If you are cooped up inside the house with the kids and need something to do, this is the article for you! We are going to take a look at some fun games to play inside, including board games, card games and much more.

These games are perfect for when you have decided to spend the night at home with the family or it is raining outside. Most of these games don’t require any special planning and can provide hours of cost-effective entertainment for the family!

Board Games

Board games have seen quite a resurgence in recent years. Along with the old favorites like Life, Chess, Scrabble, and Monopoly, there are some new games on the market that are incredibly engaging and fun. Some of the best new board games include:

Lost cities

Lost-CitiesPlayers set off on an expedition to a mythological city! This game is great for helping kids develop their maths skills.


HiveA strategic 2-player game that involves insects.


JaipurA fast-paced trading game, where players try to become the most powerful merchant in the city.

The Castles of Burgundy

The-Castles-of-BurgundyAn exciting board game set in 15th-Century France. Designed for between 2-4 players, this game has become very popular.

There are literally hundreds of different board games to enjoy for people of all ages!

Baking Cookies

Baking cookies or some other kind of treat is a perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon. The whole family can enjoy what you make and it is a fun process when the kids are involved. They can create cookies that have funny faces or are shaped to look like their favorite television character.

Card Games

There are many different games that can be played with a deck of cards including old maid, go fish, poker, solitaire, blackjack, rummy, hearts, and bridge. You can also pull out the Uno deck or play a more advanced role-playing card game like:

Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot (ages 12 and up)

Killer-Bunnies-and-the-Quest-for-the-Magic-Carrot-(ages-12-and-up)This is a very fun and fast-paced card game involving killer bunnies on the lookout for magic carrots!

Sneaky cards (ages 10 and up)

Sneaky-Cards-Card-GameYou play a secret spy who is on a mission to bring joy to unsuspecting members of the public!

Loot (ages 10 and up)

LootYou play a pirate who uses skullduggery and strategy to find loot! A fun game that generates plenty of laughs.

Edge of the Empire (ages 12 and up)

Edge of the empireAre you or your children Star Wars fans?  Then this is the perfect card game.  It is a learn-as-you-go adventure set in the Star Wars universe.

Flashlight games

Flashlight games are a great option for playing inside at night or during a blackout. Some of the best flashlight games include:

Hide and seek

Just like regular hide and seek but with flashlights

Shadow puppets

Shine a light at the wall and make some characters with your hands or objects. You can then act out scenes from your favorite movie or TV show! It is a great way to enhance the creativity of your children.

Flashlight freeze

Have everyone perform a crazy dance to some music in a dark room. Have one person shine the light randomly on a person every 30 seconds or so. That person has to stop dancing immediately. If they don’t they are out!

Ghost stories

A bit of a spookier one for older kids only.  Get some interesting ghost stories and urban myths from the Internet and tell them while seated in a circle.

Music Games

There are many fun games to play inside that involve music including:

Name that tune

This game is a ton of fun!  Simply play the first 5 or 10 seconds of a random song and see if anyone can name the song title and the musical artist.

Dancing contests

This is a great way to get some exercise and entertain the kids.  Have each child choose a song and dance for a minute.  Everyone votes on who is the best dancer and they win a treat.

Lip sync contests

Lip syncing can be hilarious.  Get the kids and adults involved and combine the lip syncing with elaborate some dance moves.

Make your own music video

You can even pull out some instruments, play a song and record it to create your own music video!  It will be a lot of fun and you will have a funny video to look back on in the future.

Build a fort!

Build an elaborate fort in your lounge room to keep the kids entertained. You can use cushions, couches and sheets to create a castle for the little ones. It can keep them entertained for hours.

Indoor ski races

Simply cut up some shoe-sized pieces of cardboard and attach them to your children’s feet.  Then race around the house without lifting your feet off the floor.

Balloon tennis

You only need a balloon and a piece of string for this one!  Tie the string between two objects to form a net, then hit the balloon to one another, keeping score.  Make it even more exciting by using two balloons.

Create an artwork

You can explore your creative side by creating some art.  You could use coloring books, or create an original artwork using plaster, papier-mâché, crayons or paints.  There are so many interesting things that you can create and it really helps children to become more creative.

Computer games

Computer game consoles like the Nintendo Wii can be fun for the whole family.  This console has a variety of active games that involve physical movement.  The entire family can get enjoyment out of it, including the older relatives.

Miniature golf

If you have a putting wedge and golf ball in the house, you can make a miniature golf course and play a round!  Use plastic cups as the holes and add a variety of obstacles to each fairway including toys, books, and other objects.  

Make paper airplanes

This is a great way to get kids interested in engineering and science!  Make a variety of paper planes with different designs to discover which plane flies the furthest.

Indoor sumo wrestling

This one is hilarious and fun!  Get as many pillows as you can find from around the house.  Use some industrial tape to attach them to two “sumo warriors” who will be wrestling.  It works best if both combatants have so many pillows attached that they can’t move their arms.

Animal charades

This is fun to play with young children.  Write the names of animals on separate pieces of paper.  Have each participant draw a piece of paper from the pile and make the sounds and movements that the animal makes.  Everyone else has to guess what animal they are.