Plan a Family Hike
You don’t have to strap on expensive hiking boots and spend hours on a remote mountain path to enjoy a “hike.” Hiking with your family can be as simple as following a straightforward trail at a local park, or exploring a nature trail at one of the many free locations in your state. Pack a lunch, some binoculars, and maybe even some fun nature gear to use during your family adventure.
Gear Up for Game Night
One of the most traditional ways to enjoy time with your kids is a family game night! Toy Insider Parent Darcy Zalewski has tons of suggestions for family board games, travel games, card games, and so much more! Game Night is an excellent excuse to turn off your phones and devices to focus on the fun at hand.
Compete in a Family Bake-Off
Paint Kindness Rocks
Simple crafts are a fun way to earn family bonding time. One good open-ended craft idea is painting rocks, which is also inexpensive and creative. You can use them to spread a little cheer, too! Create some kindness rocks as a family and then hide them in your local parks or your neighborhood.
Magical Movie Night
It’s OK if the time we spend together isn’t extravagant. Sometimes the most simple moments are the most treasured ones. Plan a magical movie night with snacks, popcorn, or easy treats. Take turns picking favorite movies or draw surprise movie titles from a hat. Not sure what to choose? How about a themed movie night? Pick a classic from the 1980s or a musical that you haven’t seen. Think outside the box with Christmas or holiday-themed movies, too!
No matter how you choose to spend time with your kids, it’s always special. If planning game nights and themed activities don’t work for your family, keep it simple and just take a walk in your neighborhood together! Time we enjoy together is never time wasted.