Home » travel tips » 20 fun things to do when stuck at a hotel. For months, I looked forward to a December trip to Dallas, Texas and the warm, sunny temperatures sure to greet me. As luck bad luck is luck too would have it, the Dallas area got walloped by a fierce ice storm that shut down the airport, the mall, restaurants and — well — the whole area! Stuck at the hotel with all my plans canceled, I had two options: lounge around my room and watch soap operas OR explore and find fun things to do.
I chose the latter!
If you find yourself stuck at a hotel, particularly with kids, maybe these 20 activities will help you pass the time AND have fun doing it! Most of these are great for when you get stuck at home, too! Play with shaving cream.
Stuck at home with kids and want to keep them clean? Make shaving cream sculptures. We used to let our toddlers play with shaving cream at their high chairs. It cleaned the trays, too. Or give the kids one! I wash my makeup brushes before using on the kids — and before I come back to using for myself.
Q-tips work, too. She is NOT usually allowed to wear makeup! Special treat. Count the stairs from the ground floor to the top floor… Yes, that means stair climbing. If you prefer, count the stairs going down.
This works in hotels, but it also works at home. Draw pictures on the steam-covered bathroom mirror. Let the kids take a relaxing, steamy bath.
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When the mirror is all steamed up, draw funny pictures. Write an old-fashioned letter to loved ones on hotel stationery. Sure, FaceTime is great, but our older relatives still love snail mail. Jump on the beds maybe ask the neighbors below when is a good time. Come on, parents. When is the last time you jumped on the bed? Be a kid again! Have a pillow fight. Write thank you notes for the hotel staff who are likely working double shifts and dealing with grumpy guests.
20 fun things to do when stuck at a hotel
Be the difference! Open the curtains and have everyone draw a picture of what they see outside the window. Ask for paper from the hotel front desk if you need it. Go on a scavenger hunt through the hotel. Ask the front desk if the hotel has one pre-made. If not, make one and see how long it takes the kids to find everything. Look for things like:.
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Read this post on fighting germs at home! Build a blanket tent. At hotels, there are usually extra blankets in the closet.
If not, ask the front desk for extra blankets to use in your room. Even if you just drape a blanket between the beds, it can be lo of fun.
Time for charades and shenanigans
At home, this is even easier. Make the tent big enough for snack time under the kitchen table or to add pillows and read books.
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The goal: To get to someplace at the far end of the hotel without anybody seeing you. Sneak through the halls, tiptoeing and hiding behind pillars. The quieter the better. At home, maybe adapt this one and have kids try to get from one place to another without touching the floor. Challenge accepted! Write a note to housekeeping thanking them for their hard work. Place it on the beds after you make them.
Talk about a surprise for hotel staff! We learned years ago that our daughter loves helping other people do their chores and never complains. It somehow seems more like an act of service than a chore. May as well use that power for good, am I right?
Sit in the lobby and count shoes of passersby by color. What color is most popular? At home, have kids organize the shoes by color and size. We all need clean shoe closets, right?
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Just make sure they wash hands when done! Let the kids quiz you about what life was like when you were a. Even better, interview grandparents or other, older friends in your community to learn what childhood was like for them. Here is a link to some questions to help you get started. Skip down the halls. Yes, parents too! And if you can take a walk outside, why not skip?
Take a ride on the luggage cart. Is it a train? A princess carriage? A pirate ship? Watch out for other guests, the walls and be respectful of hotel policies. Have you ever been stuck at a hotel? How did you entertain your kids? I like the ninja skills one, but it just me the dog and my grandparents. What do I do? Hey Shelbie! I am glad you like the ninja skills one, but late at night with the grandparents and the dog?
Read a book? Draw pictures? Write your grandparent a letter to thank them for the wonderful things they do?