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4 Indoor Activities for Kids to Save Your Sanity {+ a Giveaway!}

March 21, 2014

Apparently it is now spring. Shhhh. Just a minute…. Nope. No birds chirping just yet. Still sportin’ the parka.  This edition of Friday Faves is going to be your savior for next week. You can google the 10 day forecast or you can just trust me. Not feeling like spring anytime soon, which means another week of indoor event planning. Yes, parents, we should add that to our resume as well. Here are 4 indoor activities for kids that will save your sanity. And no, vodka is not one of them.

4. Painted houses. Go to Jo-Ann Fabrics. Buy a few of these little houses at $1.00 each and have your kids paint them. I put a letter sticker on for each kid and had them paint over, and then peeled off when the paint dried. Now these little cuties are being used as bookshelf decor.

painted birdhouseThis activity should take about 12 minutes and 38 seconds of your afternoon. Now onto the next.

3. Indoor Scavenger Hunt. Give the kids this list (or make your own) and do some SPRING CLEANING! Rules are, all of these have to be “found items”, meaning on the floor and not in location where they should actually be… because why would we ever put anything back in the proper place? Winner wins a birdhouse. (see above)

indoor scavenger hunt


2. Straw Rockets – The last time my dad watched my boys he made these straw rockets with them. I know, dad, my sisters and I were too busy playing Barbies when we were little to do anything fun like this. Your welcome for providing you with so many grandsons to make rockets with…..and watch baseball and wrestle with. You know, guy stuff. Although I am pretty sure girls would think this activity is pretty awesome, too.

1. The Play Cafe! I have no idea what I did last winter without The Play Cafe in my life.  Vague memories of being very uncomfortably pregnant and begrudgingly exhausting every single Pinterest craft known to man come to mind. But this year a special thing happened.  A true gem, a savior, to all moms-going-stir-crazy has opened in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Meet The Play Cafe. The Play Cafe is a 4,000 square foot indoor play space geared for kids aged 0-5. They offer high quality toys for open play, costumes for dress up, a Lego wall, a soft play area for pre-walkers, arts and crafts and more… including killer coffee, soups, and pastries. These pictures speak for themselves.

play cafe

My kids beg to go there and never want to leave. Afternoon activity accomplished. And hey, while you are there you may just pick up another mom friend and have a moment of uninterrupted conversation as your kids play.



  • Natalie
    March 21, 2014 at 10:52 am

    heard this place is awesome. wish they had one closer to me!

  • Carrie
    March 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Love the scavenger hunt– pinned! And I really want to visit The Play Cafe!

  • Stephanie
    March 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    The birdhouses would be a great activity! And I’ve heard of the Play Cafe.. fabulous idea too!

  • Alison Shaffer
    March 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    the bird houses are adorable! What a great idea. The Lego Wall at The Play Café is awesome. That would be fun to have at home-it’s a thought anyway. Loved all your ideas in the post.

  • Rhapsody87
    March 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    The Play Cafe looks like a lot of fun. There are a few similar options we’ve discovered this winter (this unusually cold, snowy and long winter) to help my active little boys avoid cabin fever. Great ideas for having fun inside, but you’re right- an art activity keeps my kids busy about 12 minutes. Hardly worth the prep and clean up if you think of it in the buying-yourself-time-to-brush-your-hair sense. But I love giving my kids opportunities to be creative and messy without rigid rules. I just don’t like the clean up!

  • Becky
    March 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

    i can’t believe I still haven’t been to the Play Cafe yet! have heard such great things.

  • Janice
    March 22, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Scavenger hunt all the way! We are on Spring Break this week and the scavenger hunt will help save a tiny bit of my sanity while the kiddo is at home!

    Great post!

  • Katie
    March 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Great ideas!! I wish there was a play cafe near me!

  • Beth at
    March 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve never heard of the Play Cafe, but I bet my toddler would love it (and with coffee and food for parents, we’d probably have a great time, too).

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    March 23, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I’d love to check this out when we are in your neck of the woods 🙂

  • Jeanine @MommyEntourage
    March 23, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    I always love checking out new play places in the Philadelphia area!

  • Darell Christensen
    April 27, 2016 at 5:31 am

    These sound awesome! That’s a lot of great indoor ideas!!! I have 2 boys who are 13 & 11 and they would love doing a lot of those things. I think their favorite would be either the paper airplanes or the camping indoors. We’ll definitely be trying some of these out!!

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