15 Fun and Engaging Family Activities For All Ages
Finding things to do with the entire family in tow is not always an
easy feat. There are many reasons for this, one being agendas. A lot of
times family outings end up with the children in tears and you wishing
you were in bed, with the covers pulled up and a pillow over your head.
Eventually, we develop a sort of mental block as to what is fun as a
family and what can be traumatic for everyone involved.
Have no fear! The following is a list of engaging activities for you
and your children to enjoy together. The list is long, so there are
many options for you to try. Just remember, the goal is to enjoy
yourselves (at least a little) if you want to have a successful family
activity. This starts with smiling, read the studies.
F A M I L Y F U N
1. DANCE! Ever feel like going to the park with the kids and strutting
your stuff on the dance floor all at the same time! Baby Loves Disco is
your kind of place! With locations in dance clubs across the US, you
can host a birthday party here or just go for an afternoon of dancing
with the kids.
They play fun disco tunes and you can have snacks and drinks when you
need to refuel. Check your local area to see if any clubs are holding
Baby Loves Disco during the day. If you cannot find one, submit a
location or area to the company and they will try to open one up! What
a great way to spend an afternoon!
2. MUSEUMS. Local Art, Childrens or History Museums - Children like to
go to museums, especially if it means having fun. Pack a picnic and
plan on staying for a while. You can get a tour of the museum on
headsets or just walk around together and point out what you like (or
do not like) about the artwork or artifacts that you encounter.
3. ZOO. Animals are always a hit, especially with the young ones. Once
there, look for petting zoos, primates and polar bears, for some reason
kids go nuts over these little fellows. Also, make sure to bring
snacks, water and a camera!
4. PARKS. Neighborhood Parks and Theme Parks possess great potential to
entertain kids for hours. With lots of space, there is always room for
releasing energy and stimulating activity. Make sure to hold on tight
and stay together. Talk about what to do if someone gets lost before
getting stuck in a crowd. Enjoy the outdoors!
5. FARMERS MARKET. There are wonderful opportunities to talk about
health and to see new and interesting things at farmers markets. Take
advantage of the platform to show kids how to find good fruits and
veggies and talk to farmers about how they grow their crops. This is a
great way to get kids interested in the foods that they eat and to
6. AQUARIUM. Fish are fun! They come in an abundance of beautiful
colors, shapes, sizes and habitats. Lots of homes have fish as pets,
but many kids have not had the opportunity to explore fish stores and
aquariums. It can actually be a relaxing experience (as long as you
agree beforehand that you are leaving all of the fish at the store!)
The next time you are looking for a rainy day activity, put the
slickers and goulashes on and go fishing at the aquarium!
7. MOVIES. If your child is over 3 years old, the movie theater can be
a great treat. Pack some of your favorite healthy snacks, grab a
sweater and catch a fun flick. IMAX theaters are in many cities across
the US now and have great educational films for kids, not to mention
the theaters are enormous and have incredible sound systems.
8. THEATER. There are many theater companies in even the smallest towns
with childrens theater. Check your local playhouse to see if anything
is coming up in your neighborhood. If so, buy some tickets and make a
date. If not, create your own play, complete with script, costumes and
9. LIBRARY. As long as your child is capable of being quiet, this
should be a mandatory experience for children as someday it might be a
thing of the past. Most local libraries have weekly story time, which
can be a lot of fun for young kids. Many libraries even have staff lead
songs and art projects. Check your local library for details.
10. CITY HALL. Do your kids know what government is? Probably not.
However, City Hall can be a great place to talk to kids about the local
lawmakers, while showing them the courts and politicians of the city.
If your child is over 7 years old, schedule a class field trip for
these future voters and politicians of America!
11. GOLF. Whether you go to a miniature golf course or a putting green,
golf is a good, all around fun activity for the whole family. Plan to
make a few hours of the game and enjoy it. Just make sure that all kids
understand proper form and that golf clubs are held *differently* than
12. SKATING. Ice skating and roller skating are great activities for
both boys and girls. Skating encourages motor skills and physical
activity as well as family bonding as together, kids can fall down and
hold each other up!
13. BOWLING. Strike-outs build self confidence and who does not love to
wear those stinky shoes? Bowling is a good, old, all-American past time
that all children should experience at least once! Do not forget to
bring socks (unless you want to borrow socks from the alley).
14. ART. Make art! Use paper and supplies that you find around the
house, yard or school. Create projects that involve nature and color.
You can make self-portraits, a family painting or a family mural. Just
remember that there is no wrong way to make art, except if you do not
15. BASEBALL. Take them out to the ball game. Need I say more? Oh yes,
bring a coat if it is cold out and be prepared to sing and eat peanuts.
So, now you have 15 activities to enjoy as a family. Each one can be
done as many times as you wish, so if you try them all, you are bound
to love at least a few of them! There are many fun activities that you
can do with your family. Don't be afraid to get creative with your
family adventures. Be prepared with food, warmth, money and your smiles
and everything should be just fine.
About the Author:
Britt Michaelian, MA is a family safety expert and CEO of Responsible
Family Company, designed to educate and empower families to live safe,
healthy and responsible lives. Read the blog and newsletter and order
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