Whether you are planning a road trip and want to include some stops to keep your kids entertained and stimulated, or if you are just looking for activities for them to do while they are out of school, you may be fresh out of ideas. Here are some creative children's entertainment ideas that are bound to surprise both you and your kids.
Household Item Olympics
Believe it or not, you can likely entertain your kids for days at a time without leaving the home and using only inexpensive household items. If you have ever seen the show 'Minute to Win It' then you have caught a glimpse of the many different games that can be invented using ordinary objects.
Consider challenging your kids to a race where each participant places a cookie on their forehead, and using their facial muscles alone, must move the cookie to their mouth. Or, tape plastic cups to an edge of the table, and have them use cardboard paper towel inserts only to blow ping-pong balls into the cups. With a little imagination, there are tons of games that you can come up with. Challenge your kids to invent some games of their very own!
No matter what your child's interests, a day at the museums can be a fascinating and entertaining way to keep them busy for a few hours. If you have younger children you may want to opt for museums that have more interactive exhibits. Many cities have exploratory science museums with a variety of exhibits bound to delight all ages and interests.
Mad Scientist Themed Party
After your trip to the museum you may have plenty of ideas and be inspired to invite some of your children's friends or the neighborhood kids over for a science themed party. The chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, or Mentos candy and dark soda can provide tons of entertainment for kids.
A weekly trip to the library is a great investment for both parents and children. For children, this establishment provides hours of exploration, entertainment, and education. For parents, you get the kids out of the house for a little while, and they bring home books and even DVDs that might even keep them quiet and occupied for a few more hours, and all for the cost of a library card.
For fun and education that will delight the whole family, consider a historically based dinner theater restaurant. Your children will get to see the dress and customs of a bygone era, and get the feel like they are truly living in Renaissance times. Many such theaters also offer a variety of exhibits on medieval warfare, weapons, and armor that are bound to delight the young boys in the family. After a trip to a live jousting exhibit with dinner, your kids are bound to be full, tired, and quiet on the way home.