Get the children moving with this list of physical activities for kids! They are categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these physical activities for kids can be enjoyed by those who are ready and willing to have fun and get some exercise. How did you like to stay active as a kid? What physical activities do you do with your your kids? Let us know!
Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More is a franchised business based in Florida, and it has more than one location around the Twin Cities. We’ve had the pleasure of working Bloomington for the past year.
Located on 98th Street and Lyndale Ave in Bloomington, they are right behind The Works museum. If you visit the museum, take a minute to stop into the shop and say hello. They are super friendly and can offer so much variety.
Lynn’s Cake & Candy Supplies has been open for over 30 years. When the current owner, Lynn, acquired the business, she ran it from inside her home. Holding business hours in your home can be difficult, and soon it was time to move. The store has been in 4 different locations since the decision to move. Currently, Lynn’s is located at the corner of University Avenue and Mississippi in Fridley, Minnesota. It’s approximately a mile and a half north of 694.
We are so thrilled to have this one of a kind business support our Monster Bash. Let me show you what Lynn’s offers. It’s my favorite birthday party go-to store.
Rainy day and indoor games for kids of all ages! This list is categorized into age appropriate groups, but as always, these indoor games for kids can truly be enjoyed by anyone who is ready and willing to have fun. What indoor games did your family love to play growing up, and what indoor games do you play now with your kids? Let us know!
Note: Most of these games are classics that can be played without any fancy equipment, but if you would like to purchase a game, we have included links to our Amazon store. While your price does not change, we receive a small commission on any purchases made through our site.
A great game for your child to get to know the world around her. For a child who has never played, you can start by picking out an object within plain view, not mentioning the object, and saying “I Spy something blue.” If there is only one child, then she can keep guessing until she gets it right. If there are multiple children then they can take turns looking around and guessing. The first child correct gets to spy something next. Simple and fun!
Variations – Limit the number of guesses each child gets. Or, say things like “I Spy something that is a circle.” The difficulty is easily changed by what you are actually spying (smaller or less obvious things) and how you describe what is spied (bumpy or soft things, for example).
2. Balance Beam
This is more easily set up than you might think. Go get the masking tape, tape down a line of any length, and have a blast! Challenge your child to only walk on the line all the way to end. And definitely tape down further lines at different angles. Spirals and zig-zags are always fun.
Variations – The fastest child without stepping off, walking it heel-to-toe, walking it backwards, with eyes closed (socks off so they can feel the line), and jumping down the line (both feet still on!) are all great variants. If you want to get real about it, you can certainly lay down and secure 2×4 pieces of wood!
This is a great way to focus young kids on the sense of touch in a world so focused on the sense of sight. Get their mind to associate information to something other than just the way it looks. The point here is to put interesting objects into containers that a child must reach into and identify without looking at them. You’ll most likely want to use shoe boxes for the container as they are usually readily available, can be easily cut with scissors, and do not let any light through. Making the boxes can actually be part of the fun – have the kids color, paint, or draw on them, but make sure to cut out a child-sized hand hole on the side of the box beforehand as we don’t want good art to be cut out J! Put an item in each box and have your kids take turns guessing what the items are. Encourage questions and offer clues as needed. After identifying the objects you can have one of the children go get the items to put in next.
Variations – Offer points to those that guess correctly, or put in foods that may be wet, like spaghetti noodles or grapes.
As we entered Cookie Cart, the scent of Heaven surrounded us. I am not exaggerating when I say that we could taste the air. While I was expecting to enjoy learning about Cookie Cart, its cookies and its mission, I was blown away by how much fun we all had.
This summer, Anne and I and our kid-crews gallavanted to North Minneapolis to visit a little known gem of a bakery. The two of us sat down with Meggie McCauley–Sales and Community Outreach Manager–sipping our coffee provided by Caribou and munching on our freshly baked cookies while our kids were mesmerized by the bakery activity they saw through the picture window.
Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.
Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.
Anne, Joy, and I started our adventures in the Twin Cities with kids 10 years ago when our firsts were born. Slowly and surely–or extremely quickly in my family’s case–our quivers have been loaded up with arrows. With each new arrow that was added (read about Joy’s experience), we have learned how to take on the Twin Cities with not one, not two, not three, but four children in tow.
2 years ago, we realized we had something to share with each other and with you.