We know how difficult it is to get the whole family organized. With active kids and a busy-bee hubby, it’s a wonder you’re able to get everyone out of the house in the morning. You’re on such a regimented schedule that it’s hard to imagine infusing a little spontaneity into your daily life. But a little excitement will make everyone feel energized. Skip the humdrum and experience something new. Try these five fabulously fun ideas with your curious crew. Make life one big adventure. —Lauren Barth
Take a Road Trip
Okay … we know what you’re thinking: A road trip with little kids sounds like a nightmare. But it doesn’t have to be. Pack plenty of drinks, snack, and games, and make spontaneous stops along the way. Check out a carnival, go to that antique shop, and take the longer, more scenic route. The destination doesn’t matter—make getting there memorable.
Be a Tourist in Your Own City
When was the last time you went to a museum, park, or historical spot in your own town? Strap on a fanny pack and play tourist at home. Explore everything your surrounding city has to offer, from theater and art to shopping and cuisine. You’ll see and experience things with fresh, appreciative eyes.
Try Something New
Are the little ones finicky eaters? Tell them you’re going on a culinary adventure! Take them out to dinner at a restaurant with unique cuisine. Whether they’re trying sushi or hummus for the first time, it’s great to expand their minds and palates while educating them about other cultures. They might even discover they like something new.
Physical fitness is of the utmost importance. But with jobs, families, and social obligations, sometimes it gets put on the back burner. Why not get the whole family involved by exercising together? Go for a bike ride, take a walk around a new neighborhood, hit the gym as a team, or hike a challenging trail. Bring plenty of water and healthy snacks. Every week you can try an awesome new activity.
Get your family involved with a charity. Whether you serve food at a soup kitchen or volunteer at a nursing home, your kids and loved ones will realize the importance of helping others. And they’ll feel good about themselves too—now that’s the most rewarding adventure!