52+ Indoor Activities With Kids

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Sometimes I find that although I finally have time for fun, and I’m not mentally weary from stress I just don’t know what fun things to do with my kids, especially when the weather is crummy. In that spur of the moment, I can’t think of any indoor activities with kids that Mr A and I will also enjoy.

It’s in those moments that I wish I had a nicely put together list to choose from. A list of easy indoor activities with kids, or low cost indoor activities with kids. Anything, really.

It’s like my body is ready for fun with the family, but my brain isn’t cooperating. Fortunately, I finally decided to make a list to refer to.

And of course, I’ve got you covered. If you’re like me and need a list… here’s that list. It’ll save you some time in coming up with your own list.

There are enough indoor activities with kids on this list to last a full year if you do one per week, plus some extra, because odds are good you won’t like a few of my ideas.

Me personally… I might not do one a week so the list will last that much longer. Some weeks we need a break from actively seeking fun and just relaxing doing nothing special. Are you like that, too?

Indoor Activities With Kids

Sometimes I just don’t want to go outside. Maybe the weather isn’t great, or the temperature is too hot or cold. Or maybe I just don’t feel like it. (I’m sure I’m not the only one!!)

I’ve collected up a bunch of fun indoor activites with kids for you (and me!) to choose from.

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1. Build a blanket fort.

Use cushions from the couch as your walls, plus some sheets and maybe a few pillows to cover it and finish it off. What kind of fun can you have in your cool little fort?

Any kind you like! Play games, play cards, tell ghost stories. Let your children pretend play to their heart’s content.

If you want more pretend play activities, check out these pretend play crafts.

2. Dream together of what you would do with one million dollars.

Let the children draw pictures of their ideas.

3. Have a tea party.

Have everyone don their spiffy dress up clothing. Serve herbal tea in teacups and finger sandwiches on fancy plates.

Your children can even invite their favourite dolls and action figures if they like.

4. Make sock puppets and put on a play.

I have a bin of mismatched socks. All the ones that mysteriously lose their other half. (Where do those socks go?!)

They are perfect for making sock puppets.

You can get as fancy as you like with this activity.

If you want to teach your kids to sew buttons, they can use them for eyes. And a darning needle and quick lesson should be enough to sew on felt arms and legs (or ears, tails, horns, or whatever they dream up for their puppet).

If you want an easier or faster option, use a hot glue gun to attach everything. Just be sure to do that part yourself – burnt kiddie fingers are no fun and will quickly turn a fun family activity into a tearful event.

5. Tell each other jokes.

Make up your own and see who can make the other laugh hardest, or use a joke book.

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6. Look at old photos.

Get out photo albums from when you were young, or from when your children were younger. Tell them stories about the times the photos were taken.

Also take time to consider what the future might look like in 10, 20, or 50 years.

7. Make a time capsule.

Fill a jar or a box with your children. Include various mementos (artwork, clothing, photos, etc) that they think they’d like to see again in 5 or 10 years.

Include a drawing or story of what they think the future will look like.

Tuck the box away in the back of a closet, in the basement or attic, or even in the garage. In a few years when you find it again, you can reminisce about the items they chose to include.

8. Exercise together.

There are so many ways to get exercise in your house (or around the neighbourhood).

I’d suggest getting onto YouTube and finding a kid’s exercise video or active songs and following along. If that’s more effort than you want to put into an activity, here are a few videos my kids enjoy.

Cosmic Kids Yoga has a variety to choose from that use yoga to act out stories.

The Learning Station has a variety of action songs. Mine especially love the first one in this set:

Patty Shukla also has some great active songs to dance along to:

If you have a newborn, you don’t have to sit this one out. Check out this easy fitness routine with exercises perfect for parents to do with their infant postpartum.

9. Meditate.

Check out this post on the benefits of meditation if you aren’t sure why you’d want to do this with your kids. And then visit this post that outlines how to meditate with kids.

Not only is meditation one of the best indoor activities with kids that you can enjoy doing together, when the weather is nice you could try meditating outdoors, too.

10. Draw and fill in a family tree.

No need to get super deep into your ancestry, though if your family enjoys that kind of research, go for it.

