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Indoor Entertainment for a Snowy (or Freezing) Day

January 22, 2019

Winter in New York City can feel unbearably long. Through the end of May, temperatures are often below freezing and snow days abound. And when it’s too snowy or too cold to go outside, another Netflix series binge doesn’t have to be your only option for staving off the cold—unless you’re watching Marie Kondo, because that’s productive. Try these indoor entertainment alternatives the next time you’re stuck indoors because of weather…

Get out a deck of cards

Who doesn’t love a good game night? While most everyone enjoys board games and the endless hours of entertainment they bring, it’s not always easy to get a big group of your closest friends together when there’s snow on the ground or the temperature is in the single digits. This is why card games are the perfect alternative. Two to three players are all you need. In case you need a refresher, check out this resource for the rules to all of your favorite card games.

Bake some cake mix cookies

Baking is a great way to spend a day indoors. There’s nothing like spending some quality time in the kitchen and filling your space with the mouthwatering smells of freshly baked goods. But what if you aren’t a regular baker? What if your pantry lacks some key staples required for most recipes? Introducing: cake mix cookies, where all you need are three ingredients: one or two eggs, some vegetable oil, and a box of your favorite flavor of cake mix. Customize them with a handful of add-ins (like sprinkles, chocolate chips, or mini marshmallows) and consider yourself a baker. Or at least a budding one.

Do that chore you’ve been putting off

You know that closet you can’t ever get to shut all the way? Or that junk drawer with envelopes spilling out the side? Or those baseboards that need cleaning? A snow day is the perfect time to try out everything you’ve learned from Marie Kondo, and tackle that project that’s been nagging at you for months. Organize your closet, clean out your junk drawer, sort through your beauty products, wipe down your baseboards, clean out your light fixtures—whatever it is that needs doing. Not only will you feel a sense of relief for finally tackling that chore, but you’ll also feel much better in a cleaner, homier apartment. 

Invent your own cocktail recipe

Inventing your own cocktail to accompany homemade brunch or happy hour tapas is another way to feel a little creative and indulge in this unexpected time inside. Throw together your favorite liquor and whatever juice you have on hand, add a garnish for a little flair, then kick back and enjoy your handiwork. Need a little inspiration to get you started? Here’s an exhaustive list of cocktails divvied up by spirit.

There’s really no shortage of indoor entertainment on a snowy day, as long as you’re willing to get creative. Then, when the weather becomes a little sunnier and the sidewalks dry up, get outside again to exercise those cabin-fevered legs in one of NYC’s running clubs! 

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