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Top 5 Ideas for Spending Time with Kids and Family


Spending quality time and having family time is a fun and stress busting exercise. Find out the ways for having fun time with your family.


There are countless options to choose from when you want to have fun with family. It is a misconception that recreation with family requires visits to expensive places or spending a lot of money. Having fun is all about enjoyment and it is an emotional experience. So expense has nothing to do with it. If you view it from the perspective of sheer enjoyment where you can spend the time smiling and cheering away, you would simply need ideas and implement them.

Here are few ways that will assure you the much desired fun time with family:


1. Cooking with Family


Plan a meal, where each member gets to cook something.
This can be a great fun and stress-busting exercise, provided each member enjoys food. Do not force your kid to participate if she is not in the mood for cooking or does not enjoy being in the kitchen. Each member can plan a recipe and cook it. This can be a great way to bond over lunch or dinner and you also get to flaunt your culinary skills. If you goof up, this can also be fun!


2. Plan Terrace Party


Kids are always asked not to stay outside late as they might catch cold, or it is unsafe. So the desire to be out late at night is always there cornered in their mind. You can plan a barbecue dinner on the terrace on a dry starry night. Dress up the kid as per the season, so that he or she is protected from the weather and help him to watch and appreciate the beauty of a starry night. This can be a very joyous and peaceful experience.



3. Arrange a Small Social Do


With a hectic lifestyle in most families, it is often difficult to catch up with relatives and close friends. You can arrange a get together and make an all inclusive one. Decide on a fuss free menu and entrust the kids to serve the guests in
fancy dress attire. This will be great fun for the kids and nice entertainment for the guests as well. But ensure that the kids are not overburdened with the work or the dress. Help them choose their ways and encourage any suggestions or inputs at all time.


4. Plan a Library or Music or Dance Session

Choose any of these as per the interest of your kids and other family members. A visit to the library on a
holiday can open up a whole new world for a person. If the kid likes to read, or a mere visit and the manner how you acquaint them to the place will generate a healthy hobby that is going to be with them for life. Reading can be fun; searching and unearthing information is fun as well as exciting. It is the same for music or dance sessions. With the entire family participating, it can be sure fun time.


5. A Visit to an Ecological Park or Botanical Garden


Usually we tend to choose shopping malls, video game
parlours or movie theaters when we want recreation. You can make it a bit different and interesting if plan a family outing to be in the Nature’s lap. Learn about the various species of trees and plants, and get your kids acquainted with them too. They will learn about a new world of nature that is not very apart from the mechanical technological environment that they are in.

Having fun time with the family is all about spending quality time and involving each member into some activity that is exciting and interesting at the same time. Be it a family dinner, a special and unplanned treat, a joy ride, a long drive, a visit to grandparents place or simply staying at home and doing a painting or sketch together can be sheer joy.


How to spend quality time with family and kids? Is it a good idea to spend time cooking with kids? How to plan a party in which both adults and kids can part-take in?
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ParentEdge.4 years ago
And don't forget the importance of doing somthing outdoorsy and physical with your kids - football, trekking, etc. Not only will you spend some great and fun time like this, but also teach them that being out in the fresh air is important!
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