Archive for the ‘Family Outings & Activities’ Category

08/21/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Mom & Dad’s Room


We spend a lot of time in our homes, mainly in the living areas, kitchen, bonus rooms, etc. These rooms are created to be common areas. Bedrooms are a more personal space. Conversations and interactions are naturally more intimate there.

Spend an hour or two one evening with the whole family in the master bedroom. Encourage the kids to bring a few books or small toys with them. Turn off the TV, put away the phones and spend a little bit of time just focusing on being together. You can read your own book, spend a little bit of time writing, chat with the kids or your spouse, brush the girls’ hair, play some card games, read to the kids or help them with homework. Whatever the activity, I think you will find that the mood of the family is just a little bit different when you change the setting.

Cozy up with your family tonight and simply enjoy being together.

08/14/09
Amy

(Family Activities) “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”


Do you remember the classic song, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, from the movie “Mary Poppins”? In the timeless movie, the family dances around the house and skips down the street, singing the jolly tune as they embark on their little adventure. The scene captures the beauty of engaging in even the simplest of activities as a family. The air is lighthearted and carefree. Even the parents are impacted. I love how the scene also teaches the great significance of parents interacting and playing with their children. You can setup the circumstances around their lives to provide them with opportunity and education, but without the time of interfacing with their parents, those opportunities are meaningless.

So set aside some time this week to be active as a family. Laugh. Play. Dance. Let’s go fly a kite.

kite flying

08/07/09
Amy

(Family Activities) A Walk with a Twist


july21Family walks are fun traditions. It is an activity that all family members can be a part of and it gets you out of the house and into an active state. Walks provide opportunities for playful interactions, the expenditure of energy, and good conversations.

Here is a twist on the traditional walk, though, that will give this common outing a fresh face. Simply pack the family up in the car and pick a different neighborhood to go walking in. Your family will enjoy exploring new territory, meeting new people, observing different houses and scenery, and stopping at new parks.

An activity as simple as a walk will suddenly feel like a memorable and refreshing outing.

07/30/09
Amy

(Family Activities) Picnic at the Pool


We’re nearing the end of the summer when the days are extra long and extra hot. Yet, while it is tempting to go into a summer hibernation, there are so many ways to take advantage of the extra time with the kids and, yes, even the heat.

One day this week, pack up for an evening at the pool!  Assemble an easy dinner of sandwiches and fun snacks, grabs your suits and towels and prepare to stay at the poolside until it closes. This can be one of the best times of the day to swim; you save on sunscreen and the crowds often thin out as you move towards dinner and bedtime.  You can even bring a deck of cards or other non-swimming forms of recreation for some out-of-the-pool breaks. Make an evening of it! It will refresh the whole family and, as a bonus, help the kids to sleep really well that night.