Fall has well and truly…well, fallen upon us, and although it is a season many of us love for its cool crisp days, golden leaves floating down all over the palace, and fun holidays like Halloween to get our (Dracula) teeth into, it can also be a difficult time of the year for families. Why? Rain, rain and more rain. Cold too.
Yes, it is still possible to get out and about and have fun when it’s raining but sometimes, it really does feel like an indoor day, except, then you have the problem of what you are going to do to entertain yourselves all day.
Lucky for you, we’re here with some brilliant suggestions for fall family fun that you will not want to miss out on, even if it isn’t raining where you are!
- Let’s Cook Up a Storm (Literally)
Yes, it’s dreary outside, but inside? It’s all warm, toasty, and smells heavenly! Why not have a family cook-off? Little ones can be responsible for mixing and taste-testing (the latter being an especially important job), while the grown-ups handle the oven-y bits. Perhaps a pumpkin pie? Or those cheeky cinnamon buns? Just imagine sipping on hot cocoa while watching the rain splatter against the windows. Delightful!
- Indoor Camping Adventures
Who says tents are strictly for the outdoors? Gather every blanket, pillow, and fairy light in the house and let’s get building! Forts, dens, castles – you name it. When it’s all set up, everyone piles in for some spooky ghost stories or a good ol’ family chat. Bonus points for marshmallow toasting (safely, mind you)!
- Boogie Time with Indoor Discos
Turn down the lights, put on some bangers, and let’s get grooving! From toddlers wobbling around to granddad showing off his legendary moves, indoor discos are a surefire way to lift everyone’s spirits. And remember, no judging – only dancing!
- The Mighty Board and Card Games
There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition to get everyone involved and laughing. Classic board games like Monopoly, Cluedo, and Scrabble can make hours seem like minutes. But for those seeking a fresher twist, have you ever tried Doomlings? This is probably the best family card game ever – it’s a total riot! It’s all about evolving your species and adapting to crazy cataclysms. Who will be the dominant species when the next ice age hits? Or when everything turns to cheese? It’s the perfect combo of strategy, luck, and hysterical laughter. Card games not only ignite our competitive side but also provide the perfect setting for some quality family banter.
- Home Movie Theatre
Set the scene: Darkened room, massive blanket pile, popcorn galore, and your family’s favorite films lined up. Maybe it’s a Harry Potter marathon or revisiting the classics like ‘The Sound of Music’. And yes, sing-alongs are very much encouraged!
- Crafty Crafts
Whether you’re a DIY genius or someone whose art creations are, shall we say, ‘abstract’, getting crafty is a fab way to spend an indoor day. How about some leaf rubbings? Or pumpkin painting? And for the brave souls, yes, glitter is allowed (just remember, it’ll probably still be around at Christmas).
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt
This one’s a winner! Make a list of items or clues and let the scavenger hunt begin. “Find something that tells the time but doesn’t tick.” Or “Find a relic from Mum’s questionable 80’s fashion choices.” The possibilities are endless!
- Karaoke Kings and Queens
Channel your inner Beyoncé or Ed Sheeran and have a family karaoke session. Who knew Uncle Bob could hit those high notes or that your little one knew all the lyrics to the latest chart-topper?
- DIY Spa Day
Who needs pricey spa retreats? Gather up all the lotions, scrubs, and face masks you can find and let’s get pampering. Bubble baths, pedicures, and maybe even a brave attempt at a DIY haircut (disclaimer: results may vary!).
- Storytime Extravaganza
Whether it’s reading aloud from a beloved book or making up tall tales on the spot, storytelling is an enchanting way to bond. Remember, with tales, the sillier, the better!
- Home Brewed Science
Ever tried making a homemade volcano? A touch of baking soda, vinegar, and food coloring, and you’ve got yourself a magnificent eruption! Kids will love the excitement and wonder, all while getting a mini science lesson. Or make some slime – it’s gooey, stretchy, and oh-so-satisfying.