For me, I’m thinking of bringing in a branch to call a tree and having the kids glue photos of their family members on leaves to stick to the tree.

We might even keep it as living room decor.

But, I should be real here with my expectations. Odds are high it’ll get torn up and broken during playtime. If your kids love to play like mine, enjoy it while it lasts, and understand it might not be a forever craft.

Alternately, you can draw your family tree on paper. To make it extra special frame the finished tree and hang it in your home.

In the Tickle Trunk you can find a Family Tree package for you to use with your children. It’s a set of trees (so you can pick the one that fits your family best), and places to draw pictures or glue photos of relatives in the tree.

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11. Create a family bucket list.

Take some time to compile a family bucket list. Include all the things you and your children (and your partner) want to do together as a family.

You can also have each family member create individual bucket lists as well.

Of course, young children will often need assistance if they aren’t writers yet. If that is the case you have a few options.

For younger children, they might have the most fun drawing pictures of their bucket list items. For slightly older children who want a written list but just aren’t capable of doing it themselves yet, you can write the list as they dictate what they want included.

As an added bonus, once your family bucket list has been created you’ll have a brand new, personalized list of things to do with kids in tow.

Perhaps a few will be indoor activities with kids that you might be willing to share with me. Send me your ideas (or comment way down below), and I might even add them to this list.

For your convenience, I’ve put together a Bucket List PDF that includes a Family Bucket List, Children’s List, and a page for youngsters who aren’t yet writers to draw their list.

It’s ready for you to download from the Tickle Trunk.

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12. Conduct annual interviews.

Each year, ask your children a set of questions, and compare to the previous years. They (and you) will enjoy seeing how they’ve changed.

Keep the interviews in a binder, and they’ll have fun looking back through the years, as time passes.

You can ask anything you like as part of the interview, but it can be helpful to include basics such as age, grade, height, weight, etc.

Also, be sure to include fun questions like who are their best friends, favourite books, songs, sports, etc. And don’t forget to include what they want to be when they grow up.

If children are too young to write, you write for them. But as they get older, have them jot down the answers.

Part of their fun will be noting the improvement in their handwriting (and spelling) skills.

In the Tickle Trunk, there is a one page Annual Interview questionnaire for your convenience. No point in reinventing the wheel. I figure if I’m already making one for myself, why wouldn’t I share it with you??

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13. Create family goals.

Creating family goals can be another fun way to come up with a list of things to do when you find yourself with time on your hands and nothing set to do.

When you’re making goals, they can include anything for the family from working as a team to keep the house tidy (picking up toys in common areas and keeping bedrooms clean) to going on one big, fun family trip that year or per season.

(That could be a weekend of camping, or something more extravagant, depending on your interests and finances.)

In order to help your goals be realistic, it’s important that they be SMART goals. Not to worry, SMART goals aren’t any more challenging than goals that aren’t SMART…

In fact, they’ll help keep your goals reasonable and achievable.

Here is a post on weekly goal setting that outlines how to use SMART goals.

And here is a post with some ideas for goals that might work for your family. (Of course, you’re best off coming up with your own ideas… but these should get the ideas flowing.)

14. Video chat with extended family or friends.

Catch up with distant (or not so distant) family and friends when boredom or bad weather kicks in.

Admittedly, this is one of my favourite indoor activities with kids.

Monkey and Fang love talking to Granny and Grandpa on Skype. And when Mr A has to work late, they love being able to see Daddy on Google Duo to exchange I love yous and virtual goodnight kisses.

There are plenty of options available for video chatting. Google Duo, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Skype are a few that we use in my family. There are others, but I haven’t used them.

Ultimately, as long as you can use it easily, it doesn’t matter which platform you choose.

Of course, there are some people without the technology for video chatting. A regular phone call (especially on speaker phone) can also be a wonderful use of your time.

15. Read.

Read to your children.

Have them read to you.

Or, simply declare family reading hour on a rainy day.

You can make reading time special by including a hot drink (hot chocolate? apple cider?) and if it’s chilly, a warm throw blanket to snuggle under.

If you need some book suggestions to read to your children, check out these author interviews and reviews for some terrific options: Nonni’s Moon, Soaring Soren, High In The Sky, Let’s Celebrate Vaisakhi! and Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff.

