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All work and no play...well, you know the rest.

I'm great at fulfilling my obligations, but awful at doing things for fun or pleasure. What has helped you get better at doing things for enjoyment? [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Jun 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Unofficial evolving MetaFilter group sing-along chord-and-lyric songbook

Problem: You're at a campout or other casual gathering with a bunch of MeFites. Some people have guitars and maybe other instruments. People want to have an old-fashioned sing-along. Sadly, nobody knows all the words or all the chords. What are good resources that can be brought together and cherry-picked to create a printable-for-sharing evolving, unofficial, fun songbook for such an event? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 15, 2016 - 16 answers

More collaborative puzzle-solving opportunities like Post Hunt?

I participated in the Washington Post puzzle hunt this year and loved it. What are some other opportunities, either local to DC or virtual, to employ the same kind of creative, collaborative problem-solving that is involved in Post Hunt? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jun 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me make the most of my tiny Vegas vacation.

I"m flying in monday, june 27th and leave thursday. Traveling with my SO who will be busy with a conference in the day, free to hang out/do market research in the pm. I'm content to sip painkillers and hang at the pool but would also enjoy checking out local counterculture. I hate casinos but will enter them if there is considerable reason. My SO is in the bowling biz so I should seek out bowling places that crank. We will be lodged at the Mandalay Bay. Seeking general advice and on the ground likeminded hopeless libertine bohemian fellow time travelers.
posted by vrakatar on Jun 5, 2016 - 7 answers

Mindless iphone games?

I'm looking for a truly mindless game or two to pass the time. Low stress, quick play, no major commitment. Examples within! [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 21, 2016 - 36 answers

Three Days in Lyon, 12 Hours in Paris

A friend and I are taking a trip tomorrow to Lyon (from Berlin). We found this thread but want more information specific to Lyon. [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on May 17, 2016 - 13 answers

Famous tribute collaborations where musicians are visibly having fun...

I recently spent an evening in a 'related video' YouTube rabbit hole, starting out with this amazing rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps featuring Prince from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I'm looking for similar performances where you can see the musicians involved truly enjoying themselves, maybe showing off a little bit, and obviously having a really good time while they're doing it. Other examples inside: [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on May 12, 2016 - 27 answers

Fun, distracting websites for down-time

Does anyone know of enjoyable websites, blogs, subreddits, online magazines or other publications that are intellectually engaging but deal very minimally with current events/politics? [more inside]
posted by armadillo1224 on Apr 14, 2016 - 17 answers

Do a Thing Night

Once a week I would like to have Do a Thing Night with my husband, where we do something at home after the kids are in bed, that is outside our daily repertoire. I would like ideas for things to do that are 30-45 minutes, don't require a ton of set-up and clean-up, and don't require excessive advanced planning or supply purchases. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Apr 12, 2016 - 38 answers

Cali, NYC. What to do?

I am planning a summer vacation with my son and Cali and NYC are up for consideration. I will have no transportation, staying with elderly family and it will be our first time in either places. What are some fun things -on a budget- to do there? [more inside]
posted by Whatifyoufly on Mar 29, 2016 - 26 answers

Help me hack the beach

I plan to spend a good deal of time on the beach this summer with my two year old. What non-obvious things am I missing to make beach time fun? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 28, 2016 - 19 answers

Fun, street-art photo op, geeky things to see in San Diego?

Me, my elementary-age kid and spouse will be traveling to San Diego in several weeks. Things I would love to see there: fun street art (eg - a giant Mario on a brick wall, murals, pop art, etc) cool outdoor sculptures that kids are allowed to climb on, etc. [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Mar 28, 2016 - 7 answers

Shaking up my comfort zone

I'm after a bunch of things I can make to challenge myself that aren't expensive or dangerous that will give me some level of discomfort. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 5, 2016 - 47 answers

How to gamify budgeting?

We've finally decided that we need to spend less money. Yay! How can we make this more fun? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Feb 5, 2016 - 16 answers

Please help us turn this tiny, ugly bathroom into a fun feature!

