Great family-friendly activities that think beyond the board game

From physical competition to experimental crafting, these options offer much more than a dice roll and a plastic figurine.

Spending weekends inside with your family isn’t always easy, especially when you’ve exhausted your three go-to entertainment options: movie nights, board games, and everyone retreating to separate corners of the house to stare at their phones.

There are other options, however. Here are some games and activities that think outside the board game and help bring family time up a notch.

Don’t just sit there… you’ve got treasures to find. Amazon

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Board games are great, sure, but they may not be enough stimulation for families who aren’t into sitting quietly. The Outset Media scavenger hunt is designed to be played indoors or out and has minimal accessories (just decks of cards)—so it doesn’t require any real set up or small pieces that are easily lost. Simple, fun, and much more “get up and go” than a game of Clue.

Outdoor activity in the great indoors. Amazon

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Rather than snack while you’re engaged in a family activity, why not make snacking the family activity? All the fun of making s’mores without needing a campfire or the great outdoors, this electric all-in-one kit is flameless to ensure safety. It comes with roasting forks and side trays for graham crackers and chocolate—all of which are designed to be disassembled and easy to clean. Best of all: it all functions with a simple on/off switch.

Hard work can be fun. Amazon

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If you’ve got the space and the time, this is the kit that takes family gaming to new levels. Featuring sturdy, adjustable gymnastics rings, fist holds, and monkey bars with 13 safety strap buckles and delta rings, this is a little more than “some assembly required.” Attach the 40-foot slackline to some trees—the twin gear ratchet system lets you fasten and adjust the line easily and safely—and you’re good to go. It all packs up into a shed or garage-friendly carrying bag as well.

Best smelling activity. Amazon

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Who says all family activities have to involve competition? Let your creative side show with this family-friendly kit for making all-natural bath bombs and essential oils. It’s a little bit of baking, a little bit of science, and a little bit of creative flair all mixed into one. The set comes with an array of all-natural scents such as lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint as well as sturdy metal molds that ensure you can go back to this kit again and again.