61 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 are 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—whether it's abroad or in your very own background.

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 specially made for them. Indoors, outdoors, saving, or splurging, there are so many ways to spend quality time with your kids while they're still young. So below, 61 fun things to do with kids, anywhere and everywhere.

Indoors

  • 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.
  • Scrapbook.
  • Play charades.
  • Build a lego town.
  • Do crafts.
  • Write letters to family.
  • Play chess.
  • Tie-dye old T-shirts.
  • Tell ghost stories.

Outdoors

  • 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 mini 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.

Save

  • 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.
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Splurge

  • Take them to the theater.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Visit an amusement park.
  • Take a parent-kid cooking class.
  • Take a dance class together.
  • Go on a family weekend trip.

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