When the holidays or weekends come around, it can be nice to spend some quality time together as a family. For long parts of the year you might be working long hours, and not get much time together, so when the opportunity arrives, you should take it. However, thinking of great activities you can all do as a family can be tough, especially for a long holiday. So, here are some fun activities you and your family can all do together.
Home Video Nights
Sometimes you don’t need to go out and do something adventurous or spend a lot of money. You can quite easily spend the evening at home, which is especially good if the weather is bad. Get everyone together and buy some nice movie snacks for the evening. If you have children that have a big age range, then choosing an appropriate movie might be tricky, but you never know, your older kids might love Disney. If you are feeling nostalgic, you could also spend the evening looking at old home movies and embarrassing yourselves. With so much entertainment online now, you can also try looking at funny videos on YouTube, or perhaps binge watch your favorite TV show.
Learning Movie Night
As another angle on the movie night theme, you can also make it an educational, yet interesting event. Think about something that you think your children should know such as the environment or nature. Then find a documentary on that subject that they can watch with you. It gives them the knowledge of other issues in the world, and you can all discuss what happened afterward. It also gives your kids the opportunity to ask you questions about the film and develop their own views on the subject.
Have a Family Competition
There is nothing better than bringing out a little fun with a competition. You can think of any idea from painting to sculpture or writing a poem. All you need is the idea and a set amount of time to complete it. These types of event are often best when you have others in the family with you as well as it adds to the friendly rivalry. You could even have one family group against another to see who can win a trophy. These are great activities to record on your phone or a camera, and you will look back on them with fondness.
Cook and Eat Together
It doesn’t matter how large or small your family may be; there is something lovely about spending time together sharing a meal. If you don’t often get the opportunity to do this every day, then make a point of having a ‘special meal at home’ night. Everyone can play a part in the preparation, and you can then all sit down and eat together. It can also be a good time to catch up on everyone’s lives and share nice events together.
A Day at the Beach
Sun, sand, and relaxation can be just what you and your family need, so why not take everyone out for a day at the beach? Even if you don’t live close to a beach, you can still plan a day trip or vacation there and perhaps use payday loans to fund it, if you are worried about finances for any reason. In fact, it can make the day more special if the beach isn’t something you can do all the time. You need to do a little research to find a beach that is sandy and has good water conditions; you also need to know if there are any amenities there, or if you need to provide all the food and drinks. Some beaches also let you have a barbeque which can be the perfect way to spend the late afternoon after swimming and playing.
Visit a Local Museum
Museums are nothing like they used to be, they are now more interactive and fun for children of all ages. If you want something that is fun and educational, then hitting your local museum is a perfect choice. Many of these places now have things that your children can do to entertain themselves, plus, they can also learn a lot about creatures or technology. If you do a little research beforehand, you could even give them a quiz sheet before they go and reward them if they can find all the answers when they get there.
If you have a weekend to fill, then a family camping trip can be exciting and adventurous for everyone. You don’t have to go that far from home, but it is best to find somewhere that has activities nearby. It is also a good opportunity to teach your kids about nature and what its like to live in the outdoors. If camping in a tent doesn’t appeal, then you can always hire an RV for the weekend. These are spacious and have all the facilities you will need. They are also fairly easy to use so you can arrive and leave without too much hassle. For the larger families, you can often find cabins in the woods that can accommodate more people.
Visit a Theme Park
Theme parks are often great for kids of all ages because there are usually rides for the older kids, and stalls and smaller rides for the younger ones. Although theme parks can be a little expensive, if you plan it right and make it a special occasion, then there is no reason why you can’t include it in your activities. It is often best to arrive early at these parks as the crowds won’t be as big. You can then spend the day there and be one of the last to leave, thoroughly exhausted.
These are only a few of the many activities you can plan for holidays and weekends, others you can include are board game evening and a visit to the zoo. It is more than just having some fun; it is also spending some quality time together as a family that is important.