Being indoors made seem less fun than going outside. You might be stuck indoors as a family because the heavens have opened up or you simply are looking for more indoor family activities? Well, here we have gathered together 50 activities you can do as a family indoors.
1. Indoor Treasure Hunt
An indoor treasure hunt is a great rainy-day activity for the whole family. It helps them to burn off extra stream and expand their imagination they run around chasing clues. Furthermore, it also helps develop reading and thinking skills, as they have to figure out each clue to find the next one. This scavenger hunt is perfect for any time you need a little indoor fun. You need start by creating a list of items to hide around the house or download a list from the internet. You can use households’ items or buy some small treats and you need to hide them around their house. Then you need to come up with clues or treasure maps to find with the items to lead your family to the grand message! It can be a great day indoors for your whole family!
2. Indoor Camping
Fancy a camping trip, but the weather is horrible? Why not go camping in your living room? If you got a small pop up tent, you can set it up right or can make a tent from a couple of blankets draped across a few chairs and place a couple of pillows on the floor. Then turn off all the lights and light some tealights to create the night-time feeling. You will have proper toilets, oven and even internet access but try and embrace the camping lifestyle by telling ghost stories, singing songs and sleeping on the floor.
3. Bottle Bowling
Have you got a couple bottles hanging around in your recycling? Why not reuse them and hold yourself a bowling competition? You can decorate them together as a family and then set up the bottles in the hallway as your personal bowling alley! You can use a rubber ball, tennis ball or a pair of rolled socks! You can have a piece of paper at the side to keep track of the scores and play music when one of you gets strike!
Play-Doh is a fantastic indoor activity. For anyone who doesn’t know what it is, Play-Doh is modelling compound used by families for arts and crafts projects at home. You can find recipes online to make your own or you can buy relatively cheap kits instore. It’s not messy and your children will love getting colourful and crafty with their moulding.
5. Window Painting
If the children are staring out the window, wishing they could play outside, turn that it a more colourful activity! Make your own stain glass window art! This does sounds scary, but you can buy washable tempera paint, which is nontoxic, non-settling and washable. This is the perfect material to paint on your windows. However, if you can still unsure of painting directly onto the windows, you can stick cling film over the glass and allow your children to realise their creative visions on the film. You can inspire them to make traditional stain glass designs or just let them go wild!
6. Build A Fort
A rite of passage as a child is building a fort! We have all done it. We should do it. We all love it! So, come together as a family and make yourself the perfect home within a home. You can make a cushion fort, sheet Fort or even a cardboard box fort. As long you can climb inside, anything can be a fort!
It doesn’t matter whether you and your family are top grade artists or can barely draw a decent stick figure, drawing is entertaining and relaxing activity you can do together. Grab some scrap paper and your colourful pencils and work some masterpieces. You can google “How to draw” and you can find easy tutorials on how to draw anything your family wants! A dinosaur, a racing car, fairies, princess, animals, etc or visit some how-to-draw websites for kids. If you prefer it, you can also bring out the colouring books or print off some free colouring pages. Just let loose and get creative!
8. Make cards/letters
Teach your family the ‘old fashioned’ way of communicating from back in the day before texting and snapchat! Have an afternoon where you write letters or make cards to send to love ones. Everyone loves to receive a personal letter/card in the post these days, as it is rare to get something int the post which isn’t a bill, or a pizza leaflet these days! This would be a special treat for Grandparents, friends or cousins. Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a card to send or give – it’s a great opportunity for the children to practice their handwriting too!
9. Make a family magazine
As a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly indoor activity, why not set up a family newsletter? It’s a great way to get the family interacting and communicating with each other plus it will spark creativity and help your children practicing their reading and writing. You have family events as news stories, maybe an interview with your grandparents, create crosswords and word searches and draw pictures. You can teach your children computer skills and make the magazine on a computer device but get crafty is so much more fun! Gather together the materials you’ll need to make up the magazine: paper, pens, photos, any other materials to decorate the magazine. Then have fun as journalists.
Bring Pinterest and your mood boards to life and make some collages! Take that a stack of old magazines and get out some paper along with some paper, glue and other art supplies and have a collage-making session at the kitchen table as a family. You can give everyone a theme like your dream holiday, a strange dream you once had or create a vision board of a goal that family member what’s to achieve. You could get the little ones to make a visual Christmas gift list! You can even take some photos you took as a family and create collages of your favourite family trips out or happy memories.
