The weekend is for relaxing…if you work all week and have no kids. You could do things like unwind in your tub, go to a spa, shop both days, read to your heart’s content at a bookstore, or sleep for 48 hours.
But I have kids. I suspect, dear reader, you have them too. For us, the weekend isn’t for relaxing, per se. It’s more like this…
THE WEEKEND IS FOR DOING NON-SCHOOL-RELATED THINGS WITH YOUR FAMILY!
So here are 10 suggestions for your next weekend’s family fun time:
- Go camping – inside your house. Seriously, get the gear and set it up in the living room or kitchen. No need to worry about the weather and wild animals. It’s a great alternative in the wintertime! Roast marshmallows on the stove and use flashlights to move about the house. It’ll be more fun than you expect!
- Max out the library book limit. Go to the library and each family member can borrow as many books as they can. Here’s the catch – IT’S A RACE TO READ ALL THE BOOKS by Sunday! Get ready for loads of quiet time! Whoohoo!
- Movie marathon – using movies in your own collection only. Relive the memories. Forget Netflix, Hulu, or RedBox. Bust out your DVD collection and let the kids pick movies they want to see again. The good part is that you’ve already seen them, so there’s no need to “pre-screen” for inappropriate content!
- Try a painting session. Set up a canvas for each family member in circle. Set up some colorful objects on a table, in the middle of the circle. Now paint! Remember to set a timer so you have to paint, let dry, paint some more, let dry…etc. Try to make it so the project will last 2 days.
- Have a potluck. If your kids are old enough, let everyone make one thing for lunch/dinner. You should use Saturday to plan and get ingredients. Sunday for the actual potluck. Invite extended family if possible – like grandparents!
- Try a new sport. Weather-permitting, you can try almost any sport nowadays. There’s a place for everything. And most places let you rent equipment – so you won’t regret buying those new tennis rackets if you decide you don’t like it after all.
- Say YES to kids day! Do this one with caution! LOL. It’s only for the most adventurous of us!
- Stargaze. Who does this nowadays? You do! Let the kids stay up for once and see what the sky is like at night. And not just through the car or bedroom window. Step outside and let them ooh and aah at the moon and the stars.
- Paint a wall. Notice I didn’t say “room.” Pick a small wall in the kids’ rooms for them to paint. Just move the furniture on one side of the room, of course. And let their imagination go! Take a pic of the finished product – and maybe do a new one the next week!
- Start some donation boxes. Clean out the closet – and the house – and give each kid a box for donating. Let them decide what they want to give away. After two days, close the boxes with tape and have them decorate it. Then drive it to a local charity. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Whew. I’m kinda surprised I came up with all those! I think I’m gonna try the “Max out the library book limit” this coming weekend. I just know my girls (and my husband) would love that one!
Have you got any great weekend ideas to share too?