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Bringing Joy to Playtime: 7 Entertaining Activities To Do With Kids

Bringing Joy to Playtime: 7 Entertaining Activities To Do With Kids

Playtime is a joyous part of childhood; all the dreaming, creating, and laughing that happens in those moments are magical for any kid—and for parents too! But when your standard play activities become less and less interesting to your kiddos, it can be tricky to try something new. 

Moreover, you’d like something that won’t just keep them entertained but also promote their development. To help you, we’ll provide seven fun activities to do with your kids to make them happy.

Here are the following activities:

1. Build an Obstacle Course

Building an obstacle course is an excellent way to engage your children’s minds and bodies in a fun, interactive playtime. For example, obstacles for ninja warriors, with jumping jacks, squats, and burpees, to get the heart rate up. Jungle gyms for toddlers are also a great way to get them moving and exercise their muscles. 

You can even bring in hula hoops or create tunnels out of blankets or cardboard boxes for additional fun. It’s also a great way for them to learn new skills, build coordination, gain confidence, and help strengthen their body.

2. Get Creative at the Art Table

An art table is a great way to get your little ones engaged in creative playtime. All you need is some paint, markers, and other supplies, such as paper or plastic tablecloths for them to draw on. Give them a few prompts to help them get started and watch their imaginations take off. 

Plus, you can add some fun activities like drawing contests or making new designs to keep them entertained for hours. It can help you as well to have a strong bond with them and bring out their creativity.

3. Engage in Pretend Play

When it comes to playtime, pretend play is an excellent way for kids to express themselves. For example, let them be doctors and nurses or princesses and knights. They can use their imaginations to create stories and characters as they go along. 

With the help of some toy props like doctor kits or dress-up clothes, the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can join in on the enjoyment, too, to give them an extra boost of excitement. Thus, you can share a creative and imaginative adventure.

4. Hold a Dance Party

Dancing gets everyone up and having fun. Pop on your favorite tunes and let the kids take over the dance floor. Break out in silly dance moves and encourage them to show off their own unique styles. 

This way, you can get moving together and have some fun while doing it. And don’t forget about the sing-along too, and let the kids lead the way. Also, consider having a mini-concert for them and playing their favorite songs.

5. Explore Nature Together

It’s easy to inspire kids to enjoy themselves and appreciate nature by taking them outside. Explore your backyard or a nearby park. Keep an eye out for various things they can see, including animals, plants, and insects. 

Alternatively, plan a scavenger hunt with secret clues. You can encourage kids to play and learn about nature by doing this. The experience can also strengthen your relationships and help you make memories.

6. Have a Movie Night

When it comes to entertaining kids, movie nights are a great way to keep them entertained. Put on their favorite films and let the kids relax while watching. You can even have a themed night for added fun. 

For instance, wear costumes of their favorite characters or prepare snacks that match the movie. This way, you can enjoy some cuddle time with your little ones and create special memories together.

7. Play a Board Game

A great approach to blend play and study is through board games. Your kids can learn about strategy, maths, and making decisions from it. It can also help them grow in their social skills, like cooperation, patience, and sportsmanship. 

You can create your own games using paper and crayons even if your home doesn’t have any board games or a dedicated playroom. Youngsters may find it enjoyable to do it with their family or friends.


Playing with your kids can be a fantastic way to bring joy and satisfaction into their lives. From building an obstacle to playing board games, there are a bunch of fun games to play with your kids. 

It can bond you and your family and make them happy. With these seven entertaining activities, you’ll be sure to create unforgettable moments that will last forever. So get creative and have fun!

 *This is a collaborative post. All views and texts are mine. 

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 08/21/2023 / 10:19 am

    We love playing board games together. It’s been a while so I’ll have to get out our favorite games to play next weekend.

  2. 08/17/2023 / 2:23 am

    These ideas are so cute and look like fun for anyone kids. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  3. 08/16/2023 / 6:13 pm

    These ideas are fun for kids. We played board games a lot when my son was little and had fun.