11. Dress up
You could be The Incredibles, the Von Trapp Family or anything you can imagine! Dressing up is a wonderful activity you can do as a family. You may have children’s costumes already or you can let them loose in your closet! You can also get out some of your older clothes (not the best/expensive clothing!) and some costume jewellery or accessories. You can run around making up stories together, getting into character and creating your own worlds.
12. Face Painting
Become a tiger, strawberry or a straight up mess and have some family fun with face painting. You can buy fairly low-cost face paints from craft shops and costume shops or, if you are brave, let your children let lose in your makeup! Pull up references on the internet and let you children create their own masterpieces on your face. Or create your own their own faces! You can be anything you want and have a lot of giggles together as a family in the messy progress.
13. Build a Racetrack
Do you and your little one love play with toy cars? Well, grab yourself some masking tape and make yourself a racing track. Pick a large surface to make your track. My suggestions are the living room floor, the kid’s bedroom floor, the hallway or the kitchen table. Masking tape comes off so easily without damage, so it can work exquisitely for a quick and easy game set up. Create roads, corners and lanes on the with the tape and race around with the toy cars. You can leave it there for as long as you like and then rip it up when you are done. And redesign it again the future! Idea from http://www.beafunmum.com/2013/10/masking-tape-road/
14. Make Sock Puppets
Grab some of your old socks (the odd ones which have lost their partner would be perfect!) and then find some household items that can be used for eyes, mouth, and nose. You could glue/sew buttons for eyes, pieces of fabric for noses, and things like string, wool, ribbon, or even cotton wool for hair. Once the puppets have been made, leave them to dry. Why not also create a puppet theatre with a cardboard box and let the kids put on a puppet show for you or you can come up a family puppet show together to entertain the grandparents!
15. Tie Dye Clothes
Take those boring white clothes of yours and have yourself a tie-dye session. The children will love to customise their own clothing and will enjoy the messy colourful fun! Also, it is quite an easy craft. You will need white clothing, a bucket or use the sink, water, various dyes, rubber bands, and rubber gloves to protect your hands. How you fold the fabric and secure it with rubber bands, helps determine the tie-dye pattern. It’s best to start with the lightest colour, if using more than one, and follow dye instructions carefully. Then leave them to dry and have a fashion show of your fantastic new outfits!
16. Dream Catcher
Making a dream catcher is a fun, inexpensive craft that lets kids get creative, but the story behind dreamcatchers will also inspire your family! The idea is that a dream catcher is hung above someone’s bed while they sleep, and during the night bad dreams get trapped in the web, so they’re unable to reach the dreamer. They are many tutorials online on how to make a dream catcher but a simple one is to cut out the centre of a paper plate and braid colourful thread through holes within the outline and decorate with beads and feather. They are so many variations to can make as a family.
17. Make Jewellery
With any leftover string and beads from the dreamcatchers, you and your family can make jewellery! Necklaces, bracelets, rings and even badges! You can get a kit from your local craft store or get creative with household items! You can even use pasta (uncooked of course!) All you read need is some string and a few decorative materials tools and you are ready to accessorise as a family!
18. Decorate a football
While you wait for the bad weather to clear away, why not get crafty with your sport equipment? Grab the old family football or pick up some cheap ones from your local pound store. Your local charity shop might also have some as well. It doesn’t matter what they are made of but as long as you can draw on them with a pen. Permeant markers are probably the best in this situation. Let your family loose with pens and let them create works of art on the footballs! Therefore, you have a fun and exquisitely decorated activity for when the sun is shining!
Painting is the ultimate indoor rainy-day activity. It can be a lot of fun, but it also has a lot of benefits for your children. Painting helps them acquire hand-eye coordination. This is developed while they learn to paint the parts that they see; making sure their hand movement is at par with their vision. They are so many more benefits as well so cover the table with newspaper sheets and get out the poster paints or watercolours and some paper and have an art session. You can have family painting sessions, where you paint each member of the family, favourite animals and a dream holiday plus so much more.
20. Life Size Painting
Why not go bigger with your painting and drawing? You can make big pieces of art by making life size portraits! You will need a large roll of paper (that old wallpaper you have lying around is perfect!) and measure out a piece a little longer than your child/family member. Then lie the sheet of paper on the floor and have the person lie down on the paper. Then you have to draw their outline on the paper. They can then colour themselves in, adding features, clothes, etc. This is also a great game to play to teach them about the parts of the body!
