Friday, January 4, 2013

Recreation and Sports For Family Time

Families today lead extremely busy lives. Often, lives are led separately, sometimes (if we are lucky) meeting up at the dinner table. Even weekends are booked with classes, scouts, games and competitions. Teenagers are gone even more with jobs or on dates.

A good way to have some family time is with recreation and sports. Recreation can be as simple as holding theme nights such as board game night, movie night or book club night. Everyone can pull out their favorite board games, or buy a new one to try, and play for a couple of hours. Make dinner finger foods that night and people can munch as they play. You can also have a taco bar or a baked potato bar; self service being the point so that the games can be played nonstop. Bring out the popcorn or ice cream sundaes for movie night and enjoy a family favorite. Or lay out the munchies, bring your favorite books and hold a family book club night. Variations on these activities will keep everyone looking forward to these events.

Sports are another great way to have family time. Whether you have enough family members for your own basketball team or your family is smaller and likes to bicycle together, sports are a good way to enjoy each other and stay fit as well. Consider roller skating or ice skating rinks for your family time. These are safe places where you can rent equipment and have fun together to the sound of music. Hiking is fun and gets you out in nature. Hike in nearby woods, try the trails at your local park or walk the neighborhood. Parks are also great for throwing a Frisbee around, playing chase or seeing who can swing the highest. Or try a new sport like tennis. Many parks have tennis courts and all you really need is a racket and some balls to have some fun competition.

Recreation and sports are not only fun, but can bring a scattered family together again. Take turns choosing and you will all look forward to these nights together.