Top 10 Kids Activities Websites: Your Guide to Kid Fun, Offline
Looking for some inspiration to bring offline play and fun back to your family?
The editorial team of My Kids’ Adventures has discovered just what you need.
Read on for a list of our 10 favorite sites for awesome kids’ adventures…
Why Offline Play?
Kids’ adventures come in all shapes and sizes.
Children find adventure in science, food, the great outdoors and so much more.
Though we’re living in an age when many kids like to spend time with their gadgets and video games, our favorite adventures are those that happen offline, together as a family.
My Kids’ Adventures has put together this list of websites to help you and your kids find adventures away from electronics.
Go ahead and use the web to research, but then unplug and have a great adventure.
#1: Discovery Kids
An offshoot of The Discovery Channel, Discovery Kids is a terrific resource for research and activities. Most of what you’ll find here is science-related, but the activities and experiments are so much fun, your kids won’t even know they’re learning.
Why we love it: While many activities at Discovery Kids appear to be geared toward tweens, kids from all ages can benefit. Whether it’s puzzles, games or satisfying a kid’s curiosity in the “Curiosity Corner,” Discovery Kids has something for everyone with content parents can’t help but be excited about.
#2: Food Network: Family & Kids
Food Network is a great source for adventure in and of itself. With its recipes and cooking tips, parents and kids can plan meals together, discuss kitchen safety and pull together the tools needed for culinary success. The Family & Kids section of the Food Network website offers even more opportunities for families to get together in the kitchen and we think that’s a wonderful thing.
Why we love it: When kids work with parents to plan and cook meals, they’re opening up their palates to some wonderful new discoveries. This helps eliminate picky-eater syndrome! Besides, what better way is there to encourage a budding interest in the culinary arts?
#3: National Geographic Kids
Back in the day, we looked through our parents’ National Geographic magazines for the stunning photographs and tales of far-off lands and cultures. Though National Geographic Kids isn’t your parents’ NatGeo, it’s no less intriguing or educational.
Why we love it: The “Weird But True” facts are enough to keep most kids interested, but we’re adventurers, so we especially enjoy the crafts, recipes and science activities.
#4: Steve Spangler Science: Sick Science
Though he’s in the business of selling science and helping teachers and parents to instill a love of science in kids, Steve is also a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. His experiments are fun, messy, silly and noisy. One thing they are not is dull!
Go online to view Steve Spangler’s Sick Science videos. Don’t forget to shut down and try them out on your own!
Why we love it: How can we not love science? A few minutes with Steve Spangler and the words “I’m bored” are quickly forgotten. As parents we also love that Steve recommends parental supervision and never forgets his safety glasses.
#5: Kiwi Crate
Kiwi Crate is the stuff kids’ adventures are made of! Chock-filled with crafts for all occasions, Kiwi Crate shares instructions for making nifty projects and gifts to keep young kids busy for hours.
Why we love it: Projects are colorful, unique, attractive and extremely doable. Most activities are easily put together from materials you have on hand in your home. We give bonus points for the squishy, messy, wet projects toddlers and elementary school kids love!
#6: LEGO: Bricks and More
Kids love LEGO! Many of us have LEGO kits at home so our kids can build castles and playgrounds, but how many of us still take time to put away the instructions and build something completely off the cuff? The Bricks & More section of the LEGO website has some terrific ideas for thinking outside the box and using one’s imagination for some very creative building adventures.
Why we love it: Everyone loves LEGO! Seriously, we love Bricks and More because there are times kids need less-structured creativity. Though Bricks and More offers downloadable instructions, it will also inspire kids to use their LEGO bricks in other ways—without having to look up the next step.
#7: Science Bob
Bob Pflugfelder has been into science since he was a young kid, and it shows as he shares his love for and knowledge of science on his Science Bob website. Bob loves performing “random acts of science” and encourages parents and teachers to pay it forward by doing the same. Are you up for the challenge?
Why we love it: A science project–lover’s dream, Science Bob shares science fair ideas, answers common science questions and even has a research assistance area. We especially love that the science fair projects don’t come with instructions or answers; kids have to do the research on their own!
#8: Travel Channel Family
Adventures don’t just happen in our kitchen or backyard, not when the whole world is ripe for exploration! Whether we’re camping, swimming, fishing or riding a roller coaster, any time spent sharing new places with family is an experience worth having. The Travel Channel has compiled some of the best travel opportunities a family can have and they all look like awesome adventures.
Why we love it: Many of us have the best intentions when it comes to spending time with our families, but with work, school and sports, we don’t always have the time. Vacations and day trips spent away from home enable us to put the gadgets away and totally focus on family.
#9: National Parks Service
In the U.S. there are 392 National Parks—protected land for you to enjoy. These are also National Habitats for thousands of species of plant and animal life. The parks allow all of us to explore caves, forests, beaches and roads that will remain wild and free forever.
Most residents of the U.S. have at least one National Park as close as a bike-, train-, bus- or car ride away. National Parks offer affordable family exploration. Active military can enjoy U.S. National Parks for free.
Note: There are also many countries beyond the U.S with National Parks to be explored and enjoyed.
Why we love it: The National Parks website features areas of interest, listings of all parks, upcoming events, history of the parks and tips for enjoying and identifying nature.
In the summer, kids in the city have to be home before the streetlights come on, but there’s a lot you can do before the sun goes down. How about a fun game of ring-o-leavio or a good, old-fashioned game of stoopball?
Why we love it: Streetplay brings us back to the good old days when we played outside from sunup to sundown! When was the last time you had a lively game of hopscotch or turned a bottle cap into a Skully playing piece? StreetPlay enables us to share memories of our youth with our kids and that’s never a bad thing.
Have you unplugged yet? Set the example for your kids. We’ve narrowed the list so you can spend 15 minutes or less searching these sites together for something fun to do. Then you can spend more than 15 minutes doing something fun with your family. Enjoy!
What do you think? How do you like our favorite sites for awesome offline kids’ adventures? What are your favorite resources? Tell us about the fun activities your family shares by leaving a comment or photo below.
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Deb Ng is the community manager for My Kids’ Adventures. She's a busy work-at-home mom with an 11 year old son. When she's not off having her own family adventures, she's writing books. Other posts by Deb Ng »