Somehow it’s April already, which means it’s almost that wonderful time of the year where South Africans are blessed with five public holidays in the span of four weeks. Some of you savvy planners out there made use of your leave days to create a mini holiday for yourself. Unfortunately for some, this time of year we’re also usually blessed with buckets of rain during this time — we aren’t nicknamed the Cape of Storms for nothing!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite things to do when the weather is bad below, whether you just want to stay home or venture out to the Winelands, Cape Town, or at home, we’ve got you covered!

Embrace your inner Pirate with a Treasure Hunt

One of the easiest, cheapest, and most enjoyable things to do when the weather is bad and you’re stuck inside, is to have a treasure hunt! You’ll be entertained while you make up the clues and hide them, and everyone else will be entertained while going on the actual hunt. And, best of all, treasure hunts aren’t just for kids! Do a romantic treasure hunt for your significant other, or just make sure that your clues are a bit more challenging than your average kiddies treasure hunt.

There are lots of ideas, templates and suggestions online, so get to it — half the fun is in the creation!

Get Mysterious with a Murder Mystery Night

Host a murder mystery dinner (or lunch) party the next time you’re stuck at home with nothing to do! Just ask everyone you’ve invited to bring a dish so you won’t have to slave over the stove all day. You’ll be able to spend most of your day planning the dinner party and the murder mystery, you won’t even notice that you’re stuck inside! You can either buy a murder mystery party kit for relatively cheap, or just make up your own story and characters! There are lots of online resources to help you plan.

Channel Your Inner Chef

What better place to while away the time than in the kitchen? There’s no time like the present, so grab your apron and get to it! Rainy days are perfect for learning how to make pannekoek or melkkos, or to bake a cake! The world is at your fingertips, you can learn to make anything your heart (and stomach) desires, so just Google a simple recipe or step-by-step guide and get to it!

Snuggle up with a Good Book

In my opinion, there’s nothing better than snuggling up under a fluffy blanket with a good book — preferably in front of a fire with a big glass of wine in hand. If you don’t already have a good book handy, check out some of your local bookstores (I’ve mentioned my favourites in the Winelands here and Cape Town here), or head over to your local library! You can also check out our Book Club on Facebook to see what we’re reading at 9Lives!

Play Board Games

I LOVE board games, and what better way to while away the time on a rainy afternoon than with a games day? So grab your friends and play some old favourites at home, or try out a new game or two! Best of all, if you’re like my family and only own Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit — ours is the Afrikaans version from the 80s, so it’s almost impossible to get a single answer correct — you can head over to Big Box Boardgames Café in Cape Town, or Imperium Games in Somerset West where you can buy and play board games.

Binge Watch your Favourite Shows and Movies

In the age of streaming, there’s no reason to ever say you have nothing to watch, even if it is just rewatching your favourite binge-worthy shows and movies. If you’re looking for some new inspiration, check out some Netflix and Showmax titles we’ve explored before and get your binge on!

Learn how to do a manicure

Have you ever wanted to learn how to do the perfect manicure, but never had the time? Rainy days are perfect for trying out new things, so why not give it a try? Check out Maria’s article on how she learnt the art of the home manicure here to learn more.

Get your Creativity Flowing

Draw, paint, write, read, or start a new hobby! According to the expert psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carrie Barron, who co-authored The Creativity Cure: How to Build Happiness With Your Own Two Hands, creativity is a form of self-actualisation. So when we absorb ourselves in something we find interesting, we lose ourselves in the moment, and are catapulted out of our concept of time and space. See more on how to get your creativity flowing here.

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