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Hectic schedules and busy lives often don’t let us have enough time for our kids. This is why you should spend quality time with your children on the weekends. You need to come up with some fun or exciting activities that will help you develop deeper relationships with your little ones.
Whether it’s bad or good weather, you should find something that will be enjoyable for the whole family and satisfy every family member. You have no idea what to do for the upcoming weekend. Don’t worry! Read on for 10 things to do with children on the weekends.
1. Make a Dance Party
You don’t have to go to expensive bars or elite clubs if you want to have a dance party. Make a family party in your home or backyard instead. All you need to do is set a fun party theme, attach some colorful lights, and arrange food and drinks.
2. Watch a Game
It’s a good idea to spend a weekend evening with your family watching your favorite team. Go to a baseball, football, or basketball game, depending on what sport your kids love the most. That will be exciting for the whole family. The local sporting events can also be interesting if you didn’t buy tickets for an upcoming big match.
3. Go to the Local Zoo
Is there any zoo in or close to your city? If so, take your kids on a trip out there. This is a good opportunity to test your children’s animal knowledge and familiarize themselves with the wild animals. Make sure to visit each exhibit. Let your kids mingle with various furry, friendly animals. If you have the older children, ask a professional zoologist working in the zoo to learn them about eating and environments habits of some animals. They will enjoy a lecture for sure.
4. Take Pajama Walks Before Bedtime
Do you have a tough time trying to put your kids to sleep? A pajama stroll before bedtime could help young kids calm down and do the trick. That will not only give your children mellow, gentle time to “decompress” before going to bed, but also let you have quality time with them you’d otherwise lost watching TV.
Get your kids ready for bed before putting them on their tricycle, in the stroller, or in sneakers, and take a few laps walking around. Once you get back home, your little ones will be ready for bed.
5. Have a 4-Square Tournament
For this fun family activity, you will need a big rubber ball and four players. Draw a large square in your yard (preferably on the driveway) and divide it into 4 smaller squares so that one player can stand in each square.
One of the players should start the game by bouncing the rubber ball in his/her field. Then he/she should bat the ball by hand into another player’s square. Once the ball has touched the ground, that player should hit it into another field. When any of the players miss or hit the ball beyond the marked squares, he should move to the fourth square and all the players behind advance. Then start the game again.
6. Prepare Easy-To-Make Meals with Your Children
Cooking can be a difficult task if you have young naughty kids around. Did you think of engaging your children in the kitchen? Be sure to pick a dish that doesn’t require cooking. For example, make a smoothie, pudding or fruit salad with your little chefs. Keep all the sharp objects and electric appliances out of reach of your children just in case.
7. Visit a Local Fire Station
Many fire local stations arrange the exciting tours for young kids on the weekends. These field trips are aimed at both school-age kids and preschoolers. It is particularly recommended for the children who love to play with the toy trucks. They will be able to meet firefighters and check out the real fire trucks.
8. Go to Amusement Park
Whether you’re seeking thrills from a merry-go-round or roller coaster, an amusement park offers something for each family member. So consider visiting a nearby amusement park and have a lot of fun. Aside from these crazy rides, you should try some family competition with your children at the arcade.
9. Camp in a Tent
Spend your weekend camping with your family. Pitch a tent, grab a bug spray, and tell stories whilst sitting around the balefire. Ask your kids to collect leaves and identify insects or birds. If a campground is impossible for some reason, your own backyard can be a good alternative. Transform your yard into a wonderland and spend the night under the stars.
10. Visit a Science Museum
If you’re living in or near to a large city that has a science museum, satisfy inquisitive side of your children and visit it this weekend. They’ll be able to explore a whole host of exhibits, from astrology to marine life. Make sure to visit it during an IMAX, lecture, or live performance. That can make a big difference.