80 Fun Things to Do With Kids on Weeknights and Weekends

Playtime you'll enjoy, too.

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Life flies by faster and faster with each passing year, and some of the greatest memories you'll make as a parent come from the precious time you spend with your children. Kids grow up fast, and the time when they're young is fleeting. Memories are made of the adventures you have together—even in your very own backyard.

When considering fun things to do with kids, the options are endless. You can take your little humans on so many of the same excursions you enjoy and also craft experiences especially made for them. Indoors or outdoors, saving or splurging, there are so many ways to spend quality time with your kids while they're still young. So below, here are 80 fun things to do with kids, anywhere and everywhere.


  • Play a board game.
  • Build a fort.
  • Learn origami.
  • Cook a meal.
  • Play card games.
  • Put on a play.
  • Watch a movie.
  • Draw.
  • Paint.
  • Sculpt with clay.
  • Finish a puzzle.
  • Bake cookies.
  • Learn new jokes.
  • Practice magic tricks.
  • Play dress-up.
  • Have a reading marathon.
  • Learn to play music.
  • Listen to music.
  • Scrapbook.
  • Play charades.
  • Build a Lego town.
  • Do crafts.
  • Write letters to family.
  • Play chess.
  • Tie-dye old T-shirts.
  • Tell ghost stories.
  • Make play-dough.
  • Play with a pet.


  • Explore the neighborhood.
  • Visit a playground.
  • Garden.
  • Fly kites.
  • Feed the ducks.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Pick flowers.
  • Go to a ball game.
  • Bike ride.
  • Go swimming at a pool.
  • Look for insects.
  • Play miniature golf.
  • Set up a lemonade stand.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Have a treasure hunt.
  • Go camping.
  • Make s'mores.
  • Go to the zoo.
  • Go fishing.
  • Plant a tree.
  • Stargaze.
  • Play soccer.
  • Play in the dirt.
  • Shoot baskets.
  • Play hide-and-seek.
  • Go strawberry picking.
  • Plant tomatoes.
  • Rake leaves.


  • Visit the library.
  • Pack a picnic.
  • Go thrifting.
  • Visit a farmers market.
  • Go to the movies.
  • Take a trip to a museum.
  • Volunteer.
  • Window shop.
  • Visit a fire station.
  • Go to a playground.
  • Go camping.
  • Work in a soup kitchen.
  • Get ice cream.
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  • Take them to the theater.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Take a parent-kid cooking class.
  • Have your portraits painted together.
  • Take a dance class together.
  • Go on a family weekend trip.
  • Go to a concert.
  • Take a yoga class.
  • Get your nails done together.
  • Get your child's face painted.

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