20 Fun Mom Ideas To Do With The Kids

20 Fun Mom Ideas To Do With The Kids

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Finding time for what matters should be simple, right? Well, when you’re juggling a lot on one plate and trying to balance a couple of things on another, you almost forget the golden rule of parenting. Folks, I know it’s not always easy to be present, but there are a handful of ways to do so without losing your mind.

In 2018, I promised myself never to let everyday life get in the way of parenting. After all, everything I do is for my kids, so why wouldn’t I want to spend more time with them?

Unfortunately, there were times when hanging with the kids would get stressful. Within seconds, I’d go from trying to be a fun mom to being a grumpy one. I had to learn how to embrace the mess (at least until the fun was over), instead of driving myself insane because there were LEGO pieces everywhere.

Be A Kid At Heart

Whenever I feel overwhelmed, I think back to the things that made me smile as a kid. At one point, it was playing games on my phone. The irony is, I use my smartphone to communicate daily with clients. It wasn’t until I rediscovered my love for LEGO products that I started to make use of the time I have with the kids.

Unplugging from my mobile phone and laptop during the day meant more time for my family. This also meant more time to complete tasks around the house.

When family and friends ask what my secret to keeping the kids so well-behaved, I let them know bribery and spending time together is a huge part of it.

So, here’s where I spill my Fun Mom ideas. Are you ready?

Let 2019 be the year you focus on stress-free, family fun ideas to do with the kids. Below are 20 ideas for you to try this year (or week!):

1.Plan a trip to their favorite store and let them play in the toy section.

2. Build an indoor fort and enjoy a movie with the kids. 

3. Let the kids use their imaginations and tell scary stories together. 

4. Create an obstacle course at a local park and have small prizes waiting for them after each one. 

5. Bake something delicious and let them decorate it.

6. Have a pretend-play food challenge for them to come up with creative dishes for you to judge. 

7. Visit their favorite playground and have a picnic.

8. Run barefoot in the rain. 

9. Pick seeds from your kids’ favorite fruits and use them to make your own home garden.

10. Plan a karaoke night with their favorite songs.

11. Have a dance-off with the kids.

12. Visit their favorite family member’s house.

13. Host a movie night for them and their friends. (BONUS: Have their favorite snacks available)

14. Surprise-attack them with water balloons or squirt guns.

15. Host a family Nerf gun fight in your garage/backyard.

16. Take a walk around the neighborhood and play I-Spy.

17. Create a new game together with silly rules to follow.

18. Take out those coloring books and bring images to life.

19. Look up recipes and cook something delicious.

20. Take out a blanket, grab your favorite snacks and enjoy the stillness of the night.

Have you tried any of these ideas with your kids?

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

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  1. Great ideas to live well in 2019. thanks for sharing this.

    1. You’re welcome. Happy to help anyone looking for great ideas with the kids.

  2. I love this! We have let my toddler jump in puddles and play in the rain barefoot, cook with us (loves cracking the eggs), decorate cookies and build forts. These are great ideas and I’m going to use them. Thank you!

    1. That’s awesome! We love doing silly things with the kids. Makes you relive your childhood.

  3. I wasn’t a messy player when I was was kid I know. But encountering so much kids as I grew older I knew i had to deal with the mess they made for I will be dealing with it someday whether I like or not. Lolz

  4. Being a kid at heart has a great value in this world. So often times we place ourselves by what society wants us to live.

  5. These are such fun activities to do with kids! I love having a karaoke night with my host kids…

  6. I don’t have kids yet but I remember myself as a kid vividly. I would have been over the moon to have my mom play with me that way

    Happy New 2019 Year! Best Wishes!

  7. I love these. Especially the baking ones and to surprise the kids with a water gun attack.So many parents don’t have fun with their kids, we should totally try. Laughter makes sweet memories!

