With the weather turning colder, there are likely to be days when you can’t go outside. My kids love to be outdoors playing with their friends and running around having fun. It’s hard for them when they end up having to spend most of the day indoors. So what’s a mom to do? I have a boy and a girl so finding activities that everyone likes can at times be a challenge. Here are some activities I’ve found that are big winners for everyone, even when the weather won’t cooperate.
This is much easier for kids that are school aged. When my kids were younger (they’re 6 and 7 now) it was hard to get them to sit still for 5 minutes, much less watch a movie. If you have a Netflix account or you subscribe to Amazon Prime, most of your work is already done for you!
Just pick out a few movies you think the kids might like, grab some popcorn or your favorite snacks and enjoy! It’s better than finding a rental because if the kiddos don’t end up liking what they’re watching, you can simply pick something else!
Board and Card Games
Board games and card games are always popular with kids. On days where we can’t get outside, we break out the board games, but also try to add an additional twist. Each person gets to make up a new rule for whatever game we’re playing. It helps to keep the game fresh and everyone involved. One of our favorite games is “Ultimate UNO”. We have a huge deck of about 6 separate decks of UNO (we may have lost a card or twenty along the way. With the rules the kids make up (draw 20 rather than 4) and other twists, we can have fun together for hours.
Build a Blanket Fort
I’m not sure about you, but this is something that I used to do when I was a kid. We’d get as many blankets and pillows as we were allowed to have and build the most awesome blanket fort we could. Sometimes we’d each build our own and then have a big pillow fight. This one seems to be pretty popular for kids of all ages. Just be ready for the noise and the mess!
Make a Dessert Together
My kids love cooking. It’s one of those things I’ve discovered that allows us to spend time together. Making cookies and cupcakes or even a cake a pretty easy to do and something that the kids love to help out with. Plus they love to be taste testers for their creations. Here’s a cookbook we use for inspiration or some of our recipes. I’m not anything close to being a chef, so I promise that these are easy!
Making cookies and cupcakes or even a cake a pretty easy to do and something that the kids love to help out with. Plus they love to be taste testers for their creations. Here’s a cookbook we use for inspiration or some of our recipes. I’m not anything close to being a chef, so I promise that these are easy!
Have a Broadway Night
My kids love to perform and they love having their family as an audience. If we can’t get outside, they sometimes get together and put on a performance for us. They have to come up with a script and their “costumes” (I.e., whatever they can find in their closets). Old Halloween costumes are a crowd favorite. They then “sell” tickets and it’s show time! These are some of our favorite nights in.
Have a Family Sleepover
We usually reserve this one for weekends. If we can’t head outside, we’ll do a camp out in our living room. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can make some S’mores or other treats. Most of the time, we’ll hang out in the living room, play games, and tell campfire stories until everyone falls asleep. No electronic devices allowed! When I first decided to try this, I thought the kids would hate it, but they’ve loved it so much they want to do it every night, no matter what the weather is like.
What child doesn’t love to dance? Turn on your favorite playlist and dance the day away. Not only will they have a great time, but hopefully they will be exhausted by the end of the day. Win for everyone!
Check out Groupon or Other Local Deal Site
If you’re looking for a way to get out of the house, consider checking out Groupon to see what’s going on locally. My friend and I were able to take out kids to a “bouncy” house place for less than $5 a kid.
Document the Day
My kids are aspiring Youtubers (or so they say). They are a little young to actually be on the platform (I go back and forth on this all the time), but we have our own “Hometube” channel. But, they love nothing more than creating videos of things they’re doing. They review toys or create meals or simply talk about their day. It’s another way that they spend time together and have fun. I win because I get to see the memories they’ve created!
These are just a few of the things that we do when we can’t be outside. What do you and your family do when you’re stuck inside? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below. I’m always looking for other things to add to my list. The kids and I would be happy to try some of them out and update our post with your suggestions!
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