21. Home Cinema
Going to the cinema is fun and exciting but you can recreate this experience at home. Children love the movies, and home cinemas provide the perfect opportunity to create all the fun of the cinema, at home! First things first, you have to decide on the film. Try to keep everyone happy with a film everyone wants to watch but if you can come to an agreement, draw names out of a hat of who gets to decide. You can make movie tickets together and set up a treat stall with drinks, sweets and of course, the popcorn! Then close the curtains, turn off the lights, hand over your ticket and let the kids usher you to your seat with a torch. You could even act out your own adverts before you start the film!
Slime. It’s everywhere. Practically all kids love it and want it. So why not, as a rainy-day indoor activity, make some slime. They are a lot of recipes online to how to make slime but the main 3 ingredients you need is saline (contact lens) solution, baking soda and some washable school glues. You can glitter and food colouring as well. Mix it all together in a bowl and then knead by hand. And there you go! You have your very own slime! The kids will love it!
23. Age Up Paper
Making paper look old using tea or coffee stains is a great way to make antique parchment manuscripts for your crafts. Make yourself an ancient treasure map or write an old-fashioned story with this easy craft technique. Take some paper and crumple it up if you would like some texture to the design. If not, just leave it. Place your paper into a roasting dish, tray or any sort of container. Then, take some coffee dissolve in water and pour it into the container and allow the paper to soak through. You can also use damp teabags. This process doesn’t take very long so take it out to dry. As the adult, you can dry the paper on a baking tray in the oven for a few minutes and hold the paper over a candle to add some burn marks if you would like that.
24. DIY Laser Maze
Turn your family into the world’s greatest spies and make your own laser maze! All you need is some colourful masking tape (I would recommend red or green) and a hallway. Stick stripes off tape between the walls of your hallway in various angles. Give a little space between them but not a lot or else they will no game! The game is for a person to cross the maze without touching the ‘laser beams’. You will know if they will because the tape will stick to them. It’s an exhilarating and a unique way to get your children moving. You can set of a timer for how they have to complete the course or give them the length of the Mission Impossible theme music to make really feel like spies!
Who doesn’t love baking? Baking is a fantastic and sweet way to spend together as a family. You can make cupcakes, bread, pies and so much more! So, whip out your aprons and cook up something delicious!
26. Homemade Pizza
Pizza is one of the most foods in the world! There I said it! But you can also turn it into an amusing activity to do as a family. With just a few simple ingredients, you can all enjoy making homemade pizza. You can modify pizzas to fit everyone’s dietary requirements and preferences. It doesn’t even matter if everyone likes different toppings, as you can all add whatever you like! If you don’t fancy making your own dough, you could buy plain pizzas or premade dough to roll out and still have the same fun making your own individual dinners.
27. Chubby Bunny
One of the most hilarious games you can play as a family is Chubby Bunny! It only needs one ingredient – large (and I mean LARGE marshmallows). Gather around as a family in your pyjamas and get ready for giggles and competition. Open up a bag of medium to large sized marshmallows. Give a marshmallow to each player and have them insert it into their mouth. They are not allowed chew or swallow the marshmallow. After each player has inserted a marshmallow in their mouth, each player takes turns saying, “Chubby Bunny!” Then you go around again and keep interesting marshmallows (still not eating them) until the player can no longer physically say clearly ‘Chubby Bunny’. This means it’s good to have a judge to decide if they can hear them clearly. If the player can say it clearly, they are out of the game. The last player standing wins, and everyone can eat their own marshmallows!
28. Malteser Straw Game
A quick, simple but hilarious game you can play as a family is the Malteser Straw game! All you need is a couple packets of Maltesers, one dice, a bowl and enough cups and straws per player. The game starts the first player rolling the dice. It keeps going around until someone rolls a six. When they do, they have to try and get as many Maltesers into their cup using just the straw, by sucking the Maltesers. They keep doing this until another person rolls a six and starts sucking instead. The game ends when all the Maltesers are gone and whoever has the most in their cup wins! It is so much fun and I promise it will end in a lot of giggles!
29. The Lava Game
Who hasn’t played the Floor is Lava? This game can be hours of fun! If you haven’t heard of it, it is game in which players pretend that the floor or ground is made of lava and thus must avoid touching the ground, as touching the ground would “kill” the player who did so. The game involves climbing on and jumping off furniture, so it’s suggested to play in the living room with the sofas and cushions. You can set your children a goal, such as your children must get to the other side of the room without touching the lava but don’t forget to join in yourself!
