How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

Learn how to have a “Festival of Fun” with your kids and discover 100 ideas to do at home.  

How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

Well, creativity at home has never been more necessary.  Want to do something special together on the weekend and make memories instead of watching another show on Netflix? (If I get one more email asking me if I “still want to watch…”  Yes, Netflix.  Yes I do). 

Growing up my dad would do what he called a “Festival of Games.”  He would hide a game in 4 or 5 different rooms and then create clues to find them.  Once we would find the first one we would sit in that room and play the game.  Then we would get another clue to find the next game.  

How to have a festival of fun with your kids

When Zach started coaching football 7 years ago I had a LOT of time just me and the kiddos and some days I was desperate for a distraction that did not include screens or another minute of Dora the Explorer.  So I started two things – one, a dance party with hip hop music while dinner was in the oven to keep me awake and on my feet, and two, a “Festival of Fun” to keep the kids entertained and engaged with each other.  

More about our dance parties another time, for now let’s talk about 100 fun ideas to do at home with your kids and how to create a “Festival of Fun.”

 

How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

First come up with 4-5 ideas to do together.  Be sure to check out the list of 100 fun ideas to do with your kids at the end of the post!  Write these ideas on a piece of paper and then label them with sticky notes or write them on numbered note cards.  

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Then number them!

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Have your kids open the ideas either at random or based off of your numbers.  A couple weekends ago when Zach was gone I documented our Festival of Fun to show you what we did!  

 

How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#1.  Make cookie drop brownies.

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My cookie drop brownie recipe is a great one to make with kids.  Check it out here!

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His sisters were making him laugh about something.

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So good.

 

How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#2.  Do two puzzles together.

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We love the big Melissa and Dough floor puzzles.  Links at the end of post!

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How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#3.  Read three books under Mommy’s bed sheets with a flashlight.

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This got hot fast with our fleece sheets.  We quickly bailed the “under the sheet” plan.

This one bailed first. 

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How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#4.  Play with Caleb’s trains.

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Who can find Lily?  

 

How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#5.  Take our cookie drop brownies to the park and play.

Yummy!!!  

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How to Have a “Festival of Fun” With Your Kids

#6. Have a dinner movie at Aunt Aubrey’s house!!

We ended with a homemade dinner by Aunt Aubrey.

Got in jammies and finished the night with a movie!

Such a fun day!  You can make your “Festival of Fun” as long or short as you want.  As simple or complex as you desire.  But the point is, your kids will love something intentional and you may be surprised how much fun you have as well!  

For more inspiration scroll through a list of 100 fun ideas to do at home!! 

  1. Read books under your bed sheets with a flashlight

  2. Bake cake pops 

  3. Hide a puzzle in each bedroom and complete once found

  4. Play at a nearby park

  5. Ride bikes

  6. Create an indoor scavenger hunt

  7. Build a fire with sticks collected from your yard

  8. Make your own eye spy book

  9. Bake brownies

  10. Hide a book in 5 rooms and read once found

  11. Create an outdoor scavenger hunt

  12. Dress up and have a tea party

  13. Make homemade gummy bears

  14. Make homemade ice pops

  15. Make a fort with chairs and blankets

  16. Hide 4 games and play them once found

  17. Write a story 

  18. Read a story and act out the characters

  19. Color

  20. Create  your own word search

  21. Roller blade

  22. Paint

  23. Create your own crossword puzzle

  24. Play kickball

  25. Have a picnic

  26. Get up early and watch the sunrise with a picnic breakfast

  27. Have a pillow fight

  28. Play hide and go seek

  29. Plant and decorate a flower kit
  30. Learn magic tricks

  31. Play I Spy in a bucket

  32. Finger paint

  33. Create your own library

  34. Go for a hike

  35. Create a menu then make it
  36. Make a zoo with stuffed animals

  37. Play jumbo jenga

  38. Write your own play

  39. Do a murder mystery

  40. Sing karaoke

  41. Make homemade play dough

  42. Make homemade ice pops

  43. Use fabric markers and draw on old t-shirts

  44. Make homemade pizzas

  45. Draw with sidewalk chalk

  46. Build with Knex

  47. Play in a sprinkler

  48. Write letters and mail them

  49. Turn old jeans into shorts and decorate

  50. Do science experiments

  51. Put on a magic show

  52. Have a shaving cream battle

  53. Make a scrapbook

  54. Fly a kite

  55. Play Jumbo Checkers

  56. Have a family cookout

  57. Go snorkeling in your bathtub

  58. Collect old toys and books for charity

  59. Create an obstacle course

  60. Play basketball

  61. Have a dance party

  62. Camp outside

  63. Have a water balloon fight

  64. Go for a jog

  65. Read books on a blanket outside with a snack

  66. Press leaves or flowers in a book

  67. Play trivia

  68. Have a candlelight dinner

  69. Create your own spa day

  70. Blow bubbles

  71. Draw with fabric markers on old socks and make a puppet show

  72. Take a bubble bath

  73. Build with Legos

  74. Create a huge train track

  75. Knock down army men with rubber bands

  76. Build with Magna Tiles

  77. Climb a tree

  78. Make an outdoor fort

  79. Play dress up

  80. Decorate a cake

  81. Decorate sugar cookies

  82. Tell jokes

  83. Make a gingerbread house

  84. Make a blanket with old shirts

  85. Have a paper airplane contest

  86. Learn to juggle

  87. Have a squirt gun battle

  88. Make new candles out of old ones

  89. Play Bingo 

  90. Build a playhouse out of cardboard boxes

  91. Play charades

  92. Make snowflakes with paper and scissors

  93. Make your own soap

  94. Paint a mural on your bathtub wall

  95. Set up an Easter egg hunt

  96. Make greeting cards

  97. Make your own puzzle

  98. Cook an ethnic meal

  99. Write your own book

  100. Paint a picture frame

What fun things do you do at home with your kids??  

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