16. Make a care package for grandparents or other relatives.

Take some time to create drawings, write poems or jokes, make crafts, or take photos of the kids to send to their grandparents or other relatives or friends.

They’ll love receiving them, and your family will have fun making them.

17. Have a movie night.

Pop some popcorn, and put on a favourite childhood movie that you’d love to introduce your kids to.

Alternately, watch a movie new to the family. If you have movie nights on a regular basis (monthly? seasonally?) take turns picking which flick to watch.

Snuggle up on the couch together, or sit on floor cushions and enjoy the together-time.

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18. Conduct science experiments.

There are so many options to choose from depending on how old your children are. I’d recommend going to your local library and picking out a science experiment book geared toward the ages of your kids.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which book you choose as long as it includes a few science activities that you can complete easily at home.

You could spend some of your free time exploring the library, finding a book, and choosing which activity you want to complete.

Then, take some time to collect up the required ingredients and equipment.

Finally, gather everyone together and complete the experiments. Here’s one to get you started, and another to keep you going.

Have fun!

19. Decorate your child’s room.

You’ll want to tailor the theme of the room based on the ages and interests of your kids.

Ideally, get them involved in the decision making to ensure they like the finished product.

You can either buy decorations in the theme you agree on, or you can work together to create decorations. (Crafting is an entire category of indoor activities with kids that you can do in your leisure time together).

Here are a couple ideas to get you started.

Monkey and Fang share a room and we recently redecorated it.

We borrowed a planetarium toy that projects constellations onto the ceiling and walls when the room is dark. Then we stuck glow in the dark stars on their bedroom ceiling in the shapes of constellations.

This weekend, I have a set of NASA images of the planets, and astronauts to frame and hang on walls.

You can get a free month of premium access to rawpixel by signing up here. They’ve got all sorts of images to choose from, that are easy to find in a search of the site. This is the site I got the space images to download and print for my kids’ room.

If your children like animals, consider a circus, wildlife, or zoo theme. When Cat was small, I added a wallpaper border of colourful jungle animals. She loved naming the animals and the colours.

You can make it even more educational by using animal themed alphabet cards to decorate your child’s bedroom walls.

You can find a set in the Tickle Trunk.

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Let your and their imaginations guide you. The theme can be as simple or as elaborate as you prefer.

20. Make slime from scratch.

Regardless of the ages of your littles, there’s a very good chance they’ll enjoy playing with slime.

If you’re a worry wart like me, you might not like the ingredients in some of the slime kits, or in slime recipes. If so, check out these edible/taste-safe slime recipes.

They each have a different texture and if you make a few (at once or over time) it’ll be an opportunity for your kids to compare and contrast the similarities and differences.

If your family isn’t a fan of slime, try making play dough, floam, or moon sand instead. They’re all super easy and generally uses basic ingredients to create.

A quick note – if you decide one of your indoor activities with kids will be making moon sand, you’ll want to limit play to a restricted area (like in your bath tub). It can get messy.

21. Make paper airplanes.

Print a a few different paper airplane templates, and start making planes.

Once everyone has folded a couple of different planes and tried them out, try having races.

You could see whose plane flies furthest, whose does the most loops, or whatever sort of competition you like.

The important part of this activity is to have fun.

22. Paint flower pots.

Buy some inexpensive terracotta pots and some acrylic craft paints. I’ve seen both at a variety of dollar stores, or a craft store will have what you need.

Everyone can decorate their own pot, and once the paint has dried, have fun planting flowers. If you or your kids don’t really care about flowers, various herbs or even vegetables grow well in pots. (Chives, tomatoes, and strawberries are all pretty easy to grow.)

23. Draw pictures.

Drawing pictures is one of our go-to easy indoor activities with kids.

Seriously, all you need is a bit of paper. Nothing special – just printer paper will do. Plus a few markers (or crayons or pencil crayons).

Let your creative juices flow. It doesn’t matter what the drawings look like at the end. The point isn’t to create a masterpiece. The point is to have fun while doing something alongside your kids.

