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Here are several inspirational ideas on how to spend your weeekend:
Take the whole family on a trip to the local zoo. Visit each creature’s exhibit and test your kids’ animal knowledge. Little kids love to stop by the petting zoo to mingle with a variety of friendly, furry animals. Older kids will enjoy sitting in on a lecture by a professional zoologist, to learn about the various environments and eating habits of wild animals.
If you live in a large city, or close to one, chances are you have a science museum nearby. Satisfy your child’s inquisitive side by exploring the array of exhibits, ranging from marine life to astrology and everything in between. Be sure to catch a lecture, live performance, or an IMAX showing for an in-depth look at fascinating subjects on the revolving schedule of shows.
Live Sporting Event
Take me out to the ball game! Who doesn’t love a live sporting event? Don your player’s jersey and support your favorite professional team with a family outing to the ballpark or stadium. Grab a hot dog and some peanuts, settle into your seat, and root your team on to a win. You can even make the game a math lesson for your kids!
The next time your child’s favorite band is in town, take her to a show for a special treat. Tickets may be hard to come by, especially for sensations like Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers, but you’re guaranteed to be the Parent of the Year if you are able to score some. If you’re unable to get tickets to a popular show that’s coming to town, check the local theater for old favorites such as Annie, Sesame Street, or a Disney movie on ice.
Whether you seek thrills from hair-raising roller coasters, or prefer to glide on an old-fashioned carousel, amusement parks have something for every member of the family. When you’ve had enough of the rides, don’t forget to try some friendly family competition at the arcade!
Become one with nature. Grab the bug spray, pitch a tent, and tell ghost stories while sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows. If a weekend getaway to a campground isn’t possible, have your own family camping night in the backyard. Ask your children to identify the different animal and insect noises, or collect backyard materials for a special project. Although building a fire may not be recommended, you can grill hot dogs and tell spooky stories by the glow of a flashlight or portable lantern. At bedtime, hunker down in sleeping bags under the stars, or set up a tent. It’s amazing how your own yard can be transformed into a nature wonderland at night
Make this perfect rainy day activity a family affair. G-rated movies can be entertaining and enjoyable, even for adults! Your child will love seeing her favorite characters on the big screen, and you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some quiet time. Besides, who can resist the popcorn?
Enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise, with a leisurely stroll or hike along a nature trail or scenic road. Read up on the different flowers, trees, and birds native to your area, and give your children an informal nature lesson. If hiking isn’t your thing, pack a picnic lunch and head to the local park to feed the birds, pick some flowers, and soak up the sunshine.
Whether you live somewhere that stays warm all year, or in an area that is subjected to snow and ice during the winter months, there is always an outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Biking is the perfect outdoor activity for nice weather, and you don’t need to own any equipment to enjoy it. Many local bike shops rent bikes and safety gear and they will even fit you with a helmet and pads to ensure you are wearing them correctly. If snow is in the forecast, bundle up and head to the closest ski area. Again, you can rent the equipment, and a lesson from a professional ski instructor will have you gliding down the slopes in no time. Look for packages that include kids’ lessons, as well.
Don’t forget the local bowling alley when you’re looking for something different to do on a rainy day. Throw on the goofy shoes and partake in a little competition with your kids. If your children are young, ask the bowling alley to supply bumpers for the lanes to avoid any gutter balls. And if you just don’t feel like leaving the house, try this at-home version for the little ones!
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