When both you and your children are home on weekends, free from the usual weekday commitments, how can you spend a fruitful time together? Weekends are the best times to have bonding moments with your kids. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done since you can find fewer shared interests especially as your children grow older. Hope is not lost, however. There are plenty of activities you can do together with your kids when they you’re not tied to work and they don’t have to be in school.
Go on road or nature trips
Road trips should not simply be relegated to the status of holiday activities. Take them every weekend to discover the road less traveled with your kids. Visit new, unexplored places together or go food hunting in different towns and explore more than the ordinary. Plan picnics along the way. Road trips can serve as live geography lessons where you and your children learn about the people in various locations and their culture. See the soul of the area in the eyes of the locals as you get a taste of their culture and breathe their air, albeit only shortly. Who knows what rich insights your kids and you could pick up along the way?
Go on hiking trips. This can help you become one with nature. Participate in organized community hiking trips if there are any in your area. Those kinds of group activities present an excellent opportunity for your children to mingle with other kids who share the same interests. Besides, the exercise will do you all a wealth of good. Navigate a different trail every month.
Explore what your neighborhood has to offer in the way of entertainment
While most kids nowadays no longer appreciate the silver screen, if you can motivate your kids to watch movies with you, bring them to cinemas that play age-appropriate movies. A lot of today’s animated movies are a hit among adults and children alike, and even the in-betweeners. Movies make for a fantastic night out on weekends, especially when capped with an equally fantastic dinner at a family restaurant afterwards. Go shopping for groceries together, and let them decide which cereals to buy or which milk brand they like best, among other things.
You could also visit the neighborhood playground or park. Just seeing your kids bike around or run around with others their own age can be stress busting or relaxing. You can even have picnics or family outdoor games there. An alternative would be watching live or outdoor shows or art performances. Tell your friends and relatives who also have kids to join you. After all, the more, the merrier! Or you could simply visit relatives and friends together with your children. Agree with the adults to meet for lunch or dinner so you can all catch up on each other. Do some volunteer work together. You and your kids can participate in animal rescue activities or you can visit a retirement home together to introduce them to the concept of caring for the elderly.
Stay home and do something interesting/exciting together
Board games are a fantastic way of engaging children in mind-developing concepts. Face-to-face games are better than computer games that only promote interaction on a non-personal level. Play games in the yard. An alternative to visiting an art gallery would be doing arts and crafts at home. Encourage your kids to collect leaves during outdoor trips so they can use them for making art pieces. Remember that the simple piece your child creates today could help them grow to be an artist in the future. You can always have a good laugh together if the art piece does not really match your and your kids’ expectations.
Do some baking or cooking together. The best thing about these types of activities is you can always eat your mistakes. You can also check out the stars at night, and for starters, get a star chart and a good quality telescope. The fresh air can even help your children sleep better later.