At Home Activities to Keep Kids Entertained and Engaged

Published on June 27, 2022 - Updated on June 27, 2022

Keeping kids busy and entertained is a never-ending task. We love adventures-- playgrounds, hikes, museums-- but sometimes we just don't have the time or energy to leave the house. So here's a great list of ways to keep your kids busy, happy, and engaged right at home!

Creativity Corner

Who doesn't love a good craft? Give kids a little glue, paint, or glitter and they'll be as happy as can be.

Here is a great list of 35 Crafts for Kids from our Simple Craft Ideas for Your Families series. From egg carton turtles to coffee filter ballerinas, there's something every kid will enjoy, and nearly all the crafts use simple materials you probably already have at home.

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Science Experiments

Kids love hands-on projects. The messier the better. Check out these Six Simple Science Experiments. They're easy and fun learning opportunities with basic items available in most homes. Educate and amaze your kids, while having fun together!

Science Projects

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts are a huge hit with kids. Happyly has some great ideas for scavenger hunts and even some awesome printables to go along with them! Check out our fun Outdoor Scavenger Hunts that you can do in your neighborhood or even your backyard. Or, if it's a rainy day, we even have ideas for an Indoor Scavenger Hunt as well.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Featured Activities

Looking for more ideas? Keep the kids engaged with the help of our Featured Activity blog series. Check out some of the recent posts for inspiration!

Sidewalk Chalk Games

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Build a Bug Hotel

Bug Hotel

Build a Family Garden


Simple Ways to Elevate Movie Night

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Camp Out or Camp IN


YouTube Videos

Check out our YouTube channel for our fun and creative videos!

We have posted several art and science tutorials in collaboration with Banish Boredom and others for some fun projects to perform at home. One of our favorites is this Magic Milk Experiment!

How are you keeping your kids busy at home this summer? Do you have a favorite activity to do with your kids? We love to hear from you, so please reach out to us at and tag your highlights @gethappyly.

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