Stay At Home Adventures for Your Family
Looking for some fun stay at home adventures? Need some new ideas for kids activities at home to mix up your daily routine?
I get it. Whether you’re stuck at home due to an illness, weather, or a mandated quarantine, adventures are still possible! Just because we can’t get out and travel doesn’t mean you can’t fill your days with fun. Adventure is a mindset. So change up your routines, try something new, and fill your soul with some fun and exciting stay at home adventures!
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10 Fun & Unique Stay at Home Adventure Ideas
I’ve been a stay at home mom for…ummm well, 14 years! And sometimes we have had to get really creative with our days and activities. Sometimes budgets have been tight, sometimes we’ve had bad weather to keep us home, and sometimes we’ve faced illness forcing us to stay home. I’ve always found that keeping kids busy keeps everyone happy!
Just because kids get older doesn’t mean you don’t still need a good arsenal of fun things to do at home. So, I’ve put together a list of some fun activities for families at home to keep families with children of all ages busy! (Besides, who doesn’t want a little more QUALITY family time!)
Have Fun In the Kitchen with Kids
I tend to turn to the kitchen when I’m stuck at home. One of our favorite things to do with kids at home is getting them involved with cooking! No matter what your child’s age, you can get them involved in the kitchen! Here are a few ideas:
- Have a cupcake or cookie decorating extravaganza.
- Have a cooking competition.
- Make homemade ice cream in a bag!
- Create sensory bins with things like pasta, rice, or beans.
- Sorting activities- use empty ice cube trays or a muffin pan for little fingers to sort things (beans, jelly beans, blueberries, anything!).
- Have a blind taste test competition.
- Make gingerbread houses for all holidays and seasons!
- Science experiments- lots of fun science lessons can be learned in the kitchen!
Kids Scavenger Hunt
I love a scavenger hunt! Scavenger hunts for kids don’t have to be complicated. And trust me, kids of all ages love a good scavenger hunt! You can search for colors, sounds, items in your backyard, or in your neighborhood. Here are a few FREE printable scavenger hunt ideas OR feel free to hop over to my Pinterest account for some more awesome ideas!
BONUS IDEA: Dig out all those plastic Easter eggs and have an egg hunt! Don’t want to give your kids more sugar?? Fill them with money, stickers, small dollar tree toys, or IOU’s.
Whether you can get outside at home or if you’re stuck inside, you can still get active as a family!
If you can get outside, try these fun outdoor activities at home:
- Set up an obstacle course.
- Have a good old fashioned water balloon fight.
- Set up a sprinkler or slip and slide.
- Play capture the flag.
- Go old school and play four square, jump rope, or hopscotch.
- Have a field day- do a potato sack race, tug of war, and egg and spoon race!
If you have to stay inside, try these fun inside activities to do at home:
- Try yoga (Just search for a free class on YouTube!)
- Play good old fashioned hide and seek.
- Play indoor baseball with a balloon and fly swatter.
- Have a dance party! (Neighbors close by? Try a silent disco- everyone jams to their favorite tunes wearing headphones. Download a free disco app on your phone and party!!)
- Have an indoor putting contest.
- Set up a laundry basket/ socks three point contest (this is a thing on Instagram right now!!)
Go Camping at Home!
Set up a tent in your backyard and spend the night outdoors. Don’t have a backyard, set up a tent in your living room. No tent? That’s OK too, make a fort under your dining room or kitchen table. (Although that may not be super comfortable for sleeping. Have a small fire pit out back? Make s’mores! Try cloud watching or stargazing. Regardless of your situation, you can get creative.
I Challenge You!
Let’s face it, most of us parents have seen most of these challenges over social media. But if you haven’t, and you have a child who watches YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok then I know they have seen or at least heard about some of these challenges. And what way to win cool points as a parent than to recreate these challenges at home! Challenges are like trends and they come and go, but here are a few ideas we’ve seen or done:
- Eat it or wear it challenge. We did this in the bathtub because it was raining outside. Basically you choose a bunch of random food items (mustard, syrup, jelly, pickles) and write them down on a small piece of paper and put them in a hat. Then each person in the challenge picks an item. The player then has to eat it or wear it. This is super messy but very memorable!
- TikTok is the place for all dance challenges…your children will die laughing at your attempts to get these dance moves right. Trust me!
- 2 Truths & a Lie. Each person comes up with 2 truths and a lie, the other players have to guess the lie!
- Not my hands Challenge. This takes at least for people. Two family members team up. One person puts their hands behind their back while the other teammate is the “hands”. Each team has to complete a task- first one to finish successfully wins!
