I don’t know about you but there are times, on occasion, we end up with nothing to do over the weekends – not that there’s virtually nothing to do, but a typical outdoor barbeque, walk in the park or going shopping can get a bit samey’. So, listed below are some creative (and some not so much) activities you can do this over the weekends where you find yourself at a loose end.
Join a local sports event.
My exercise regime has been somewhat lacking of late due to time restrictions (although that really is no excuse) so I think that it’s a good idea to re-start now – and with my family in tow. Not only is it a perfect place for family bonding, but also a venue to get fit together – what’s not to love? All we need is a little Google search or a look into the local bulletin to see upcoming sports events. Looking forward to getting back to a weekend park run!
And I mean way out. This can be a reward after a vigorous activity like cleaning up the whole house, tidying the garden, joining a local sports event, etc. Choose an exotic cuisine that you and your children haven’t tried before, such as Portuguese or Thai. Locate the country on a map or globe, then read a short internet or encyclopedia entry to that nation’s culture. You can go to the restaurant early, before the dinner rush begins, so everyone can really take in the atmosphere.
Teach your kids the value of contributing to the community early on. For instance, your town may have a gardening club that beautifies public spaces. Kids can mess around in the dirt or better yet, pull up weeds (with supervision), and older kids can plant bulbs and seeds. You may also help out at an animal-rescue organisation (Grace would love this), or take your kids to visit elderlies at a retirement home.
Plan a treasure hunt.
While no one’s watching, plant little pound shop jewels and treasures in the yard. Then create a map with directions. To create an ancient look, let some coffee soak into the paper to brown it with age. While it is wet, rip it around the edges. Now hide the map somewhere in the house and while the kids find it, you can then put away their toys or make the bed (or have some time to yourself!).
Go master chef!
Kids just love making biscuits, pie crusts and pizza, because they can squish the dough with their fingers. Watching a dough rise and then punching it is very entertaining indeed.
Make a dress-up box.
Rainy day outside? Stay home and weed out unwanted dresses, shoes, hats and costume jewellery from your wardrobes. After the kids pick out any items they want for their costume box, you can take the rejects to a local charity shop.
Watch a movie outside.
There’s nothing like curling up in front of the television for an old fashioned family movie weekend. However, if you or the kids want to watch the latest films, you’ll need to head over to a movie house or a family-favourite event cinema. It doesn’t matter which country you are in either – for example, there is the Plaza in Dorchester, UK or the Rialto Theater in Michigan, USA or the Event Cinema in Campbelltown, Australia. It’s also a perfect staging point for lessons/values from a movie, especially if it’s a family flick.
What other family activities do you do during weekends? Why not share it with others by commenting below?
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