Sundays are weird days; you’re stuck between looking for a way to get out of the “Sunday blues” and conserving energy for the dreaded Monday morning. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can spend quality time with your family without using up too much energy.
Here are a few things you can do on a Sunday with family:
- Start a family competition
- Cook a special meal
- Get everyone involved in some sport
- Roll out the grill
- Go to the beach
- Visit the museum
- Go to a zoo or theme park
- Go camping
The rest of the article will go into a bit more detail on these activities. We’ll also look at nighttime activities and specific activities for very young kids.
1. Start a Family Competition
The competition doesn’t have to be draining. Something as simple as a writing contest encouraging the family members to come up with interesting stories or an art contest is usually enough. Art contests are great because you can make it a group contest and make everyone feel involved. You can spice the competition up by providing a small prize to be won.
2. Cook a Special Meal
Meals are one of the best ways to bring your family together. Cooking the family special is a very good way to get everyone involved. Alternatively, you can cook a continental dish. Everyone will be more up for the cooking session if it’s an interesting meal they’ve never had before. It’s a perfect opportunity to bring everyone together and teach them teamwork.
You can make the cooking more fun by allowing your spouse or kids to come up with food ideas and recipes. After cooking, get everyone in the clean-up as well. Here are some tips on wiping out fingerprints from your stainless steelware.
3. Get Everyone Involved in Some Sport
One of the best ways to spend a Sunday is to get your family involved in a sport. A tennis match or soccer game can do wonders for the Sunday mood. You can make the match fun by splitting the family into teams to win a prize.
If you have the space for it, you can invite the neighbors and up the stakes.
4. Roll Out the Grill
A Sunday barbecue with a few drinks will never go out of style. If you’ve not had such a session in a while, purchase some ribs or drumsticks and fire up the grill. You can get your family involved by giving everyone some responsibility. Depending on your locale, you can bring out your speakers and make it a proper barbecue party.
5. Go to the Beach
You can take the entire family to a beach. There’s a lot of fun to be had here. You can enjoy some time in the water, build castles, play beach soccer or volleyball, etc. You may also choose to do some fishing if you have the gear.
You can also use the opportunity to teach your kids about different types of shells and the invertebrates that own them. You never know who might pick sustained interest in them.
7. Visit the Museum
Visiting a museum you’ve never been to with your family is another way to make the most of your Sunday. Choose museums with a lot of interesting elements to keep everyone occupied. Science museums have static displays of objects that many children will find fascinating. City and art museums can help everyone broaden their knowledge.
8. Go to a Zoo or Theme Park
Visiting a zoo or sanctuary will always be fun for everyone, regardless of age. It’s the perfect way to connect with nature and teach your young ones about some interesting animals.
If you’ve just had a zoo day with your family, theme parks are an excellent alternative. You may need to put in a bit more planning time here, though. Check for the nearest ones around you and maybe mark one of them down for your next Sunday visit.
9. Go Camping
You can take your family camping on a cool Sunday evening. Ask the children to identify animal sounds, insect noises, and anything else interesting. They may also collect some materials for a school project. Pack some food to enjoy an outdoor meal around a warm campfire. The experience is sure to linger in everyone’s minds for a while.
What To Do on a Sunday Night With Family
Most of the activities we’ve covered above are best for daytime when you can head outdoors. What should you do on a boring Sunday night?
Bring Out the Board Games
Board games like scrabble and monopoly are great options for indoor fun. If you have one of them already, all you need to do is come up with a wholesome wager for the winner to make it more interesting. It’s also a good time to teach anyone that’s yet to learn the specific game and help them get more involved.
Watch Home Videos or Interesting Movies
Do you have video recordings of your children when they were younger? You can gather everyone around and slot it in. If you don’t have a video but have some pictures, you can create a slideshow. Your wedding tape is also a good fit here. Many children will find it fascinating. Just keep the remote on hand to fast-forward the boring bits.
Alternatively, you can go on Netflix and find an interesting movie everyone will love. Maybe pick something that’ll have a message you can argue over at the end. Don’t forget to pick a movie that’s age-appropriate for younger children.
You can decide whether you want to go for something more educational or fun; just be sure it isn’t so educational that no one pays attention if you decide to go that route.
Your goal should be to find something watchable for everyone without making it a typical movie night where people sleep off midway.
How Do You Spend Sunday With Kids?
You can spend Sunday with kids by getting them involved in interesting activities that will keep them engaged and entertained. The ideal activities may also help you get some exercise.
A good number of the activities we’ve covered above can work well with kids. However, there are a few more you can consider.
Build a Kite or Get an RC Plane
If you’ve got enough space for it, you can have fun with your kids by constructing a kite for them to fly.
They’re a cheap and fun way to keep the children engaged. You can teach them kite fighting to make it even more fun.
Alternatively, you can get a remote-controlled airplane and teach the kids how to fly them. The RC planes are costlier, and you have to order them ahead of time. You’ll also need to ensure you’re allowed to fly them in your area.
Organize a Karaoke
You can create a list of a few songs the kids know and get them to sing along. Take note of the winner at the end of each song and reward them with a prize. If you’ve got some musical instruments at home, you can add them to the sing-along. You may help the children gain some interest in music.
How Much Time Should a Teenager Spend With Family?
Your teenager doesn’t have to spend a fixed amount of time with the family each day. However, some teenagers may do better overall if they spend five mealtimes with family per week.
A good tip is to make sure you devote three to four hours per week to family activities that involve everyone, including your teenager.
Why Is My Child in Their Room All Day?
The number one reason that your children are in their rooms all day is because they want their privacy. They’d be anywhere else in the home that can provide that privacy, but their room is the most comfortable.
They need privacy to process the events in their lives and to navigate and understand their place in the world. When you notice this behavior, don’t be judgmental or quick to give the child a label. Do your best to bring them out of the room while showing that you understand the situation.
There are several fun and exciting things you can do with your family on Sunday. If you’re looking for something less fun and more productive, you can even pull together a family decluttering session and make everyone pitch in. Just don’t be surprised if the kiddos grumble about that particular Sunday activity.