Our new house has this tiny downstairs bathroom. We'd like to turn it into a fun(ky) feature or themed room. We're open to any and all suggestions. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Jan 23, 2016 - 20 answers

Winter weekend adventures/essentials in Portland

I'm looking for fun excursions, eateries, etc to undertake during MLK weekend in Portland OR with my wife. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank on Jan 4, 2016 - 8 answers

Audience Participation Required

What audio or video recordings are available online of concerts where the lead singer/vocalist stops and the audience takes over to sing the lyrics or chorus of a song without them? Any genre. Kid-safe clips without swearing or explicit lyrics, preferred.
posted by zarq on Dec 21, 2015 - 41 answers

Stylish clock ideas

I like clocks. And soon I'll be moving into a new place and would like to get three stylish clocks to put in various locations of my place. I want clocks that aren't exactly run-of-the-mill. Think unusual, conversation-starting clocks such as the Kit-Cat Klock from the 1930s (probably one of the three clocks will be a vintage black or red Kit-Cat Klock). I'm mostly looking for wall clocks and both new and vintage clock recommendations are welcome.
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 6, 2015 - 29 answers

How do I relearn how to play?

I have recently realized that I engage in pain-numbing activities instead of joy-bringing activities in my spare time. I feel like I've totally lost my childlike ability to play--to do something simply because it brings me joy. I have no hobbies and no real non-work-related interests. I'd really like to discover what brings me joy, but I have no idea where to start. How did you discover what form of play is best for you? [more inside]
posted by suncages on Nov 3, 2015 - 17 answers

How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"

I have a coworker that I report to, and they constantly ask, "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!" But then they seem to want a literal answer and I have no good response. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 87 answers

Cool/Interactive/Fun/Artsy Activities for a Professionally-Thrown Party

Have you ever been to an event that had something really fun and cool, that got you to whip out your phone and take a photo, that made you go "wait, this is free?" An example from a party I've been to recently is having screen printers make t-shirts and tote bags for attendees from designs they chose right there in front of them. More examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 25, 2015 - 24 answers

Let's do...everything!

What are the coolest experiences (packaged or otherwise) out there? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Aug 18, 2015 - 35 answers

Quick/fun birthday gift ideas for new boss

I need to get a birthday gift for my new boss (I've worked there just a couple of months and this is the first office birthday since I started). I'm told we do gifts around $10 plus lunch for the birthday person. Extra layer of difficulty: the birthday is early next week. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough on Jul 9, 2015 - 10 answers

Yosemite National Park for the differently-abled

Taking a trip to Yosemite (yes, the park!) next month and some of us can't walk long distances. What are the best things to do that don't involve lots of walking or that don't depend on you being able to keep going? Like we're not going to wind up stranded in the wilderness because we used up our walking spoons earlier than expected. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jun 11, 2015 - 21 answers

Best way to get to 53rd and 1st Ave from Newark at 7:30 friday?

Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Jun 10, 2015 - 16 answers

How to enjoy life with a baby?

I'm looking for tips on how to have more fun during the early months of parenting a baby. [more inside]
posted by RedArgyleSock on May 26, 2015 - 29 answers

something extravagant?

I received an unexpected $700. I want to use for super frivolous spending, and buy something that I wouldn't purchase within my normal budget. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on May 21, 2015 - 54 answers

Where should we go to dinner?

Cast of characters: two adults, generally located on the Westside of LA. One vegetarian, one decidedly not. We are in search of fun and interesting places for events worthy of more celebration than Grubhub takeout! [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on May 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Fun baseball defense strategy videos for little leaguers?

My eight-year-old son is in Little League baseball for the first time. A lot of the what-to-do-when scenarios are mysteries to him. So we're looking for upbeat, fun videos about all aspects of defense — including knowing where to play for the outs, base coverage, relays, rundowns, and cutoffs — that we can watch so he can see the plays in action. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Childhood arts and crafts I ca enjoy as an adult?

I am looking for things like colouring books, craft kits etc. which are marketed for children but might be more fun now, as a more competent adult. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 19, 2015 - 29 answers

Isolating myself as a reaction to work stress

I have a problem with work stress. It causes me to isolate myself and not want to go out and meet people and do fun stuff. I'd like to get some input as to how I can overcome this negative pattern. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Fun stories that are also good business lessons

I'm looking for similar stories like Mark Twain's quote "If you eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day." More inside. [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Who is buried in Grant's tomb?

What difficult questions can I ask to my half asleep girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Feb 11, 2015 - 38 answers

Fun baby-shower me

I am looking for ideas for a (fun!) baby shower game for my boss who is expecting. The shower is happening in a restaurant with a small group of co-workers so it can't be too involved or outlandish. There's also that whole I-work-with-you atmosphere that makes things that I would normally think of for friends seem strange. Would be thrilled to see if anyone has suggestions. Thanks in advance.
posted by mooselini on Feb 4, 2015 - 14 answers

Comprehensive list of the greatest, most ambitious 2D PC games

I can't play 3-D games without getting dizzy. Can you help me make a comprehensive list of the best contemporary 2D games in the all different genres? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Feb 2, 2015 - 17 answers

More happy fun dancing videos please!

