Weekends are a great chance for family time. Your kids get to see their friends every day at school, so convince them to stick around home on weekends, at least once in awhile. If you find fun things to do on weekend breaks, they’ll make fewer plans with their friends anyway.


Weekends at Home

Weekend days are a great time to work on weekly planning.

Sit down with the family and go over everything everyone has planned for the upcoming week, from sports to school projects. This is also a great time to plan a week’s worth of family meals, together.

Everyone gets a say.

Weekends at home do not only have to be about planning, cleaning, and doing schoolwork due on Monday.

You can have fun at home with your kids, too.


1. Have a Game Night

Whether your family likes card games, board games, or video games, game night can be fun for everyone.

Let someone else pick a game to play each weekend. Switch up the types of games you play if you like more than just board games or video games.

It can be really fun to introduce your children to the games you loved as a child. And in turn, have the kids teach you how to play their favorite video games.


2. Enjoy the Backyard

Spend some time outside with your kids. If it’s nice out, have a bonfire or play in the pool (if you have one). There’s still fun to be had in the colder months too – build a snowman or make snow angels. You’re never too old to play in the snow.

Invest in some backyard games. You can play tennis, volleyball, kickball, or even corn-hole in your own backyard. You could try something old-school and play some horseshoes too. It’s a simple and fun game for everyone. You just need a few game supplies, and you’ll be ready for some outdoor fun.


3. Have a Movie Night

Movie nights are a great change of pace from game nights. Make some popcorn, sit back with the family, and relax.

What movies should you watch? Well, your choice of movies with greatly depends on the ages of your children. For younger ones, stick with PG-13 or less of a rating. They’re made to give adults and older siblings a laugh as well.

For older kids, you may want to consider a nice educational documentary once in a while.


Weekends Away from Home

Don’t feel like staying home? Ready for a little family vacation? Make a plan to get away for the weekend. Here are some ideas.

1. Go on a Road Trip

If your children are old enough to sit still in the car and not continually ask “are we there yet,” a road trip is a great way to spend some time away from home. You can do it in one day or make it a weekend thing.

Weekend days will be busier on the roads if it’s a holiday, just keep that in mind though.

Drive to the park, check out a museum, go see a scenic lookout, visit family a few towns away, or go on a fall color tour. Take the kids to an outdoor concert or a flea market.

The options – when it comes to a road trip – are limitless.


2. Visit an Amusement Park

If there’s an amusement park nearby, consider a weekend away having fun on roller coasters and water slides. Amusement parks have something for everyone, so even younger kids will find fun rides to enjoy.

Make sure you take some spare cash with you for the carnival games or a caricature drawing of the family. Find out before you hit the road if you can bring in your own food and drinks, since they can be pretty pricey at amusement parks and you want everyone to stay hydrated, especially on warmer days.


3. Go Camping

If you have a family of outdoors-people, camping is a great way to spend the weekend.

You can go tent camping, camp in an RV (if you have one), or even rent a cabin. You might want to find a place to go treehouse camping and experience something new (as long as no one has fear of heights).

Kids of all ages can go camping.

Spending time learning while you’re in the great outdoors such as naming the flora and fauna you see while you’re outside is not only educational, but a ton of fun too!


Enjoy Your Weekend Days More as a Family

By spending weekends together as a family, you can get some extra bonding time. It’s a chance to learn more about your kids, and maybe even spend some time feeling like a kid yourself again.

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