5 Free Fun Indoor Activities for Toddlers in NYC

If you’re the parent of a toddler, you’re probably all too familiar with his or her short attention span. But in the winter months, or even just on rainy days, it’s hard to come up with ways to keep your little one entertained, especially when all they want to do is go outside. Here are five great ways to put off cabin fever, for your toddler, and for you too.

Play dates

What better way to change up the everyday routine than by setting up a play date with friends and their children.  A play date is also a great way to teach your kids the valuable lesson of sharing.

Arts and Crafts

Whether you are crafty or not, having an impromptu arts and crafts session with your child will work like magic in beating the in-house blues. It could be as simple as a blank sheet of paper and a box of crayons. You’ll be encouraging your child to use his or her imagination, and you could probably dust yours off in the process. For an educational spin, cut sheets of paper into basic shapes and have your son or daughter call them out as they color them.

Bake Cookies

Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked cookies? You don’t have to make anything from scratch, either. All you’ll need is some store bought cookie dough and cookie cutters. Your local craft store has tons of fun shapes to choose from. Roll out the dough on a flat, floured surface, and let your kids use the cookie cutters. Remember, messes can always be cleaned up, and are almost always worth hearing the sound of your child’s giggles.

Playing Dress Up

This is not just for little girls with fancy costumes anymore. Get ready to open your closet and play dress up. The number one person your toddler wants to pretend to be is you. Take out dad’s shirts or your dresses and have a fashion show. Your kids will love to walk around like mommy and daddy.

Go Camping

Set up a tent, or make one out of bed sheets and chairs, wherever you have the space. Indoor camping is a great way to cuddle up, read stories, have a snack, or even have an afternoon nap. Get some graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows together and your indoor camping is complete. S’mores, anyone?


Jesseca Stenson