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83 Family Activities That Are Fun For Everyone

There’s nothing better than spending time with your family and enjoying some fun activities together. Whether you’re looking for something to do on a weekend afternoon or something to keep the kids occupied during summer break, we’ve got you covered!

In this blog post, we will share 81 fun activities that your family will love. From playing tag in the park to going on a nature hike, we have something for everyone. So gather the family and get ready to have some fun!

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What are the best family activities?

Here are my picks for fun family activities that will bring your family members closer together.

1. Have a family game night

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Board games are a great way to spend some quality time with your family and have some fun. There are so many different types of games out there, so you’re sure to find a board game that everyone will enjoy. Board games are a fun way to have a little friendly competition.

2. Go for a walk in your neighborhood

Walking is a great way to get some exercise and explore your neighborhood. You might even discover some new places along the way! Another great reason to pick this family activity is that it is completely free and if you have little kids it will help them burn off some of their energy.

3. Play a card game

This is a great way to spend time together and have some fun. Cards are a classic game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and can generate family bonding as you laugh together. There are many different games that can be played with cards, so there is sure to be one that can become a great family game night staple.

4. Play hide-and-seek

This is a fun family activity for all ages and can be played both inside and outside. It’s perfect for when you have a few minutes or an hour to kill, and it’s always exciting to try and find new hiding spots. Plus, it’s a great way to burn off some energy in your own backyard!

5. Go for a bike ride

If you have a group of kids, bikes are the perfect way to explore your neighborhood or go on a mini-adventure. It’s also a great workout for the family. If you don’t have bikes, you can always rent them from a nearby shop. Just be sure to wear helmets!

6. Play Fetch at The Park With Your Dogs

Consider taking the whole family out for a trip to the park or a large field for a fun game of fetch with the dogs. Young kids love to run and play in the grass and your dogs will appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the family.

7. Explore your town

One of my favorite outdoor activities is exploring my own town and my kids love to get involved with the local community. This can be done by foot, bike, or car. You can explore different neighborhoods, parks, and businesses. This is a great way to spend time together as a family and learn more about your community.

8. Go to the mall

Malls are not just a great place to shop, but also a great place to spend time with family members. There are usually a variety of stores, restaurants, and things to do, so everyone in the family can find something they enjoy. Plus, it’s a great way to get out of the house and have some family fun together.

9. Visit a nearby museum

Kids love to explore and learn new things and what better way to do that than by visiting a museum. There are all sorts of museums, from art museums to history museums to science museums. So next time you’re looking for some fun ideas to do with your family try stopping by a nearby museum for a day of fun-filled activities.

10. Visit a nearby zoo

Zoos are a great place to spend the day with your family and get kids involved in some great learning about the world they live in. You can learn about all sorts of animals and even see them up close. Plus, there are usually a variety of fun activities for kids, like feeding the animals or riding the train.

11. Take a family road trip

One of the most fun family activities is taking a road trip. A family trip is a great way to explore different parts of the country and see new things. Plus, it’s great for family bonding and creating wonderful memories. So next time you’re looking for something fun to do, consider taking a day trip. You don’t have to have a plan just hop in the car together and hit the road.

12. Vacation together

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Another fun family activity for the family is taking a vacation together. This is a great way to encourage family bonding and create lasting memories. Plus, it’s a great way to see new places and have new experiences. So if you’re looking for something fun to do, consider planning a family vacation and maybe even visit a family member you don’t normally get to see.

13. Play a sport as a team

One of the most fun family activities is playing a sport together in the fresh air. This is another way to create family bonding and some friendly competition. There are many different sports you can play as a family, so you’re sure to find one that everyone will enjoy. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise at the local park.

14. Paint together

Try doing something creative as a family! Painting can help family members get their creative juices going and you can make some great memories while doing it. If you have little kids consider letting them pick what to paint, kids love to be involved in the decisions and may have some new ideas to provide. Art is a great way to express yourself and it can be really therapeutic too. Plus, it’s just plain fun! So give it a try.

15. Bake something from scratch

There are tons of recipes online for sweet treats you can make in your own home like cookies, cakes, pies, and more. Find one that looks good to you and give it a try. You might be surprised at how much fun you have in the kitchen together. And, of course, you get to eat your creation when you’re done. Win-win!

16. Make a big meal

If you like a big homecooked meal you can have fun cooking together as a family. Here are some of my family’s favorite meals to cook together: spaghetti and meatballs, roast chicken with potatoes and carrots, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup, pancakes for dinner, and build your own pizzas.

17. Decorate cookies for the holidays

It’s a fun activity for the whole family! You can use different icing and sprinkles to create unique designs and compete to see whose is the best. This is a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. It may be a little messy but your kids will love the chance to be creative in a yummy and new way.