24. Paint a family canvas.

Admittedly, if you’re looking for easy indoor activities with kids, this might not qualify… It is easy, but it can require a fair bit of clean up at the end. In my opinion, that sort of makes it not quite as easy.

Of course, you can mitigate some of the mess by wearing clothes that can get painted. And if you make the painting outside rather than inside you don’t even need a drop cloth.

Inside, however, you will definitely want a drop cloth. You can use a plastic shower curtain or plastic table cloth, which can then be rolled up and tossed once you’re finished.

When we did this activity we made hand prints. It is colourful, and clearly not professional, but it takes up a good portion of our living room wall. I love it. (We plan to add a couple more on either side of it.)

25. Draw portraits of each other.

If you want to make this an educational art activity, look up famous portraits and self portraits before you begin. Choose a style and start drawing or painting.

You can have everyone draw each other, or get the mirrors out and work on self portraits.

26. Paint each other’s nails.

If you don’t normally colour your nails, you can find cheap polish at bargain stores. (This is also a good option if you don’t feel like sharing your “good” polish with the family.)

Let everyone choose what colour they want. It can be fun to make each nail a different colour, or a highlight with just one in a contrasting colour.

If someone doesn’t really want to have their finger nails painted, they don’t have to miss out.

Toenails are easily hidden by socks if the person doesn’t want to use nail polish remover to make it a temporary change. Or, they could be the painter if they don’t want colourful toes, either.

27. Use found objects to make music.

Don’t think you need to be a great musician, with a family that rivals the one in The Sound of Music movie, or The Partridge Family, or any other musician you’ve heard before.

You don’t.

Find a few items that make noise. Kitchen items work well – spoons to bang on plastic, metal, or wooden bowls, or to drag over a grater, for instance. Use your voices if you like, too.

Then everyone find a rhythm. You can play (or sing) a familiar song in the background if you prefer, but just percussion is good, too.

Record a music video of your efforts. (If you do, I’d love to hear it!)

Splash and Boots have a Kitchen Jam that can give you some inspiration:

And if you want additional inspiration, here’s a great clip using a variety of found object sounds. Search “Found Object Band” or the band “Stomp” on YouTube for even more examples.

28. Print a blank calendar and decorate it together.

Print a blank calendar (there is a perpetual calendar in the Tickle Trunk). Add a cover page, hole punch across the top, and tie each hole with a ribbon for a decorative finish.

Decorate the cover, and each month, too. You can keep it simple and decorate with pencil crayons or markers. Or, if you prefer, you can go all out with the crafting supplies and decorate with glitter, feathers, tissue bits, or whatever takes your fancy.

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29. Learn how to knit or crochet together.

If someone in the family already knows how to knit or crochet, they can teach everyone else.

If this is a new skill for everyone, there are options.

For one, you can find a relative or friend who would like to get together regularly to teach you the skills.

Alternately, find a class offered at a local craft or yarn store, or at a community centre.

Additionally, consider putting up an ad at your local senior centres or on community bulletins seeking someone to teach your family how to knit or crochet.

Finally, follow an online tutorial.

Of course, once you’ve made a variety of practice scarves to learn the stitches, you will have quite a collection that you can donate to local shelters, or, give them as gifts to family and friends.

30. Make holiday ornaments.

It doesn’t matter what holiday. Pick an occasion you celebrate, and make some ornaments.

Here is a tutorial for making salt dough ornaments. And here’s another for making craft clay decorations. Lastly, some tutorials for making other types of bobbles here, here, and here.

31. Paint in the bathtub.

Throw the kids in the tub without water prior to bathtime and let them loose with washable paints.

Once they’re done, fill the bath and rinse the tub and your kids clean.

You will need a second bath to rinse off the dirty paint water (or a quick shower if your children don’t turn into rabid monsters like mine do when the shower turns on).

32. Do a craft.

I have lots of crafting “stuff” in various bins. So many crafting things that I just presume everyone with kids must have craft stuff, too.

If you’re like me and have a crap-tonne of craft stuff, pull it out and go to town having fun creating.

If you’re some kind of strange creature that doesn’t have craft stuff at home, kudos to you. My basement would have a lot more shelf space if I was disciplined enough to not collect all the crafty things.

