Fun activities for kids when you’re stuck inside the house

January 8, 2015

I know some of you are in warm places like California or Florida or Hell. Here at Wits HQ, we hit 15 degrees below zero this week with a wind chill of You’re Dead Now You Died You Are Dead.

Screaming contest – Whoever makes Mom or Dad have a complete nervous breakdown wins!

Bike races – Is it difficult to ride a bike through rooms and down stairs? Of course! That’s the fun.

Find the Sugar – Super fun game where you locate all the sugar in the house and eat it before your parents catch you.

Wall Bouncing – Follow-up activity to Find the Sugar.

Sciencing – Pour things into other things. Watch what happens. Oh, and wear a lab coat. Record your results. Science!

Temperature Blast – See how high you can get the temperature inside. Don’t worry: your thermostat loves the exercise!

Bickering Over Everything – An age-old classic game for siblings.

Staring Blankly Into Cartoons – Did you know if you sit motionless and watch a cartoon long enough, you ENTER the world of the cartoon? Try it!

Hell’s Kitchen – All but one of the kids are chefs, making whatever with whatever in the kitchen. The last kid is Gordon Ramsey, who just yells at everyone.

Interior Design – Find all the paint you can. Or foods. Anything that makes color. Paint the walls! No idea is a bad idea!

Community Service – Open the door while playing Temperature Blast and see if you can heat the whole dang neighborhood.

Good luck! You’ll need it!


Friends of Wits Doing Stuff

The fifth season of Portlandia has begun, and Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) will return to the show. He even attended the premiere party.

John Hodgman (@hodgman) writes about Uber, state songs, bars, and scrapple joints, and it is very much worth your time.

They Might Be Giants (@tmbg) have relaunched their Dial-a-Song service, which is exactly what it sounds like, and previously ran from 1983 to 2006.

If you live in the United States or are visiting in the spring, Maria Bamford (@mariabamfoo) has some tour dates posted. We encourage you to attend.

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