Let’s face it, there are times when the kids simply can’t go outside and play.  For those times there’s always alcohol, but before you reach for the bottle take a look at these ideas to have some fun in the house this winter.

You can’t wait to get a snow day when you’re a child. But it is not much exciting when you are the parent of a child who wants to be entertained every second of the day. When there is bad weather outside and you are afraid your kids will get a cold, there are still numerous ways to distract them from the snow!

Here is a list of fun activities you can enjoy with your kids on a snow day.

  1. Take a cardboard box and make a house with it. All you need are some small boxes, glue, scissors, paper, and marker to make boats, dollhouses, or even robots.
  2. You can never go wrong with the classic obstacle course with couch, cushions, and pillows. You can make it a game to not touch the ground as it is hot lava.
  3. Have a picnic with your child with all of his favorite treats. All you need is a blanket and a bowl of cranberries, peanuts, M&Ms, or whatever you can find in the cupboards.
  4. You can transform your living room into Hooverville with some chairs and blankets. Make tents and tell your kids to camp away. Give them some marshmallows to roast over fire (pretend one, of course) and a flashlight.
  5. Give your kids a couple of dry erase markers to draw on the windows.
  6. Give your child some time for a long bubble bath where they can blow all the bubbles they want.
  7. Giving them some shaving cream is not a bad idea either; they can build fluffy castles with it in the bathtub. But make sure you are there to guide them.
  8. Fill a water balloon with food coloring and water and leave it outside during the night. Reveal your own marble in the morning by cutting the balloon away.
  9. Let your children graffiti the snow with spray bottles filled with food coloring and water.
  10. Ever heard of the kid exchange? Take your neighbors’ kids for a few hours and they get yours. Later in the evening, you can all gather for a movie night while you get a little snack break in the kitchen.
  11. Make them a nice cup of hot chocolate.
  12. Draw a map, hide pennies around in the house and let the treasure hunt begin!
  13. Play real life Candyland with your kids by making a path with construction paper on the floor. They would definitely love to jump from square to square.
  14. Fill bowls and buckets with beans or dried pasta and let them have fun digging around with spoons and measuring cups.
  15. Help them play with clay.
  16. Get all those mate-less socks out and make sock puppets with them.
  17. Ball up some socks or newspaper and have an indoor snowball fight.
  18. Try some science experiments with your older kids. They really get into it and have a lot of fun.
  19. Time to get all those jigsaw puzzles out. You will be surprised how well a four-year-old can complete a 500-piece puzzle with a little help from mom.
  20. If you have wood or linoleum floors, your kids can slide around and pretend they are ice skating. Have a carpet on the floors? Not a problem. Put the wax paper on with rubber bands over their socks and let them skate away.