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Whether you’re planning a road trip and want to include a few stops to keep your kids entertained and stimulated, or you’re just looking for activities for them to do while away from school, you may be out of ideas. Here are some creative kids entertainment ideas that are sure to surprise you and your kids.

Housewares Olympics

Believe it or not, you can probably entertain your kids for days without leaving the house and using only inexpensive household items. If you’ve ever watched the ‘Minute to Win It’ show, you’ve gotten a glimpse of the many different games that can be invented using ordinary objects.

Consider challenging your children to a race in which each participant places a cookie on their forehead and, using only their facial muscles, must bring the cookie to their mouths. Or glue plastic cups to one edge of the table and have them use cardboard paper towel inserts just to blow ping-pong balls into the cups. With a little imagination, there are tons of games you can come up with. Challenge your kids to make up some games of their own!

museums

No matter what your child’s interests are, a day at museums can be a fascinating and entertaining way to keep him busy for a few hours. If you have younger children, you can opt for museums that have more interactive exhibits. Many cities have exploratory science museums with a variety of exhibits meant to delight all ages and interests.

mad scientist theme party

After your trip to the museum, you may be brainstorming and inspired to invite some of your children’s friends or the neighborhood kids over for a science-themed party. The chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar, or Mentos candies and dark soda, can provide tons of entertainment for kids.

Library

A weekly trip to the library is a great investment for both parents and children. For children, this establishment provides hours of exploration, entertainment and education. For parents, you take the kids out of the house for a while and they bring home books and even DVDs that might even keep them quiet and busy for a few more hours, and all for the cost of a library card.

Historical Reenactments

For fun and education that will delight the whole family, consider a restaurant with dinner and theater based on the story. Your children will be able to see the clothing and customs of a bygone era, and will have the feeling that they are really living in the Renaissance era. Many of these theaters also offer a variety of exhibits on medieval warfare, weapons, and armor that are sure to delight the young children in the family. After a trip to a live jousting exhibition with dinner, your children are sure to be full, tired, and calm on the way home.

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