18. Decorate for the holidays.

This is a fun activity the family can do together. Plus, it will make your home look great for the holiday season. This doesn’t mean just putting up a Christmas tree but try putting out a little seasonal decor each holiday to make the home brighter and cheery. This will definitely get the whole family into the holiday spirit in no time.

19. Visit a pumpkin patch for fall.

What’s more fun than visiting a pumpkin patch in the fall? You can pick out the perfect pumpkin for carving, find the biggest one to enter in a contest, or just enjoy being outdoors with your family for some fun fall activities. Don’t forget to take those seasonal family photos while you are out!

20. Have a family movie night.

Pop some popcorn, make some fun snacks, and snuggle up on the couch together. You can even have a themed movie night. Pick a movie genre or theme and everyone has to dress up accordingly. Make it fun and make some memories.

21. See a Christmas light show during December.

There are often fun activities for the family to do at these events, like getting your picture taken with Santa. You can also find hot chocolate and other holiday treats to enjoy while you walk around and take in all of the lights. Bundle up though, it can get cold!

22. Go to a play at the local theater.

It’s fun to see a live performance and support your community. You can also make it a learning experience by discussing the plot and characters afterward.

23. Go to the movies.

It’s fun for everyone and it’s a great way to encourage family bonding. You can all share your favorite parts of the movie afterward and have something to bond over. Consider letting the kids pick the movie so everyone has fun. You may even have an old drive-in movie nearby where you can enjoy the night sky, weather permitting of course.

24. Have a beach day.

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Go swimming, build sandcastles, have a picnic lunch, and enjoy the fresh air. Don’t forget the sunscreen! After a fun day in the sun, everyone will be happy and exhausted. The perfect end to a perfect day.

25. Visit a nearby lake.

Don’t have the ocean nearby? That’s fine, try looking up a nearby lake or river to have a day by the water with the whole family. You may even be able to rent a kayak and have some fun times together on the water.

26. Drive to the nearest big city.

Depending on where you live, this could be a fun road trip in itself! Check out the local attractions. A must-see is the world’s largest ball of twine (or whatever quirky attraction your city is known for). Visit the zoo or aquarium. Take a walk or bike ride through the park. Go to a museum or art gallery. Don’t forget to try a new restaurant too.

27. Visit a theme park.

Roller coasters, fun rides, and cotton candy are just a few of the reasons why visiting a theme park is a great family activity. Many theme parks also have shows and other entertainment options that the whole family can enjoy. If you are tired of indoor activities you can bring a picnic basket and make the grass your dining table for the day. Kids love to change things up and see different places.

28. Try a new restaurant.

A true family activity is eating together as a family, but it doesn’t have to be at home. Try letting family members vote on a new restaurant to visit, and get the kids out of the house too. Your kids may end up loving the idea and wanting to try new foods they wouldn’t eat at home.

29. Go to church together.

Family activities can also be spiritual too. Kids find going to Church exciting when the family gets involved. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and meet other families with the same values that you have. This will generate family bonding and fun family memories too. Your local church may even have a fun scavenger hunt or other fun thing going on this weekend so check it out.

30. Have a home party (family & friends).

Family activities can be shared with friends and other families too. If you have only one kid you may want to invite some other people over and have a themed party where the kids can enjoy playing dress-up, doing magic tricks, or putting on a puppet show together.

31. Adopt a pet.

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What better way to enjoy family bonding than to add a new member to your pack? Consider adopting a pet for the family and training it together. Pets will help you find even more family activities together as you may want to take your dog to play fetch outdoors, or bring your new kitten along in a backpack. Kids will find it fun and learn to be more responsible in the process.

32. Train your dog together.

Whether you decided on a new puppy or a rescue dog, training a new dog together is a fun activity for everyone. You can even join obedience classes as a family if you want to make it a group activity. Dogs need plenty of exercise, so this is also a great way to get out of the house and go on a family hike together.

33. Clean the house together.

Believe it or not, cleaning the house as a family can be quite fun. This family activity can be a silly game you play of who can pick up the most toys off the floor, or teaching kids to do real chores like mopping and vacuuming. Kids enjoy working with their hands and love to help mom and dad when they can. So why not try cleaning for some fun things the family can do together?

34. Organize the house.

Kids need to learn organizational skills at a young age to help them grow into well-balanced adults, so try having them help you go through those old boxes in the garage. You may end up taking an unexpected walk down memory lane or building a time capsule to bury in the backyard.

35. Have a garage sale.

After you organize the house with the kids you may discover that you have too many toys, books, or just anything lying around that you don’t want to throw away. Consider having a family garage sale, this can be a great family activity that also teaches the kids how to earn a little money. You may even put up a lemonade stand to bring in more people to the yard sale too.

