Fun things to do at home: Indoor activities kids will love

The complete guide to staying in with the kids: Here are the best indoor activities children love!

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Staying in? Make the most of it! Our list of the best indoor activities for kids will keep the fam happy, healthy and having fun.

We have it all! From the best online classes, to kid-friendly fitness programs, to the coolest playdough recipes in the world, we'll help you make this time fun and entertaining.

That's because we totally get what you need to know these days. We have the best virtual kids' museums when you're looking for enrichment, and the best animated movies when you're looking to kick back and have a laugh.

Check out our comprehensive selection, and you're bound to find something you and your kids will love!

Indoor activities kids love

The 50 greatest animated movies to watch as a family
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The 50 greatest animated movies to watch as a family

Here it is: The definitive list of the 50 greatest animated movies of all time! These hilarious and entertaining movies are so much fun the whole family will want to cozy up when the action starts—we're sure that grownups will enjoy these movies as much as kids! The creative films on our extraordinary list include only the best of the best, from the best Disney movies of all time, to the best family movies of all time, to the best family comedy movies of all time and more. And you're just a couple of clicks away from streaming any one of them. Our list including throwbacks such as Lady and the Tramp, to new classics such as Ratatouille, to new releases such as Trolls World Tour. In other words, we got you covered—you're bound to find exactly the right animated film for your family. We'll help you make this the best movie night ever!

33 Best family restaurants in NYC doing delivery
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33 Best family restaurants in NYC doing delivery

You might not be able to pop out for a bite at one of the 50 best family restaurants in NYC, or the 25 best fun restaurants in NYC , but don't despair: Some of the best family restaurants in town will deliver right to your door. Browse our list and you'll see the amazing range of food that's delicious and healthy. From Westville (where the hot dogs and side dishes are legendary), to Nom Wah Tea Parlor (dumplings!), to Hometown Bar-be-que (smoked brisket, please), to Sahadi's (maybe the best hummus ever?), to Dos Toros (the nachos are killer) and so many more, you can take full advantage of New York's culinary diversity while staying safe by staying in. Our advice? Make it a kid-friendly dinner party, and end the meal with some ice cream from these delivery services that families need to check out. An treat from Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream is the perfect way to cap off the night.

Fitness classes kids can try at home
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Fitness classes kids can try at home

Any parent will tell you: Kids need to keep active! That holds true even when you're staying indoors. These online fitness classes will get the kiddos moving, and they're so much fun you might just join in! After the heart rates drop, why not check out these virtual zoos and aquariums, or J.K. Rowling's new online Harry Potter experience? From virtual storyimes to online kids' museums, there's so much you can do with a couple of clicks of a mouse.

Virtual storytimes for kids
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Virtual storytimes for kids

Staying in doesn't mean an end to storytime! From the Brooklyn Public Library taking its readings to Facebook, to live demonstrations by famous picture-book authors, to a huge selection of many of the greatest actors of our time reading some of the best books for kids, you can have an amazing storytime for kids right at home!

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The greatest Disney movies of all time
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The greatest Disney movies of all time

Make every night a movie night with the greatest Disney movies of all time! Our list of the Magic Kingdom's most memorable films will keep your family entertained and laughing. Whether you're partial to a classic like 101 Dalmatians, a newer movie like Zootopia, or an amazing Pixar hit like Coco, we have it all. These family movies are good fun for everybody! Why not settle in for Lady and the Tramp (1955), then follow it with Lady and the Tramp (2019)? Our list of Disney flicks features cool animated movies for kids and family comedy movies. Be sure to check out the best feel-good movies to stream on Disney+ right now!

Ice cream delivery services
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Ice cream delivery services

When faced with an unforeseen amount of time indoors, we recommend stocking up on some sweets. Check out delivery options from your favorite ice cream shops in NYC if a need for cookies 'n cream or rocky road strikes.  

The 15 best kids' board games
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The 15 best kids' board games

Ready, set, strategize! Check out our favorite kids' board games and bring on the competition.  All you need is a few friends or siblings and you're set. Kids can test their vocabulary with Scrabble, solve the who-done-it mudery mystery in Clue and so much more. Options are endless, really, and there are plenty of board games for kids of all ages. Mom and Dad, you might be inclined to join the fun yourself (or play without the kiddos—whichever)! After the battle for victory has ended, be sure to check out other cool things to do at home, including fun family movies or free coloring book activities. Reach out to one of these board game cafes in NYC if you need a few pointers!

