FAMILY FUN IDEAS

Explore Ways to Connect Together

Being a connected parent is important regardless of how old your kids are. Here are a few tried-and-true ways to connect with the kids and teens you love.

PRESCHOOL

  • Surprise your kids with dinner at a local park. Bring a ball or a kite and enjoy being outside together.
  • Go on a nature walk together and talk about all the things you see.
  • Meet some friends at a local splash pad. Be sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • Watch this video together featuring the Paper Airplane Guy and have a paper airplane competition.
  • Take your kids to a trampoline park and don’t just watch—jump with them!
  • Surprise your kids with a spontaneous backyard water balloon fight!

MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Watch one of your favorite movies from when you were a kid. Laugh together at ’80s fashion and talk about how special effects have improved!
  • Try a new food or restaurant each week—each time a different family member gets to choose the restaurant or the menu at home.
  • Let your student plan a family fun activity. You provide the budget and let them do the rest!

HIGH SCHOOL

  • Go out for dessert or coffee and have each family member share one place they would like to visit someday.
  • Find a photo scavenger hunt online and spend an afternoon capturing photos together.
  • Do something adventurous together—e.g., hiking, a ropes course, an escape room, or go-carts!
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