In that case, head to the local craft or dollar store, and everyone pick a craft. (Seriously, our dollar stores have great little craft kits, and a variety of miscellaneous craft things – no need to spend lots of money unless you want to.)

To get your creative juices flowing, here are a couple of options: here and here.

There is only one rule: Have fun!

And, only one caution: Glitter is forever. (That is more for the not-so-crafty in the crowd. The crafters will understand completely.)

33. Create a scrapbook together.

Let everyone choose their favorite photos to contribute.

Work together or take turns building the pages using a site like Shutterfly. Sign up for their email list when you create your account and wait to purchase the book until you have a coupon for a free photobook purchase to get it printed.

Alternately, you can go a more DIY route by printing the photos, and creating paper scrapbook pages. You can freestyle or buy kits that just need photos added.

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34. Have a Jumping Jack Contest.

See how many jumping jacks you can do.

Clearly, if you don’t like jumping jacks, pick something else. Running speed? Curl ups? Burpees?

Ultimately, the goal is to have fun doing something active together.

Of course, every contest needs a prize. And this one is no different.

Let the winner choose bedtime stories for that night. Or maybe they get to have an extra story. The choice is up to you.

35. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.

My grandpa likes putting puzzles together, so he started ending up with quite the collection.

For a while, he started doing puzzles that were a specific size – they were the same dimensions as some hard placemats he had. Once the puzzle was put together, he glued it to the placemat.

Now he has a collection of really neat placemats made out of puzzles.

I haven’t yet found any placemats that match up with a specific brand of puzzle, so I haven’t done this project myself yet… but it’s on my list.

36. Play I Spy.

I Spy is a simple game perfect for when you’re looking for indoor activities with kids. And it’s so easy it can be played with as few as two players.

To start, the first person is “It” and spies something, keeping it a secret.

The thing they spy must be something that all the other players can see, and that will stay in sight for the time it takes to complete a round. For example, a car that drives past your house and disappears once it’s past your front window isn’t something you should “spy.”

Whoever is “It” recites the phrase “I spy with my little eye, something that…” and ends with a descriptive clue, such as “…is fluffy” or “…begins with the letter C.”

The, the remaining players take turns asking one question each. “Is it inside the house?” “Does it have wheels?” “Is it grey?”

“It” can only answer with “yes” or “no.”

If a player thinks they know what the mystery item is, they can use their question to guess directly: “Is it our cat?” “Is it that cushion?” “Is it my cup of juice?”

When someone guesses correctly, then they become “It.”

The game proceeds with the new “It” spying a different item and beginning by saying “I spy with my little eye, something that…”

This easy game can keep young children happily occupied for a very long time. It’s also good when you’re out and about, including when you’re in the car.

37. Sing Karaoke.

When you search for your favourite tunes on YouTube, include “with lyrics” or “karaoke” in the search terms.

Undoubtedly, you’ll find lots of music to sing with your family.

Karaoke is also a great way to share the music you love with your children. And if your kids are older, it’ll give you an opportunity to learn more about the sorts of music your children prefer.

38. Play charades.

Charades with kids is pretty much the same as charades with adults, except you’ll want to choose easier topics.

There are two ways to play: with teams, or freestyle.

In teams charades, the family (or whoever is playing) is split into two teams. As one team acts out the topic, the other team guesses. Points are tallied and there is a winning team at the end. (You could just skip keeping score, too.)

Freestyle charades has one person acting out the topic, while everyone else guests. No points are tallied, which means it’s great for small kids or if you don’t really have it in you to deal with any potential sore losers.

Start by writing out ideas to act out on slips of paper. Put them into a jar or bowl.

Whoever is acting first (you can decide if it will be youngest or oldest first, or flip a coin) picks a slip of paper from the jar. Then, they act it out. The other team (or everyone if you’re playing freestyle) guesses what is being acted out.

It is beneficial to have a timer set for two minutes so that each turn has a clear ending if the guesses are unsuccessful.

39. Play balloon volleyball.

I don’t know if there are actual official rules to what I call balloon volleyball. It isn’t really like volleyball at all, except you have to keep the “ball” from touching the ground.

Basically, you blow up a balloon. Then you play catch. Swat the balloon to each other, and keep it in the air as long as possible. The round ends when the balloon touches the ground.

