In our house, we frequently spend evenings hanging out and doing low-key group activities, like playing video games (or D&D), watching TV, or just talking and listening to music. Frequently, we find ourselves at a lull, seeking something new to do when we don't feel like putting on Netflix.
I'm looking for games that we can set up, teach people, and play quickly with a varying number of people at varying levels of sobriety. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by 4th number
on Dec 6, 2013 -
Been checking out Pharrell's 24 Hours of Happy
and some of the people don't seem to care what they look like and totally go with it and have fun. Others are decidedly apprehensive. I would probably not even volunteer to do this sort of thing myself.
For those of you who can dance like nobody's watching, or do or say something funny that might grab the attention of the room, or sing karaoke at a bar, etc, I am curious to know what goes on in your head before, during, or after you "perform."
Other ways to phrase this question:
What makes you a ham?
Do you think about what you are doing or going to do, or just go with it?
Why don't you get embarrassed when you do something fun and crazy? Or do you?
What is the payoff for you?
Were you born this way or did you learn it somehow?
posted by thorny
on Nov 27, 2013 -
Is there a definitive activity book? Sort of like a cookbook, but for Activities To Do? [more inside]
posted by aniola
on Nov 17, 2013 -
Two wonderful people - a Salvadoran and a Russian, both living in New York - just got married and have invited my girlfriend and me to join them on vacation in El Salvador this December. Carlos is very sweet, very generous, and very excited to show us his country of origin. It all sounds wonderful to me - beach, mountains, pupusas, family, etc. Plus monkeys! My girlfriend is also very fond of the couple and loves the idea of a tropical vacation, but is typically more cautious than I am and is concerned about safety. This seems to be a valid concern, given the overall crime rate, State Department travel warnings
, and so on. El Salvador has a murder rate of 69 per 100,000 people, which is about the same as Flint, Michigan and twice that of Baltimore. I'm a fairly experienced traveler and am inclined to think we'd be safe as long as we stuck with Carlos and his family, but don't want to be foolish. Neither of us speaks Spanish terribly well and we could probably be identified as foreigners by our appearance. The same can be said for Carlos' wife. G/f and I decided to turn to the fine folks of MetaFilter for outside perspectives - thoughts, anecdotes, information, or advice - on the safety and advisability of traveling to El Salvador for fun. Thank you!
posted by jcrcarter
on Nov 11, 2013 -
Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
posted by Mister_A
on Nov 1, 2013 -
We're looking for iconic/popular images of people having fun and want to photoshop in a crying kid (all in good fun!). What are your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman
on Sep 23, 2013 -
My wife and I have two little kids. Recently, we've found that we really needed to get away for a date night at least once a week. Budget is not that lavish, so we often have 2-3 hours to get away and do...something. We live in Burbank, CA. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game
on Sep 21, 2013 -
My wife can't spread her legs do to her disability. I can just about get my head between her legs with lots of stretching to eat her out but thats about it. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac
on Sep 17, 2013 -
I'm surprising the boyfriend for his birthday in early October with an overnight stay in Baltimore. What should we do for the two days we're there? [more inside]
posted by bluloo
on Sep 8, 2013 -
I am thinking of taking a Monday - Friday trip to Vancouver at the end of this month. Looking for personal suggestions of good places to stay and fun things to do. (Boat trips, museums, nice restaurants, etc.)
My personal trip ritual (if available) is to have a good bookstore near a good coffeehouse as home base.
posted by goalyeehah
on Sep 3, 2013 -
I remember a site where you load it up and it says something simple, like "I like tea". And then you click tea and it expands so it says "I like really good tea." And then you can click other words, over and over, until there's finally a whole paragraph.
Love the site. Can't remember where it is. Can anyone remember?
posted by jragon
on Aug 17, 2013 -
How can I rejigger my brain to recognize engaging, rewarding tasks as "fun" instead of "work"? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd
on Jul 23, 2013 -
I'm going to Pascagoula this weekend to see some family. What are some interesting, 10-year-old-kid-friendly things to do there?
posted by jcatus
on Jul 19, 2013 -
I would like to watch some music videos where it appears that everyone is just having a stupid good time. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee
on Jul 12, 2013 -
I will be picking up my brand new Kia Rio EX (5 door, manual transmission, black). I name my cars. Help me name this one like a boss. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I saw the coolest little foursquare toy, kind of a portable mini-court, yesterday at the park. I wish I'd stopped and talked to the guys playing with it, but I thought I could find it pretty easily... but not so.
So there's a little trampoline, I guess that's about two feet square, with a circular wall around it divided into four sections. They had a ball smaller than a kickball but bigger than a tennis ball, and if they hit it on the trampoline and it went between one person's section of the bordering wall, then it was like it had hit their square.
