1. Amusement Park2. Animal Sounds
Take your family to an amusement park or water
Head into nature and listen to the sounds of the animals. See how
many you can identify.
Get the family out to shoot some hoops. Play a half-court game,
around the world, or h-o-r-s-e.
4. Bike Ride ~ See our article on "Family Bike Ride: Health & Safety"
Take your family on a bike ride. Try out biking trails if you can
to avoid traffic. Always think of safety first.
5. Boat Ride
Go canoeing, rafting, or ride on a foot-peddle boat. Other fun
boating ideas are riding a chartered boat, water skiing, jet skis, or white water
rafting. Some of these boats can be rented at reasonable cost. Always remember water
Take your family bowling. Bowling is always as fun as you make it.
Let the little ones send the ball down the lane too. Don't take any game too seriously.
Make it fun for everyone.
7. Broom Hockey
Use old brooms for sticks and a squishy ball for a puck. Wrap the
broom bristles with duct tape to make the bottom stiff enough to hit the ball. Set up
some upside down buckets in the yard for goals and you're ready to go. Be careful not to
hit anyone with the brooms.
8. Bubble Catching Contest
Get a small bottle of bubbles for each member of the family. Let
everyone blow bubbles until they fill the sky. Now let everyone try to catch them with
the round part of the bubble blowing sticks. This makes a lot of bubbles and a lot of
9. Build a Family Scrapbook
Build a book of decorative memories (and make sure Dad
10. Bury a Family Treasure
Fill a box or sealable bottle with special personal items. Seal up
the container well with plastic and bury it for someone to dig up in the future. Whether
you dig it up later or someone else finds it, it will assure that a history of your
family is passed on to the future.
11. Camping at Home
Put up a small tent indoors or out in the backyard. Cook your food
on the barbeque and simulate all of the experiences of a real campout.
12. Camping Trip ~ See our article on Family Camping Trips
Take your family on a camping trip and rough it as much as you
can(unless you prefer the "house on wheels"). Let your family experience the wonders and
splendor of the great outdoors. Camping can be a blast for everyone and truly deserves a high place on our list of fun family activities.
13. Captured Sounds
Use a tape recorder or digital audio recorder to capture several
unusual sounds. Then play them back for your family to hear. See how many of the sounds
your family can guess correctly. Capturing sounds are fun things to do when bored.
Use old magazines, leaves, construction paper, and anything pretty
to build a work of art composed of small pieces. Add family pictures and memoirs
signifying family achievements to the collage. Consider framing the collage when it is
completed and try to make it fit in a standard frame size.
15. Compass Excursions
If you need fun things to do when bored, pick a destination on a map. Drive the car while the rest of the
family uses a compass and the map to direct you to the location. Have your family direct
you where to turn by telling you to head north, east, south, or west. Make them point to
the the correct direction. This can help your kids learn their directions and get them
familiar with a map and compass.
16. Complement Night
Sometimes it is easy to forget to compliment one another in a
family. Give everyone in the family a piece of paper and have them write 3 nice things
about everyone in the family. When the compliment writing is finished, take turns reading
the compliments about each member of the family.
17. Create Family Holidays & Traditions For
Significant Family Events
In addition to the normal holidays we celebrate, it can be fun to
add a few holidays to celebrate significant occasions for the family. Celebrate
accomplishments, happy times, and other remarkable family occasions. Mark these family
holidays on your calendar and celebrate them as you would other holidays. Add your own
traditions to make the new holidays memorable.
18. Home Dinner & Movie Night
(Pizza, Popcorn, & Soda are great)
Pick one night out of the week to watch movies and eat favorite
movie foods. This is a fun tradition that the kids especially love. If you are daring
enough, set a blanket on the floor and allow the kids to eat dinner and snacks in the
family room while watching the movie. The blanket will offer the floor some protection
and can be picked up quickly if someone has a spill.
19. Dollar Store or Yard Sale Treasure
Blow a few bucks once in a while, and take the family on an
inexpensive treasure hunt. You will be surprised at the treasures you can bring back from
dollar stores and yard sales. The kids will feel rewarded and everyone will bring home
something they didn't have before!
20. Emergency Plan Drill
Prepare an emergency plan for your household that includes what to
do and where everyone should meet if an emergency should happen. Practicing the emergency
plan will offer your family something entertaining and it will show you how well your
plan works, and what may need improvement. Try this at least once every six