Stuck Inside Because of the Weather? Here Are Eight Creative Things You Can Do With The Kids Indoors
Large parts of the US are under a winter weather advisory with roads & schools closed this week. That means your kids are stuck at home with you and they are going to get stir crazy. Here are a few ideas on activities you can do with your kids to help pass the time quickly and memorably.
Pick a movie (or movie series) that you and your kids can watch together. Don’t have one you want to watch at home? Sign up for a free Netflix or Hulu trial to see movies like The Lorax, The Avengers, the Star Trek movies & TV shows, America’s Funniest Home Videos or Thomas & Friends. Or watch The Three Stooges for free on Crackle if you don’t mind giving the kids ideas on how to annoy one another.
Board Games / Card Games
Dig out the board games in your house like Checkers, Battleship, Dominos or Jenga. Don’t have any board games? Dig out a deck of playing cards and try out these 10 Kid Friendly Card Games. Don’t have either? Play some classic games on paper like Dots and Boxes (instructions | printable game sheet), Hangman or Tic Tac Toe.
Puzzles & Mazes
Clear off a table and get out those puzzles out of the closet. You can print out some mazes, crossword puzzles and sudoku if you want something new. You’ve got the time!
Build a Fort
Break out the video game system and play your favorites. Looking for something different?
- You can play the original Super Mario Brothers for free on your local computer. Just download the ZIP and run mario.html on your local machine.
- Thanks to the Internet Archive Console Living Room you can play classic video games online including Spider-Man (1982), Mario Bros (1983) Asteroids (1987), Donkey Kong (1988), Space Invaders (1980), Frogger (1982) and Star Trek – Strategic Operations Simulator (1983).
Dress Up & Play Pretend
Read A Book Together
Wes is still a bit young for most of these, but I’m starting a folder of things to do for the future. Have some other ideas? Please share in the comments.