Hotel activities for KIDS – 5 TIPS

Hotel Activities for KIDS – 5 TIPS

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Having a plan for kids to have quiet and easy fun in the hotel room during vacation evenings is really important for a happy and comfortable holiday. For some reason, after a loooooooong day of sight seeing parents are exhausted and yet the kids are still full of energy! Why is that??  Right at the time you need to relax, or plan the next days event or just put your feet up, they have boundless energy. You need a plan to keep them busy and occupied – without assistance from you so you can have a few minutes to yourself. Believe me, it is TOTALLY worth the extra planning time on the front end to have time later.

Hotel Activities for KIDS – Hocus Pocus

What kid doesn’t love a little hocus pocus and being able to fool mom, dad, and siblings?

With just a piece of paper and scissors – Can you cut a hole in the paper big enough to walk through? NO? Are you sure?????

Paper and scissors, Hotel Activities for KIDS,

Read here for the how to. Impress your kiddos with magic! Better yet…have the older kids impress the little kids!

Hotel Activities for KIDS – Be creative

Draw-Your-Own-Adventure-Dry-Erase-Activity-Mama.Papa_.Bubba_Hotel Activities for KIDS,

I love this fun idea to go along with the book Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold draws his own adventures and your kiddo can draw theirs, too!

Thank you Jen from  Mama.Pappa. Bubba. for this clever idea! She  has a tech savy husband to help her, but if you are not tech savy and on your own, just print a photo of your kiddo, cut and paste on white paper. Then, laminate. Easy Squeezy!

girl with crayon drawings from Mama Papa Bubba, Hotel Activities for KIDS,

Make it super easy for taking on the road but downloading the book onto your IPAD/IPOD/KINDLE device – one less thing to carry. Be sure to tell the teacher about your educational activities – sometimes you can use them in lieu of the mountain of nasty make-up work upon your return!

Hotel Activities for KIDS – Q-Tips and Straws

Who knew Q-tips could be such fun? Put out the garbage can or empty icebucket in the hotel room, aim and FIRE!

Using straws as the shooter and Q-tips as the ammo….compete for points. Quiet, simple, lightweight and fun….absolutely perfect! This will keep kiddos busy while you relax from the day or review notes for the next day.

Thank you, Cheryl from That’s What She Said for the incredibly creative idea. Read about it here.

Hotel rooms usually have paper cups, too or bring your own! Plastic cups are cheap and light to pack.

girl with red solo cup pyramid, Hotel Activities for KIDS,

Stack them, aim, and FIRE! Thanks to Rachel at Kids Activity Blog for this fun idea.

Hotel Activities for KIDS – Recipe for FUN!!

Building-with-foam-blocks-and-shaving-cream photo from gifts of curiosity, Hotel Activities for KIDS,


dollop of shaving cream from the toiletry bag

butter knife from breakfast

small cubes/plasticware/whatever you have on hand!

Use the knife to spread the shaving cream like icing or mortar and stick the cubes together.

Great for fine motor skills and plain clean fun. Thanks Katie at Gift of Curiosity for this great idea.

Hotel Activities for KIDS – Rainbow Loom

Rainbow loom caterpillars from Frugal Fun for Boys, Hotel Activities for KIDS,

There is enough stuff online to sink a camel about using the rainbow loom but most of it is for girls. Sarah, at Frugal Fun for Boys, has boys at her house ! Visit her for the how to.

If you are spending time in a hotel with the kids you’ll be interested in keeping them happy during the flight or car, too!

Fun activities for road trips

Activities for kids on long plane trips

Father and son on a plane, Flying with KIDS - Tips for Flight Time,

Happy and peaceful travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

The Educational Tourist logo, Hotel Activities for KIDS,

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15 Responses

  1. These are such nice ideas! Keeps the kids out of trouble, and away from technology!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Yes! We do not see technology as an evil outright, but there are so many other things to do. We try to save it for long plane rides when we are stuck in one place. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Alice Chen says:

    These are amazing tips! I remember how fun it was to play with my siblings in hotels as a kid. I love that all these ideas use things that are almost always in hotels already!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! Anything to avoid packing more, right????? Pack less is a great mantra for all travelers! 🙂

  3. Thanks for this. This is amazing and I love these ideas. We are taking a big trip soon and I will be using these ideas to amuse our son!

  4. Using Qtips and straws as a toy blowgun is genius. And everyone loves magic. These ideas are so creative and fun. Thanks for these cool tips.

  5. I agree Natalie, technology, like most things should all be don in moderation. As a former educator, I love the way you keep the kids entertained with your ideas. These are really cool and easy to do activities!

  6. Jean says:

    I can’t imagine how difficult it is to entertain kids when travelling. It’s hard enough keeping myself occupied sometimes. These are such fun activities you’ve listed.

  7. Only By Land says:

    What I admire most about these methods of keeping the kids entertained is there is no screen or iPad involved! Only the Harold and the purple crayon uses the screen but they are still drawing like we used to do when growing up. Q tips and straws would definitely keep the kids occupied for a while giving the parent time to do something else or relax. I’m not sure I’d be happy about sharing my shaving cream for last game though!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Shaving cream certainly requires a little more supervision. 😉 Once when my kids were 4 months and 2 years I knew we’d be spending time in the hotel and I needed to keep the 2 year old busy. I bought the type of pudding that doesn’t require refrigeration and put her in the tub with it wearing only a diaper. She finger painted and then when she was done had a bubble bath. I sat next to her in the bathroom with baby lying on a blanket on the floor. Simple, easy and fun!! But….don’t turn your back on shaving cream for sure!! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. tatumskipper says:

    Thank god I don’t have kids yet haha, but these are some awesome ways to keep them entertained. I am constantly pinning stuff like this for the future so I can always keep my future kids happy!!

  9. This is so creative. I am sure all these activities will keep the kids engaged and they will love the vacation too.

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