Today, with all the personal electronic devices, it is so easy for families to disperse into their own cyberspace and completely loose touch with reality. It can certainly be a challenge to find ‘real time’ true family interface and that is why I suggest setting aside a least one day a week as “family day“. If you are finding that evenings can seem long and boring when trying to keep the whole family engaged without devices, here are a few ideas for fun activities to do with kids. What’s more fun than gathering the whole family for some family fun? After all, these are times you will remember when they move out and let me just tell you, time flies by! There are only 940 weekends from the time your child is born till he or she reaches 18- enjoy them!
You’ll Love These Fun Activities To Do With Kids
1. Take A Family Visit To A Museum Or Planetarium
How about an educational and fun trip for the family to a museum or planetarium? These types of facilities are notorious for offering discounts to families and large groups. You could possibly even hit up a science museum (like in my photo above) if your family is looking for a more interactive outing. Any way you spin it, museums and planetariums are great ways to inspire and intrigue your family all while they’re having good, old plain fun.
2. Take The Family Bowling
Family bowling is an excellent way to just let loose and bring the family together. Together, your family can enjoy in some fun competition while chowing down on hot dogs and potato chips. Many facilities that cater to family fun offer lots of services such as the bowling alley, an arcade, food and drinks, and so much more. Bowling with the family can get the entire family involved in communicating and having fun. Even though we don’t do it that often, bowling is one of my fun activities to do with kids and it is one of my favorite family memories from when I was a child.
3. Enjoy A Matinee Movie with Your Family
Another great family activity is an outing to a matinee movie. Matinees are movies that are shown during the day, and they’re typically discounted. You can even create your own matinee at home. Alternatively you could organize a fun trip to your local theater to see a comedy that everyone will enjoy.
4. Visit A Local Park
There’s really nothing better than spending time with your family at parks or even lake areas. Spending time in a relaxing outdoor setting can really loosen your family members up and provide a calming experience. Parks and lakes offer beautiful scenery, and the kids can even have fun playing on the slides, monkey bars or swing sets!
5. Take A Short Road Trip
There’s something about going for drives that kids love, and the perfect way to embrace this is to take them on a small road trip. Maybe you could plan a trip to go see a relative that lives in a neighboring state, or you could take the family to spend a day in a nearby city. The kids will love the car ride, and everyone gets to enjoy the new scenery as well as all of the fun activities that will take place while on the road trip!
One of our family favorite fun activities to do with kids is canoeing because it is so out of the ordinary. We set off like explorers down the river and see things from a whole different point of view. We love spotting turtles, herons, and fish as we paddle down the river.
7. Family Camping
Setting up a tent in the back yard can be huge family fun. Getting the tent built as a family is a good bonding experience and then it makes a fun place to hang out and read or for the kids to play fort in. A night under the stars can be fun for the whole family even if you don’t have time for a full fledge getaway.
Doing things as a family has constantly been proven to be the best way to bring a family together and keep it strong. Children especially remember those types of times as being great experiences, and they will often reminisce and hold onto those fond memories for the rest of their lives. One of the best parts about organizing fun activities to do with kids is that they don’t have to put a dent in your pocket book. It doesn’t take an extravagant vacation to bring a family together. A lot of the best family activities can still take place even while on a budget!
8. A Family Game Of Charades
Charades is a popular choice for activities to do with kids. Nothing is more hilarious than watching each other act out the name of that latest Justin Bieber pop song or crawl around while pretending to be an animal. Charades is a great game to bridge the generation gap and provide tons of raucous laughs in the process and it’s completely FREE. No board, no dice, think freeform, old school style. Don’t forget to give the players a quick tutorial on the charades universal hand motions and make sure someone is standing by with a camcorder to catch all the hilarity.
9. Trivia Time
With tons of different trivia games available, you can buy one or make your own. Be sure to accommodate all ages on this one by using the internet to source a variety of questions. With subjects ranging from questions about everyday knowledge, geography, history and even totally obscure questions, trivia will provide an inexhaustible source of challenging family fun and be good for your brain as well. We like to do this one on road trips a lot and my husband makes it like a game show. We make sound effects if they get the right or wrong answer. Out of all the fun activities to do with kids, this one is always a hit because they love to compete. If you need trivia ides, here is a list of 50 questions.
10. Put on a Family Drama
Calling all thespians. The American family could stand to learn a few things from the Von Trapp family. I’m not saying you need to go find some fedoras and sport some lederhosen but even the idea of a family talent show can bring out the best in your family members and sometimes the worst, but that’s all part of the fun! Whether it’s singing a melody together, telling bad jokes, improvisational skits or swallowing swords, talent shows are a blast especially when each family member tries to out do the previous act. My sister and I used to memorize parts from books to act out for our parents.
11. Prepare A Meal As A Family
What’s a better way to break bread together than to make bread together. Homemade pizza night is a super economical, fun and delicious way to kick off family night. Get everyone involved by encouraging them to make their own individual pizza with whatever topping fits their fancy. Let everyone make a root beer float. It is fun to be involved in making something together.
Families That Play Together, Stay Together
It is hard to compete with the draw of friends, movies, concerts, mall excursions and all the other exciting things that captivate our young people. These are precious times that require parents to keep a watchful eye out for kids but not be overly protective. Making family time a priority while at the same time, making it enjoyable for everyone is a challenge worth undertaking. Family time really is the best time so be sure to slow down and enjoy it!
Hopefully these ideas for fun activities to do with kids will help you on your way to making the home environment one that comforting, fun, and inviting. Overall, family activities make for wonderful memories that everyone can reminisce on for the rest of their lives. Family activities are imperative to keep everyone closely knit. Additionally, they make for wonderful stories and memories that can be shared with future generations. There’s nothing like spending great times with your family! Don’t forget to work family activities into your schedule and count them as an important part of your family values.