The best old-school cartoons
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The best old-school cartoons

Looking to lift your kid's spirits? Stream these old-school cartoons and watch as the laughs come tumbling out! Our list of the best animated cartoons includes everything from Hey Arnold to Animaniacs to the full Looney Tunes library—and everything in between. They are guaranteed to entertain your brood! In search of more streaming fun? Check out the 50 greatest animated movies to watch as a family, the 50 greatest Disney movies of all time and the 50 best family movies to watch together! When it comes to home entertainment, we have you covered.

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Wizarding World's new Harry Potter hub
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Wizarding World's new Harry Potter hub

Fifty points for Gryffindor! JK Rowling’s Wizarding World website launched a new ‘Harry Potter at Home’ online hub, with hundreds of games, how-tos and activities for Potterheads – and they’re free for all users. Not yet registered at Wizarding World? You're in for a treat. It doesn't cost a single Knut, and after entering your basic information you can take part in a Sorting Ceremony that will assign your House (take our Harry Potter Sorting Hat quiz to confirm that the right choice was made), then enter the Forbidden Forest to discover your Patronus. Don't forget to visit Ollivanders Wand Shop—where the wand chooses you!

The best online classes for kids
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The best online classes for kids

Learning from home can be as fun as it is educational—if you know where to look. Our curated list of the best online classes for kids includes amazing sites such as the Smithsonian's Learning Lab, TED Ed and Learn at Home from Scholastic.  Looking for other online resources to liven up staying home with the kids? Check out these terrific virtual storytimes for kids, or these DIY projects. You can even visit your favorite kids' museums in NYC right from home!

The 50 best family movies to watch together
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The 50 best family movies to watch together

Gather the crew and grab a hefty bowl of popcorn: the best family movies are waiting for you!  We've rounded up a little bit of everything: classics, cartoons, Disney princess movies, kids' movies from the '90s and everything else you can possibly imagine. Looking for a few giggles? Try The Goonies. Including Fido in the mix? Put on My Dog Skip. We guarantee we have something for everyone.  After a day of embarking on trip to cool kids' museums in NYC, fun playgrounds or your go-to family attractions, you deserve a night in with these amazing family movies—and snacks, of course.

The best TV shows for kids
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The best TV shows for kids

Welcome to the golden age of TV for kids. Thanks to something called the internets, you can watch everything from creative new programming with out-there themes to classic old-school cartoons that bring you back to your childhood. It's time to settle into your comfiest chairs and start streaming!

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Virtual kids' museums
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Virtual kids' museums

New Yorkers are resilient, but this new stay-at-home lifestyle is enough to make even the toughest urbanites go a little bonkers...especially when kids are in the picture. There's good news for parents who are starting to break a sweat: We might not be able to have physical access to our favorite family attractions and kids' museums right now, but Google Arts & Culture lets curious kiddos gain access to their favorite destinations with a click of a mouse. 

The best homemade playdough recipes
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The best homemade playdough recipes

Videos and live feeds that will turn your home into a zoo
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Videos and live feeds that will turn your home into a zoo

The best books for kids
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The best books for kids

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The best podcasts for kids
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The best podcasts for kids

Delightful Disney recipes to try at home
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Delightful Disney recipes to try at home

Free coloring books for kids

Free coloring books for kids

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Free drawing classes from Disney
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Free drawing classes from Disney

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The best family movies on Netflix
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The best family movies on Netflix

The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime
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The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime

The best movies for toddlers
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The best movies for toddlers

The best movies for tweens
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The best movies for tweens

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The best family comedy movies
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The best family comedy movies

The best bands for kids
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The best bands for kids

The best books about kindness
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The best books about kindness

Best dance songs for kids
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Best dance songs for kids

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The best karaoke songs for kids
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The best karaoke songs for kids

The best songs for kids
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The best songs for kids

Best cartoons for kids
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Best cartoons for kids

The best Disney songs
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The best Disney songs

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The best Disney princess movies
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The best Disney princess movies

The best jokes for kids and families
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The best jokes for kids and families

The best ghost stories for kids
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The best ghost stories for kids

The best Disney Channel Original movies
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The best Disney Channel Original movies