1) Make Watching TV an Active Event
While you may think of watching television with your family as a passive activity, something done either out of routine or when there’s nothing else to do, a bit of planning can change all of that and turn it into an effective activity to bond together as a family.
There is always something on television that would be interesting for your family to watch, and this is especially the case if you have a cable subscription, added features, or additional channels you know you love. Even if you don’t think this is the case when it comes to live programming, you can likely find pre-recorded content from your DVR, or prepare for a night by creating some settings and making sure there’s enough to watch throughout the evening.
When you make a plan like this, try to make sure no one is using their phones for the evening (they can go without for just a few hours) and that you’re all actively engaged with what you’re watching. That goes for yourself as well, and it’s easy to get caught up in another screen, even if you think you’re paying attention to both.
Before you start, you might want to check to see what people around the house are interested in and what they like to watch. After this, try to find some shows just like it and move on from there.
2) Make Use of Your Backyard
If your home or apartment building has a yard or outdoor area you can use it to create a wonderful space that’s a home away from (but not too far away from) home. An early evening outside with the whole family can be a great time. If you want, lay out a blanket and have a picnic right in the backyard. It’s convenient if you forget something and allows you and your loved ones to better appreciate the outdoors. This can be fun even if you have a patio or a porch, and it will shake up your normal routine.
If you want to take things to the next level, you can set up a tent (or a couple of tents) and have a small backyard camping expedition over the weekend. It beats a trip that takes a few hours to drive to (where you’ll inevitably forget something) and depending on where you live, local laws, and what you have available, you can get a small fire going as well.
3) Try Some Board Games
We are living in the middle of a board game renaissance, and if you didn’t think of having a board game night with your family because of how simple or (we’ll go ahead and say it) boring some of the games of the last century were, then you should be pleased to know there are so many better options out now that you could spend days looking into them.
If you’re worried about where to start, you can either do a search online or go to a friendly local game store and ask. People will be happy to help, and no matter the age range of your family and the number of players, they will be able to find the perfect fit for you.
If you want to encourage the imagination a bit more while having fun, you may also want to try a tabletop RPG. Much like how there are many board games, there are many options if you aren’t interested in or worried about what Dungeons and Dragons has to offer. You can take turns creating worlds and solving problems together as a family, and you can customize it to precisely your liking.
4) Make Something Together
Arts and Crafts
Making something together as a family can be a great endeavor, and whether it’s a project for the house or something arts and crafts related, as long as it’s fun, it can either be productive or entirely unproductive (if you consider how messy some arts and crafts activities can get). And while kids might play Minecraft or do something on the computer to be creative, you should show them that it’s still fun to make something real with your hands you can later place on your shelf with pride.