Fun activities to do as a family when you're stuck inside.
Crummy weather? Kids bored to tears? No problem. There are plenty of fun and engaging activities that you can do with your kids to help them stay occupied and entertained (and off the screens). Our HSS team put together a list of engaging indoor activities to do with kids when the weather is less than ideal.
Build a fort
It's an activity that stands the test of time. Building a fort is a classic way to showcase your finest textile architecture skills. You can use blankets, pillows, and furniture to create a cozy hideaway for your kids to play in. Encourage them to use their imaginations and come up with fun games to play inside the fort. Bonus if you bring in some string lights or a star lamp.
Baking is a fun and educational activity that kids of all ages can enjoy. Pick a simple recipe and let your kids help measure and mix the ingredients. They'll love getting their hands dirty and seeing the final product come together. Sweet treats are always a good way to beat the winter blues.
When it's too frigid to go outside, there's nothing better than curling up and watching a movie together. Pull out the sleeping bags or air mattress and make a bed in front of the tv. Let your kids pick their favorite film, make some popcorn, and settle in for a cozy afternoon.
Play board games
Board games and puzzles are a traditional go-to that can provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. Whether you're playing a classic like Monopoly or a newer game like Settlers of Catan, you're sure to have fun while spending quality time together. Smaller 500 to 1,00 piece puzzles can give kids a sense of satisfaction at putting together the entire puzzle in one sitting.
Craft projects are a great way to keep kids engaged and creative when they're stuck indoors. You can find all sorts of fun and easy craft ideas online, from painting and drawing to making jewelry or building structures out of recycled materials. Pinterest is an absolute treasure trove of ideas for fun arts and crafts projects.
Host a family game tournament
Turn your living room into a game room and host a family game tournament. You can compete in a variety of games, from video games to card games to board games. This is a great way to get everyone involved and have some friendly competition. Make up your own games and encourage your children to do the same.
Make a sensory bin
Sensory bins are a great way to keep younger kids engaged and stimulated indoors. You can fill a large bin with items like rice, beans, sand, or water beads and let your child explore and play. Just be sure to supervise them closely to ensure they're playing safely.
Do a science experiment
Science experiments are a fun and educational way to spend a rainy day indoors. You can find plenty of simple experiments online, like making homemade slime or baking soda volcanoes. Good Housekeeping has some great ideas for easy STEM experiments. Your kids will love learning about science while having fun.
Host a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun and interactive way to keep kids entertained and engaged indoors. You can create a scavenger hunt with clues around your house or use a pre-made scavenger hunt kit. This is a great way to get everyone moving and thinking creatively.
Finally, don't underestimate the power of a good book. Reading together is a great way to bond with your kids and encourage their love of reading. Choose a fun and engaging book and take turns reading aloud to each other. Bonus points if you read in the fort with a flashlight.
There are plenty of fun and engaging indoor activities to do with kids when the weather is bumming everybody out. Whether you're building a fort, baking together, or hosting a game tournament, these activities are sure to keep your kids entertained and parents sane. Stay warm and enjoy spending time together as a family!