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50 Fun Inside Games For Families To Play On Rainy Days

Combat rainy day boredom with this creative list of fun inside games for families.

When it’s a rainy day and you can’t go outside for activities with your kids, consider playing some fun indoor games to stay entertained and burn off some of that excess energy. 

Staying at home can actually be lots of fun, especially when you’ve armed yourself with some great indoor activities for your family.

Use these fun indoor game ideas to create a go-to list for the next time it rains. This way there is no stress coming up with activities for the kid’s at the last minute.

I’ve included several game ideas that include activities you can do together as an entire family.

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1. Hide and Seek

You can’t go wrong with a good game of hide and seek. Find the perfect places to hide, such as in the basement, the garage, under the kitchen table, or even behind the couch.

2. Duck, Duck, Goose

Bring out your inner child with a traditional game of Duck, Duck, Goose. It’s easy for even young children to understand the rules.

3. Tic-Tac-Toe

Grab a sheet of paper, a pen, and some markers and start playing a good old-fashioned game of Tic-Tac-Toe. It’s fun, easy to do without any equipment, and it’s a perfect game for children of all ages. 

You can also play the Tic-Tac-Toe board game.  It’s just as fun as the old school version. 

4. Charades

Charades is one of the best inside games for families to play. Have fun showing activities without saying what they are while everyone else tries to guess. A good game of charades lasts for hours and leaves the whole room smiling from ear to ear.

5. Simon Says  

Why not play a good ol’ game of Simon Says. Let each person in the household take turns being Simon to make things more exciting for everyone.

6. Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Create an indoor scavenger hunt. Place items in different spots and see who can come across each of these items first.

7. Connect Four

Even if you don’t have the gameboard, you can still play a good game of Connect Four with the family. See who can connect four colored dots in a row first.

8. Jenga

Bring out the box of Jenga and start stacking those bricks. It’s a fun and simple game that keeps families occupied for hours.

9. Homemade Obstacle Course

Set up a homemade obstacle course in the house. Of course, make sure it’s a safe one so that the kids can test their skills while having a genuinely good time.

10. Musical Chairs

Do you remember when you were in school and you’d play musical chairs? Now you can do the same thing at home with your kiddos.

11. Dots and Boxes

Play a game of dots and boxes. All you need to play this game is a few sheets of paper, some pencils, and some markers. It’s that simple.

12. Balloon Toss

Enjoy a game of balloon toss. Blow up a balloon and then play with it like it’s a hot potato, pausing the music at specific times. Whoever is still holding the balloon when the music shuts off is out of the game.

13. Twister

Who doesn’t enjoy a game of Twister? This was one of my absolute favorite family games growing up. If you have it at home, place it on the floor of your living room or dining room and have a fun time with the family.

14. Chess

Play a strategy game with loved ones with the game of Chess. If you have multiple boards, you can have different people in the household playing together.

15. Checkers

Checkers is another one of those family games that I couldn’t get enough of as a child. It’s similar to chess but even easier. Playing Checkers is a fun way to keep kids entertained on a rainy day. 

16. Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Who says pin the tail on the donkey is only for birthday parties? You can set one up in the house, blindfold everyone, and see who makes it closest to the tail.

17. Laser Tag

If you have kid-friendly laser guns at home, turn off the lights, close the blinds, and enjoy a game of laser tag.

18. Nerf Gun Battle

Load the nerf guns with bullets and get into the battle of a lifetime. It’s a fun way to spend an hour or more running around with the kids.

19. Mini Basketball

Grab a mini basketball and mini hoop and play in an area in the house, such as the playroom or the garage.

20. Indoor Bowling

Get ready for some indoor bowling. You can use plastic bottles as the bowling pins and use a pair of rolled up socks at the bowling ball.

21. Ring Toss

Keep busy with a good game of ring toss. See who can get the most rings on the bottles to win a small prize.

22. Candyland

Candyland is a top-rated board game for a reason. Children love it! If it’s not one you already own you’ll want to add it to your game night arsenal. 

23. Have A Tea Party

Okay, it’s not as much of a game as it is a relaxing thing to do, but having a tea party is a great way to spend a rainy day. It’s fun and can keep your little ones entertained even longer. Especially if you add a baked treat to go along with the tea.

