Energy-Burning Indoor Family Activities

photo collage featuring different indoor family activities - dancing, hula hoop, baby in front of mirror, long jump

Spring is here and there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to get your family involved in. But what about indoor activities for those rainy days, or when it’s literally just too dang hot to be outside for too long? These easy indoor activities are just what the family needs!

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Razor recently shared with me some great energy-burning activity ideas, perfect for indoor play. And I thought they were just too good not to share with you!

The best part is that you don’t have to go out and buy anything. All of these indoor activities can be done with things you already have at home.

It’s time! The kids may have more energy to burn than mom and dad, but these indoor activities are much more fun when the whole family participates. Get everyone to unplug (that includes you, mom and dad), get up, and MOVE, with these fun indoor family activities!

Simon Says

It doesn’t get more classic than Simon Says. Plus, it’s an easy game to get the whole family active. Even the simplest of Simon’s tasks will help burn off some energy.

  • “Simon says run up the stairs and back down.”
  • “Simon says bring me a spoon.”
  • “Simon says jump up and down 3 times.”

To really test everyone’s memory, make it a little harder with more than one direction at a time. I’ll bet someone will get something out of order. Example – “Simon says clap your hands, turn in a circle, and sit on the floor.”

Dance Party

Nothing gets kids going like a dance party! Pick a favorite playlist and crank up the jams! Learn a new move on YouTube or teach your kids some old school moves.

family dancing in their living room

Freeze dance is pretty fun too! Never played? Simply pause the music and hold statue-still until it starts up again. Repeat a few times until the song is over. And if you need a little help with the music, Alexa is a great DJ!

Tape Shapes

Clear some space on a non-carpeted floor and use painter’s tape to make large triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles on the floor. Assign each player a starting space, then call moves like “crab walk to the circle,” “crawl to the square,” or “jump backwards to the rectangle.”

Balloon Ball

That pack of birthday balloons you stashed in a drawer are now going to come in handy! No, it’s no one’s birthday, but it is time for some Balloon Ball!

group of colorful balloons - red, green, orange, blue, pink, purple

Blow up some balloons, toss a sheet over two chairs to make a “net”, and serve up a round of indoor balloon volleyball – just don’t let that balloon touch the floor!

Laundry Basketball

If your kids are bonkers for basketball, empty out a laundry basket and take turns tossing a Nerf ball or small lightweight bouncy ball into the basket, backing up two steps each time you score. See who can shoot from the farthest distance and don’t be surprised if the kids outdo you!

Soda Bottle Bowling

Dig some empty soda or water bottles out of the recycling, and set up an indoor bowling alley in your hallway. Roll a soft ball toward your targets and see who can knock down the most “pins” and reset them the fastest.

Be My Mirror

It’s time to pair up! Assign a starter to make a series of moves while their partner tries to mirror what they’re doing. Get through the series and switch roles, but miss a move and you have to start again!

baby looking at herself in the mirror

Long Jump

Using painter’s tape, lay six 2-foot strips, each about a foot apart. Assign a starting spot and see who can jump the farthest!

Potato Pass

In this half-baked indoor game, players waddle their way toward a bucket or bowl with a potato between their knees, seeing who will drop the potato in first! Make it tricky by placing the bucket in another room, forcing turns or steps along the way.

Hula Hoop Marathon

Grab a hula hoop and set a timer to see who can last the longest. Expert “hoopers” can try swiveling their hula hoops on their necks, arms, and ankles.

5 kids smiling and holding their hula hoops

Which indoor family activity is your favorite?

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