Snow Day? 100 Fun Indoor Activities

It’s wintertime and cabin fever is rampant for many of us! Whether it’s Christmas or holiday break with the kids or its snowmageddon outside and you’re running out of ideas to keep your children entertained, you are sure to find some family fun tips and activities here!

100 Fun Indoor Activities to Beat the Wintertime Blues

  1. Have a wedding for all the unmatched socks in your home.
  2. Make a list of 100 things you can do with…. (ie: inflatable ball, balloons etc)
  3. Hold a movie marathon of your favorite family movie series (Our favorites: Harry Potter, Toy Story, Chronicles of Narnia, Shrek, Ice Age, Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Marvel, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spider Man, Tinkerbell).
  4. Introduce your children to your childhood favorite movies (My favorites: The Princess Bride, Home Alone, The Christmas Story, The Goonies, Ferris Bueller, The Breakfast Club, Karate Kid, Indiana Jones, Labyrinth, Pretty in Pink, E.T., Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Forrest Gump, The Sound of Music, Titanic, Jurassic Park, Clueless, Independence Day).
  5. Have a “Puppy Party” play games and eat snacks like you were a puppy!
  6. Start your own YouTube channel and make videos to send to your family and friends, you could go viral!
  7. Find old toys in storage and pretend it’s Christmas!
  8. Play pretend school (bonus if they do ACTUAL homework! *wink*)
  9. Have a dance party to your favorite playlist
  10. Have a coloring party and color with your kids!
  11. Teach or learn together how to sew, knit or crochet.
  12. Teach your children basic cooking skills.
  13. Organize your closets together and make it a game!
  14. Read your favorite books to each other.
  15. Play board games in a fun way; dress up silly or in fancy clothes and use silly accents.
  16. Make a bucket list of all the places you want to visit as a family.
  17. Make a list of your goals as a family and personal goals.
  18. Work on boy or girl scout achievements.
  19. Give each other extreme make overs.
  20. Video chat with a distant friend or relative.
  21. Take silly selfies and send them to Grandparents.
  22. Write letters to Grandparents, long distance relatives, missionaries, assisted living homes.
  23. Make duct tape crafts
  24. Make paper airplanes and race them!
  25. Make indoor forts!
  26. Play hopscotch!
  27. Make indoor s’mores!
  28. Play hide and seek.
  29. Have a Karaoke party!
  30. Blow bubbles and make a game of it!
  31. Play charades.
  32. Pull out your yearbooks and photo albums and let your kids laugh at the hairstyles with you.
  33. Indoor Snowball fight!
  34. Indoor Scavenger hunt!
  35. Fondue party!
  36. Teach your child basic home repairs.
  37. Learn a new skill together.
  38. Work on family history together.
  39. Tell funny stories about your childhood with your children.
  40. Make a digital scrapbook of family adventures
  41. Slide down stairs on cardboard box or in sleeping bag!
  42. Make edible play-dough.
  43. Play cup stacking games.
  44. Make paper snowflakes out of paper plates.
  45. Make homemade slime.
  46. Build a snowman with boxes.
  47. Let your kids dress you up and do your hair.
  48. Take a bubble bath with TONS of bubbles (bonus if your kids REALLY need a bath!)
  49. Write secret messages with a white crayon on paper than let your kids crack the code with paint!
  50. Get out the Legos and build something that isn’t part of a kit!
  51. Make your own bookmarks.
  52. Make your own bean bag toss.
  53. Make a race track with painters tape on the floor and race your toy cars on it!
  54. Make an indoor obstacle course with random objects around your house.
  55. Make your own play mat with an old white sheet and Sharpies.
  56. Make tie-dye shirts with Sharpies.
  57. Have a ‘Drive-in’ movie night with cardboard boxes!
  58. Have a glow-in-the-dark party!
  59. Discover what famous people you’re related to together.
  60. Make crafts from your stamps of your foot and hands.
  61. Have a hot cocoa bar complete with marshmallows, whipped cream, candy canes and chocolate syrup! Yum!
  62. Make Popsicle stick cabins.
  63. Make a pine cone bird feeder.
  64. Perform an act of service for a neighbor, shovel a driveway, clear a sidewalk etc.
  65. Make snow cones out of REAL snow!
  66. Make a pillow fort then…
  67. Have a pillow fight!
  68. Make snow ice cream!
  69. Print online crossword puzzles or mazes to do together
  70. Make homemade birthday cards for relatives for the whole year!
  71. Get a head start on spring cleaning!
  72. Make your own puzzle from a picture glued on thick paper.
  73. Put on a play.
  74. Plan your garden for spring
  75. Play dress-up.
  76. Make your own busy bags for quiet time like appointments or church.
  77. Create your own science lab and search up kid-friendly science experiments online.
  78. Camp out in the living room, sleeping bags and everything!
  79. Make puppets out of socks then….
  80. Put on a puppet show!
  81. Go through all the toys and donate what they don’t use or have grown out of.
  82. Go through your clothing and donate what they don’t use or have grown out of.
  83. Make collages out of magazines.
  84. Make a vision board from old magazines.
  85. Plan a summer vacation.
  86. Go ‘ice skating’ using tissue boxes or juice boxes as ‘skates’.
  87. Hold a friendly wrestling match.
  88. Have a Nerf gun war.
  89. Play basketball with wadded up paper and a wastebasket.
  90. Have a sword fight with pool noodles!
  91. Make a ‘laser beam’ maze in your hallway with crepe paper pretend your spies!
  92. Make your own snowglobes with baby food jars, glitter, glue and your imagination.
  93. Play balloon tennis using balloons and fly swatters!
  94. Have a toy car wash in the bathtub *bonus: the cars get clean!
  95. Make homemade ice cream.
  96. Make homemade sensory bins (TONS of ideas on Pinterest!)
  97. Have a spa party complete with pedicure, manicure and facial!
  98. Indoor picnic with all the stuffed animals!
  99. Make stained glass windows with colored tissue paper.
  100. Make an ‘activity jar’. Put your favorite indoor activities on separate pieces of paper place in the jar and draw one every day!

A version of this post originally appeared on Whynotmom.com. It has been used with permission.

Tonia L. Clark is an introvert and a social media butterfly. She’s a geeky, girlie tomboy, who craves chocolate and world peace. The mother of one girl and two boys and married to a long haul truck driver. She’s a little bit country and a lot of rock and roll. Tonia’s fantasy involves a posh hotel room with a Jacuzzi all to herself in complete solitude for 48 hours straight…peace and tranquility. Tonia is the founder and creator of Whynotmom.com which is soon to be the largest online shopping directory of work at home mom businesses! You can find Whynotmom.com on Facebook and on Twitter.

 

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