We have spent more time than ever at home this year, leaving many of us exhausting all the entertainment options possible. With kids, it can feel a bit of a minefield trying to find fun new things for them to do all the time. Most of the attractions we would have normally gone to as a family are now shut, like Children’s Wonderland and other attractions, so the entertainment is left to us to figure out new things at home. The thought of weeks that stretch on forever with bored children and too much energy can leave you with chills running up and down your spine, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Just because you can’t leave the house as easily as you used to doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun as a family. If you are on the lookout for some fun activities to do as a family, here are some top ideas to get you inspired.
- Create an obstacle course
There is something great fun about an obstacle course, and it is something that your whole family is guaranteed to enjoy. Lay out hoops, a jumping rope, slide, and anything else that you can think of to make an obstacle course – you could get an activity such as Cornhole Worldwide for something a bit different! Take it in turns to race around the track, and the person who does it the fastest is the winner! Not only is this great fun, but it is good to get a bit active and take in some fresh air too! Encourage a bit of healthy competitiveness, and you could get everyone to think of a couple of obstacles for the course each.
- Have a family sports day in the backyard
Sports day is a brilliant way to bring you all together and have a laugh while also getting some fitness into your day too – and wearing the kids out for bedtime! Get in all of the original sports day activities such as an egg and spoon race, sack race, long jump, and running. You could get little medals for the 1st and 2nd place, and don’t forget to put together a post-sports-day picnic that you can all enjoy in the garden! Don’t forget to take plenty of photos to look back on!
- Create an at-home cinema
Are you missing going to the movies? If so, why not recreate an at-home cinema? You could order in a projector if you really want an authentic experience, alternative you can use your television in your front room. Print out some fake movie tickets, give them a little bit of money to spend, and then buy plenty of snacks for the day. Tell your kids to “purchase” the snacks they want, like a real cinema experience, then all snuggle up on the couch for a movie marathon. If you can’t decide on a film, why not take it in turns? You could have multiple movie nights over the space of the next few weeks, or just watch more than one in a day!
- Do some festive baking
The festive season is on the way, and if you are looking for your kids to get baking, why not tie it in with Christmas? There are so many Christmas recipes out there to enjoy; why not get looking and decide on something you all enjoy? If you aren’t so keen on the baking side of things, you could always purchase some cookies or gingerbread from the mall and decorate them yourselves. Just be prepared to get a little messy! All you will need is some icing and different sweets to decorate on top – it is guaranteed to be loved by all involved (and those that also get to eat the sweet treats at the end!)
- Have a treasure hunt
A treasure hunt is a really fun activity that you can all get involved in. Simply hide something such as a bag of sweets or a toy somewhere in the house or garden, then draw a treasure map of where to find it. You could give them different clues in different locations and have them dress up as pirates for the day! This activity can take up a lot of time, use up some of their energy and also be something that they will remember for a long time to come. A Neighborhood Photo Scavenger Hunt kids can play with friends while social distancing is another fun activity!
- Perform a play
If your kids have a dressing up box, why not encourage them to make up their own play? You could help them along with deciding the storyline and what to say – or just leave them to their own devices! Once they have come up with something, sit in the living room or somewhere in your house, set up a mini stage, and let them perform for you. Be sure to film it or take lots of pictures to look back on!
- Do some art and crafts
Art and crafts are a great time killer, and you will produce something great out of it in the end. You could make anything from finger paintings to Christmas cards or drawings. It is also a good idea to head out into the garden and collect different items which they can then use to make a collage with. This can be anything from feathers and twigs to leaves and pebbles.
- Have a mini camping holiday in the backyard
While vacations have taken a halt this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun at home. You could have your own family camping vacation in the backyard! Get a tent, drag all your duvets, pillows, and cushions in and make a truly cozy haven for you all to enjoy. It will be so exciting for the children to be sleeping out under the stars and will soon feel like a real holiday! You could theme it up with hot dogs and other camping style food for dinner and sit around telling stories in the evening.
- Play board games
Don’t underestimate how much fun a board game day can be! If you dig around your house, you will probably find a whole host of different board games that you can all play. From Monopoly to Connect 4 or Kerplunk, board games are a great way to pass the time and get the whole family together. It is also a certain way to bring out everyone’s competitive sides, so be sure you establish the rules upfront!
- Have a day when the kids make the rules (within reason!)
This is a funny one and relies on you setting some boundaries beforehand! For this, you have a day where what the kids say goes, from having chocolate for breakfast to staying up late; for one day, you have to do whatever they come up with – as long as it is within reason! Come up with a list of rules in the morning and make sure they don’t take it too far! It can be great to see the ideas they come up with! Like cooking grilled cheeses over a fire and making dioramas…..
These are just a few fun activities to do with the family this year. Family time is so precious, and while we are having to spend more time together, it should be something that we all appreciate and cherish. No matter if you spend your days doing arts and crafts, watching films, or running around the back yard, the important thing is that you are all together. You will look back on these times in years to come and be so grateful for them, so enjoy them while they are here!