Overcoming Cabin Fever: Fun Physical Activities for the Kids!

By: Kevin Flood, PT, DPT


Since we still have a ways to go before we get to warmer weather and school-aged kids are in between their hybrid school schedules, it’s possible you are running out of indoor physical activities for them after their virtual days and there might be weekends you can’t make it to Compass.

So here are some creative and old-school activities to do as a family, or independently if Mom and Dad are working from home or,  well, let’s be real….need a break!

And, of course, there isn’t any activity on here that the younger brothers and sisters can’t join in on too——did you say snowball fight?

Snowball Fight: Use ‘socks’ for snowballs!


Balloon Tennis: Keep the balloon off the floor, with your hand or with homemade rackets using a paper plate and tongue depressor/craft sticks; decorate them for added bragging rights!


Hallway Bowling: Fill up plastic beverage bottles with colored water and use any ball you have to knock them over!


52 Card Pickup: A different variation of the game some of us grew up with! Choose 4 exercises to correspond with each card suit. (examples: squats, high knees, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, mountain climbers). Draw a card,  and then you complete the number of reps for that exercise. (face cards count at 11 or 15, your choice).


Dance/Freeze! Have a dance party, and when the music stops you have to freeze in place!!


Tape Maze:  Use streamers (painter’s tape works too) to create a maze in a hallway;  like lasers in a spy movie! Then have the kids try to make it through the maze without tearing them down.