7 Activities for Spending Quality Time with Family

Updated: Apr 29

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Life over the last year has been really something, hasn’t it? I mean, short of a tornado full of sharks we really have gone through a lot. Schools, restaurants, and everything else closed down and we were forced to adapt to being stuck in our own 4 walls for months. Then, as things slowly started to open up again, we were forced back to our own homes. We’ve been working from home, doing school from home, and making sourdough bread from home (you know you tried it… or almost did).

After all, that time stuck in our own place, we got a little stir crazy and needed to get away. So, we headed out to stay in a cozy cabin near some stunning red rocks in the middle of nowhere around southern Utah. While here, I realized that there are some awesome things that can help each of us spend more QUALITY time with our families. We’ve been cooped up with family over the last year, but these items will help make that time more meaningful…

Here are 7 things that help you spend more quality time with your family:

1. Board games

Love em’ or hate em’, these are a great way to make people put the phones away and either have a dramatic strategic battle (that puts familial relationships to the test) or get out of their comfort zone with a goofy party game. I’m a fan of the goofy party games since those can make even the most serious of family members crack a smile.

2. Disposable Plates, Cups, & Utensils

We love using Chinet® Classic WhiteTM plates, Chinet® Cut Crystal® cups, and Chinet® Cut Crystal® utensils during our meals at home or while on vacation so that we can save time doing dishes. I never liked being the one stuck doing dishes on vacation after a meal, so using disposable plates in these situations help us get that valuable time back to do more with those we love.

3. Movies

Whether they be horror, drama, or comedy movies are always a great way to get everyone to snuggle up on the couch for a scare, cry, or laugh. And don’t forget the chips and popcorn to share!

4. Firepit

There’s almost something primitive about sitting around a firepit with people. This has always been a great thing that’s helped me spend more quality time with family and friends. When you’re around a fire with some ‘mallows, there’s no way you won’t find yourself deep in conversation about the universe or some storytelling from the past.

5. The Great Outdoors

Whenever we get cooped up indoors for too long we just HAVE to get outside. Luckily for us, we ended up near Capitol Reef National park on our weekend getaway that has tons of hikes for us to do. We were able to hike around and find tons of rocks to climb and snow to make snow angels in!

6. Food Platters

Similar to a fire pit, there’s nothing that brings people together quite like food. Having an awesome meat & cheese platter is one of the best things to help spend quality time with family. All you gotta do is slap that food on a table and people will flock to it like seagulls. Just tell everyone to pull up a chair and soon you’ll have great food, people, and conversations all in one place.

7. Sporting Equipment

Having sporting equipment for your family’s favorite sport (or for a new sport your family wants to try) is always a fun way to get people together. A football, soccer ball, hockey stick & pucks, are all great ways to invite everyone outside for some exercise and fun competition.

Wherever you may be at this time, having these 7 things will help you spend more quality time with your family.

What’s something that your family has (or does) that I’ve missed on this list?? Let me know in the comments below!


Author: Andrew McFarlane

Andrew McFarlane is a full-time dad and a parenting blogger. He shares advice for new parents, experienced parents, and any parent in-between at PapaPerspective.com. He does this through positive parenting methods, the best parenting gear, and lots of laughter. When he's not blogging about the best parenting practices, he'll be out taking photos, playing hockey, or spending time with his wife and 2 boys.

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