I love watching Urban Dance Camp videos on YouTube. What else should I watch? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Jan 31, 2015 - 6 answers

Need more joy + fun in 2015.. so.. how?

There has been a deficit of both for a long time and I know this needs to change, but am stuck on the 'how'. I am embarrassed to admit I have actually googled 'how to have more fun'. Granted, I'm sure more embarrassing searches happen but this feels a weirdly clinical thing to try. Wall of text inside.. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Jan 1, 2015 - 17 answers

Activities for dudes?

Surprising my boyfriend with a man-weekend. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by brynna on Dec 30, 2014 - 21 answers

I'm good at certain things. What cool stuff can I do with these skills?

These skills come intuitively to me: organizing things (email, shelves, boxes, etc.), spatial perception (navigation, fitting things into other things, rough estimations of length, etc.), and paying attention to detail. What cool things can I do with some or all of these skills? [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Dec 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Best pro-tips for managing a five day drink-a-thon

I'm home for the holidays and seeing many friends after years apart. I have five days, each consisting of brunch, lunch and dinner with others, and am looking forward to unimaginable quantities of free alcohol. I am a seasoned (pickled?) drinker that does not normally get hangovers but never have I been on such a social whirlwind with so many opportunities to celebrate. Does anyone have advice for overcoming the potential weaknesses of the flesh to rise to this challenge? Or, how to pace myself when offered so much free deliciousness? Details below [more inside]
posted by partly squamous and partly rugose on Nov 24, 2014 - 24 answers

I need more goofy things in my life

For a long time I assumed the Muppets were a genre unto themselves when it came to awesome, fun, un-self-conscious goofiness (e.g.). Then I found The Rhythm of Life from Sweet Charity, featuring a cast made entirely of human Muppets. Help me find more examples of people having fun because it's fun. [more inside]
posted by range on Nov 10, 2014 - 23 answers

The best web toys

I'm looking for the best browser-based toys and/or games that encourage exploration or play without necessarily having a goal or purpose. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

So much space, so many possibilities...

Help me figure out a wonderful, fun thing to do with our unfinished attic space. Difficulty level: renters with grad student incomes. [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Oct 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Active toys for my two year-old

What toys can you recommend for a two and half year-old kid that needs to develop a bunch of skills? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Sep 23, 2014 - 27 answers

"fun place to eat" near 45th & Madison, NYC

Meeting my sister and BIL tonight. She's buying drinks at Mad46, but in return I need to find a "fun place to eat". Party of three, no special dietary requirements. 9-10 PM, I suppose. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance, MeFi!
posted by chazlarson on Sep 19, 2014 - 25 answers

Wizard Words

There is a game called Dungeon Scroll for Android and Apple devices. You get some times and spell a bunch of words and the score of the words kill various creatures. It's pretty low-tech. I absolutely LOVE this game and have had it for years. I'm trying to find something similar that's maybe a little more sophisticated...saves my game progress as I go, leveling up means something, idk. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Need a high-quality, but fast and easy, way to generate animated GIFs.

Are there any free high-quality GIF generator sites or programs that allow you to make animated GIFs from videos that don't add watermarks to your GIFs? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Mr. Teddy Bear can't pass the crumpets right now, he's checking GROWLr

A trope in our media and culture is that little girls disport themselves by holding mock tea parties with stuffed animals as the party guests. Two questions: ① Do 21st-century children actually do this? ② If so, how do they get the idea for it? Just from popular culture in which the trope is portrayed, or do some adults not in my social circle still actually hold tea parties which they're imitating,† or is it all via parents and siblings and peers communicating the idea to play this way? Or maybe toy manufacturers and advertising of tea-party-related toys and accessories? [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Sep 12, 2014 - 35 answers

Planning a special weekend for an out-of-town cutie.

What would be fun things to do when a long-distance makeout buddy is visiting? (other than, uh, make out) What little things would make this special and interesting and fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2014 - 9 answers

Looking for Fun Lake/Swimming Activities and Games I Can Play by Myself

What are fun games and activities I can play in a lake with little or no equipment and ideally no other people? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 15, 2014 - 11 answers

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