29 Creative, Boredom-Busting Activities for Families

family fun activities for bored kids

How to keep your kids entertained and bond with them

What does it mean when your kids say they’re bored? According to experts it could be that they’re being a little lazy, they need more challenging activities, or it’s kid-code for wanting to spend more time with you. In the last case, family activities are the perfect solution to entertain your kids and make more time for bonding.

Enjoy this curated list of fun family activities you can save for any time the kids (or you) are feeling bored. Whether you need a great family activity for spending quality time together… or just activities for challenging the kids and getting some quiet time.

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Games and toys for family activity night

1) Treasure hunt

Create a series of clues or riddles and hide them in safe spots around your home and/or yard. Leave a prize (or a coupon for a special reward) at the end of the trail.

2) Kinetic sandbox

Kinetic sand has all the sensory play benefits of regular sand without the mess! You can just buy some and dump it a shallow tray, or if you’re feeling ambitious try making DIY kinetic sand with your kids.

3) Twisted fingers game

Make your own mini game based on classic Twister®. Use simple color-coding stickers to recreate a tiny version of the famous game.

4) Puzzles

A classic family activity for a reason. If your kids have mastered flat puzzles, you can even branch out to 3D puzzles.

5) DIY slime

Making DIY slime is great for practicing measuring skills, math and learning about chemistry. There are many recipes online, but we think this STEM slime experiment video is an awesome (and educational) family activity.

Family activities for performing arts lovers

6) Talent show

A great family activity that can give budding performers in your home the stage time they’re missing during quarantine.

7) Learn a dance

Let your kids pick out a dance from their favorite music video or dancer. Find a tutorial online and learn it together for a healthy family activity that gets you moving.

8) Lip sync battle

Perfect for performers at heart, even if their singing belongs more in the shower than on a stage. Encourage costumes and pick judges to award points for each performance.

9) Neon dance party

Shake up family exercise time with glow sticks and a black light if you have one. Then turn down the lights and turn up the music!

10) DJ of the day

Get the whole family involved in taking turns making playlists for various family activities, such as pump up songs for household cleaning soothing songs for wind-down time before bed. You can draw lots on whose playlists gets played for the day.

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Crafty family activities that will entertain the kids for hours

11) Family art show

Get the kids to “curate” their own artwork, asking them to pick out their favorites. Create a “gallery” for the whole family to view and print your own achievement certificates to award to the artists.

12) Card making

Making cards with your kids is an awesome family activity. You can go simple and just make greeting cards to give to friends and family or make cards to send a smile to people in your community.

13) Friendship bracelets

Etsy is a great resource for cute friendship bracelet kits (complete with instructions) for kids. They’re super fun for exchanging with friends and easy enough to mail in a regular envelope.

14) DIY tie-dye shirts

Did you know you can tie dye with permanent markers? Bonus: it’s a great at-home science lesson about chemistry, solubility and solutions!

15) Sock puppets

Making sock puppets is the perfect family activity that keeps on giving with hours of make-believe after the crafting is done.

Fun family activities you can do in the kitchen

16) Learn a new recipe

Cooking is one of the best family activities for bonding. The sense memories of delicious smells and interesting textures like kneading bread dough will stick with your kids forever.

17) Indoor s’mores

Get right to the best part about camping— the snacks! Luckily s’mores are easy to make over the stove, or using a candle. The kids will love making a blanket fort with you and snuggling in to enjoy their treats.

18) Homemade ice pops

The beauty of this family activity is that you can make your ice pops with almost any beverage. Iced coffee for mom, fruit juice, lemonade, chocolate milk—the sky’s the limit!

19) Ice cream science experiment

Everyone loves ice cream. It’s the perfect incentive for a STEM family activity. Try this simple ice-cream-in-a-bag recipe video for a tasty at-home science experiment.

20) Grow something to eat

Growing your own food is a very rewarding and educational family activity. Herb gardens and tomatoes are easy for kids to grow inside. If you have space for an outdoor kitchen garden try some of the easiest vegetables to grow from seeds.

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Outdoor family activities the kids will love

21) Fairy garden

Encourage kids to set up flowers, painted rocks, pebbles, twigs, small toys/miniature furniture, etc. in order to attract “fairies.” Parents can get in on the fun and help fairies add things to the garden when the kids aren’t looking.

22) Nature museum

Have the kids spend a few days collecting interesting things from nature and setting up a display. When their “museum” is ready let them give you a tour.

23) Backyard campout

If you can’t go camping, make camping come to you! You can make this family activity as simple or detailed as you like, from just setting up a tent in the backyard, to throwing the best camping party for your kids.

24) Picnic lunch

Ideal to do as a family activity or just to give kids a much-needed screen break during school days. Simply pack up lunch, grab a blanket and head out to the backyard..

25) Map the stars

Star gazing is a family activity that’s probably as old as mankind. Help your kids learn to identify the constellations with print outs they can reference. If it grabs their interest, investing in an inexpensive telescope can provide hours of entertainment for years to come.

Family activities that build community

26) Family conversation cards

Make simple conversation-starter cards geared towards kids and incorporate them into daily family activities. It encourages listening and learning about your loved ones.

27) Family kindness jar

Set out a jar, blank business cards and markers or pens in a common area. Start each day with asking everyone to write down a compliment for a family member and drop it in the jar. End each day by picking a card to read out loud to the family.

28) Senior pen pals

Contact a local senior home and ask if your kids can send cards and letters. This is a lovely family activity to help your kids connect with older generations and help combat loneliness in your local community.

29) Caring cards

Another amazing community-builder family activity. Have your kids make DIY get well soon cards and help them send the cards to hospitalized kids or people in convalescent homes.

Boredom-busting family activities keep kids entertained and bring you closer together

“The family that plays together, stays together.” It’s a platitude with a lot of truth. Family activities that challenge kids, help them learn new things and give them more quality time with you make your family stronger.

What’s your favorite boredom-busting family activity? Did it make our list? Tag us on Instagram to share your favorites.

Author: JoJo Mrgich

JoAnn (JoJo) Mrgich is a copywriter and SEO content writer who began her copywriting career in 2011. A musical theater major at the time, JoJo began writing blog articles, product descriptions, and other online content for a dancewear brand. Since then, she has gone on to write in a variety of fields, from essential oils and natural beauty to fashion and swimwear, finally landing at Avery, which she affectionately calls her "forever home." At Avery, JoJo writes content for the Avery blog, covering everything from organization to party planning, as well as contributing to other online content for avery.com. She is also a technical and content writer for Avery Industrial, where she writes in-depth articles that span a wide variety of topics, from safety compliance to 5S lean practices. In her personal life, JoJo is a big fan of fantasy and science-fiction works such as Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (especially the original series). She also loves going to Disneyland and runs a non-profit social organization of 600 members that brings fans of "nerd culture" together for meet-ups and events in Southern California.