14 family home activities for tweens and teens

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When your family is spending time at home, how do you connect with your tweens and teens? Sometimes they prefer to spend time alone in their bedroom but they are never too old to have time with family! Here are some fun activities at home that even your tweens and teens will love.

Host a family game night.

Why not make family game night a little more interesting by making it a tournament that can last for weeks? The first person who wins 5 games can get a special prize. Here are some of our favorites for playing with tweens and teens: Monopoly, Apple apples, Catania and Taboo.

Learn a TikTok dance.

We already know that our older kids are already obsessed with the latest app, TikTok. Last year dances like “Renegade” and “Blinding lights” went viral. Why not learn one of the new dances with them? Sure, you might get a few rolled eyes… but you’ll all be laughing about it anyway.

Create a book club.

If you have avid readers in your family, organize a book club. You can read the same book they read in English or find a book to accompany a movie night. Most importantly, find a book that the whole family will enjoy and be ready to discuss as soon as they finish reading.

Set up an obstacle course.

Your tweens and teens can certainly have fun in an obstacle course. All you need is a few materials like painter’s tape, skipping ropes, and light weights for the challenges. Plus, you can participate to supplement your daily exercise.

Host a themed dinner.

We all need to relax, so consider mixing up your usual dinner plans with a theme. You can focus on food like “Breakfast for dinner” or “Chinese take home”. How about getting your family to dress for a theme? They can take out their dresses and costumes for a “Fancy Dinner” or let them get creative by dressing like a Disney character.

Make a time capsule.

Why not create a time capsule that the whole family can contribute to? Add photos, notes and other things you have done as a family. Don’t open it for years, or better yet, keep it for your grandchildren!

Train as a family.

It is important to get as much exercise as possible while you are indoors. There are many free online workouts to try with older children. Don’t forget to add yoga and meditation to help everyone’s well-being.

Binge watch a show or movies together.

Was there a series or a series of movies that you all wanted to watch? It’s time ! Pop some popcorn and see what’s on the air. Some of our picks to watch with tweens and teens include: The babysitters club (Netflix), Cruel (Disney +), Strange things (Netflix) and Blackish (Hulu)

Make a puzzle.

While watching your new favorite TV show or movie, add puzzle time. It’s brain training for the whole family. Don’t have a puzzle at home? We suggest you shop local to help a small business during this difficult time.

Give back.

Now is a more important time than ever to practice gratitude as a family. Think about ways you can give back as a family. It can be as simple as ordering take out from a family business or making art for your neighbors to hang.

Play a video game.

Kids don’t have to be the only ones playing video games all day. Ask them if you can play their favorite games with them. Here are some fun video games that anyone can play: Mario kart, Heads up!, Rocket league and Super mario party.

Create a cooking or baking challenge.

If your kids are obsessed with Food Network Bakery Championship series or Chopped, then recreate a friendly competition at home. Challenge the family to cook dinner together and assign each member a dish. If you’re in the mood for sweets, bake a cake together, but have the kids decorate it in a certain theme.

Plant a garden.

For those who crave fresh air, redevelop your garden with new flowers or a few herbs. Children can give you a hand. You can also build an indoor garden if you’d rather stay indoors – we know spring in the Midwest can be a bit chilly!

Go for a walk (but make it fun).

You might all be fed up with your daily walks around the neighborhood. Make it a little more exciting by bringing a ball to throw while walking or doing 10 squats for each block you walk. “I Spy” is also a game that never gets old.


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