36. Listen to music & dance.

Kids have so much energy and sometimes it’s difficult to think of a new way to burn that energy at home. A great indoor activity that is completely free is to put on some fun music and dance like nobody is watching. Family activities like this should always be recorded though so you can relive the memory later and laugh at your attempts to bust a move together.

37. Sing Karaoke.

Another great idea is to have a karaoke party with the kids. Encourage everyone to sing and dance along to their favorite songs. This is a great way to get the family involved in some fun and laughter.

38. Play video games.

Give your brain a good challenge by playing some video games as a family. This will encourage you to learn a new skill and work on your hand-eye coordination. Along with this, there are also a lot of video games that teach young kids essential skills like reading on-screen text, solving puzzles, and working as a team.

39. Build something DIY for the home.

Building a table, craft, or even remodeling as a family can create memories for a lifetime. Kids will learn that they can accomplish things themselves and it can spark creativity.

40. Make a craft together.

Whip out Pinterest and get searching for a good craft for the family to complete together. This could be a painting, clay rock with handprints, or even Christmas ornaments to keep for the holidays.

41. Put together a photo album.

Get everyone involved in creating a photo album with favorite family memories. When guests come over they can see all the wonderful things you’ve done together and get ideas of their own.

42. Make t-shirts.

It may sound a little dorky, but creating t-shirts together can be a lot of fun. Choose a number and put the family name on the back, or create something more personal for each person. Don’t forget to wear them when you visit a theme park or go to a crowded area to find each other more easily.

43. Sign up for a family camp (or activity).

Join a family summer camp or another local activity. This is better if you have younger kids who will enjoy a good treasure hunt or science experiment together.

44. Play instruments together.

Whether it’s a disco ball or a campfire acoustic you can encourage the family to sing and play together. Pick a song you all love and each person can learn easily and then have a blast jamming out as a family.

45. Go for a family hike.

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Hiking is a great way to explore the outdoors and get some exercise. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your family. Plus, it’s a great way to see some amazing views. So if you’re looking for something fun to do, consider

46. Get ice cream on a hot day.

There’s nothing quite like getting ice cream on a hot day. It’s a fun and easy way to beat the heat and get out of the house with the kids.

47. Visit a nearby park.

Parks are a great place to take the kids. They can run around, play on the playground, and explore. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air and spend time together. Walking is a great way to get some exercise and explore your neighborhood. It’s also a great opportunity to bond with your family. So if you’re looking for something fun to do, consider going for a walk with your family.

48. Go to a train museum.

Road trips don’t have to be a big ordeal. Try taking a day trip to a train museum and have fun riding the old trains and trollies. Kids love trains and will enjoy the opportunity to see what they are like up close.

49. Visit a nearby farm.

Visit a nearby farm with your kids, it is a great way to see animals you don’t get to see at home. Help collect eggs from the chicken coup, or check out the pigs enjoying the mud. There is always work to be done and a great learning experience for young kids to see what a farm is like in person.

50. Go to a local fair.

In the summertime, there are usually different types of fairs going on around town. You may stop by a fair with carnival rides and great food, or maybe see a craft fair and check out homemade goods for sale.

51. Go swimming at a water park or public swimming pool.

Swimming is a wonderful way to cool off in the summertime, some of my favorite memories as a kid were spending the day at the pool and just enjoying the sunshine.

52. Do a family challenge.

Kids love a challenge and one way to get them excited to compete is to come up with a great challenge. There are all different types of challenges like trivia or the quiet game, maybe if you have older kids it could be going a day without electronic devices.

53. Go to a trampoline park.

Do you have kids that are never tired? Try taking them somewhere where all they will do is exercise the whole time like a trampoline park. You may be surprised how much you enjoy it too.

54. Run or walk a 5k.

There are always local races going on that are for good causes. Try challenging yourself and your kids to run or walk a 5k to get them involved with the community and get some exercise.

55. Clean up a local park.

If you want to encourage your kids not to litter and to treat the earth with love, then visit a local park with some trash bags and some trash scoops. Pick up any litter or animal poop and encourage your kids to be thoughtful of the world and people around them. This memory may help your kids understand the importance of keeping things clean for other people and give them pride in a job well done.

56. Volunteer together.

Volunteering as a whole family can be a great way to bond and do some good for the world around you.

57. Go garage sailing together.

Need a weekend activity, go garage sailing together and see if you can find some awesome treasures for great prices.

58. Watch a tv show together.

There is an abundance of movies and tv shows these days. Whether you have a streaming service or just like to buy on iTunes all you need to do is pick something everyone wants to watch and start watching together. You will be surprised how everyone wants to gather and see the next episode and discuss the plot.

59. Go whale watching or birdwatching.

This is a great way to get out in nature. If you have a whale-watching tour nearby you may love the idea of spending the day on the water and looking for the whales and other sea creatures out and about. If you can’t do this birds are almost always around and you can still put those binoculars to good use looking for different types of birds at the park.