30. Board Games
One of the classic rainy-day activities is playing board games, and it is a great way to spend time together. Monopoly, Cluedo, Buckaroo, Connect Four, Chess! There are so many options! Most households have board games, but most charity shops sell board games cheap, so why not pick some up for as your next indoor activity!
31. Balloon Badminton
This game is great to get some exercise in whilst indoors. Blow up some balloons and set up a line across the floor. Divide into two teams and have a team stand on either side. Then throw the balloon between the two teams and have a badminton match! Whichever team lets the balloon hits the ground lose and the other team gets a point. The first team to get 10 points wins!
32. Dance Party
Just because you are not outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t get moving! You and your family can have your very own dance party/disco. Start off by creating your own playlists of your favourite songs. You can have every member of the family pick 5 songs each that you can dance too, to add to your playlist, and then put it on shuffle. Move back the furniture, turn down the lights and add some fairy lights for a real disco affect. Why not also have limbo competitions, play musical statues and bumps and either, best or worst dancer competitions.
33. Play Cards
Do you remember the card games you used to play as a child? It could be hours of great fun! Why not teach your kids how to play the same great card games? We all have signature games we love to play! Rummy, Cheat and good old-fashioned Snap! It’s a great game to add to your family game night!
34. Put on a show
Lights! Camera! Action! Have the children put on a play or show of their own creation. Turn on the Disney tunes and make your own costumes and props. You can make posters and tickets! You can have a at home theatre night and don’t forget to film the final production!
Reading is an important skill for your children to develop but it can also be a fun activity to do together. You may believe it is hard to get your family to read at all but there are fun ways to get them interested. The most important thing to do is to let your child choose their own book. This way, they will feel empowered and independent and most likely enjoy a book they choose more. Grab a book, a nice drink and a sweet treat and turn reading time to a treat-time and reinforce a love of books and reading.
Who doesn’t love Lego? Most children have a Lego set but if you don’t you get mostly can get a cheap set in a charity shop or pound shop. You can entertain your children and yourself for hours by building towers, houses and all sorts with Lego. It’s a classic indoor activity!
Pictionary can be a great game for family game night. Start by getting everyone to write on small bits of paper ideas for people to draw. Put these suggestions into a bowl/hat and divide into teams. You can equal teams, pairs or just divide the family into two teams. A member of each team gets up to be the first drawer. You can use white boards or paper and pens. The drawers pick a suggestion and then have a minute to draw the suggestion the best they can. They can’t use words or numbers and have to get their team to guess it under a minute. Whichever team guesses it wins a point and the game continues until all suggestions are gone. Whichever team has the most points wins!
Charades is a very similar game to Pictionary but instead of drawing out the suggestions, you act them out! Divide yourself into teams once again but this time, each player takes it in turn to act out the suggestion for the team. The actor is not allowed to speak, so they must use their body language and movements to communicate with their team. They are a whole sign language to charades which you can google to help such as the motions to explain if you are acting a film or tv show and so much more! The actor has one minute to act out their suggestion and if the team guesses it, they get a point. The game continues until all suggestions are gone. Whichever team has the most points wins!
Another great game to play as a family is Bingo! You can buy board games of bingo, print out bingo cards from online or make your own games with paper and pens. Simply draw out bingo grids on bits of paper and get each member of your family to fill out the grid with numbers ranging from 1-100. Then you can google a free bingo number generator and call out the numbers. You can have prizes for one line, two lines and a full house and have yourself a good old-fashioned bingo night! You can also get your family to practice their maths and say what is 7 x 8 for 56!
40. Have a Cardboard Box Colouring Adventure
If you have a giant cardboard box sitting around, why not use it to your advantage and some creative fun with it? You can open it up and, together as a family, create a town map on the surface of the box, with roads, tracks, bridges, parks, carparks and maybe a fairy tale castle? You can than add some wooden building blocks, cars, trains and some wooden/plastic animals and then let your family’s imagination run wild. Alternately, you can turn the whole box into a play den for your little ones. Decorate the box as a small house, cut out some windows and place a cushion and some a tea set inside. Your perfect little one’s perfect home!
