50 Ideas for Family Fun without the TV

Arts & Crafts

·         Finger-paint.

·         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.

Family Growth   

·         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.


Neighborhood Fun


·         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.

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