How great is Family Day? The long, holiday-less stretch between New Year’s and Easter was tough to endure before this much needed, mid-February break was implemented in 2008. If you’re like most parents, the thought of spending the entire day cooped up indoors with rambunctious, bored children isn’t all that appealing.  Unfortunately in February, there’s a good chance you may have to. When winter weather doesn’t allow for outdoor play this Family Day, arm yourself with a few fun ideas that are sure to keep your kiddos entertained.

Pinterest is an incredible source for, well, just about everything. Simply search ‘indoor fun for kids’ and get ready to be bombarded with countless ideas!

Here are a few easy ones to get you started:

Act it out. Have your kids choose one of their favourite books, assign characters to family members, write a script (you may have to help with this part) and practice your lines together. Loot everyone’s closet to find appropriate costumes for each character and then it’s time for lights, camera, action! If you have enough participants, have someone take on the role of cameraman and record your production.

Make homemade playdough. Most young children have experienced the joy of play-dough, but have yours ever had the chance to make their own? Only requiring four ingredients you likely have on hand, homemade play-dough is incredibly easy, even for young kids, and super versatile with an endless of array of colours made with simple food dye. Be sure to spread a plastic tablecloth on the floor and provide ‘tools’ to create – items like plastic knives and cookie cutters, potato mashers and rolling pins work great.

Play restaurant. Much like adults tend to congregate in the kitchen, it is also one of kids’ favourite places to play. If you have a youngster who loves to cook or is fascinated by dining out, turn the kitchen into your very own family restaurant for the day. See what’s in the fridge (and is easily prepared) and print up a few ‘menus’ on your computer. Set up some tables and chairs (a cardboard box with a towel thrown over it and some pillows will do!) Kids will have a blast ‘taking your order’, serving you a meal and delivering the bill.

Family Day should be just that – a relaxing day that kids get to spend with their parents. So have everyone ‘unplug’ for the day and make some great family memories!