When life gets busy, it’s easy for the work/ play balance slip. But making time for yourself and your family is important; spending time together and making memories is what life is all about. And so if you’re hoping to devote more time to family and do more together, here are some of the activities you could do in the evenings.
Go Out For a Meal
There are plenty of family friendly restaurants out there that are fun to visit, and also serve great food. If you feel like a night off from cooking, going out together instead of just ordering in can be a great bonding experience. When you take the whole family out to eat it can be expensive, but there are tricks to keeping costs down. Most restaurants will have menus online so you can see how much the food is in advance, which saves any nasty surprises. For example, you can see from Chili’s menu info that the food cost is reasonable, and there are a couple of offers you could take advantage of too. Another tip is to see if there are any coupons available which could knock some cash off your bill.
Bowling is a great family favorite. You get the competitive element, while still keeping it fun. It’s great hand-eye coordination practice for kids, and it’s something that most ages can do. Even children from the age of two or three can play, just ask for the lightest ball and put the bumpers up along the alley. Again check out offers and coupons before setting out as you will often find you can save some cash. It might be cheaper to play on certain days or at certain times, so it’s worth finding out before paying full price.
Go On A Bike Ride
This doesn’t have to be something for the weekend! While the weather’s still nice and the evenings are light, you could take a family bike ride after school. It’s free, good exercise and if you take a picnic along you don’t have to worry about getting home to cook dinner. If getting your bikes out isn’t practical, you could just go for a walk instead. You could grab an ice cream at the park, or even print out a nature walk worksheet to tick things off together. With fall right around the corner, this is a great time of year to do it.
Watch a Movie at the Cinema
The cinema is a nice relaxing way to spend an evening with the family. Seeing a movie on the big screen and enjoying some sweet treats, what could be better? As long as you keep an eye on the length of the film to make sure you won’t end up getting home too late, you’ll be okay. It’s the perfect mid-week treat for the family, and something to do together that doesn’t require a lot of energy. Alternatively, you could go and watch a show at the theater, or if it’s close to Christmas go and see a pantomime. So much better than another night lounging in front of the tv!