Does anybody know what this? I must have one. Immediately.
posted by dubadubowbow
on Jun 16, 2013 -
I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart
on May 12, 2013 -
I'm taking my daughter to NYC for her 13th bday gift around the end of June. She is going to be so excited!! I'm trying to plan some great things for a Mom and a 13 yr old to do but I'm getting overwhelmed.... We will do a broadway show for sure...but any other suggestions? Help me decide what is really cool and worth doing and what would be just "meh". She loves the arts and creating and cooking and falls on the nerdy, quirky, funny side of life. She's perfect!! We will be there 3 nights and 4 days. Staying in SoHo but can Uber Car pretty much anywhere. I also have a very dear friend who lives there and will be with us to help navigate. He loves my daughter and will be up for anything but has no clue what 13 yr old girls of her ilk are into so he hasn't been much help....Thanks all!
posted by pearlybob
on May 1, 2013 -
My family is in charge of organizing an event or outing for our PEPs group on Sunday May 5 in greater Seattle. We are 6 couples with babies from 8-10 months. Ideas that aren't the zoo or aquarium? [more inside]
posted by tristeza
on Apr 27, 2013 -
I'm going to SF with my partner for our first wedding anniversary - yay! We've been before and have seen some of the sights (list after the break), but are looking for things we might have missed, awesome places we haven't eaten at, great things we haven't seen, etc, so we can make the most of it. Only limiting factor: neither of us drive. [more inside]
posted by abbagoochie
on Apr 27, 2013 -
Through various relationships I've come to realize I do in fact have WDCDS-formally known as White Dude Can't Dance Syndrome. [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman
on Mar 17, 2013 -
Really excited to bring my daughter to NYC for her first time next weekend. I haven't been for a few years and never with one of my kids (she's 15) so this trip poses some new challenges. I want her to have a blast, as I have every time I've been there, so I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions. Oh, and we get along great and she's awesome and I love her! [more inside]
posted by chococat
on Mar 14, 2013 -
You are a music teacher who knows how to make lessons fun and involving for a young person in a rebellious frame of mind. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness
on Mar 4, 2013 -
I like podcasts. I have ones that I listen to on Friday, Sunday, and Monday but not for the other days of the week. Do you have any recommendations for ones to fill those days? [more inside]
posted by kanata
on Feb 23, 2013 -
I would like to hear about the little things that really stood out and details you still remember to this day from conferences or conventions in any field. [more inside]
posted by nathaole
on Feb 12, 2013 -
I've been reading a lot of bleak books lately, often with antiheroes. Now I would like the opposite of that. I don't mind if some bad things happen, of course, or if there's conflict - usually that's kind of necessary for a good story. But I would like it if at least one of the main characters were someone I would want to be friends with. And if some of the stuff that they do or that happens in their lives makes me smile. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Feb 8, 2013 -
My creative brain is itching to try my hand at recording and making a short video of sorts ... and I'm looking for ideas! [more inside]
posted by mistermc
on Feb 7, 2013 -
I can't believe I'm wasting a question on this, but searching the internet has failed to give me a definitive answer. In the song Some Nights by Fun, which is the proper lyric? [more inside]
posted by Ruki
on Jan 29, 2013 -
My girlfriend told me that recently she has become sad and preoccupied with death. She often finds her mind drifting and starts to ruminate about her life stresses and sometimes death. Please reccomend novels to spark a love of reading and hopefully give her a distraction for when these bouts of worry surface. Preferably novels that are fun, with plots to get lost in or carried away with, and not too heavy or serious. [more inside]
posted by Erred
on Jan 25, 2013 -
What are some interesting long-term programs (in the US) I could do over a semester or summer? Free or stipend-ed preferred. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu
on Jan 2, 2013 -
Every once in a while, I find myself alone and bored with nothing to do. Normally I have plenty of friends and an active social life, but in times like right now, for instance, when I'm away from home visiting family, and everyone I know in this city is out of town for the holidays, and lots of things like dance classes are closed for the holidays, I don't know what to do with myself. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma
on Dec 28, 2012 -
I have a week to hang out with my 3-year old nephew. Yay! What things can I do to make some fun shared memories, cement my status as an Awesome Auntie and lay the groundwork for interesting Skype chats after I go home? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Dec 20, 2012 -
Hello crafty-folks! It's 2012 & once again I have realized that I have not learned to knit in time to give everyone handmade scarves for the holidays. So what new awesome projects can you suggest for holiday gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by Ys
on Nov 7, 2012 -
My girlfriend and I are visiting San Francisco in early December. Neither of us have ever been there. Please help us find a reasonably priced (less than $150/night preferably) hotel in the city. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on Oct 22, 2012 -