The hottest days of the summer are in close pursuit and outdoor activities may be seeming less and less appealing, especially with kids in the mix. Playing outside in 95-degree weather is less than pleasant, and potentially dangerous.

In order to avoid possible heat stroke or grumpy kids, try these fun ideas for staying entertained in the comfort of your air-conditioned home.


Dig up some old bed sheets and pull out the dining room chairs—it’s time to make a fort! Fort Making is a classic game that hasn’t lost its charm. It encourages teamwork and is fun for all ages, besides the tedious cleanup process. Prepare some snack bowls and bring your kids’ favorite games or books into the fort to keep them entertained for hours.

Scavenger Hunt

Organizing a scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids moving while staying out of the heat. Gather household items or treats that are easy to hide without being too small. Lollipops, stuffed animals, baseballs, books, and sippy cups are all easy to hide and recognizable by kids. If you have time, you can make a guide with pictures or icons of what was hidden for the kids to bring around with them. For young kids, make sure everything is within reach so no one gets injured.

Movie Marathon

This is an easy one that the whole family can enjoy. Make a few bags of popcorn, and pick a movie theme to start a marathon. Perhaps it’s a Disney marathon, an animal movie marathon with Dr. Doolittle and Alvin & the Chipmunks, or a Harry Potter marathon.

DIY Science Experiments

This activity may be best suited for the garage or backyard for the sake of making a mess. Science experiments are tons of fun, and educational too! Follow the link here for a list of DIY science experiments.


Karaoke is a great way to get kids out of their comfort zone and is super entertaining to watch. It’s easy to do it in your living room, too! Visit and to get started with karaoke at home.