Spending more time with family is at the top of many lists. Prying your kids away from the television or PS3 may be difficult, but it will be worth the effort once you see the smiles on their faces and have the memory of spending quality time with them.
Whether you have just a few hours or a few days to spend solely with your family, here's a list of 19 activities that will bring your family closer together.
Do YogaLook up a few yoga poses online and lead your family through the moves. Teach them to breathe slowly and to relax their body as they take on difficult poses. This can be done in the living room or outside on a warm day.
Play FrisbeeIt's cheap, takes no planning and if you don't have a park nearby, you can play in an empty parking lot. This is a great workout because it makes everyone run around.
Play CatchThis is great for spring, summer and fall. Grab a few gloves and toss around a softball in the park. You'll be amazed at how long kids can play catch for, so be prepared to put in at least an hour.
Get a Baseball Game GoingIf your young child overcomes the fear of being hit in the face with a ball, take it to the next level by playing a baseball game. Don't worry about filling every position or having formal bases. As long as you have about five people, you can comfortably play a never ending game.
Attend a Sporting Event
It doesn't have to be the high dollar NFL tickets, just taking your family to see any caliber of sporting event will get everyone in the competitive spirit. Score tickets to a minor league game for a steal. You can buy them online from a discount site.
Go for a Bike RideThis is great for those who live in a neighborhood where bike riders are welcomed. If not, hit a park to go for a long bike ride with the kids. Make a day trip out of it, pack sandwiches and snacks for the ride.
Go for a HikeYou may be surprised at how much your kids like hiking. It gives them a chance to explore the great outdoors, see the terrain and flowers or plants they may not be familiar with.
Go CampingIf your kids have never been camping, they're missing out. Tents are easier than ever to put up, so don't let that stir you away. Remember, you don't have to go away for a week. A simple overnight or two day trip is plenty of time to let them take in the scenery.
Get on a TobogganIt doesn't have to be a fancy one, just anything that lets you slide down the hill in the dead of winter while laughing with your kids. Pull out the flip camera and take footage of the kids tumbling down the snowy hill for a keepsake.