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With children of varying ages, adults with various interests, and limited indoor space, sometimes finding an activity that excites each member of the family can be a challenge. Consider taking up one of these hobbies that will help you and your family make beautiful memories for years to come.

Model Train Set

Designing, building and collecting model trains is a hobby that can be as simple or as intricate as you like. Whether you are creating detailed layouts or picking out engines that suite your family’s decided theme, there are activities that are perfect for your youngest, your oldest, and all those in-between to participate in. With numerous online resources at your disposal, getting started is easy.

Howard Smith, feature editor of British Railway Modeling magazine said, “"For many, myself included, a model railway isn’t just a train-set, but an attempt to recreate a real life location in miniature. It’s like a 3-D art form. And the more realistic you make it, the more people like them – it’s quite addictive!"

Best of all, finding trains that are used is quite simple, helping to make the hobby a bit less expensive than in years past.


Printing your favorite family photos and creating unique albums around your family’s style can be wonderful trip down memory lane for each of you. If you’ve never done scrap-booking before, keep it small and pick a topic the whole family is excited about. Little ones can help with stickers and sorting, while your older helpers can be involved with some more detailed tasks.

“To be human is to have a collection of memories that tells you who you are and how you got there.” Rosecrans Baldwin

Looking for some creative ideas? A simple visit to Pinterest can provide you with plenty! Remember to ensure your designs are simple at first. Building a beautiful scrapbook takes time and practice. The more you create, the easier they will become.

Unique Collections

Coins, stamps, model cars, dolls, cameras, artifacts, teeth (yes, teeth)… the list goes on and on. Make finding items a neat family adventure, searching through rummage sales and antique shops to locate exactly what you need.

“I have a collection of 50-plus snapback hats.” James Harden (Seriously, people collect anything!)

Not sure what to collect? Consider these helpful tips Smithsonian Curators use to see what interests your family.

Finding the Space

With all of these different indoor activities, finding the space to store supplies, place layouts you are rotating, or keep important photographs and collections, may be a bit of a challenge. Consider renting a self-storage unit in your neighborhood that is easily accessible. With almost all locations offering units that are climate controlled with 24/7 security, your belongings will remain safe and secure.

Your moments as a family are precious. Make some special memories together through a fun-filled hobby, today!

Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” Dale Carnegie