Sometimes that modern world makes it difficult for you to find fun family activities. When you suggest playing together, chances are that your kids count hours and hours of video games as their idea of fun. While these activities may have their place, they’re not as interactive as you’d like. The most successful family activities encourage all the members of the family to play along. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your family when you want to move beyond the video game console.
Zoo and Museum Days
Many local museums and zoos have special days and activities that are geared toward families. Call up your local zoo to find out if it hosts an Easter egg hunt or has an activity like the Boise, Idaho zoo does called “Boo at the Zoo,” an activity that makes Halloween safe for kids and their costumes and benefits the zoo. Other cool ideas for outings include visits to a science and technology museum or to your local history museum. You’ll learn about the things that make the world spin or about the peoples and events that lived in your area long before you and yours did.
Coin collecting is a fun (and maybe a little sneaky) way to start teaching your kids about money, where it comes from, and how to save it. Unlike just putting money into a piggybank, and then ultimately into a savings account, coin collecting has an element of adventure to it. Although you’ll ultimately want to teach your kids about those resources, too, coin collecting is a good way to balance out very practical activities with those that allow you to dream a little. As Money Crashers points out, you can actually make money from this hobby, because coins do increase in value.
Coin collecting also encourages family outings as you and your brood go to flea markets and coin shows to search for your favorite coins. All in all, it’s a great activity that can net you some profit and teach your kids some valuable lessons. Finally, this is a great activity to piggyback onto a trip to the local history museum. Some companies, like Penny Pincher Coins and Jewelry, know that the historical background of your coins makes coin collecting all the more interesting. Collecting coins seems to be a lost art in the modern day that only a few actively engage in.
Children learn to care for others by example, and many times, you can help a local organization and help your kids learn the value of helping others at the same time. Maybe there is a Christmas concert that benefits your local homeless shelter. Or perhaps your town runs a garden and a restaurant that helps refugees get acclimated to their new town by giving them valuable job skills. You’ll learn lessons in cooperation as well as compassion when you and your family spend a day at your favorite charity organization.
Finding activities that your family will love and you will rave about just requires a little creative thinking. If you choose the activity correctly, you’ll find that you’ve learned something about your local economy, taught your kids about money and finances, or introduced them to new cultures. These activities do more than just help you while away a few hours. They enrich your lives in ways you never imagined.