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Summertime - the best time for a day out with the family, but what should you do?
Depending on where you live, the choices are endless and when spending quality time with your family the costs of a day out don’t have to be a huge consideration. With a little foresight and planning a family day out can fit any budget.
Start with your own back yard: take the kids outside.
Depending on the ages and interests of your family, just set up a few yard games: put someone in charge of scorekeeping, invite some neighbors and hold a competition. It’s possible this could even evolve into an annual event.
Have a scavenger hunt: Make a list of common and some not-so-common outdoor items, pair up and get hunting. This activity might well take you out of the yard and into the neighborhood.
Set up a tent for camping and with any outdoor activity have a picnic. It’s amazing how good any food tastes in the fresh air.
Moving beyond the backyard, check out the local events: Nearly every small town has some sort of annual celebration. The theme might be a car show or turtle races, maybe it’s a train or watermelon festival, whatever the event, there is certain to be a plethora of other events to see. Often times there are flea markets and carnival rides, foods booths and there is almost always a parade and fireworks after dark. Taking your family to a community celebration will create lasting memories for everyone. You can find information to what’s going on in the community through various visitors’ guides and publications.
Also consider attending the county fair together, food, rides and fun are always a great combination, and if your family really likes the thrill of riding you’ll be able ride all day at a nearby theme park.
Maybe rides aren’t your ‘thing’, or you’d prefer something a little more educational for the children.
A zoo or children’s museum, a historical reenactment site, or history center all bring fun and learning together.
With the evolution of On Demand television and movie channels available over television, taking the family to a movie isn’t as much of a ‘treat’ as it once was, and sitting side-by-side watching a movie isn’t the best way to connect with each other, so consider a live stage or musical performance instead. Afterwards you can head over to the local late-night café for a cup of coffee and a lively critique of the performance.
Better yet, attend an out-door concert with a blanket on the ground for seating and the smell of popcorn and mini donuts floating through the air. You’ll have an enjoyable afternoon while benefiting from the culture and fresh air.
If you have the misfortune of experiencing rain or other weather that prevents you from spending time outdoors, you can have just as much fun inside- without even leaving your home. But don’t do the same old thing and don’t let yourself get into the rut of doing housework.
Break out the board games and eat junk food all day.
Take the kids I Wish shopping. This is similar to window shopping in that you don’t actually buy anything, but you let the kids pick out and show you anything they wish for. Besides being an unusual activity, you’ll get some good ideas of what to buy for birthday or Christmas gifts.
No matter what you decide to do with your family for the day, be sure to include plenty of talking and listening. Communication is the key to making a memorable day.
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