- Water Bottle Flip Challenge. I’m sure you’ve seen it all over social media. And most of us parents never want to hear another bottle flip again…but if your child never caught on…search it up and flip away!
- Try Not to Laugh Challenge. My kids love this one. They do it all the time. On road trips, at home, everywhere. One person does things to try to make the other one laugh…the other players try not to laugh as long as possible.
Host a party for just your family! You don’t need to have a lot of people to have a party…you just need some creativity! Pick a theme and go with it! Base the food you serve around the theme, what you wear, and even what you do at your party! Here are some fun ideas:
- Disney! Pick your favorite movie and plan a mini party around it!
- Murder Mystery Dinner Party
- Have a backyard fiesta!
- Sports Parties- Superbowl doesn’t have to be the only party in town. Celebrate the Kentucky Derby, the Final Four, or The Masters golf tournament.
- Have an ice cream social- make it a competition to see who can make the most amazing ice cream sundae!
- Have a spa themed party!
Want to invite more friends- host a virtual party using Facetime or Zoom! Techonology is amazing!
Game Night at Home with Kids
Our family is currently obsessed with poker. We’ve been playing poker every night but that works since we have a teen and tween in our household. When my kids were younger, we played a lot of Go Fish, War, Uno, and other board games. We like the classics like Monopoly, Yahtzee, and Scrabble. We’ve been through a lot of phases…do what works for you and your kids!
Plan a Picnic At Home
Let’s be honest. How many times have you had an actual picnic? I’m willing to bet, not too many times. Am I right? So get out that picnic basket and set up a fun picnic in the backyard! Don’t have a yard? Try your balcony, patio, or even your living room! Make it special. Try making special drinks, foods, and plan some fun activities or games. Make a rule for no technology and get back to basics.
Family Art Ideas
I know not every family is artsy. And that’s OK. I’m not super artsy but we have found a few fun activities for families at home that we do enjoy. Here are a couple of my favorite ideas:
- Coloring a large canvas together. We have one like this that we color with sharpies every time someone is sick. We might spend an hour together doing it or maybe two and progress is slow but it’s still a great way to spend quality time together as a family.
- Try your hand at hand lettering! Now this isn’t something the entire family does…it’s more something my daughter and I have found to be fun! (Need some more inspo? Check out our fave Maghon from All She Wrote Notes.)
- Make a family scrapbook from your last vacation. Get your kids involved in preserving family memories!
- Have an art show. Dig out those colors, paints, and other art supplies and get creative. Display everyone’s art pieces and award first, second, and third place winners.
- Make slime! Sick of slime like us? Try making soap, hand sanitizer, or even handmade lip balm!
- Take an online art class or tutorial. You can find very inexpensive classes from companies like Skillshare (you get two months free when you sign up now!), MasterClass, or find free tutorials on YouTube.
- Make a family vision board. I love this idea because you can really get your kids thinking about hopes, dreams, and goals.
- Decorate a DIY piggy bank (Check out this one we made for our Disney trip!)
- Make handmade Thank You cards for friends, family, or neighbors. Consider making some for your postal carrier, your grocery store clerks, or your trash people too!
Armchair Travel Family Activities
You didn’t think I could have an entire post without mentioning travel did you?? There are so many fun ways to experience travel from home!! Here are some of my best travel oriented ideas!
- Plan a staycation!
- Create a family bucket list! Time to write down all those places your family has been dreaming about! Need some help? Get some more inspo from my USA bucket list and grab my FREE bucket list template too!
- Grab some popcorn and watch a travel themed movie together. Some good movies for younger kids are Moana, Finding Nemo, Rio, or Coco. And I would never forgive myself for not mentioning my childhood favorite The Sound of Music. For older kids try The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Free Solo, Pirates of the Caribbean, or the Lord of the Rings series.
- Set up a pin or scratch map! Personally we bought two huge maps, one of the world and one of the United States, and we put a pin in each location we’ve visited as a family. To be honest, I think the scratch maps are very cool but we already had the other map situation set up!
- Do a virtual tour! From children’s museums to the Smithsonian to the Louvre to the Sistine Chapel, you can find virtual tours to all sorts of fun and far away places!
- Have an international themed day- learn all sorts of things about a new culture from the food to their iconic destinations to the clothes and customs.
- Try your hand at learning a new language! Start with the basics and practice together as a family! Rosetta Stone is a great language learning tool!
Adventures & Activities for Families at Home
As you all know, I’m a big believer that adventure is a mindset! It’s about getting out of your normal everyday routine and trying something new! So now I’m challenging you! Tell me in the comments below some of your favorite stay at home kids activities or adventures! Inspire Me!
Want more ideas? Check out our list of 52 Everyday Adventures if you’re able to get out of the house and travel locally.