40 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids - Anytime Family-Fun!

Whether it's too hot, too cold, wet or windy or you just want to stay indoors, we've got ideas!

By Renae Gonzalez, publisher of Macaroni KID Brentwood, Calif. and Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa. January 6, 2024

Anytime you're stuck inside with kids and need some indoor-fun ideas, Macaroni KID has you covered. Every so often we have those day when you might not want to head outside. Sometimes it's too hot, a bit chilly, super windy or one of those rare occasions when it rains. Or just maybe you have things to do at home and need help with ideas that inspire your kids to entertain themselves? We've all had those days where we look at our kids and think . . . 

How on earth am I going to keep these kids entertained for the next . . . . hours?

Before you run whimpering to hide your head under a pillow - yeah, we've all been there too! Take a look at our list of 40 ideas for easy, indoor fun on those days you're stuck at or choose to stay at home . . . because we are all in this together!

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1. Read a book
2. Play freeze dance
3. Have a staring contest
4. Write a story
5. Draw a picture
6. Play a card game
7. Make a blanket fort
8. Bring outside toys in
9. Play red light - green light
10. Play hide-and-seek

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12. Have a dance party
13. Play "Simon Says"
14. Go on an indoor scavenger hunt
16. Make an indoor obstacle course
17. Have a pillow fight
18. Watch a movie
20. Make a paper clip chain

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22. Take a nap - you wish
23. Stack canned food
24. Blow bubbles - yes, inside!
25. Play hopscotch
27. Build with blocks
28. Play dress up
29. Write a letter & mail it
30. Make music with pots

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31. Look at old photos
33. Have a tea party
34. Make a Craft
36. Walk like animals
37. Build pretzel log cabins
38. Do yoga
39. Let the kids take pictures for a change
40. Play tic-tac-toe

Renae Gonzalez was the publisher of Macaroni KID Brentwood, Calif. Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni KID Erie, Pa.

Updated by Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas