As we approach Memorial Day and the official kick-off of summer, it reminded me of some of the fun activities and traditions that helped bring our family closer together on holiday weekends. It doesn’t require a lot of planning or a big investment to make a holiday memorable – some of the best traditions are often easy and fun to do. Donuts? A morning walk? The list goes on!
In my house, we started a tradition of making my grandmother’s German flapjack recipe – it was a way to honor her memory and enjoy quality time together.
Starting a new family tradition can be special for everyone, especially the kids.
Try to think outside the box, and consider one of these five activities to enjoy with your family:
1. Honor a family member or friend.
Identify someone in your neighborhood or a family member who might need some extra help and work together to make it happen – anything from preparing and delivering a meal to mowing a lawn to taking a dog for a walk. Or to remember or honor someone special, head outdoors together to plant a tree. The memory will last far beyond the holiday weekend.
2. Let the kids decide!
What do your kids want to do? Kids can have a lot of fun when you give them the responsibility of planning the itinerary.
3. Break out a family recipe.
I mentioned my grandmother’s flapjack recipe – what’s a special dish you can pass down to the next generation? Dust off a family recipe, share the backstory with your kids, and teach them how to make it. It’s a great opportunity to strengthen your family roots and share time together in the kitchen.
4. Fill a jar with activity ideas.
Before the weekend, give your family a few sheets of paper to write down activities they’d like to do. Pull out an idea each day, and go for it! The spontaneity will help build excitement and fun.
5. Host a themed family gathering.
Dress up like superheroes. Bring the 70s back. Let the kids pick the theme, and let the fun, laughter and family time begin!
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