Before we had kids I took for granted how easy it was to get out of the house spontaneously. Want to go out to dinner? See a movie? No problem. Then we had Monster. That complicated matters some, but not too badly. Now we have three kids and two different schedules to work around. Not to mention getting everything ready. It takes so much planning, preparation, and finger crossing. Let’s just say it’s a huge hassle.
The down side is that we don’t get out nearly as often as we used to. Our days have been consumed by feeding babies, making sure everyone naps, and trying to keep up with basic chores around the house. Then the weekends get closer and we always try to make plans to do something fun and unusual, but it never seems worth all the effort. However, I’m determined to break the cycle. This weekend we will do something fun and different. I’ve come up with nine weekend activities that will be easy to do on a whim. They take as little planning and preparation as possible. With this list, we should be set for a few weeks!
1. Board Game
I know some of you may be rolling your eyes, but there’s nothing like a board game to get the competitive spark going between my husband and me. We take turns picking which game to play. When he starts winning too many games, I choose Scrabble and turn the odds back in my favor.
We all have to eat lunch. Why not just put it on paper plates and take it outside? If the weather isn’t agreeable find somewhere in your house. Push back the furniture, and throw a blanket on the floor.
3. Organize a Room
This one doesn’t sound nearly as fun, but a simple home project can be a good family bonding experience. And the end result always makes me feel happy. Pick one room in your house. Get rid of all the old clutter and maybe rearrange the furniture a little. Next weekend pick a different room. Before you know it your house will have a new, fresh feeling.
4. Go to the Park
This works out well for everyone, parents and kids. Everyone gets a little exercise, and the kids get worn out. Not to mention all that fresh air! Unfortunately, our local park is under construction, but as soon as it’s open again we are so there!
5. Bake Cookies
Not only do you get to have fun baking the cookies, but then you get to eat them! I have always enjoyed baking, but baking with my son is so much more fun. He was always afraid of my KitchenAid mixer until his grandma got him to add flour into the bowl. Now he loves it. You don’t even have to make cookies from scratch. Get a package of cookie dough from the grocery store. Monster loves putting the dough on the cookie sheet.
6. Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles!
This boy loves bubbles. He can spend hours chasing them. And I can spend hours watching him laugh and run. We’ve even been known to do bubbles in the kitchen on rainy days. We are in serious need of a bubble machine around here.
7. Build a Fort
How much fun would it be to pull off all the couch cushions, push together the dining chairs, and throw a sheet over the whole thing? So much fun! I’ve seen some on Pinterest where people get fancy and build forts from PVC pipes, but today we’re sticking with simple and easy. (Unless you want to go all complicated, in which case, be my guest!)
8. Nature Walk
It’s that beautiful time of year when the leaves are changing and falling. Go for a quick stroll around the block and pick up some cool leaves and sticks. Bonus: When you get home, get out some plain paper and glue to make a collage.
9. Netflix/Movie Marathon
I left this one for last because it’s something we do quite often. Pick a TV show on Netflix and binge watch it. We usually stick to sitcoms or cooking shows during the day because the language isn’t too bad (our son is a little echo!) and they aren’t gory like the crime dramas we love. Or you can pick a movie franchise. How many Marvel movies can you watch in one day?
This is just the beginning. When Saturday rolls around we’ve got some ideas in our arsenal and a place to start. I know there are many more easy and cheap things to do on the fly. Tell me in the comments below what some of your favorite weekend activities are!