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Our favourite activities when stuck at home with kids and a dog

From one extreme to another here in Melbourne, Australia the past week. Extreme heat to torrential rain! We definitely found ourselves very house bound. Here are some things we did to survive the past week…


  • Jumping in muddy puddles

We had so much rain here the last few days. We decided to embrace it. Don’t be precious. Put your kids in some gumboots, a rain jacket and their undies! Join them. Find some puddles and go nuts! We had a ball.

  • Early morning walks on the super-hot days

Please be careful in extreme heat. Play it safe. Dogs, like people are prone to sunstroke. So, try and get a walk in before it gets too hot.


  • Baking

Harper loves to bake. Well, she loves to help with anything in the kitchen, as long as she gets to taste test as she goes. Jump online and google some healthy recipes. There are so many delicious and fun things you can make with your kids.

  • Hide and seek with the kids


  • Hide and seek with the dog – using food and/or toys

Cooper loves it when we hide his toys or treats around the house and make him go find them. This is a good one for the whole family to get involved in. The kids love hiding his things and watching him try find them. It’s a great mentally stimulating game for your dog.


  • Invite people over


  • Concerts

My kids love to perform and put on concerts for us! Turn on some fun tunes and get up and dance with them!! It’s the best!


  • Arts and Crafts

No need to expand on this one. Get messy and have some fun!

  • Movies

We try not to watch too much tv but rainy days or extremely hot days can sometimes call for movies on the couch!! Just do it and enjoy it! 


  • Playing fetch with the dog and kids

Sometimes Cooper gets cabin fever on the days we can’t get out and he just wants to play. Throwing a ball up the corridor for him, helps get some of his energy out. The kids love doing it with him too.


  • Running races up and down the corridor to get out their energy


  • Water play

We use a kiddie pool, the hose, buckets and spades. The kids and dog LOVE this!! Put it in a shady spot if you can and be sun smart. If you don’t have a kiddie pool, just fill up some tubs, buckets, tupperware, etc. So much fun!

  • Reading books


  • Build our own cubby house

Use the kitchen chairs and some old sheets. Grab a torch, Some pillows, some books.


  • Dress ups

If you don’t have actual dress up costumes at home. Bring out some of your old clothes and jewelry. The kids will love it!

Do you have any other great ideas?? Please share them with us! We would love to add some more to our list.


I hope this helps next time you’re stuck in your house!


Mel xox




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