Hoping to interest your adult children in spending some quality time with you this season? Easy. Plan a fun, out-of-the-ordinary activity for an unforgettably good time that will have everyone talking about it for years to come. Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Get into Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts shows and fairs abound during the summer and fall months. The walking is good exercise, and the works on display are sure to generate non-stop conversation. Who knows? You just might find the perfect painting for that bare wall in the dining room. Check out your local newspaper or town’s website for a schedule of upcoming events. You can also visit FestivalNet.com, where you’ll find over 25,000 art fairs, craft shows, and music festivals — searchable by location!
2. Recreate an Old Family Photo
Pull out the family photo album and pick out a few of your favorite photos. You’re going to recreate one or two of those memories in the here and now. That old Polaroid of the kids burying Dad in the sand at the beach will become a unique treasure when you pair it with a new picture in the very same place — only this time, the kids are grown. Plus, you also get to enjoy a day of fun in the sun together. Visit the Young Me Now Me blog for some inspiration and laughs.
3. Buy the Farm
Putting in a summer garden may not be practical, but how about a Saturday morning at the local farmer’s market? Find a market near you, but get started early. The best produce goes fast. Have each person pick out his or her favorite item, and then, back home, prep and prepare those fruits and vegetables for a meal you won’t soon forget.
4. Go Sale-ing
Check the newspaper, local websites, and bulletin boards and get ready for a Saturday of yard and garage sale-ing. It’s even more fun if you’re a collector of refrigerator magnets, Winnie the Pooh memorabilia, or other random treasures. Plus, you can expose your grown-up kids to the art of repurposing old furniture, clothing, and trinkets. Myself, I always look for vintage, framed Poker Dog prints to hang on my home office wall.
5. Go to a Drive-In
Show your kids “what it used to be like” by taking them to an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater. Bring dinner in a picnic basket, and get ready for a relaxing few hours spent in the comfort of your own car.
This is just the beginning of more happy family memories that you can share years later. Have any you’d like to share with us? Put them in the comments below!