Mary has written tons of articles encouraging families to get involved in activities that bring them together.
It’s the 21st century, and human interaction is largely digital. We connect on social media and tons of other internet platforms, but hardly in person -- even at family dinner tables. More than ever, there’s the need to be intentional about spending time together as a family despite work commitments and every other contemporary trapping.
While family is forever, you may not always be in the same house together, so take time out for fun and adventure. Here are 9 fun activities you can do with your family.
Pack a basket, drive to a location and just have fun with your family. Let loose and relax. Put away phones and other distractions and be present in the moment.
Pick a new movie that the family is excited about, make a trip to the local cinema, and enjoy the movie together. You can talk about what part you loved and hated on the ride home. This has the added bonus of getting to annoy fellow cinema-goers together if you’re up for it (Psst. Don’t say I told you, though).
3. Spend time in the kitchen together
Cooking is a skill that everyone needs to have. So, spending time in the kitchen is important, not only for the bonding but also to learn. You can give your family members little projects around the kitchen. Cooking and baking together is not only fun; it's also educative. Don't worry if they make a mess. You can just clean it up together.
4. Try a new cuisine together
It is important to try new things and trying them with family adds a touch of thrill (yeah, even if it’s 90% getting on each other’s nerves). Choose a cuisine that your family hasn't tried. You can make the selection process fun by hanging a map on the wall and throwing a dart to select which cuisine to try next. You can also make it educational by reading a short encyclopedia or Internet introduction to that nation's culture and food. You may also take time to make a signature dish from that country for lunch or dinner.
5. Get crafting
It's time to turn your trash into treasure. Go through the things you already have and make something from scratch with your family. You may need to buy a few supplies, or follow a DIY tutorial on YouTube for anything hard but be open to all the possibilities.
Get competitive with your loved ones and pull out the games. It may take a while to learn all the rules that govern most games but that's all part of the fun. Board games like chess, monopoly, scrabble, card games like Uno, Go Fish!, Crazy Eights, Slapjack, gin rummy, hearts, and more, can be fun activities when done with family.
No matter how long you have lived in your city, there is always something new to explore and discover. So, try booking a hotel and exploring your home town.
A new project is always good for the family. Start a garden and get your family involved in the process from start to finish, from planning to execution -- what to plant, where to plant it, and even the planting. If your family already has a garden, get everyone involved in the upkeep. Bring family members who are not into gardening up to speed and see how it pans out for the family.
9. Read a book together
Pick an interesting book that every family member wants to read, providing you all get to agree on one. The selection process may be difficult because everyone in the family is different. Have a few books and their summaries ready to ease the selection process. Once the book has been selected, spend a few minutes every day reading together. You can go through the room and make everyone read a chapter.
The list of fun activities you can enjoy with your family is never-ending - puzzles, museums, beaches, libraries and so much more. While the activities are important, it is the people you’re doing them with that matter the most. So, make sure you get their opinions on these activities so no one feels left out. Have a family discussion and decide as a family what to do next. You can even have a list of all the fun activities you want to try as a family. When you run out of ideas, Google is your best friend.