If your kids are continually staring at their smart devices and consider a fun day to be one where they’ve been allowed to play video games all day, you may be looking for some ideas to keep them busy during the weekend.
All of us need more exercise, and getting outdoors with your kids is a great way to relax, destress, workout, and get them excited about the world around them. Whether this means taking little kids to the park or grabbing older kids for a hike, you may even want to build up to a weekend camping and hiking trip, building a love of the outdoors in your kids which will last their whole lives. If you plan ahead, you can easily find and reserve a campsite before you leave your house
Go to a theme park
If you ask most kids about the memories that stand out for them as kids, many of them are likely to mention going to a theme park with their parents, and can even name their favourite rides. This is a great chance to get your kids away from the screen and engaging with the real world, while also spending some quality time as a family. One great idea could be to have a family savings goal- complete with an allowance for the kids when they do their chores so they can also have their own money to spend at the theme park. Tickets for a whole family can be expensive though, so it’s a good idea to in advance so you can get the cheaper price and avoid spending hours in line once you’re there.
Go to the movies
Think back- when was the last time you went to the movies as a family? Since most of us have a Netflix account, it can be easy to just put a movie on at home, but consider grabbing the family and heading out to the cinema to see a new release in the weekend. You’ll be able to grab that hot, buttery popcorn and experience a brand new movie together.
How often does mum or dad end up in the kitchen all by themselves? Get the kids involved this weekend, and teach them some necessary skills in the kitchen- remember, they’re going to move out at some stage and will need to know how to make more than a piece of toast. Not sure if your kids will be down with spending that much time in the kitchen? There’s nothing wrong with a shameless bribe, so offer to teach them to make their favourite cookies (complete with taste testing), in exchange for learning to make a basic meal. Even little kids can get involved (and will often insist on it), with measuring, mixing, and tasting along the way.
As you can see, there are many ways to keep your kids entertained without relying on the screen this weekend!