41. Pillow Sumo
LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE! Pillow Sumo Wrestling is a hilarious activity to do as a family! Not only is everyone being safe, but also you will be screaming from having so much fun! For each person you will need two pillows, a large t-shirt and a belt or some rope. Simply tie one pillow to the person’s back and the other to their front and slip the t-shirt over the top. Then you have your sumo wrestlers! Play in your living room and remove all sharp corners because it will get manic, but it will be some much fun! You can also turn into a lesson. If the children of your family are prone to end up in a wrestling fight or have anger problems, teach them to only fight with this game because you can control it, and no one will get hurt. Tell them they are only allowed to get physical during these sessions and its healthy way to get their anger out.
42. Start a band
Become the next musical prodigy as a family and make your own band! Grab your toy guitars and keyboards! If you or your family can play your own instruments, bring them too! You can grab the saucepans and wooden spoons to make a drum set. You pour some rice into a bottle to make a shaker. You can find on YouTube some instrumentals/karaoke hits of all your favourite songs and get rocking! You can put on stage makeup and costumes and have your own family concert night! Don’t forget to record your number one record for the charts! Rock on!
Jigsaws are an activity the whole family can do, and one that can work well between differently aged family members. You can get jigsaws for a reasonable price at your local charity shop and there is usually a range of difficulties when it comes to puzzles. So, make sure you get the right kind or you family. You can give each member of the family up with a puzzle to suit their skill level and get everyone to help each other finish. Furthermore, you can create teams and have friendly competitions to see how long it take to finish an equally challenging puzzle. Alternately, you can get one big jigsaw and to work on it together.
A visit to an aquarium is an exciting family day trip activity. Aquariums allow you and your family to experience the wonders of the sea and learn all about its many creatures. It can be a hands-on experience and a lot of fun. Your family is sure to love the colourful marine life and it can be a beneficial experience. You will be encouraging scientific exploration in your children and open their eyes to a whole new world of learning! It can also be an great educational tool to teach your children the importance of preserving the wildlife and the environment.
45.Visit the Library
You can go to a library together as a family and spend some quality time together, picking out books to read together and enjoy the quiet and cosy atmosphere. It will help inspired your children to read more and most libraries have a child membership scheme so your little ones can feel independent with their very own library card. Furthermore, most libraries have group activities to can sign for, so you can socialise and make friends together as a family. But the best thing is, going to the library is free! It is the perfect and interesting family indoor activity!
46. Soft Play
Soft play centres can be the best place to take your children on a rainy day. They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they are a wonderful place to take your children to let them burn off energy and have some fun! It is a huge room filled with a collection of brightly coloured climbing frames, slides, tunnels, ball pits and more for your children to explore. Everything is padded, kid-friendly and ready for as much action play as any child wants to do! There is most likely to be a centre like this in your local area.
Take your family in a journey back in time with a trip to a museum! Whether it is your local one or specialised one in a different town, a trip to a museum can be a fantastic indoor activity. Museums can encourage critical thinking skills, creativity and curiosity. Furthermore, museums can offer historical lessons not taught in schools. Most museums have a fun activity or worksheet for children to do whilst looking around the exhibitions and most museums are free! Just don’t forget a small donation to keep these fantastic facilities open.
A great day trip for you and your family can be visiting a castle or abbeys or stately homes. These buildings are beautifully kept and are fascinating to look at and learn about. Take your family out on a historical learning day and most of these buildings have a worksheet for your young ones to enjoy. You can even dress up as knights, royalty and dragon slayers and play make believe whilst exploring these beautiful homes. Just remember you be respectful of the other visitors and the buildings themselves!
Pop on down to your local bowling alley and have some family fun with a friendly little competition. It’s incredibly fun and literally anyone can do it! You can have bumpers up on the alleys, so the ball doesn’t roll anyway, and they have ramps for the little ones to use to push their ball down the alley. It gets everyone moving and most bowling alleys are open all year long, so you can go whenever. Yes, there is a cost to it, but most bowling alleys have great deals and coupons so it’s probably more reasonable that you imagine.
Going to the cinema as a family can be a wonderful activity for a rainy day. A cinema trip can be more of a costly adventure, so maybe save it as treat for good behaviour. However, watching a movie at the cinema is an exciting adventure, at any age. Make sure you choose the right movie if you have young children. You don’t want to end up scaring them but also be cautions that the loud noises of the screen or the dark atmosphere made also upset them. But if you go with an open mind and excitement for the movies, you and your family can have a wonderful time!
And there you go! 50 fantastic and entertaining activities you can do as a family indoors. I hope you found some inspiration and can have some family indoors!