There are a lot of things you can do during a hurricane to last out the storm. Hurricane parties are among the most favorite. In Bermuda we are self proclaimed experts at it but sometimes it can all start to seem a bit monotonous. Here are a few ideas to liven things up!
1. Do Something Different
Grab your friends and do something different this hurricane season. Many people are loving the idea of “Adult Summer Camps” so during a storm take the camping inside and get back to some cheesy fun loving times:
- Set up a campsite – If you have pop-up or small dome tents, it’s easy to set up camp indoors. If not, you can create tents by draping sheets over the couch. Make them comfy with airbeds, pillows, and sleeping bags.
- Have an indoor treasure hunt – Make one set of clues for every player, each clue leading to the new one, and finally, to the treasure.
- In terms of food, there’s a good chance the power will go out so stock up on food that does not need to be refrigerated. Yes, this means junk food. Enjoy your free pass to binge eat Cheese-its, you don’t get opportunities like this much anymore. Just get ready to burn off the hurricane fifteen after the storm passes, yes that’s a thing.
2. Fight the Boredom
There are many people on the island who are living alone or with a partner. If it’s just the two of you, things can get either very steamy or very dull or both. When you are really fighting the boredom, try finding things you’ve been putting off for a while:
- Rearrange your room – Although this sounds like a lot of work you’ve been putting it off and now you have plenty of time.
- Clean out your closet – If you’re stuck spending hours in your room, you might as well make yourself useful. Go through all of your clothing, try it all on and make piles of things that you haven’t worn in the last year or don’t fit anymore. Not only do you get to put on an impromptu personal fashion show, but you’ll feel super productive.
- Have an indoor picnic – Light a candle and pop some champagne to turn this evening into a romantic outing with your sweetie. Don’t forget the picnic blanket and wicker basket!
- It’s all about grilling and using up whatever’s going to go bad in the fridge. Make sure to eat up any leftover sorbets and ice creams try adding your favourite liquor for some boozy cold drinks.
3. Keep the Kids Entertained
Bored kids on a regular day are stressful, lock them in an enclosed area for a prolonged period of time and your sanity will truly be tested. With kids it’s all about being prepared with as much activities as you can think of. Think outside of the box and maybe find some things that will tire them out as well:
- Help your child make a “storm fun kit” that you bring out only during storms. Make one up for the different members of the family and make these items things that the kids are not allowed to play with at any other time so that they are novel and interesting when the time comes to use them.
- Decorate t-shirts – gather up some supplies (markers, paints, stencils and any other art supplies) and get creative. Kids can spend hours designing their own shirt they can wear over and over again.
- Helping kids understand what storms are about can help them feel less scared and more in control when bad weather occurs. Older kids who may appreciate science books about what actually happens during a storm. For younger kids, using developmentally appropriate books that explain storms and what to do to feel less afraid can help kids feel more in control because they’ll feel more prepared and have a better understanding of what is really going on.
- Marshmallow toothpick castles – Split into teams of 2 or 3. Give each team 15 mini-marshmallows and 15 toothpicks. The team that builds the highest marshmallow structure in 10 minutes wins!