#4. Break Out the Board Games


Board games aren’t just a fun reason to round up the family and snack away while rolling dice or tossing cards around: several life skills develop through friendly competition and logic-based games, which means boosted brain power disguised as plain fun.

Better yet, starting a weekly or monthly  game night for your family can act as part of a routine that is both memorable and also demonstrates that not all routines have to revolve around doing chores or celebrating specific events. Of course you may have to curb your own competitive nature when playing the kids!


#5. Volunteer in Your Community


While not a traditional weekend activity for some families, volunteering together to better your local community builds strong family bonds that aren’t easily broken. It sets a good example for your kids and provides a valuable service for those in need.

Contact your local volunteer association and describe your interests, where you are located and the ages of your children.

Here are some ideas:

  • help with local Tidy Towns or clean ups of parks and beaches;
  • look into volunteering at an animal shelter;
  • offer to help an elderly neighbour;
  • donate food to a food pantry or soup kitchen.

I hope this has shown that spending time together as a family need not be too costly and that these ideas have inspired you for your next weekend plans.