  4. vidya
    08/16/2023 / 10:16 am

    We have done so many of these with our kids when they were younger, and still do a few of these (almost all) even though they are older now at 20 and 17!

  5. 08/16/2023 / 7:28 am

    These do look like great activities to do with kids! Imaginative play is something kids need to develop and keep in their hearts into adulthood.

  6. Catalina
    08/15/2023 / 9:35 pm

    My favorite entertaining activity with kids is to explore nature together and discover new things!

  7. 08/15/2023 / 8:01 pm

    Your article is a treasure trove of playtime fun! The engaging activities you’ve shared are a lifesaver for parents. Love how you infuse joy and creativity into bonding moments. Can’t wait to try these kid-approved adventures. Thanks for making parenting a blast! 🎈🎨🧸

  8. 08/15/2023 / 7:09 pm

    These seem like great ways to have fun and stay connected with your children and your inner child!

  9. Alita Pacio
    08/15/2023 / 6:40 pm

    These are definitely fun especially that we got a lot of time together this summer. I want to try them all with the kids!

  10. Melissa Cushing
    08/15/2023 / 4:06 pm

    These are all fun ideas and my sister and I would get so creative when playing…. love these fun ideas that get the kids engaged too!

  11. Kathy
    08/15/2023 / 4:43 am

    I love all these great ideas. I do many of these with my kids too. They are a lot of fun.

  12. LisaLisa Charleston
    08/15/2023 / 4:33 am

    These are some great activities. My oldest daughter turned her living room into an activity center for her daughter. It’s so cool seeing her play pretend and do arts and craft at her table.

  13. Anita Fonte
    08/15/2023 / 4:13 am

    I did this when my kids were young. I still play board games with my 12 and 16 and forgot to mention my hubby.

  14. Tara Pittman
    08/15/2023 / 3:51 am

    This gives me some ideas on activities to do with my grandkids. I know that they will enjoy most of these.

  15. Amber Myers
    08/15/2023 / 3:32 am

    You have some fun ideas here. We always love to have movie nights.

  16. Zab Zaria
    08/14/2023 / 6:16 pm

    Those activities you listed are excellent. Thank you very much for sharing your post with us.

  17. 08/13/2023 / 12:46 am

    Hhhhmmm…these are great and lovely activities to do with the children. I love the sound of the art table and barrier course.

  18. 08/12/2023 / 4:56 pm

    Board games are a fun way for kids to learn about strategy, math, and decision-making. They also help develop social skills like cooperation and patience. You don’t need fancy equipment to play – creating your own games can be just as fun. Playing board games with your family and friends is a great way to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

  19. 08/12/2023 / 7:53 am

    These are great ideas and fun. Also, help to improve thinking with the obstacles. Thank you for sharing these ideas!

  20. Cindy
    08/12/2023 / 6:04 am

    Great ideas for activities with kids! I teach homeschool pe and we run obstacle courses and the kids love them.

  21. beth
    08/12/2023 / 3:48 am

    We all love dancing in the house so a dance party sounds great. Will invite friends too!

  22. 08/12/2023 / 1:04 am

    Your guide to revamping playtime is pure gold! 🌈🎉 The fresh activity ideas, from obstacle courses to dance parties, are genius. Your engaging descriptions make me want to dive into each adventure with my kids. Thanks for sharing these joyful bonding moments – can’t wait to create lasting memories! 👏👪

  23. 08/11/2023 / 10:43 pm

    This is a great mix of activities to keep kids busy and engaged. When my kids were younger, I was always looking for ways to keep them occupied!

  24. Luna S
    08/11/2023 / 8:57 pm

    I’ve done a few of these with my kids, always fun to spice things up and do something different with them. I love the idea of doing an obstacle course.

  25. 08/11/2023 / 3:53 pm

    I still have fond memories of my parents playing with me as a child now, as an adult! I love your list. I personally really enjoyed doing puzzles, card games, and board games, reading books together, building pillow forts (such fun!) and spending time in nature. I found that spending time in nature really allowed my imagination to thrive and I would create fantastical stories and characters. Playtime is the best way to bond with your children!

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