24. Darts

Enjoy a competition that involves throwing darts on a dartboard to see who can hit the target the most. It’s entertaining!

25. Bean Bag Toss

If you have some mini bean bags at home, set up target areas with tape on the floor and aim your bags to those areas. See how many points each person can get.

26. Hopscotch with Tape

Create a hopscotch using tape instead of chalk. It’s a fun way to keep the kids active, even on rainy, boring days.

27. Hamper Toss

Put a hamper or laundry basket on one side of the room and see how many shots each person can make using a small ball or rolled up pair of socks.

28. Monopoly

Inside Games For Families

When it comes to inside games for families, Monopoly tops the list.  Trust me, Monopoly never gets old. You might even have a few different versions of the game that you’d like to play with the family.

29. Clue

Bring the suspense and mystery to your home with a game of Clue. 

30. Ping Pong

Enjoy a ping pong battle that tests your speed and endurance. You’ll have the kids tired in no time when they’re playing this game.

31. I Spy

Keep it simple with a quick game of I Spy. See what things you notice and vice versa inside the home.

32. Tag

If you don’t mind running around in the home, tag is a great option. Be sure to let the kid take turns when it comes to who is it and who isn’t.

33. Block Building Competition

Have a block building competition with your loved ones. Find out who can get as creative as possible using the blocks to build something unique.

34. Plastic Horseshoes

Play with plastic horseshoes inside the home. It’s as fun as the original game and safer for children because the horseshoes aren’t so heavy.

35. Red Light, Green Light

Get the kids moving around and laughing with a good game of Red Light, Green Light. Children totally love this game! 

36. Mini Air Hockey Table

Play some air hockey with the kids on a mini air hockey table. Things can get competitive rather quickly!

37. Cops and Robbers

Did you play cops and robbers as a kid? If so, show your children what it was like. They’ll probably love the game as much as you did when you were younger.

38. Jigsaw Puzzles 

Pull out the jigsaw puzzles and have a go at it for a few hours.  You can either have two people play against one another to see who can complete a puzzle the fastest.  Or you can choose a more challenging puzzle and solve it together as a family. There are also jigsaw puzzle games available online.  You can play against the computer for added fun. 

39. UNO

Uno is still my favorite card game! This is a fast and fun card game that the entire family will enjoy.  It’s one of those games that can last for hours. 

40. Air Balloon

Toss the balloon in the air and do what you can to keep it from falling to the ground. The person who drops the balloon is out of the game.

41. Animal Hopping Game

Have your children hop like animals from one side of the room to the next. It’s a great way to get them moving around and having a good time while sharing lots of laughs.

42. Balloon Volleyball

Play volleyball with a balloon, bouncing it from one side to the next. It’s a lot safer to use a balloon when playing volleyball in the house. Trust me, I’ve learned this one from experience.

43. Go Fish

Bring out the cards and play a game of Go Fish. It’s been around for decades for a reason!

44. Balloon Hockey

Yep, you can even play hockey with a balloon. It’s going to be more of a challenge, but that makes it fun and exciting, too.

45. Floor Is Hot Lava

Kids love playing Floor Is Lava. Make it fun by putting different obstacles around on the floor such as a pillow or cushion for them to jump from one spot to the next.

46. Letter Learning Game

Place letters on the floor and have your children jump or do different movements to get to each one. This game is fun for younger children learning to recognize letters.

47. Indoor Hockey

Use a plastic puck and sticks to play a game of indoor hockey. Instead of skates, you’ll wear socks and glide around the room.

48. Speed Card Game

Teach your children how to play Speed, a classic card game. It can keep them entertained for hours.

49. Sensory Bucket Game

Fill a bucket with sand and toys and then have your children dig through the bucket to see what they can find. The sensory bucket is fun and improves fine motor skills.

50. Sock Toss

Don’t forget about the sock toss! Roll your socks up and aim them at a basket or specific spot on the floor.

With games like these, you and your loved ones don’t have to worry about feeling bored on a rainy day. Which of these inside games for families is your favorite? What are some other rainy day games you enjoy with your family?  Share them below. 


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