Indoor activities perfect for a rainy or cold day

Looking for an indoor activity to do with my kids who were inside for the third day in a row, we crafted the Infamous Indoor Olympics… games that are more about the best giggles than races.

  • I put out toys to make an obstacle course using things found around the house. A table to crawl under, a bucket to run around 5 times, and beanbags to toss into the bucket from 4 different spots. I thought we were finished after a few rounds, until the kids announced it was their turn to create an obstacle course for me (which, ahem. Included a cartwheel.)
  • Fort building. Grab all the extra blankets and task the kids to create the biggest/most complicated/simplist/tallest/shortest… forts they can. Do them together and work against the clock, or separate and make forts for each other.
  • Everyone laydown on your side and roll to the other end of the room. Without giggling. Go!
  • Beanbag toss. Rather than using water balloons, pair up and toss a bean bag, stepping further away with each drop. When one member drops the bag, come back together and start over.
  • Three-legged race. This game is really fun, especially when mom or dad is involved. And there’s no need for a race against someone else. Race against the clock. Or come up with funny ways to get across the room on your own.
  • I bet you can… hop on one leg! Stand on tippy toes for 60 seconds! Slither like a snake across the hall without hands! Take turns coming up with silly tasks–but know that if you challenge someone to do something, you have to do it, too.
  • Olympic parade–what‘s an Olympics without a parade? Create costumes and medals for each activity you do and parade around the house to celebrate.

Share your favorite, easy activities for when you’re stuck indoors with the kids.


mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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