Getting my kids away from their Xbox’s, iPhones and in general just trying to acknowledge that I exist can be quite tough sometimes and I am sure that some of you other parents can relate to this! But I still want to do things as a family and while they may resist, initially I think for the most part when we have a family night out we all have a good time… even if they do try and deny it. Here are a few of the things we have done over the years that I recommend you guys try when looking for a good way to have fun as a family.
A classic way to spend time together as a family. Sometimes we will make a whole night of it and have dinner at the bowling alley. I know that eating here is not the most hygienic thing in the world, it’s just best not to think about it. There is nothing better than the kids against mom and dad in a game of bowling. We used to do it everyman for themselves, but the kids would get really competitive with each other and then our fun family night would take an ugly turn! So kids vs adults is a way to have fun and get them working together.
WHAT!!!! Yes I know what you are thinking, but one of the most fun things we do as a family is go to see the WWE when they are in town. Wrestling is something that we can all enjoy. The kids and my partner love the actual wrestling and I do not mind looking at the men in their trunks! While you may think this would be a terrible night out if you do not like wrestling I am sure you will be very surprised at how much fun it is.
The arcade is a great, but can be a very expensive family fun night. It’s not just the video games, but it’s the machines where you can win tickets, air hockey, pool and other such games that you can play together. One thing to look for is that in my local area we actually have an arcade were rather than paying for each individual machine you pay a cover charge and then can play as much as you want. So I suggest you see if there is something like this in your local area.
One of our favorite family activities is a game of crazy golf or if you prefer mini golf. This is a very similar night like bowling except you can do it outside (although there are some indoor crazy golf places as well) here you can do the kids vs adults thing again or every man for them self. We do it so everyone plays on their own as this is one activity where my kids tend to just have fun and not get competitive with each other.
Play A Sport
For our family it’s basketball. We all love to play basketball and we usually keep with the fitness theme as we pick up a huge pizza on the way home. Ok so maybe that’s not too healthy, but we have a great time. One of the things that I love about our basketball games is that me and my partner both have said that it will not be too long before our kids will be able to destroy us! And I cannot wait for that day… my partner on the other hand I am not so sure.
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