Imagine your old and grey self sitting out on the porch with your children all grown up. You’re sitting there reminiscing the good old days. You recall all the moments, especially the small ones where you made precious memories.
If you wish to make family memories to cherish and hold dear, then spend more time with your children before they grow up. Family time doesn’t have to be expensive cross-Atlantic trips and extravagant activities. You need to have your family in one place doing fun things you all love.
If you are stumped for ideas for family time, then here are 5 of them to make priceless memories and have loads of fun.
1. Camp Indoors!
Indoor camping is a fun way to spend family time without missing out on the adventure of camping. So gather your family, push the living room furniture back and break out the camping gear. And if you don’t have camping gear, you can always build a fort with blankets and cushions.
Camp the tent in the middle of your living room, pack a picnic basket and eat it near the fire. Sleep in sleeping bags and sit in a circle to tell scary camp stories.
And make sure not to miss out on the best thing about camping… smores! Get marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers; light your fireplace and make some smores.
2. Put on a Show
Does your family have a favorite movie or book? Then why not act it out with your own family twist. Get your family to dress-up and put on a show. Invite other friends and relatives with kids and have them participate to make it even more enjoyable.
To make it more fun, make as elaborate as possible. Make tickets and costumes together. Build a make shift stage and put on your own theatrical production.
Recite poetry, do skits, play instruments and put on a concert or have everyone participate in a talent show. Or you can spend some time together to write an original story and make puppets and put on the funniest puppet show ever.
And remember to break out a phone or camera and record the show to make a home movie to watch and laugh at later.
3. Movie Night
If you don’t have the energy to plan an elaborate activity, then a simple movie night at home can be just as fun. Lay down pillows and blankets in the living room, dim the lights and put on your family’s favorite movie of all time.
Pop some popcorn; get sodas, licorice, raisin candies and other snacks you usually enjoy at the cinema. Get cozy under the blankets, snuggle with your loved ones and enjoy a fun movie.
4. Treasure Hunt
A treasure hunt is a fun way to get the kids active and running around. Make a little treasure box of candy and chocolates your kids love and hide it somewhere inside your house or out in the yard. Make a treasure map or write different clues to help them find it.
You can make it even more fun and make teams to race with each other to see who finds the treasure first. Going with the theme of treasure hunting, dress up and play the game as pirates.
5. Water Balloon Fight
Get some cheap balloon from a craft sore and fill them water. Go outside in the yard and have a good old-fashioned water balloon fight.
Invite your friends and relatives who have kids and make a whole day out of it. Everyone can bring a snack and have a fun day in the sun.
Remember that you don’t have to spend copious amounts of money on fancy outings and expensive activities to have fun with your family. With any of these simple activities you can make memories to last a lifetime.