10 Unique Family Activities
If your typical year revolves around the same fun-filled activities, you may want to consider adding some unique family activities into the mix. This way, you can ensure the whole family is entertained and enjoying quality time together.
Family Days Out has gathered ten fun ideas to try with your family members. These activities range from outdoor activities to family night ideas and options you can try at the next family reunion! Try them out next time you’re looking for a fun way to engage in family time!
Fun Family Activities to Try
Try these fun family activity options throughout the year!
Have a Dance Party
Having a dance party is one of the top options for unique family activities – it's free, and you don't have to travel beyond your living room for this option. You can cater it to each family member, from young kids to teens and adults, by making a playlist with various songs. Make it a special activity by decorating your dancing area with streamers, balloons, and any other decorations you have on hand.
Don’t be afraid to battle it out on the dance floor by challenging each other to friendly dance competitions. The winner can choose the next activity for family night!
You can also turn a dance party into a karaoke party for extra fun. Have your family members choose their favorite songs and jam out as you enjoy each other’s company.
Put Together a Family Tree
Learning about your family history is always a great activity option. Get crafty with it by having your family use colored paper, glue, and more to recreate the family tree. You can craft it into the shape of an actual tree using green and brown paper or create a more traditional version with a plain background and labels of your ancestors.
See how far you and your kids can trace your ancestry back; you might be surprised by what you find!
Geocaching is a fun way to spend time with your family. This activity involves hunting for caches or little containers that other people hide around different areas. These caches can be hidden anywhere, such as in holes in trees, behind stop signs, under park benches, etc. You'll be using a GPS tracker to find caches nearby.
You and your family can treat this activity like a real-life treasure hunt. It’s a great way to spend time together while trying something new. Who knows, it may become your new favorite thing to do during family time!
If your family loves the outdoors and typically goes camping, why not try spelunking? Spelunking is another way of saying exploring caves. Check out your local parks and see which ones offer spelunking tours, as this activity should be done with an experienced guide.
Expect to get dirty climbing through the caves, so ensure everyone wears old clothes and brings plenty of water.
Throw a Board Game Tournament
Have a competitive family? Try hosting a board game tournament. Invite a few of your kids’ friends and see who can stay ahead of the competition. You can select one game for everyone to play. Or, offer multiple board games and see who comes out on top.
Offering activities that allow your kids to be creative is always a great choice. For this activity, you can create storybooks with your kids. Have them come up with some fun stories. Then, offer paper and markers so they can draw their illustrations. Creating homemade storybooks is a great way to make memories with your kids.
Painting pottery is another excellent option for a unique family activity. You can purchase already made pottery and get creative at home with paint. Make sure to have various paint colors and brushes ready for this fun-filled activity. This option will likely get messy, so it's best to put old newspaper sheets or a disposable plastic table cloth under your painting area.
Or, find a local pottery painting shop and let your kids go wild! Taking your kids to a pottery painting shop allows you to skip the prep time and clean up. They also typically glaze and fire the pottery in the kiln to protect the designs.
Go for a Nighttime Hike
Most local nature centers offer a nighttime hike that you can sign up for. Usually, there’s only a small fee per person. Contact your nearest nature center, forest preserve, or botanical garden to see if any locations offer an evening or late-night hike.
You can connect with nature as you walk under the stars with your family. See if you can find the constellations during your hike for extra fun.
Pick Fruit and Make Dessert
This activity doubles to teach your kids how food shifts from the farm to the dinner table. Head to your local orchard, pay for a few baskets and pick the fruit that's in season. You can select berries, apples, etc. Then, brainstorm with your kids to create a dessert that uses the fresh fruit you just picked.
Once you have a recipe selected, work with your family to create a yummy, sweet treat to enjoy after family dinner. Depending on how much your family enjoys this activity, you may even want to make it a weekly occurrence.
Set Up a Sports Day
Get your kids off the electronics and outside by setting up a sports day in your backyard. Grab whichever sporting gear you have on hand, like baseballs, bats, tennis rackets, etc., and create a fun sporting event at home. Try as many sports games as possible during this time!
Don’t forget to take your family out for a delicious ice cream cone after to celebrate spending time together and the electronics break time.
Now you're on your way to finding fun, unique family activities! Try one (or more if you'd like!) of the above activities with your family to help keep the boredom at bay. You may find that you enjoy some of these activities so much that they become part of a typical monthly schedule.
Do you have any unique activities you do with your family during the year? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!