Having Fun Together


family running together outsidePhoto © CobrisEven though times may be tough, you can keep having fun together. Remember: having fun together is more relevant than ever during difficult times. Enjoying your time together will help lift everyone’s spirits and, just as important, create happy memories. Here are some low– and no–cost ideas:

If you can no longer go to the amusement park or arcade, turn your home into an adventure land.

  • Create an obstacle course: See how fast each member of your family can hop from pillow to pillow, toss three beans into a plastic cup, and then sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
  • Have your own science fair: Conduct “what sinks/what floats” experiments in the tub or sink. Build a boat out of aluminum foil and see how much cargo (e.g., cherries, paper clips, or other small waterproof items) it can carry. Fold newspapers or old mail to see if you can get them to glide through the air.
  • Host a game night: Invite friends and family to join you. Ask everyone to bring a game to share. Make a big bowl of popcorn, listen to your favorite songs, and play away!

Instead of a trip to the movies or the mall, explore the great outdoors.

  • Look for free events: Consult the Internet, your local newspaper or library bulletin board. You might discover free outdoor concerts and plays.
  • Spend an evening sky watching: Look for the moon, stars, and even fireflies! You might want to use a flashlight as a prop to tell a story, or wave it around so that the light dances in the grass as your children follow the light’s path.
  • Go on a nature scavenger hunt: How many different leaves can you collect? You might take a trip to your local library to find a book about trees to identify each leaf. Can you find any four-legged creatures outside? Can you spot any insects? Search for rocks that will write like chalk. Is your neighborhood parks department offering any free family activities that you can attend?

Use these coupons (PDF 189K) to treat your family to some special together time.

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