Fortunately, no scorekeeper is required. It’s a team effort to keep the balloon afloat. As far as indoor activities with kids go, this one is a blast, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they ask to play again and again.

40. Write a story together.

When writing a story together, you can each taking a turn to add a sentence. Or, give a bit more by taking turns adding a whole paragraph at a time.

The person with legible handwriting (or a fast typist) should be the scribe.

Once everyone has had a turn or three adding a bit to the story, read it out loud for everyone to appreciate and laugh at.

41. Family board game night.

This is one of my favourite indoor activities with kids. There are just so many options to choose from, for all age ranges and numbers of players.

If you have a few games, rotate who gets to pick the game for the night. If your family loves games night, you might even choose to play multiple games in one evening.

42. Have a dance party.

Turn up the volume on your favourite dance tunes and start moving.

Teach your kids the moves to the dances you learned as a youth.

Do the chicken dance, and the macarena so they’re well prepared at the next wedding your family attends.

Whatever you do, make sure you have fun! It’s a dance party, after all!

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43. Teach your kids to cook and try out a new recipe.

Teach your children to be self-sufficient, adventurous and to try new things. Let the children choose the recipe, and then encourage them to assist as their ability allows.

Pouring, mixing, and stirring are all great for any age. Similarly, for older children, chopping (with supervision) and using equipment (like mixers) are good activities.

With practice, your kids should be able to start making dinner for the family. As far as fun indoor activities with kids go, that seems like a pretty nice perk.

44. Make ice cream from scratch.

There are plenty of ice cream recipes to choose from. Some require an ice cream machine, some don’t. Others require churning, but some don’t.

One fun set of recipes uses zip top baggies and kid’s proclivity for activity to make ice cream.

If you want all these ice cream ideas from one place, check out this link for all that and more. (Seriously – it’s everything you could ever want to know about ice cream!)

45. Make banana splits.

Use your own homemade ice cream or store bought. Never made a banana split before? No worries – it’s super easy.

For each banana split, slice a banana in half lengthwise. Then, lay each half on opposite sides of a long dish (a shallow bowl also works).

Between the banana halves, lay three scoops of ice cream in a row. Traditionally, these would be vanilla, but you can use whatever flavour you want.

Finally, the toppings.

On one scoop of ice cream, pour chocolate sauce. For another, scoop strawberry topping (strawberry jam, strawberry pie filling, or even chopped strawberries work). On the last, top with chunky pineapple sauce (crushed pineapple, or candied pineapple tidbits work).

Of course, if you don’t like those toppings, get creative. There aren’t any banana split police out to ticket you for deviating from the standard.

To finish it off, top the whole thing with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.

Banana splits are great for sharing. So enjoy the finished product together.

46. Bake cookies.

Bake cookies. If you choose a shortbread or sugar cookie recipe, once the cookies have baked and cooled, you can decorate them together.

When I was young, my mom used to mix egg yolks with food colouring, and we painted the cookies before she cooked them.

Other times we stuck candy bits on the cookies before they were put into the oven.

Whatever way you decide to decorate, your children will have fun, and will remember the occasion for years after.

47. Make root beer floats.

Fun indoor activities with kids are sometimes rather involved. This one isn’t. You really can’t get any simpler.

Get out some tall glasses, add a small scoop of vanilla, then slowly pour in the root beer.

That’s it. So simple. Yet, it’s a great activity with kids because they love seeing the reaction of the pop, and it’s a sweet treat.

Fun Family Activities For Kids In The Community

Visiting an animal shelter to play with the animals just for fun in just one of these 52+ indoor activities with kids for you to enjoy together.
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48. Go bowling.

Sign up for a free bowling for kids program near you.

We signed up for the Kids Bowl Free program this summer, and Monkey (4) and Fang (2) are looking forward to it!

They get two free games every day for the summer. (Specific dates vary at each participating bowling centre.)

We just have to pay for shoe rental. Plus, they offer great discounts and a family pass if you want to bowl, too.

49. Visit the humane society – just to look!

If you’re not sure you can visit an animal shelter without coming home with a new pet, you might want to strike this idea off your list.