60. Do a fun science experiment.

You can do a lot of fun science experiments at home to teach kids about science. Make a homemade volcano or go out in the yard to plant a seed. You will have the opportunity to spark questions and imagination in your children.

61. Race go-carts.

Find a go-cart racing track and have a great time playing Mario Kart in real life. You can pretend to throw shells at each other as you pass by or you can say whoever wins gets to pick where you have lunch.

62. Laser tag.

Laser tag can be a great way to laugh and compete together. Just make sure everyone enjoys the game and there is a lot of healthy sportsmanship.

63. Find a local car show.

If you like cars take everyone to see a show. You can all discuss the different makes and models and everyone can pick a favorite when you are done.

64. Go camping.

Grab the sleeping bags and get outside. You can camp in your backyard or drive to a national park, either way, you will need to make some s’mores and enjoy the night sky together.

65. Visit a nature reserve.

The first time I went to a nature reserve with my family we saw deer, mice, and even turkeys. It was a wonderful day and the memories were wonderful.

66. Go to a children’s museum.

Children’s museums are becoming very popular and are a great option if you want to spend the day learning and having fun.

67. Do a family project.

Family projects come in all shapes and sizes. You could remodel a bathroom or redo the flooring, or it could be something small like making a wooden jigsaw puzzle from scratch. The choice depends on what you’re into and what everyone thinks is fun.

68. See a fireworks show.

During July and December, there is an abundance of shows you can visit with your family to enjoy some open-air and beautiful displays.

69. Make homemade lemonade

There is something about homemade lemonade that just feels like summertime. Try making some together and enjoy a hot sunny day.

70. Do yard work together

Pull the weeds, mow the lawn, and plant some flowers together. You will get the chance to make your home gain curb appeal while also enjoying family time together.

71. Donate food to a local shelter together

Encourage compassion in your kids by going to a local shelter with the food they can use. You may be able to find canned goods you don’t need in your pantry or just swing by the store to find some on the way.

72. FaceTime together

If you have family members that are not nearby you can FaceTime them to see how they are and catch up on what is going on in their lives.

73. Make homemade cards to send

Get creative and make some homemade cards to send to neighbors, teachers, or family members.

74. Read a book together

Learn and read together to get your family off of the screens and thinking for themselves. You could schedule a time every day to read a chapter of a great fiction book for imagination or non-fiction for education.

75. Paintball (or water balloon) fight

This activity is great for a birthday party where everyone can get excited and find ways to compete together.

76. Play try not to laugh together

This is one of my son’s favorite games. You put a little water in your mouth and someone is supposed to make you laugh (spitting out the water). It is a little messy but totally worth it to see the smiling faces and fill the house with laughter.

77. Dress up for Halloween together

Think of great family costumes and make or buy them. Go as the marvel superhero you love or a classic like the wizard of oz. You can even get the pets dressed up too.

78. Take family pictures outside

Kids grow up too quickly, so it is a good idea to get a family photo once a year to keep up with their growth. They may not like standing still in the moment but when they grow up they will love to look back at how they changed over the years.

79. Grow a herb garden

A herb garden can come in handy. So why not grow one together, each family member can have their own herb they are responsible for in the garden.

80. Play in the sprinklers or hose

Another summertime favorite! Hook up a fun sprinkler in the yard and watch the kids (and dogs) have a blast cooling off in the water.

81. Have a barbecue

A family barbecue can quickly become a tradition when you gather friends and family for some yummy food.

82. Go ice skating (or Rollerblading)

In the winter if you get ice and snow, make the most of it by sledding or ice skating together. If you don’t have ice nearby you could always opt for rollerblading at the park. This will give everyone some exercise and help create happy memories too.

83. Give your kids a yes day

If you want to find out what your kids really love doing, try saying yes to everything they ask for a whole day. Of course, you have to use good judgment here, nothing illegal or harmful, but young kids usually ask for simple things, like a trip to their favorite fast food place and to play a game with you. This gives young kids a much-needed sense of control over their day and may help you grow closer together as you learn what they really love to do with you.

More family activity ideas to come in the future!

 FAQ

What are family activities?

Family activities are fun things that families do together. They can be anything from going for a walk to playing a game of tag.

Why are family activities important?

Family activities are important because they help families bond and connect with each other. They also give families a chance to have fun together.

What makes a family activity more fun?

There are a few things that can make a family activity more fun. One is to make sure that everyone is involved and enjoying themselves. Another is to choose an activity that everyone will enjoy. The important thing is to spend time together as a family and have fun!

Wrap up

These are just a few fun family activities that you can do together. The important thing is to spend time together and have fun. So get out there and start bonding with your family!

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