With the ability to spend more time with our families, it can be hard to think of new and creative ideas to keep your kids occupied. As a mosquito control company that makes outside fun again, we’ve taken the lead on putting together some unique ideas (see below) the family can do together!
- Pitch a tent and camp under the stars. This is an oldie but a goodie. Going on a full camping trip is time-consuming, takes a lot of preparation, and can be exhausting with kids. So why not cut out most of the work and skip straight to the fun? Pitch a tent, have a bonfire, maybe even tell some ghost stories, all in the comfort of your own backyard! Take a look at this article from Parenting.com for ideas on how to make your adventure even better!
- Organize a scavenger hunt for the kids. There are plenty of ways to set up a scavenger hunt for the kids. It’s a great option that works both indoors and outdoors, gets your kids moving, and engages the mind. Check out some of these scavenger hunt ideas for inspiration. A little bit of preparation work is worth the fun they’ll have!
- Have a luau or other themed family party. Do you have extra decorations laying around? Spice up your dinner or outdoor party with some of these family-themed party ideas.
- Create giant board games in the backyard. You could stay inside all day playing Checkers or Bananagrams, but doesn’t a game of giant backyard Jenga sound so much better? There are do-it-yourself solutions for dozens of games that take them from traditional board games to life-size interactions. Most of these are easy and inexpensive, perfect for a lazy day.
- Hold your own Olympics. If you are needing to get the kids outside and exercising, why not hold your own backyard Olympics? You can even stretch this out over a longer period of time to make it a real competition! Aside from having the kids participate in events, you can get them to make country flags, hold opening ceremonies, and even make their own medals.
- Have an indoor picnic in your newly built fort. This is two fun activities built into one! Build a fort with sheets and old boxes and then have an indoor picnic in your newly built fort. You can even support a local business in your area by ordering to-go food for your picnic.
- Plant a garden. If you have the space in your backyard, planting a garden is a great long-term activity to do with your kids. You can pick out which seeds you’d like to plant, spend time planning the layout of the garden, and then watching from the beginning as the garden grows! If it’s a success, use your haul to make delicious meals or share with neighbors.
- Have a bonfire and backyard feast. This is another oldie but a goodie. Many of you probably have memories of bonfires, hot dogs, s’mores, and firecrackers. This is a great opportunity to pass the memory onto your kids!
- Take an online cooking class for kids. Thought cooking classes were only for adults? There are a variety of YouTube channels and websites that offer cooking classes to kids, too! Aside from learning new recipes, these videos offer kids a creative outlet that they normally wouldn’t get. Check out The Step Stool Chef for great videos that you and your family will love!
- Once a week, let the kids choose and help cook a meal. If those cooking classes pay off, the kids can even help you in your own kitchen! Instead of making dinner alone or ordering out, let the kids help you make dinner once in a while to turn cooking into quality family time.
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- Art & Play Activities ArtBar is releasing a weekly art and play activity with supplies and tools you can find around your home. With a little prep, you are able to create an engaging and balanced day for your kids.
- Complete the 30-day LEGO challenge. If you live with LEGO fans, this 30-day challenge is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, as well as keep the kids occupied for a few hours.
- “Visit” a local museum or educational attraction online. You are now able to see some of the greatest museums around the world thanks to Google Street View. For some added culture, show your kids the top 10 museums in the world by clicking the link here.
- Stream a live concert in your own home. Some artists and bands are hosting Facebook Live concerts, so turn on the television, crank up the volume, and jam out to some of your favorite music! Most artists are announcing their concerts on Facebook, so give your favorite singers a “Like” on Facebook so you can stay updated on when they are going live. DJ Mel is also hosting a Facebook live kid-friendly dance party called, “Living Room Dance Party.”
- Do an at-home workout. Boosterthon has created a schedule for each day that packs educational, character and fitness-based content all into one day. You can learn more about how to access this content here.
There are thousands of ideas to keep your kids occupied around your home and in the backyard. A simple Google search will keep you busy for hours! Before you head into the backyard for a bonfire or camping adventure, call your local Mosquito Joe for service to protect your yard from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Backed by our MoJo Satisfaction guarantee, we get rid of the mosquitoes, so you can enjoy being outside again.