  8. These are just the kind of things kids really love to do. My granddaughter likes to take rain walks. 🙂

  9. I love this and a lot of these are totally going on our bucket list for the year! You sure sound like a fun mommy!!

  10. You have a great list here. My husband and I are in the process of adopting so I will definitely use some of these ideas for once we get a placement and the adoption is finalized.

  11. Awe i love these ideas! I need to play with my kids more often, but obstacles are something we love to do.

  12. Great selection of fun activities that moms can do with their kids. Thanks for sharing.

  13. It really does. Thanks for taking the time to read through this post, Nate.

  14. Oh man! I cannot even remember the last time I made a fort from blankets and couch cushions lol the next time I have a girls night with my neice it’s a must do.

  15. These are all great, if only my son would ever sit through a whole movie or accept to walk barefoot without saying my feet are cold. I guess I just have to make them want to somehow lol.

  16. These are awesome ideas. I don’t have kids but will be passing this post along to my sister who does 🙂

  17. These are some fun ideas to do with kids! We love to have movie nights. And we do tons of dance offs.

  18. These are some wonderful ideas of things to do with the kids during the holidays! I’ll have to share this one with friends thank you.

  19. Fantastic ideas! I’m definitely keeping these to share with my soon-to-be mom friend 🙂

  20. These are all great ideas! I already do a lot of them but I’m going to try the others soon!

  21. What great ideas! I especially like the ones that incorporate being active outside, like the obstacle course or I Spy! Fun!

  22. aww love these ideas! we build forts all. the. time!

  23. Thanks for sharing some amazing ideas to do with kids. I love each and every idea.

  24. Great list! I need to have this kid at heart attitude. Sometimes when I’m really exhausted from work I miss a lot of opportunities to do little but fun things with them.

  25. These are all such great ideas! I’ve done many of these with them, but I don’t usually do any outside of the house things by myself. We enjoy Nerf gun wars and water balloon fights.

  26. Great ideas. I don’t have any kids but I remember running in the rain when I was young. Nice memory

  27. These are all wonderful ideas and a great way to recenter when feeling overwhelmed by all the things we “should” be doing. A movie night is one of my favorite ways to have some bonding time!

  28. Great and simple tips! All these things are so fun to do together with your kid. Working in the garden together is a lovely idea!

  29. i love this list. I don’t have a child yet but I have a nice – we do karaoke and photoshoots. We also love driving around specially near beaches.. and we love to eat. only the 2 of us. hehe

  30. Ooooo so many fun ideas!!!!! I live having movie nights with my daughter. Always so much fun!

  31. These are definitely great ideas for moms out there!! I have 2 sisters who are already on their parenting stages, and these would definitely suit them! I’m sure they will like these ideas!

  32. These are awesome ideas for moms and kids to do! I think my son and I have done a lot of these. We’ll have to try out some of the others and even repeat some of our favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  33. That was really fun activities to do with your kids. Kids are only kids once. It’s only a short time, so as long as they were sweet as kids, we should be with them.

  34. We did all of these activities when our kids were young. Now our grandchildren get to enjoy all of these different activities.

  35. Thank you so much for these fun activities. At times we wonder what to do with the kids and now you have given us so much to do.

  36. These are great ideas for parents to make it fun for the kids. I especially liked the outdoor activities and I will do some with my young nieces and nephews.

  37. These are all great ideas. Karaoke and water balloon fights are some of our favorites.

  38. These are such great ideas! I think I am a fun Mom and I do many of these activities with my kids. My two favorite activities are baking and playing games with my kids.

  39. Those are a lot of great ideas for moms and kids. I remember making indoor forts and how fun that was!

  40. Ohh these ideas are great. Will definitely implement some soon!

  41. One of the funnest activities I ever did with my kids was participate in a neighborhood water gun fight. It started as just one dad and his three kids, but it spread through our entire block. Both kids and parents had a fantastic time.

  42. I love making forts with my kids. I’m kind of the master but they won’t give me credit. Only when it falls 1500 times and I have to fix it.

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