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67 Things to Do with Your Kids When It’s Too Hot to Play Outside

Summer is the epitome of fun. The kids are out of school and their days are filled with hours upon hours of outdoor entertainment. Neighborhood kids come by on their bikes to see if your children can play while you sit back and watch the memories being made. There is an endless amount of ideas when it comes to playing outside but what if it’s too hot? And by too hot, I mean, heat wave. No matter where you live there is bound to be one sultry, summer day where you have to keep the kids inside for their own safety. Look over this list of 67 things to do to keep them happy and busy until it’s nice enough for them to go back outside.

1. Play dough (store bought or homemade)
2. Coloring/drawing
3. Board games
4. Hide-and-Seek
5. Watch a movie
6. Play in the bathtub with your swimsuits on
7. Build a fort
8. Make brownies, cookies or cupcakes
9. Shrinky Dinks
10. Plant an herb garden using indoor starter pots
11. Water the plants in the house
12. Dust (make a game of it)
13. Dance
14. Learn a new song
15. Read books
16. Indoor picnic
17. Skype with long distance family
18. Legos
19. Have a tea party
20. Race cars on the floor using painter’s tape to make the roads
21. Lincoln Logs
22. Play kitchen
23. Dress up
24. Finger paint
25. Puzzles
26. Rock out using your kids’ toy instruments and create your own song
27. Sticker collage (have kids put stickers on paper any way they want)
28. Have a friend over
29. Take a nap
30. Make handprints using ink pads
31. Molding clay
32. Watercolors
33. Card games (Old Maid, Go Fish)
34. Look through baby books with your children and tell them stories of when they were born
35. Rice bin (Hide small toys in a large bin filled with rice. Have your child try and find things).
36. Guess what? Put an object in a brown paper bag and have your child close their eyes while trying to guess what the object is just by feeling it.
37. Grocery store (Let kids ‘shop’ for items around the house and have them ‘checkout’ using fake money).
38. Take them to a bounce house
39. Mall play area
40. Local attractions
41. Set up a tent and pretend to camp out
42. Go to a friend’s house and play
43. Indoor sports complex with a pool
44. Library
45. Bookstore for storytime
46. Puppet show
47. Trains
48. Start potty training
49. Craft basket (Anything and everything having to do with crafts goes in one basket. Kids can use their imagination to make up all sorts of things).
50. Take silly pictures (Use your camera to capture special moments or make it funny and have your kids make silly faces into the camera).
51. Switch-a-Roo (Change around your kids’ toys from room to room. Kids always love to see ‘old’ toys in new places. This activity keeps them busy for a long time).
52. Local swimming pool
53. Shadow puppets on the wall
54. Cartoons
55. iPad
56. Balloon toss (Hit a balloon back and forth while trying to keep it off the ground).
57. Shaving cream fun in a bin (Let your child make ‘drawings’ using shaving cream in a plastic bin).
58. Yoga
59. Pet rocks (paint rocks that your child has picked up from outside and decorate).
60. Blocks
61. Fill kitchen sink with water and bubbles. Let kids play around with their toys in the sink.
62. Ball pit
63. Obstacle course
64. Scavenger Hunt
65. Bowling (with small plastic bowling set)
66. Tool set (kids can ‘fix’ things around the house)
67. Push kids around in the laundry basket

No matter what age your children are, there is bound to be something on this list that you can do with your kids to beat the summertime heat. You never know, your kids just might come up with their own ideas that you can add to this list year after year!



Meagan is a freelance parenting writer and stay-at-home mom to Dylan and Hannah. She is always looking for new ways to keep her kids busy when the weather forces them inside on a (too) hot and sunny day.

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