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It can be so easy to find yourself in a rut, with the weekends turning into resting periods, where you and the kids just chill out, watch movies, or do odd jobs around the house. But childhood should be a time for adventure and for making memories that will remain long into adulthood.
There is so much that you and your kids could be doing together at the weekend. But what are those things? This list will tell you. All of these adventures are healthy for your kids’ minds and bodies, too, making them a much better option than staying at home. Here are the top ten things to do with your kids at the weekend:
It doesn’t matter if you live in the city or the countryside. A bike ride is a special thing for you to do with your kids. You can spend some time during the week discussing where you will go, helping to build up a sense of adventure and anticipation. Take a map, draw some lines, pick out some interesting places to stop, and even plan what kind of food and drink you’ll have for your picnic pitstops along the way. Make sure that you bring a bike pump and repair kit so that a punctured tire doesn’t ruin your trip.
If it’s wintertime, then there’s nothing better than hitting the rink with your kids. Depending on where you live, you might even have the option of an outdoor rink. There is nothing more magical than ice-skating with your kids, all of you wrapped up warm, with the spirit of Christmas maybe in the air, depending on the time of year. A trip to the rink can be combined with a meal afterward so that you can discuss the amazing time you’ve just had together.
Sometimes it’s good to get away from it all and get back in touch with nature. A camping trip is an excellent adventure for you and your kids. You can teach them how to put up a tent, cook on a stove, and all the other survival tips that will keep them safe in the future. You can laugh and giggle as you swim together in a lake or river. And you can have fun while you explore the unfamiliar terrain, perhaps roleplaying that you’re somewhere far, far away. No matter how old your kids are, camping is a great family trip that is piles of fun and can be a helpful learning experience, too.
A parent-child cooking class is great for both of you. You can learn something new while helping each other with a shared purpose. Other parents and children will also surround you and may find yourselves making some new friends. A cooking class will also teach your children the importance of good hygiene and nutrition.
If you’ve found it hard to make this information hit home, then perhaps hearing it from a cooking instructor might have more of an impact. There is so much to gain from a parent-child cooking class. But fun is the number one benefit of a weekend spent learning to cook together.
Visiting a museum is a great way for an inquisitive child to see that learning can be fun. You can also impart a little knowledge to your special ones. Perhaps you used to be a keen admirer of modern art. Well, then take your kids to an art museum, and see if any of the work moves them, then explain to them why you like or dislike certain pieces.
Natural history museums are also great places for children to learn where they have come from. And some fantastic, interactive museums are a lot of fun. Your child won’t even realize how much they’re learning because they’ll be enjoying themselves so much.
Play Crazy Golf
A little friendly competition can be a great way to bond with your kids at the weekend, and crazy golf is an entertaining way to spend a few hours. If you’re a real golf enthusiast, then you can use the crazy golf course as a way to give your kids some pointers on how to hold a putter and line up the put properly. Crazy golf is great in the sunshine, and it can be easily followed by a healthy meal at your kids’ favorite restaurant.
Swimming is an affordable, healthy, fun way to spend some time with your kids. If they don’t have much experience in the pool, then you can enjoy watching them build their confidence – and their muscles – as they do laps or try to beat you in races. Swimming is a skill that benefits all adults.
The more time that your children spend doing it, the more comfortable they will become. If your kid is prone to spending too much time on the sofa or video games chair, then a bit of exercise will do them good. It will benefit you also, especially if you do a sedentary job.
Fishing has everything. It’s a great way to get out in the sunshine, providing you with some healthy vitamin D. It’s a lifelong skill that your child can teach their child long in the future. Fishing provides you with a purpose – and even dinner, if you fish somewhere that doesn’t require you to throw the fish back into the water.
Fishing gives you and your child a common goal, and it’s also an opportunity for you and your child to speak. There are no distractions – just you and your kids. You’ll have all the time in the world to enjoy the silence or have that conversation you’ve been putting off for a while.
If you want to introduce some culture into your kids’ lives, then why not take them to a matinee performance at your local theatre? Choosing the right play is imperative. You need to make sure that it’s age-appropriate, as you don’t want the material to go over your kids’ heads or send them to sleep. A theatre trip is a great day out for you and your kids. You can go out for some lunch before the performance or some dinner afterward.
Imagine the awestruck face of your kids when they see an orangutan for the first time up close. A zoo is an excellent place for children to see strange and exotic animals. They can learn about the creatures that we share the planet with, picking up vital information that could help them with their studies. As the zoo is outdoors, then you’ll also get some sunshine, and your kids will get some exercise as they walk around all the enclosures.
Now you have no excuses to stay at home during the weekend. You have ten amazing activities to choose from that you and your kids can do together. All ten can provide you with bonding time with your kids, as well as help them nourish both their body and mind at the same time.