now you deserve some vegging out on the couch.
That show or movie you've been dying to see? Well, now is the time. You know you have always wanted to watch "Lost" or "Mad Men" but have missed too many episodes to keep track of what's going on. This is your chance: Make a snack, or two, shut off the phone, pop the DVD into your player and start at the first season's first episode.
Or maybe today is the day to watch that movie you've been waiting and waiting to see. Sure, your cable company might have plenty of picks on-demand, but check out the American Film Institute, which lists the top 100 movies.
When you're done with those Netflix wrappers, make some origami. Yes, that's right, origami. There is of course a Web site that shows you how. It's aptly named Netflix Origami.