Stay active and entertained during the indoor months

With the onset of autumn or winter we start to spend a lot more time indoors. With the weather turning colder and wetter, here are some ideas to help you make the most of the hibernation seasons The colder months don’t have to spell doom and gloom and dreaded boredom in your household. There are loads of ideas and items you can pick up on the cheap on DoneDeal to keep you and your family entertained. Photo: iStock/monkeybusinessimages Keeping active If you’re trying to avoid high gym costs but still want to keep active, there are plenty of activities you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Have a look at DoneDeal’s Sport & Hobbies section for great deals on gym items from treadmills and cross trainers to kettle bells and boxing bags. If you’re looking to incorporate fun into an activity – especially if you have teenagers or children – this section also has a wide range of suitable items on offer. These include: snooker or pool tables dart boards football tables ping pong tables Depending on your available space, these can be set up either in your house or your garage and will provide hours of entertainment. Digital entertainment If you dread the long, dark evenings glued to the television, don’t forget that it has another function. Why not look for computer or console games that friends and family can participate in? Check out the offers in DoneDeal’s Games & Consoles section for multi-player games from general knowledge quizzes to sports competitions. It could be great craic to start a mini league and have a designated games night. If you don’t own a console, there are loads on offer. If you’re new to DoneDealing, take a look at the articles in the Basics section of our Blog for tips and advice. Old-fashioned fun Another way to cut back on telly time is to take a trip down memory lane with some traditional board games. Teenagers might resist, but younger family members will love the novelty. You can set up an email alert for favourite games from your youth at great prices, including Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Risk and Yahtzee. Projects and skills Explore DoneDeal’s extensive Hobbies section for ideas on how to pass the time while cooped up indoors. This could involve returning to an old hobby or trying something totally new. Again, you can make this a social activity. Why not set up an embroidery or DIY club among your friends? Children might also enjoy sharing a hobby with a parent, like knitting or model making. It’s also a great time of year to take up, or rediscover, a musical instrument. DoneDeal’s Music & Education section has everything you need from instruments to lessons in your local area. So, don’t let the autumn/winter evenings pass in a blur of reality television and movies you’ve seen too many times before. Get creative and put some fun back into your home life – before you know it, it’ll be spring again. #GamesampConsoles #MusicampEducation #SportampHobbies #Winter