15 At-Home Family Activities for Tweens and Teens

Got a teen spending too much time on their phone? Get them to put down the screen with one of these at-home activities for tweens and teens, sans devices.

Tween decorating a cake with her mom and grandma

How are your quarantweens and quaranteens holding up? We know this year hasn’t been easy for them with the switch to e-learning and canceled social events. Now’s the time to make the most of it by bonding as a family. Here are some fun at-home activities for tweens and teens the whole family will love. 

Host a family game night

Why not make family game night a little more interesting by making it a tournament that can stretch out for weeks? The first person who wins 5 games can get a special prize. Here are some of our favorites to play with tween and teens: MonopolyApples to ApplesCatan and Taboo.

Find even more game options in our board game and classic game roundups

Learn a TikTok dance

We already know that our older kids are already obsessed with the latest app, TikTok. It’s where dances like “Renegade” and “Blinding Lights” are becoming viral. Why not learn one of the dances with along them?

Sure, you might get a few eye rolls … but you all will still get a good laugh from it.

Start a book club

If you have passionate readers in your family, organize a book club. You can read the same book they’re reading for English or find a book to pair with a movie night.

Most importantly, find a book that the whole family will enjoy and be willing to discuss as soon as they’re done reading. 

Set up an obstacle course

Your tweens and teens can definitely get into some obstacle course fun. All you need are a few materials like painter’s tape, jump ropes and light weights for the challenges. Plus, you can join in to complete your daily exercise. 

Organize a themed dinner party

We all need to loosen up, so consider mixing up your normal dinner plans with a theme. You can focus on the food like “Breakfast for Dinner” or “Chinese ‘Takeout’ at Home.”

What about getting your family to dress up for a theme? They can take out their dresses and suits for a “Fancy Dinner” or have them get creative by dressing up like a Disney character. 

Make a quarantine time capsule

While this new reality hasn’t been easy for us, we knew one day we’ll look back at it. Why not put together a time capsule that the whole family can contribute?

Add in photos, notes and other things you did as a family while staying at home. Don’t open it for years, or better yet, save it for your grandchildren!

Work out as a family

It’s important to get as much exercise as you can while you’re indoors. There are many fitness centers offering free trials to access their library of video workouts.

Some local and nationwide gyms are even offering virtual workouts through Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to add in some yoga and meditation to help with everyone’s well-being. 

Binge watch a show or movies together

Is there a show or movie series you all been wanting to watch? Now’s the time! Pop some popcorn and see what’s streaming.

Some of our picks to watch with tweens and teens include: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix), Onward (Disney+), Stranger Things (Netflix) and Black-ish (Hulu)

Do a puzzle

While you’re watching your new favorite TV show or movie, add in some puzzle time. It’s a brain workout for the entire family. Don’t have a puzzle at home? We suggest shopping local to help a small business during this challenging time. 

Give back

Now’s a more important time than ever to practice gratitude as a family. Think of ways you can give back as a family. It can be as simple as ordering takeout from a family-owned business or making some rainbow art to hang up for your neighbors. 

Play a video game

Kids don’t have be the only ones to play video games all day long. Ask them if you can play along their favorite games with them.

Here are some fun video games everyone can play: Mario KartHeads Up!Rocket League and Super Mario Party

Create a cooking or baking challenge

If your kids are obsessed with Food Network’s Baking Championship series or Chopped, then recreate some friendly competition at home.

Challenge the family to make dinner together and assign one dish for each member to make. If you’re craving sweets, bake a cake together but have the kids decorate it in a certain theme.  

Plant a garden

For those craving some fresh air, rearrange your garden with some new flowers or a few herbs. Kids can give you a hand. You can also build an indoor garden if you prefer to stay inside — we know spring in the Midwest can be a bit chilly!

Take a virtual class

Virtual classes have taken over our calendar since we’re all staying home. Don’t think that these special events are only for little ones. There are plenty of great virtual events for tweens and teens, too.

Go out on a walk (but make it fun)

You all might get tired of your daily walks around the neighborhood. Make it a bit more exciting by bringing a ball to throw around while walking or do 10 squats for every block walked. “I Spy” is also a game that never gets old.

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