by MARSHALL BONE
In today’s constantly busy and tech-focused world, sometimes we forget to get out of the house and spend time together just because we can. Movie nights are fun, but you probably won’t spend much time talking to each other. If you really want to bond with your family, consider getting out of the house and making memories with these outing ideas.
1. Hunting Trips
Hunting isn’t just for men, and women’s camo patterns aren’t always pink. Whether you’re giving rifle season a try or a crossbow is more your style, hunting is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. It’s also a great skill that teaches your kids about wildlife, the importance of conservation, and how to provide for themselves and their future families.
2. Hometown Tourism
It’s easy to forget just how many fun things are hiding in your hometown, especially when you have lived there all your life. If you don’t have time to travel and you’re more interested in a staycation, consider finding fun things to do in your own town that you haven’t tried before. From local museums to helicopter tours or unique gift shops, this is the perfect time to look for those hidden gems.
Geocaching is a lot like an outdoor scavenger hunt. You use GPS to explore your area and find clues and caches. You may not always walk away with any treasure beyond your memories, but you still have the experience of finding a hidden object and signing the log book.
4. Picnic in the Park
A fun family outing doesn’t have to include constant activity. Even if you eat dinner as a family every night, an occasional change of scenery is an easy way to break up your routine and add some excitement. Pack some snacks and sandwiches, grab a blanket, and find a shaded spot at your favorite park. Be sure to let the kids burn off some excess energy by running around the park before you head home!
5. Mini Golf
While mini golf may require a fair share of walking, it is a low-impact activity that is great for all ages. Children practice their hand-eye coordination while adults can enjoy some fresh air and unleash their competitive spirit.
6. Target Practice
Whether you want to make sure everyone can protect themselves or you just want to gain a new skill, target shooting can be a fun learning experience for the whole family. Make sure your firearm is in good condition, attach your favorite laser sight, and see who in your family is the best shot. You could even take this activity a step further by assembling a firearm from parts where you build a firearm together as a family.
Go on an outdoor adventure where you explore new trails. A day of hiking is an excellent way to bond with your family! As a bonus, it’s also a great fitness activity that doesn’t feel like a traditional workout.
8. Bike Rides
Many adults have fond memories of their parents teaching them how to ride a bike. Now is your chance to pass that skill on to your own children! Whether they’re free of training wheels or they still need a bit of help, going on a bike ride with your family builds confidence and creates lasting memories. And if you live in a city, you may even be teaching your child what will someday be their preferred way to commute to the office.
The best family bonding activities create memories your children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Focus on new and unique experiences where you can teach them life skills like riding a bike, or give them an opportunity to explore the world. What matters is that you do it together.
Marshall Bone is a writer, copy strategist and all-around stylish guy who has been following trends in GQ for more than two decades. Voted best-dressed both his junior and senior year, Bone has continued this legacy and can be found covering various topics from men’s fashion to self care and grooming. He enjoys reading and is based in the greater Los Angeles area.