These days at home can start to blur together. As parents, we can find ourselves racking our brains for fresh ideas on how to spend this time. Here are some fun activities the whole family can enjoy.

Younger Kids

In Your Home

  • Make your own sundae buffet
  • Write old-fashioned letters to grandparents or extended family
  • Rock a family band – no instruments? grab spoons and pots!
  • Make craft collages from family photos and pictures in old magazines
  • Break out classic board games
  • Hide-and-seek in groups of two
  • Rummage the closets for an impromptu fashion show or dress up
  • Pinkies up! Host a high tea and wear funny hats
  • Dust off the cookbooks and bake a new recipe together
  • Sing-along to your favorite songs or make some up!
  • Host a family movie night
  • Listen to an audiobook – take turns choosing
  • Create a fun family questionnaire – starter: What superpower would you choose and why?
  • Make friendship bracelets
  • Tell stories (themes: scary, embarassing, firsts)
  • Read a book out loud together
  • Look at old photos and share memories
  • Play a card game like Uno or Go Fish
  • Set up a treasure hunt
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Do some spring cleaning or organizing
  • Put a puzzle together
  • Play charades
  • Build a fort

In Your Yard

  • Jump rope
  • Play catch
  • Play basketball or H-O-R-S-E
  • Lay out blankets for a picnic
  • Star gaze
  • Search for bugs
  • Blow bubbles
  • Build castles in the sand box
  • Kick off a game of soccer
  • Sidewalk chalk: draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe or hopscotch
  • Set up an Easter egg hunt
  • Have a squirt gun fight
  • Camp in the backyard
  • Play croquet or badminton
  • Roast marshmallows on the grill or fire pit
  • Wash the car
  • Make homemade bird feeders with pine cones, peanut butter and birdseed
  • Paint rocks

In Your Neighborhood

  • Gather up a wagon, stuffed animals and some pots and pans for an instant parade
  • Go for a walk
  • Ride your bike
  • Fly a kite in a local park
  • Play I Spy – themes: colors, nature, cars
  • Pick up trash together
  • Walk the dog
  • Make a list of animals that live in your neighborhood
  • Climb a tree
  • Make a nature mobile using rocks, pinecones, sticks, etc.

6th-12th Graders

In Your Home

In Your Community

  • Encourage two friends today through a note, text, phone call, etc.
  • Drop off a gift to another family (food, card, book, etc.)
  • Order a meal for another family
  • Mow the lawn for a neighbor
  • Go for a walk and say “Hi” to EVERYONE you see (from a distance)

In Your Yard

  • Sports: basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball – whatever your sport of choice, build your skills
  • Play frisbee or disc golf
  • Jump on a trampoline
  • Ride your bike or skateboard
  • Wash the car (yours or your parents – they’ll thank you for it!)
  • Rake the leaves
  • Help clean up the yard

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