Sometimes the weather keeps families cooped up and you have to find something to pass the time. This is a case in which the weather might be fine, but you have decided it is in the family’s best interest to avoid going out in the public.

This is just a precaution, but it eases your mind. Besides, family night together can be very fun. River Valley Pediatrics offers indoor activities for the family.


Charades is a great game that gets kids to move about and get the wiggles out of them. The entire family will have plenty of laughs and watching dad and his goofy moves is always a hit.

Reading Books

When the family is stuck inside, there is a proper way to read books. You see, it starts with a blanket fort and a couple of lamps. You make the fort using blankets, chairs, shirts, basically whatever you can find.

After the fort is constructed, plug in a couple of lamps inside of it so people can see what they are doing. You can make popcorn or fix a snack for the event as well. Everybody then grabs a book and hangs out in the fort reading and munching snacks.

If your kids are very young, you can simply read them a book.

Dance Party

A dance party is fun and it gets your kids and other family members to move around. Remember, exercise is important.

Kids have endless energy, so turn on some groovy tunes and have a dance party. It really doesn’t matter if you have any moves, make something up as you go. Dancing is nothing more than shaking your body.

Make sure you have refreshments to quench children’s thirst after dancing.

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is a simple game, but little kids still love to play it. Again, it is a game that gets children to walk around and spend some energy. Just remember to take a headcount after you play to make sure a brother or sister isn’t still in hiding.

Cook Together

If you are lucky, you have a bunch of recipes that have been handed down to you. If so, now is the time to break those out and prepare some tasty dishes. This is even more fun because you have other family members help you.

If you don’t have recipes, you can find any recipe you want on the internet. Try something new like a cookie pie or chicken cattitore.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun and there are different ways you can do them. The traditional way is to hide objects all over the house, make up clues and have the rest of the family compete with each other to find them.

If you have a big family, you can break up into teams to play. If you have furry pets, you can hide dog treats and have Fido try to find all of the locations. It’s a whole lot of fun cheering the dog on.

Game Day

When was the last time you sat down with the family and played a board game? For some, it has probably been a long time. In this age of electronics, games like Life, Scrabble and Yahtzee have lost some of their popularity. It’s time to bring them back into your lives.

If you have older kids, challenge them to a game of Clue or some other game that will get them to think. It will keep their minds occupied and less worried about what is going on in the world.

Board games are a great way to bond with family members.

Movie Night

After you are done reading books in your fort, make a window by the television and watch a movie. You will want to find a classic movie that is funny, heartwarming and something everybody will enjoy. Think back to the movies you watched growing up.

Movies like Ghostbusters, The Goonies and The Princess Bride are timeless classics that are suitable for most family members. And we are willing to bet that you can come up with several movies that you would want your kids to see.

We specialize in well-child exams, acute medical care, long-term care for chronic illnesses, management of behavioral problems. Give River Valley Pediatrics a call today.