Making Fun Weekend Plans for Your Little Ones
15 Jun 2021
When we have kids, we can often get wrapped up in the things that we have to do. We find ourselves with a lot of responsibilities and commitments on our shoulders and can find ourselves juggling our time to make sure that everything that has to be done is done. Whether that’s dropping our little ones to nursery or school on time, arranging their clubs and activities, making sure their meals are prepped and cooked, doing the washing, cleaning and chores, or anything else. But it’s important that you still dedicate a little time to make fun plans with your kids. This gives you something to look forward to, them something to look forward to and can help bring around more bonding opportunities. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few to get the ball rolling.
A picnic poses potential for a great family day out, especially now that the weather is improving. When you go for a picnic, you take your little ones to a fun or picturesque location where you can enjoy the day together. Browse nearby beauty spots and choose somewhere with plenty of shady spots to set up in with your little ones. Some essentials to take along with you then include:
• A blanket to sit on
• A picnic basket to carry belongings in
• Paper or reusable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery
• The food for your meal
Some popular picnic foods are extremely easy to make and include sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, fruit, vegetable sticks and dips.
In a similar vein, we have a barbecue. This is a little different to a picnic in that you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home, which is ideal for those who want more control over the surroundings that their little ones are spending time in. Planning a BBQ is simple and straightforward. Plus, anything you invest in can generally be reused, allowing you to repeat the event whenever the weather allows for it! Some things to pick up for a BBQ include:
• A barbecue or disposable barbecue
• Coal or other fuel
• Utensils, such as tongs and spatulas
• Seating (chairs or beanbags)
• Parasols for shade if necessary
• Food – burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and more
Of course, make sure to keep an eye on your little ones around the BBQ, as it can get hot. They shouldn’t be left to handle the BBQ or food from it on their own.
A Movie Night
Who doesn’t love a movie night? This gives you a great chance to cuddle up on the sofa with your little ones and enjoy some new films or some of their old favourites. You can base your choice of film around what they’re interested in at the moment. If they’ve taken a liking to cats, you could introduce them to The Most Famous Cats From Films. If they’re interested in princesses, Disney has a huge selection. If they’re interested in cars, you can show them some classics like Herby. The list goes on. Grab a blanket, some popcorn and get comfortable!
Almost all kids like to go to the park. It’s a cornucopia of fun. With activities from swings to roundabouts, monkey bars and even things like zip wires, your kids will race around, making new friends and generally enjoying themselves. Most areas have a local park for kids to enjoy, so search for a few where you live. This is free and a great way to spend the day while the sun’s out.
If you have a long weekend coming up, you may even want to plan a camping trip. Now, camping is one great big adventure that allows your little ones to enjoy and explore nature with you. Where possible, try to opt for a campsite as opposed to camping in the wilderness. This is safer and much more comfortable, as you and your family will be on a secure and monitored site, away from wildlife and with all of the amenities you may need, such as toilets, working showers and electric ports. To camp, you should invest in:
• A tent
• Sleeping bags
• Sleeping mats or air mattresses
Of course, these are just a few suggestions. There are countless things you can do with your kids on weekends. The world is your oyster! Why not ask them what they feel like doing and create a calendar where you can fit all of your plans in?