18 Fun Screen-Free Activities for Kids

18 Fun Screen-Free Activities for Kids by popular San Francisco lifestyle blog, Sylvie in the Sky: image of a mom and her kids walking along a sand dune at the beach.
My kids love to watch movies and learn about all the things from their kid shows (Octonauts, Little Einstein, Yo Gabba Gabba are faves of ours), but we also love being active and outdoors as a family. So for weekends, school breaks, and vacations, we have an ongoing list of fun screen-free activities for kids, both outdoors and indoors. All of these can be done at home, inside, out, and wherever we travel too. Check them all out below!

18 Fun Screen-Free Activities for Kids

Indoor Activities

  1. Lego Everything – We love legos. From mega blocks to duplo blocks to the classic lego sets, these colorful blocks allow our kids to create anything their imagination dreams up that day. There are awesome lego books with endless lego ideas and inspiration.
  2. Puzzles – T has been doing some version of puzzles since he was about 2 years old, and now at age 6, he pulls out one of his 100 piece puzzles whenever he feels like he needs something to do. We have a tall stack of puzzles in the kids’ room they can choose from, and it’s an awesome group or family screen-free activity too.
  3. Game Night – Game on! Teaching our kids all kinds of board and card games at a young age has fostered their love of these games wherever we are. We signed T up for a chess club at school last year and that helped him learn the game and love it. From chess to Connect Four to Go Fish and more, a stash of classic and new games to play as a family is one of our best screen-free activities in our home.
  4. Dance Party & Sing a Longs – Music makes our hearts happy, so this tradition of singing and dancing after dinner is one that means a lot to us. From the kids favorite Disney jams to our favorite songs from every genre, this is a fun screen-free activity our kids ask for every night.
  5. Bowling – When the weather is not so hot, and for sure on rainy days, our family goes bowling. Bumper bowl is super fun for the little kiddos and blacklight bowling is equally awesome!
  6. Mural Art – Go big…with art! Making anything jumbo sized is always fun for our kids, so having one biiiig paper covered wall to draw on is something that lets our kids create for a good chunk of time.

Outdoor Activities

  1. Backyard/Indoor Camping & S’mores – Need a break from the iPad? Go camping! From indoor tents to backyard camp outs complete with s’mores, this is a super fun screen-free activity for kids of all ages.
  2. Sidewalk Chalk Art – Color the curbs! One genius screen-free activity for kids I found while waiting for our breakfast sandwiches at our neighborhood cafe. A bag of sidewalk chalk makes the waiting game way more fun.
  3. Bicycle Rides – When we’re feeling uninspired and looking for a fun screen-free activity for the kids, we bring the bicycles out and explore the neighborhood together. From the littlest push bikes for our almost 2 year old to the cool blue bicycle for our 6 year old, this screen-free activity never gets old.
  4. Scavenger Hunt – Who doesn’t love looking for treasure? From egg hunts to treasure hunts, scavenger hunts are super fun screen-free activities for kids, indoors and out.
  5. Bubbles – All time, always fun. We literally bring bubbles anywhere we go as our easy, in a lunch fun screen-free activity for kids when we’re on the go and might have to wait where we are. For weekends at home, turn on the bubble machine and enjoy a few hours outside while the kiddos chase the bubbles around the yard.

Adventure Activities

  1. Bird Walk – I have to give credit to T’s teachers for this much loved and super easy screen-free activity for kids. Make binoculars out of 2 empty toilet paper rolls, some string, and some markers/paint or pick up your own kid sized binoculars and wander the neighborhood or nearby park to scout for some different varieties of birds. Bring a little Bird Walk notebook + reference guide to log all the different birds you find along the way.
  2. Swimming – Out favorite summertime Screen-Free activity for kids is swimming, hands down. From the free swim days at our nearby rec pool and athletic club to every day on vacation; this is one screen-free activity for kids and families that is fun, healthy, and exhausting!
  3. Sandcastle Building – The magic to awesome screen-free activities for kids is something that lets them create anything and everything. Building sandcastles is one of those super fun activities for our kiddos, and all they need are a few buckets and a few shovels.
  4. Trampoline Play – Bounce Bounce Bounce! From trampoline parks to backyard trampolines, my kids are obsesssssssed with trampoline anything and love bouncing with their friends on the weekends!
  5. Beach Walk & Shell Collecting – Sand dollars, shells, starfish and sea glass…a family walk by the sea let’s our kiddos explore and hunt for all the shells and beach treasures along the way. Bring a small bag or bucket to collect them and keep them as a memory in a mason jar with a little sand.
  6. Mini Hikes – A fun family hike can happen close to home. For us, we climb the dunes and windy, sandy trails of our neighborhood beach on weekend mornings, or explore the hiking trails by Land’s End and Sutro Baths. Take a look at the family friendly hiking trails in your area and keep this shortlist of hikes in mind for a new fun screen-free activity for your kids.

What are some of our favorite fun screen-free activities for kids? Share all of your recommendations below, and find some of our all time screen-free activity books, toys, and resources to add to your screen-free arsenal below.

Fun Screen-Free Activity Items for Kids

Green Toys Sand and Sand Castle Playset
Winfun WinFun& 4-in-1 Sports Center Playset
Hey! Play! Wooden Lawn Bowling Game in Blue/Yellow
‘Happy Giddy’ Bowling Set

Maileg Circus Mice Play Set

Bikes and Scooters

Banwood First Go Balance Bike
Everearth EverEarthTM Wooden Trike
Lil Rider Wooden Balance Bike
Peg Perego Orion Child Bike Seat in Red/Blue
InSTEP Sierra Double Bike Trailer
Micro Kickboard Boys’ Rocket-Print Helmet, XS
Micro Scooters Micro Cruiser
Micro Scooters 3-In-1 Mini Scooter
Micro Scooters Mini Deluxe LED Scooter
Micro Scooters Ms Suspension Scooter Bronze
Micro Kickboard Micro Mini Deluxe Kick Scooter, Blue, Ages 2-5

Scavenger Hunt Games

Outset Family Scavenger Hunt In A Box
Scavenger Hunt for Kids Game by Briarpatch
University Games Scavenger Hunt For Kids

Tents and Pop-Ups

Pacific Play Tents Space Module Play Tent
72in Cotton Canvas Striped Teepee Tent
Pacific Play Tents Peek-A Boo I See U 6-ft. Tunnel
Melissa & Doug Rocket Ship Indoor Playhouse
Pacific Play Tents Ocean Adventures Dome Tent
Pottery Barn Kids Wee Gallery Playhouse Art Blocks
Plan Toys Creative Playhouse With Furniture
Family Pop Up Tent – Small Navy/ White Stripe
Nordstrom x HABA ‘Knights’ Hanging Play Tent
Nordstrom x HABA ‘Pirate’s Treasure’ Play Tent

Music

The Singing Machine Groove Cube Karaoke System in White
Winfun Baby Music Center
Trademark Kids Karaoke Machine With Microphone By Hey Play
B Toys Meowsic Keyboard

Bubbles

Sesame Street& Giggle-N-Bubble Elmo
Small World Toys Circuit Science Bubble Maker
Gazillion Bubbles Monsoon Bubble Machine

Art

Hanna Andersson Narwhal Horns Sidewalk Chalk
Hanna Andersson Unicorn Horns Sidewalk Chalk
Ooly Lil Watercolor Paint Pods
Alex ALEX& Tots First Finger Paint 6-Color Set

18 Fun Screen-Free Activities for Kids by popular San Francisco lifestyle blog, Sylvie in the Sky: Pinterest image of a mom and her kids walking across a sand dune at the beach.

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