Technology has improved the way of doing many things and has several benefits when used correctly. One of the benefits includes enhancing your entertainment experience and giving you innovative ways to spend quality time with family.
According to studies, as more families spent time together at home in 2020, many found new creative ways to spend quality time using technology. Although it’s essential to limit the time your kids spend using technology, there are some great ideas worth exploring to have fun family activities, including those below.
Play games together
Gaming has evolved over the years thanks to technology. From virtual reality to video games, there are many gaming options you and your family can enjoy depending on your preferences. You can try racing, dancing, other sports, etc., and enjoy quality time together while engaging in healthy competition.
Some of these games also help you stay physically active, especially in virtual reality, as you can immerse yourself in the experience. If your kids are 18 and above, you can try multiplayer games such as online bingo in moderation. Before you get started, you can read more on what such games entail to have a great experience and play within the appropriate limits.
Make a short family film
Thanks to technology, making and storing memories together as a family has become easier. You and your family can brainstorm together on creative ideas for a short family film.
You can start by writing down your plans on paper or make it more fun for your kids by letting them draw the concepts. You can give each person a role to get everyone involved, such as the narrator, the one in charge of the camera, those who’ll act, etc.
You can use tech gadgets such as tablets or phones to record the film. Thankfully, there are some apps you can use to edit to enhance the film’s quality, depending on the device you use.
Aside from giving you an exciting way to spend time together, it also gives you some memories you can always refer to for a long time. Remember to have fun while shooting the video and celebrate the hilarious moments.
If you want to challenge yourselves, you can try a stop-motion film, where you and your kids create a story using toys, stuffed animals, and other colorful objects of your choice. This option is usually preferred by those with older kids, as it takes more time and requires more patience.
Start a YouTube channel
If you’re interested in connecting with other families and sharing some of your memorable moments with others, you can consider starting a YouTube channel. Doing this requires time and consistency, and you’ll need engaging content.
Running a YouTube channel together is even more fun if you’re already used to shooting videos and finding content ideas that interest you and your family. You can start with one theme and find many ideas surrounding that topic.
It’s essential to have clear guidelines and ensure your content is family-friendly. Many resources are available online to give you the guidance you need to start and maintain a YouTube channel.
Try DIY ideas together
Thanks to technology, you can find many creative ideas for you and your family to try in your leisure time. You only need to decide what project or idea you want to try, such as baking a cake together, building something, etc.
You can then look for instructions or tutorial videos online, usually detailed but easy to understand. You can choose simple tasks that take a few hours or a day to finish or a more challenging one that takes longer to complete.
After you’re done with your project, you can take some pictures and videos to remind you of your accomplishments together.
Aside from DIY, you can also research if there are some new hobbies or skills such as coding, chess, a new language, etc., you and your family want to explore. It’s a great opportunity for you to teach your kids how to sharpen their research skills and identify credible information for use, which they can later apply in their academics.
Create memories with music
If you and your family love music, you can use technology to turn this into a fun activity for you. Popular music apps like GarageBand make it easy to experiment with instruments and enjoy your favorite sounds.
You don’t need any lyrics to get started; you only need to play around with the music apps until you find the sounds that reflect you and your family’s personality.
You can also test your vocal cords with a fun karaoke night, where you and your family sing along to some of your best-loved songs. Thanks to YouTube and search engines, you can easily find the lyrics for the songs you want to sing.
If you have a smart TV, you can play the songs using that to enhance the experience. Remember to look for age-appropriate lyrics to ensure your kids are not consuming any harmful content. You can ensure this by creating child-friendly playlists depending on your kids’ ages.
Plan an adventurous trip
You can plan a memorable trip full of adventure using technology. You can either come up with an imaginary road trip or plan an actual vacation. Whichever one you choose, you can use it as an opportunity to teach your kids how to use navigation apps and tools to plan the trip.
You can also research the best routes to take and activities you can engage in during your trip. You can allocate different destinations to each family member to make it fun and see who has the most creative and exciting ideas.
Alternatively, you can go on a virtual tour using resources such as Google Expeditions to visit interesting places in the comfort of your home. A fun activity that has also emerged from technology is geocaching, which combines technology with exploring the outdoors. With geocaching, you can go on an adventure to find caches hidden by others using given GPS coordinates.
Get creative with photos
Most times, during a family vacation or trip, you’re all likely to put your devices away to minimize any distractions. However, you can create a photo essay on your trip using your phones this time around.
Instead of putting your phones away, you can take some photos and later compile the best photos into a family slideshow. To make this as effective as possible, remember to set some clear rules and have time limits so you can spend time doing other things.
You can also try a picture scavenger hunt, where you divide yourselves into teams and bring back photos of interesting sites and things you see. You only need to choose the location and list the items you want to be captured. You can use these activities to build your kids’ storytelling skills and listen to how they felt or their experiences during such adventures. Remember to put in measures to keep everyone safe throughout the hunt.
Spend time listening to an audiobook
If you love to read, you can find an audiobook version of the books you and your family enjoy and listen to it together. Doing this builds your family’s knowledge while giving you quality bonding time. You can have a great experience in the comfort of your living room, with a hot cup of chocolate and good speakers. You can choose from many genres, depending on your family’s interests and something everyone can relate to.
Have a movie night
Thanks to technological advancements, activities such as watching movies have become more enjoyable even without going to the cinema. You can use streaming services to watch family-friendly movies or shows, but it’s best to limit your screen time.
If you’re all at different locations, you can plan a watch party, where you watch your favorite movies virtually and run commentary simultaneously. Don’t forget the traditional popcorn to enhance your movie experience!
Catch up with virtual calls
A significant aspect of making unforgettable memories as a family is staying in touch, especially if you live in different areas. Due to technology, it’s easy to stay connected on ordinary days and during special occasions, even when you’re miles apart.
You can have memorable conversations virtually, using FaceTime, Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, etc. Aside from the usual calls to check on one another, you can host virtual happy hours, game nights, and book clubs.
You can also celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries via video calls and even have family meals together. Doing this will help renew and maintain the bond you have as a family, and always be aware of what’s happening with each family member. It will also help ensure none of you feel isolated at any point in time.
While using technology to enhance the quality of your time together as a family, remember to set limits, monitor your kids, and combine such activities with offline ones to create a healthy balance.