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7 Fun Things To Do Together With Your Family

Updated on January 13, 2012

Family Fun

Spend fun time with your family
Spend fun time with your family

Is your family lacking some fun quality time together? Many American families today rarely see each other often, let alone come together for some fun family time. Sometimes you just need a push in the right direction to plan, so here are some ideas to help get you started.

1.A trip to the zoo. There is nothing more fun than to spend a day at the zoo with your family. Besides watching all the exotic animals, most zoos now have fun rides for the family to enjoy as well. If you’re strapped for extra money, pack a picnic for everyone instead of buying the high-priced snacks from vendors inside the zoo. Be sure to buy disposable cameras for the kids to take pictures, too.

2.Take a picnic lunch to the park. Even if you aren’t an outdoorsy family, a picnic at the park is still something that you can enjoy. Bring along a horseshoe or crochet game for the family to play together after eating. Later, after the whole family has their fun time together, the kids can play on the playground equipment while Mom and Dad relax on the blanket with a good book or conversation.

3. Visit Washington D.C. If you are so inclined to plan a fun family vacation together, visiting the nation’s capital is one fun way to vacation with your family. You’ll be able to tour lots of interesting historical places and learn a lot about this nation’s history. While experiencing a fabulous hands-on history lesson, your family will have loads of fun and learn a lot.

4.Plan a scavenger hunt. Kids especially love treasure hunts. Plan a fun day of hunting for treasure with your family. Your children can be “in charge” while the parents “chauffeur” them around while they control the treasure map. Make fun pit stops along the way for ice cream or snowballs.

5.Make a family movie together. Another thing kids love to do is watch themselves on video. This time, put your children in charge of the camera and let them make a home video of family time. You could even encourage them to write their own scripts and have the whole family participate in creating a mini movie.

6.Have a “Beautiful Yard” day with your family. Recruit everyone in the family to pitch in with some yard work. Younger children can help with planting flower seeds, while the older kids help mow the lawn and rake leaves. At the end of the day when the yard looks beautiful, have a huge backyard bar-b-q to celebrate the day’s work.

7.Read together. Families with younger children often read to them at bedtime. But once the kids start getting older, those routines are forgotten about. Instill a love of literature in your children by continuing this tradition, even when they are pre-teens and teens by having a family reading night at least once a week. Gather the entire family for a reading from a selected piece of literature or a favorite book. Have everyone take turns reading a few pages, or an entire chapter each.

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    smackins1974 7 years ago from UK

    Great ideas, would have to adapt a couple as I live in the UK but still makes you think about places and activities around you.

    Thanks

    Sarah

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    SJ 7 years ago

    Love. Family is the greatest earthly thing I know, and I really don't think that can be debated unless a person knows what a truly great family is. My mother told us stories more than she read us stories, and I think it made all of more imaginative. I'd leave "beautiful yard" day to my brothers...I'm not falling for that one. My friend's dad was big into scavenger hunts, and though I resisted at first it was just so much fun.

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    Donna 7 years ago

    Help!!! I need ideas on what to do with disabled Apartment Residents that the office can put together (inexpensively) something that can get them together and having fun.

    This is a great site! Thanks!!!

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    7 years ago

    I wish my family did this stuff together. My parents never do anything with me......

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    neeleshkulkarni 7 years ago from new delhi

    stumbled upon this gem . lovely hub and yes reading together forms bonds that last a lifetime.

    when my kids were at school all of us used to enjoy doing their school projects together.

    playing board games is another thing. just last weekend my daughter who is getting married this year brought out a board game we had played with her as kids and two people in their fifties and a girl 25 howled with joy for an hourr

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    Rockstarhobbo 8 years ago

    Hey, this are really some awesome ideas to do with your family! I would love to try it out with mine too, thakns for the great ideas.

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    sacajawea bunny 8 years ago

    you and your family should go to the zoo and have kite time and picnics

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    Melanie Osborne 8 years ago

    Thx a lot every since my papa died we haven't been doing fun things but we can! :D

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    beccas90 8 years ago from New York

    DC is on my list - especially with the snow still coming down and looking forward to Cherry Blossoms.

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    CMadere 8 years ago

    Amanda:

    Ask the friends to join in on the fun! Your kids will remember you as the "house the friends spent time at." This way, as they get older, maybe instead of them disappearing to other peoples houses, (where you don't know what they are doing) they will invite the friends over. If the friends don't want to join in on the fun, tell them to leave and your kids can play with them later. Family time is sacred.

    Love the tips, Hope!

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    amanda  9 years ago

    those are all great ideas!! we did the gardening one the other day. we want to have more family time together, but all their friends call at that moment.we say no but then , there friends come over anyway. do you have any suggestions?

    amanda

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    justin 9 years ago

    i love the 7 ways to spend time with ur family

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    LondonGirl 9 years ago from London

    good list of stuff - I'd choose bike rides and swimming for us!

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    Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

    I really like that these family fun ideas don't require lots of money.

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    Hope Wilbanks 10 years ago from Louisiana

    How fun!! That's a great idea, tjmum! You'll have a fun reminder of nature's beauty on those rotten weather days.

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    tjmum 10 years ago from Isle of Wight

    As a UK resident there are a couple of things we can't do! Not on a day trip anyway. We try to spend as much time together as a family, something many people seem to forget these day. Am looking forward to doing a little Easter Egg hunt for my eldest (30 months) in our garden. I've also started collecting natural things from our walks - feathers, pine cones, twigs etc - that we can collage when the weather is bad. Some great suggestions for proper families.

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    In The Doghouse 10 years ago from California

    Hope,

    I am a firm believer that time invested in the family will yield great returns. I love to spend time with my family and hope to be able to do it forever! Thanks for the fun suggestions.

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    Hope Wilbanks 10 years ago from Louisiana

    Thanks, mrs know it all. :)

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    Hope Wilbanks 10 years ago from Louisiana

    Glad you enjoyed. :) I think sometimes we forget about the SIMPLE things and try to get too complicated. Sometimes our kids just need to be TOGETHER and not necessarily doing anything spectacular.

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    mrs know it all 10 years ago from The Windy City Suburbs

    Hi Hope, I really like your hub. The beautiful yard one is great. This is good family-value stuff that we forget. Please see my site also for another take on family time.

    http://onestopmommyshop.com

    Looking forward to more from you.

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    monitor 10 years ago from The world.

    Reading together, hunting together, picnic together......together. We need more reminders like this. I like the zoo idea and I would say even if you can afford to buy lunch take a picnic anyway. Just something real nice about eating home packed anything together. Thank you Hope.

    Mon.

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