Playing Together: Choosing a Hobby Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

standard May 23, 2017 Leave a response

It’s Saturday afternoon, the kids are home from school and you and your partner have the day off work. What are you guys up to? For most families, everyone is doing something different, with one going swimming, the other playing football and the parents stretched out between them. It’s important for families to do things together. It helps strengthen your relationship and is easily way more fun to do things together. If you don’t have a family hobby, don’t be afraid to try something different.

Here are some ideas to help you and your family enjoy spending time together.

Birdwatching

Channel your inner Bill Oddie. Jump in your Dodge Journey (yeah, in my dreams. I’m sure most cars would do the job though…) and take a ride out to the countryside. Make sure to take your binoculars, camera, and a bird field guide. Bird watching is an interesting hobby and it teaches kids about nature. You can also pack a picnic lunch and enjoy spending time outdoors.

Geocaching

This activity has all the ingredients of a fun family hobby. You follow directions to find a secret cache left behind by another geo-cacher. It could be anything from a Hot Wheels car to a light stick. When you find a cache you can take something and leave something of yours behind.

Gardening

Kids just love to play in the dirt and there is lots of fun to be had in the garden. Buy your kids some seeds and let them nurture them into plants and enjoy the fascination of watching things grow. Gardening is a great learning experience for young kids because they can learn where food comes from and the amount of hard work that is put into bringing it to your table.

Scrapbooking

This is a great way to share and save memories while making new ones. Young kids love to look back at family pictures and hear stories about themselves and their family members. Preserving these stories in scrapbooks is a great family hobby.

Volunteering

Getting involved with a local organisation within your community is a fun family hobby, especially if you have older kids. Whether you’re pulling up weeds in the community garden, playing with the dogs at your local animal rescue or visiting the elderly in a retirement home, this is a great way to give something back to your community, feel good about yourselves and meet new people.

Stargazing

Invest in a small telescope and a star chart and get acquainted with the celestial heavens. Find a clear spot in your garden, or take the telescope out to your local park at nighttime and have fun locating your favorite stars, making star maps and looking out for meteor showers. Throw a star party and have your kids invite their friends over.

Find an activity that works for all the different age groups within the family. Make sure it’s within your budget and that you can fit it into your schedule on a regular basis. But most of all choose something that you and your family will have a lot of fun doing together.

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