- Fancy Dress Showdown
Pull out all those old clothes, hats, and odd accessories, and let’s get a fancy dress parade going. Have everyone in the family strut their stuff on the ‘catwalk’, or act out impromptu skits with their new persona. And remember, the sillier the outfit, the better the laughs.
- Indoor Treasure Maps
Unleash your inner pirate! Draw up a treasure map of your house and hide ‘treasures’ for your little buccaneers to find. It can be chocolates, trinkets, or even goofy tasks written on paper. X marks the spot!
- Tactile Play
Get those little hands working with playdough, clay, or even homemade salt dough. Shape them, bake them, paint them – voila! Custom-made ornaments or jewelry.
- DIY Escape Room
Design your very own escape room experience. Lock up a room with puzzles, riddles, and mysteries for the family to solve. Watch as everyone teams up to crack codes and find keys!
- Throwback Photo Day
Time to dig out those old family photo albums. Chuckle over questionable hairstyles and relive the memories. It’s a wonderful way for youngsters to connect with their family’s past.
- Indoor Gardening
Who says plants are just for the outdoors? Get some pots, seeds, or even small plants, and let each family member have their own to care for. Track whose plant grows the tallest!
- Cushion Bowling
Line up some cushion pins and use a soft ball to knock them down. It’s all the fun of bowling but in your living room. Strike!
- DIY Puppet Theatre
Create puppets out of socks, sticks, and paper, and put on a show! The family can work together to script a short play or just wing it – sometimes, that’s when the funniest stories come to life.
- Blindfolded Taste Tests
A fun (and sometimes hilarious) way to get everyone tasting different foods. The blindfolded person has to guess what they’ve just tasted. Will it be sweet, salty, or downright odd?
- Home Talent Show
Got a hidden talent? Now’s the time to showcase it! From magic tricks to singing to juggling, let each family member take center stage.
- Chalk Art
Black paper + colored chalk = an art explosion! Create vivid masterpieces without the mess of paint.
- Story Cubes
Roll dice with images and let them guide your next tall tale. Who knows where a crown, a dragon, and a boat will take you?
- Family Book Club
Pick a short book and have everyone read it (or read it aloud for younger members). Discuss it over hot chocolate – delve into its secrets and wonders!
- Indoor Obstacle Course
Jump over cushions, crawl under tables, and shimmy along hallways. Time each member for added competition.
- The Great Paper Plane Race
Craft paper planes and see whose can fly the furthest or perform the fanciest tricks. Top tip: a gentle throw often works best!
- Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge
Get a big jigsaw puzzle and make it a family project. Watch as the image slowly comes together, piece by piece.
- Time Capsule Making
Gather current photos, letters, trinkets, and seal them in a box. Decide on a date to open it in the future and marvel at how much has changed.
- Lip Sync Battles
Pick your favorite song, mime the lyrics, and put on a performance worthy of applause. Props and costumes are encouraged!
- Family Quiz Night
Quizmaster in the house! Draw up questions on different topics and test the family’s knowledge. A fun, educational evening is guaranteed.
- Homemade Music Band
Pots, pans, empty containers, and a lot of enthusiasm – that’s all you need to form the next big family band. Who needs instruments when you’ve got a kitchen?
- Origami Fun
Transform paper into intricate designs – birds, boats, hats and more. All you need is patience and nimble fingers.
- Indoor Sports Day
Spoon-and-egg races, three-legged races, or even sack races using pillowcases are not just for the summer months! Revive those school sports day memories by setting up your own indoor races in the hallway and you’re sure to have a whale of a time!
- Mug Decorating
Get plain white mugs and some markers. Everyone gets to design their own mug. Once done, they’ll have their personal cup for those warm fall drinks like hot chocolate and pumpkin spice latte. Aaah!
As you can see, there really is a lot of fun to be had as a family this fall, so even if it is too wet to go pumpkin picking or too cold to do your usual family hike through the woods, there will be plenty to keep you entertained for hours indoors. Roaring fire optional!