It can seem unusual to have National Anti-Boredom Month in the heart of the summer. July is often hot and humid. People can’t spend a lot of time outside due to the risk of heat exhaustion or dehydration. They’re stuck inside and get bored.
Instead of listening to your kids and parents complain about boredom during hot weather, invest in games that keep them entertained. These four games are perfect for the long, hot days of summer.
The 7th Continent
One of the benefits to The 7th Continent is that it’s a game that one player can enjoy or up to three more can join in and work cooperatively. It’s an adventure game where you explore a new continent and end up cursed. The only way to break the curse is by returning to the 7th Continent and conquering it.
Apples to Apples
In Apples to Apples, all ages can play. There’s also a more adult version available in Cards Against Humanity. Play a card that contains a topic. It may say something like: “These three amazing men turned (blank) into (blank). Using the cards in your hand, you fill in the blanks in an attempt to have the funniest answer.
Scrabble is one of the oldest board games you probably have in your home. Choose seven tiles and form words with as many of those letter tiles you can. You’re building the words on a crossword-style grid, which means building on other players’ words. The goal is to have the highest score when all the tiles are gone.
Ticket to Ride
This train-themed game involves building rails between cities. Collect color cards and destination cards to choose the route to build and match the colored sections of rails that complete the track.
Points are awarded for each route completed and for the longest continual length of the track. Other players can take over sections you need to connect cities, so you have to be fast.
If you have younger children, Ticket to Ride First Journey is a good start. Rules are a little less complex, so younger children will have an easier time playing it.
Senior care helps your mom and dad avoid the boredom they experience when they’re alone. Instead of being on their own throughout the week, they’ll have a caregiver stopping by to help with household chores, meals, and transportation. Senior care aides are also ideal companions when you can’t be there for your parents.