It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of everyday life. At times, it can feel like there isn’t enough time in the day.
But if you take the time to plan and prepare for fun activities with your kids, it can be really rewarding for everyone involved.
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We’ve put together a list of five things you can do this weekend with your children that will help bring some joy back into their lives and yours:
Try something new.
If you’ve got some time this weekend, take your kids to a park or backyard and try something that they haven’t done before. If you don’t want to venture too far from home, check out the activity guide in your local paper or online.
See if there are any classes or activities near you that would be fun for your family. Some ideas include hiking, biking, and horseback riding; martial arts; swimming lessons; photography workshops; cooking classes; dog training and agility courses for dogs.
Plan a treasure hunt.
This is a great way to get your kids outside and exploring. You can use clues to lead them through the woods, or even around the neighborhood, while they work together to find the treasure.
Make sure that it’s not too challenging for them though, you want it to be fun.
Once you’ve found a good hiding place for your treasure, make sure everyone is on board with whatever it happens to be (a toy car? A card game? An extra piece of chocolate cake?).
If you’re feeling crafty, consider making some homemade treasure maps. If not, there are plenty of free printable ones available online.
Take a nature walk.
One of the best things you can do as a family is go for a nature walk. This is a great way to spend time together and get some fresh air, but it also teaches your kids about how to look around them and how nature works. You may see signs of spring, signs of pollution, signs of erosion, signs of littering or vandalism. Your children will learn what’s natural and what isn’t so they can make good choices when they are outside in the future.
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Attend a kid-friendly event.
Find a local event that’s fun and educational for kids.
Most cities offer plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the community together, and many events are designed with children in mind.
Check the website of your local museum, zoo or botanical garden for information on upcoming events that will be fun for you both.
If you can find one with an educational component too, like learning about animals or plants at a nature center, all the better.
You might also consider checking out local festivals (like this one) or events sponsored by schools, religious organizations or other community groups where there may be activities just for kids like story time and crafts projects.
- Bring your camera. Photos are always great keepsakes from fun outings with loved ones so bring along your camera to capture those special moments together as a family. And if you don’t have one yet but want something easy-to-use with decent image quality (without breaking the bank), I’d recommend this little guy – it takes great snapshots without much effort at all 🙂
- Be prepared for lots of walking. You’ll likely spend most of your time walking around looking at different things so make sure everyone has comfortable shoes on before leaving home because no one wants blisters mid-day because their feet hurt already.”
Take your kids to work.
Take them where you spend most of your time, and let them see what you do. Let them help with a project or two, and they’ll learn a lot about how their parent spends their days.
They’ll also appreciate the fact that he’s not just at home all day “playing video games” (or whatever it is they think he does all day).
And even if they don’t really understand what their parent does for a living, it will make them seem way cooler than if he was just sitting on the couch all day watching TV with them.
It’s important to spend time with your children. It’s fun, it builds memories and it helps them learn about the world. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or do something fancy – sometimes just sitting down and going for a walk can be enough.