There are times when our little family starts to feel disconnected. Typically it’s a result of one (or both) parents being busy and distracted with work – which throws the balance off, add in a little end of term tiredness, a series of disrupted nights, or family illness, and you can just feel the tensions rising. The signs are many and varied – everyone is that little less patient and quicker to snap, small things become big problems in the blink of an eye, the girls seem to be constantly vying for my attention, the TV is on more often then usual, and these are just a few of the signs!
I know straight away that we need time to reconnect and be a family together without the distractions of work and everyday home life, and I love the idea of a family date to achieve just that. Some time together, either at home or out and about, to do something just for the sake of having fun. Don’t we all deserve as much fun as possible in life?! So I have collected together 14 ideas for spending quality time together dating (and having awesome fun with) your family.
Getting out and about as a family
1. Have you tried the global treasure hunt known as geocaching? It’s a great way to spend time outdoors, with the thrill of the search giving family members reason to work and talk together.
2. Hiking gets everyone outdoors, active and (hopefully) enjoying the fresh air. Go Explore Nature has some great tips for making hiking fun for kids.
3. A visit to the zoo has always been our go-to with small children. There is just so much for them to see and do, and it’s outdoors so they can run and skip and be noisy and not be worried about bothering others.
4. For a day of total child focused fun, why not plan a Day of Yes. Via What Do We Do All Day.
5. Forsome one on one time between parent and child with a difference, why not try a Reading Cafe Date. With thanks to Creekside Learning.
6. Pack some tasty treats and head out for a family picnic. Visit somewhere new to you or mix it up by enjoying a breakfast picnic!
7. Try something new together – mini golf, regular golf, tennis, ice skating, go-karting, indoor rock climbing, surfing – introduce your children to something you loved as a child or try something that no one in the family has tried before.
Family Dates at Home
8. Fun would be an understatement with this Minute to Win It game night from The Chaos and the Clutter.
9. Put together a list of your favourite tunes and enjoy a family dance party. Via The (Reformed) Idealist Mom.
10. Spend time creating together – it could be anything from simple abstract art with little ones (Handmade Kids Art) to a gorgeous string art to hang in your home (via We Are That Family)
11. Develop a tradition of cooking together – it doesn’t have to be dinner! From Lemon Lime Adventures.
12. Pull out your favourite board games and enjoy a good old fashioned family games night. Or teach the kids a new card game (from Little Eco Footprints).
13. Host a movie night – this must be the ultimate in home movie night snack bars! (via Family Fresh Meals)
14. Host a paper airplane challenge. Via Creative Family Fun.
What are the signs that your family needs time to reconnect? What is your favourite way to spend fun time together?
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Julie Kirkwood says