Whether you’re planning a road trip and want to include a few stops to keep your kids entertained and stimulated, or you’re just looking for activities for them to do while they’re out of school, you may be out of fresh ideas. Here are some creative kids entertainment ideas that are sure to surprise both you and your kids.
Home Goods Olympics
Believe it or not, you can probably entertain your kids for days at a time without leaving the house and using only inexpensive household items. If you’ve ever watched the ‘Minute to Win It’ show, then you’ve taken a look at the many different games that can be made up using ordinary objects.
Consider challenging your children to a race in which each participant places a cookie on their forehead and, using only their facial muscles, must put the cookie in their mouth. Or tape plastic cups to one edge of the table and have them use cardboard paper towel inserts just to blow ping pong balls into the cups. With a little imagination, there are tons of games that can be invented. Challenge your kids to make up their own games!
No matter what your child’s interests are, a day at the museums can be a fascinating and entertaining way to keep them busy for a few hours. If you have younger children, you may want to opt for museums that have more interactive exhibits. Many cities have exploratory science museums with a variety of exhibits designed to delight all ages and interests.
Mad scientist themed party
After your trip to the museum, you may have lots of ideas and inspiration to invite some of your children’s friends or neighborhood kids to a science-themed party. The chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, or Mentos candy and dark soda can provide tons of entertainment for kids.
A weekly trip to the library is a great investment for both parents and children. For children, this establishment offers hours of exploration, entertainment and education. For parents, you take the kids out of the house for a while, and they bring home books and even DVDs that can even keep them quiet and busy for a few more hours, and all for the cost of a library card.
For fun and education that will delight the whole family, consider a historically based dinner and theater restaurant. Your children will be able to see the dress and customs of a bygone age, and they will feel that they are really living in the Renaissance age. Many of these theaters also offer a variety of displays on medieval warfare, weapons, and armor that are sure to delight the young children in the family. After a trip to a live jousting show with dinner, your kids are sure to be full, tired and calm on the way home.