50 Ideas for Family Fun without the TV
Arts & Crafts
· Draw pictures on the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
· Get out the coloring books and crayons, and color.
· Build a model car or airplane.
· Design a family calendar; record birthdays, anniversaries, and family events.
· Make Christmas cards or ornaments.
· Have family devotions.
· Plan a guy/girl night. Dad: Teach your son how to change the oil. Mom: Teach your daughter how to sew.
· Decorate a can and fill it with ideas of fun things to do. Take turns pulling out something new each day.
Food & Meals
· Have an ice cream sundae night with special toppings, whipped cream, and candy.
· Bake cookies together and take some to your neighbors.
· Plan a potluck dinner with friends.
· Have a barbeque.
· Pack a picnic.
· Go to an ice cream shop.
· Build a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and make S’mores.
Getting Out of the House
· Visit the zoo or a local museum.
· Pick fruit at a U-Pick.
· Take a road trip down a road you’ve never explored.
· Plan and go on a scavenger hunt with your kids.
· Attend a free community concert.
· Adopt a “grandpa” or “grandma” from your church and do something special with that person.
· Host a “Cousins Camp” if cousins live nearby.
If It’s Raining
· Build a fort with blankets, tables, and chairs.
· Make a “home movie.” Let the kids use the camcorder, dress up, and use whatever resources you have on hand to set the scene.
· Design a personal collage of “Things I Love” or “The Story of My Life.” Give everyone a large poster board and a stack of magazines. When finished, take turns talking about what the pictures mean.
· Give your girls a “makeover.”
· Play dress-up or “Cowboys and Indians.”
· Play musical chairs.
· Sing around the piano.
· Write a “progressive story”—each family member adds one sentence—and then illustrate it.
· Write encouraging notes to relatives, people in the military, friends, and pastors.
· Play board games.
· Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
· Host a bike-decorating contest, and let the kids have a parade to show off their bikes.
· Plan an art show. Display the neighborhood children’s artwork, and invite their families to attend. Serve refreshments, and elect a judge to award ribbons.
· Organize a community cleanup day.
· Make sock puppets, write a script, and invite the neighborhood kids to the puppet show.
Sports & Exercise
· Play soccer or kickball.
· Go on a bike ride.
· Play Putt-Putt Golf or visit to the driving range.
· Go roller skating or ice skating.
· Visit the playground.
· Shoot hoops or play H-O-R-S-E with a basketball.
· Take a hike and collect rocks and leaves.
· Jump rope.
· Play “Kick the Can” or “Capture the Flag.”
· Have a water fight with the hose, buckets, balloons, or squirt guns.
· Fly a kite.
· Teach the kids how to play hopscotch or croquet.