You may have participated in a lock in as part of a school, church group, or some other group. I am here to say that lock-ins do not need to be an organization-sanctioned activity. Feel free to throw your own.

As long as you have a location with a bathroom and food, you’re good to go. Have people bring sleeping bags if you plan on sleeping, or not if you don’t. You can do absolutely anything you want in a lock-in. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  1. Movie marathon: Whether it is marathoning all the Star Wars movies or watching a variety of different genres. Although, like I said in my movie night post, make sure to have somewhat of a plan so you don’t end up arguing over the movies all night.
  2. Community service. This is great to be combined with crafts. If you have a sewing machine, you can easily create pillow cases to donate. Another idea is to knit scarves or cook meals.
  3. Games. Game nights are classic. In fact, I’ll be writing a post on them soon. For now, I’ll just say that if you

    5 Second Rule – Just Spit it Out!

    plan to have a game night lock-in, you’ll have a lot of time on your hands, so make sure to have many options. 5 Second Rule, Apples to Apples, and game tables are all guaranteed crowd pleasers. Always make sure to have a fun deck of cards on hand as well.

  4. Grab bag. This is a strong back up. If your lock-in lasts any length of time, there will be lulls in the fun. Have back up options. You can make a literal grab bag with suggestions inside, or else just have a list in your head. Here are just a few ideas:
    1. card games
    2. hide and seek (I’m not sure why, but my friends go crazy over this)
    3. truth or dare/would you rather
    4. check out my back-ups blog post

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