Otherwise, it’s a great way to play with some animals, especially if you don’t currently have a dog or cat.

An alternative is to visit an animal sanctuary, if there is one near you. There is a donkey sanctuary near where I used to live, and they had open house days full of planned activities each year. Other days, you could simply visit and self-tour.

50. Visit the library.

If you haven’t been to a library any time recently, you should check one out. They aren’t the silent, no talking allowed places they used to be.

Many (most?) libraries these days have a variety of programs being offered for all different age groups.

Our local library system (rural and small) offers toddler and baby events (weekly playtime, story, craft, and snack) for the littlest children (0-6 years) plus a variety of clubs for older kids and adults. (Really cool clubs, like coding robots, inventors club, music, newcomers coffee time, and more.)

And my local, small, rural library system, with it’s rich schedule of (usually) free activities has nothing in comparison to the libraries in the bigger city where my parents live, where I grew up.

If that hasn’t convinced you to take a family trip to the library, go for the free books. Let your children choose a couple to borrow. Choose a book to read as a family. If you don’t want the responsibility of borrowing a book and remembering to return it, read it while you’re there.

51. Go shopping for the food bank or animal shelter.

If you have the means, give your children a budget, and help them make choices at the grocery store to pick things for donation.

If you decide to shop for the food bank, talk about the benefits that food banks provide their clients. Many also help people find affordable housing, and employment opportunities.

You can also talk about your views on healthy diets, and how achieving that can be challenging when there is a shortage of money. That could lead into a discussion on what items they think would be beneficial to choose to donate.

If you decide to shop for the local animal shelter, you might want to call first to find out if there are any items they’re needing.

Sometimes they need equipment and accessories to keep the animals healthy more than they need bedding or food. Odds are good they have a wish list to share with you.

52. Take a kids workshop at a local craft or hardware store.

Stores like Home Depot offer free workshops for kids. When Cat was the right age, she built a variety of projects and had fun doing so. She still uses a little lidded box she made when she was small.

Other big chain craft stores offer a variety of (usually paid) workshops for a wide range of ages. Call around and see what’s being offered. If you’re lucky, you’ll find one you can all do together.

53. Attend a play or Live Show.

The ages of your children will determine what sort of play you decide to attend.

Younger children often enjoy shows put on specifically for them (think The Wiggles, Disney on Ice, etc). But some community theatres have actual plays (often acted out nursery rhymes) that children can enjoy.

And you can rest easy knowing that it’s okay if your kids aren’t acting like little adults, because children’s theatre productions know who their audiences include.

If your kids are a little older, look into plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or other easy to follow classics. Cat saw that one and enjoyed it as a pre-teen, and it spurred an interest in theatre.

To save some money, consider going to a matinee.

54. Try a new restaurant.

If your family enjoys eating out now and again, make a goal to try a new restaurant once in a while.

You never know… It could become a new favourite.

55. Go to an arcade.

Can you believe I’ve only ever been to an arcade once??

It’s true.

But it’s on my list, so we’re going to go to one with the kids.

Admittedly, it’ll likely be the kind of arcade I expect to find at a Chuck E Cheese restaurant (I haven’t been to one of those yet. Shocking. I know.)

When Monkey and Fang are a bit older, and I think they’ll enjoy a real arcade, too.

Get Busy Making Memories

Now that you have this amazing list of 52+ indoor activities with kids, you should have your weekends figured out for the next long while.

Whether it’s the middle of summer and the sun is too intense to be outdoors, or you’re in the midst of a winter blizzard, this list has plenty of options to choose from.

Which are you looking forward to most? Which do you think your kids will love? Let me know in the comments below.

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Anna Anderson is an ordinary, easy-going Canadian mom to three girls (Cat-1996, Monkey-2014, and Fang-2017). She enjoys life with her two youngest children, and her soul mate, Mr A, in Eastern Ontario. She has the requisite mountain of laundry (either dirty waiting to be washed and dried, or clean waiting to be folded and put away), her children get dirty and sometimes live life naked. Her goal here is to empower laid back families like yours to live your best life by providing practical solutions to everyday problems covering topics including kids, love, and life… without the stress of aiming for SuperParent status.

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