When it comes to keeping the family busy, we often look for just about everything outside of our own homes. Whether it’s an activity in town, or a playdate at a local park, one of the ways we manage to keep our sanity as parents is by getting the kids out of the house.
But if suddenly you find yourself crammed inside on a rainy afternoon, or simply looking for ways to create quality family time with your tribe, we’ve got just the list for you.
Here are 10 family activities for when you can’t leave the house.
1. Ask your kids how their lives are going.
This seems like a no-brainer, but when was the last time you had a conversation with your kid and learned something new about them? Have REAL conversation with intentionality and learn at least two things you didn’t know. Ask them what the Lord is teaching them, what they’re finding the most enjoyment in right now, and maybe even ask them what they’re struggling with.
Our kids are desperate for connection. Put the phones down and be intentional with your conversations.
2. Have a family game night.
Whether you break out your favorite board games or play a competitive round of Mario Party, do something that brings you all together as a family.
3. Go camping in your back yard.
What’s better than sleeping outside? Sleeping outside of your house (that way you can run inside if you forget your pillow or it rains). Set up a campsite in your backyard and make a night out of eating S’mores, looking at the stars, telling each other stories, and laughing with each other. You don’t have to go on a fancy vacation to connect with your family. Simply create space, unplug the devices, and connect with each other.
4. Tell your kids stories from your childhood.
You’ve lived a lot more life than your littles have. Tell them stories from your childhood that they’ve never heard. Tell them things about their grandparents and your hometown. Tell them what you were like and who your best friend was. Let your kids get to know you better.
5. Have a budget meeting with your spouse.
There’s no better time to figure out a budget, than when you’re stuck inside and can’t spend any money. Living on a budget brings such organization and peace of mind to an already busy area of our lives. Schedule some time with your spouse and sort out a budget now so your family can do other fun things later on.