Modern Australian Magazine

Fun Activities for Spending Quality Time with Your Kids

  • Written by Scarlet Gratton

Fun Activities for Spending Quality Time with Your Kids

Kids take over a great period of your day and as we all know, they’re a big responsibility. But when coming home from work, without another cup of coffee, we sometimes might not be able to give our kids the attention they need. Whether your kids are in kindergarten, primary school or older, they require your attention and they are willing to engage in mutual activities. If you are wishing for an uncommon activity both you and your kids can enjoy, these are some of the suggestions.

Cook together

Whether you and your kids like cooking or not, trying out a new interesting recipe you recently read in a magazine might be an interesting experiment for both sides. Don’t be afraid to get your kitchen dirty because that’s what makes experimenting fun! While playing around with different groceries and spices, you can discover tasty new recipes and also bond with your kids. Remember to support them to take on the kitchen by themselves – with given freedom, they will become more independent.

Play games together

Twister, Monopoly, Pictionary and Charades are just some of the ideas that always work as fun for the whole family. These games can provide several hours of creative fun and help family bonding. Organizing a game night tournament and inviting over family friends is also a good idea. A family tournament in playing pool or darts can be even more fun for older children.

Go camping together

Sometimes, a change of environment is all that’s needed to improve the family atmosphere. If you are in for a real adventure, then camping is the best activity. With the right camping equipment, the experience of sleeping, eating and overall living outdoor can be fun for the whole family. A hike in the mountains, a canoe ride down the river or just a walk through the woods can make this adventure a weekend to remember.

Go to a concert together

When it comes to music, there is no guarantee that you can overcome the generation gap that exists between you and your children. Even so, try introducing them to some of your favorite music, and even more importantly, be interested in what they listen to. If you don’t like their music taste at first, try to understand where their affection comes from. If you find a common language, ask them to go to a concert with you. This is not only a way of spending quality family time, but also a way to connect to your kids and understand them better.

Do physical activities together

Long working hours can leave you with no motivation to engage in any physical activity whatsoever. When it comes to training, try looking up to your children. They are young and full of energy which you can easily “steal” if you spend enough time with them. Whether it’s ballet, basketball or just jogging, you can make time for at least one training session with your kids per week. Not only will you spend more time with them, but you will feel better after some sports activities as well!

Watch a movie or a play together

Let your children choose a movie and spend a lazy evening with them. If you are willing to get out of the house, see what’s new at the local cinema or theater. Give a handful of plays your child can choose from. Today there are many different theaters made especially for children, and there’s a variety of genres to choose from as well. Don’t persuade your kids to share your taste but respect their own and help them form their personal opinion.

Whatever activity you choose, try communicating with your kids and tell them why this certain activity is important to you. For example, if they go to an art gallery with you, make an agreement to go to their favorite places with them as well. If they are willing to take you to their favorite playground, park, café or cinema, you will find the joys of youth again and improve the relationship with your kids. Spending time with your kids can be fulfilling on both ends. Quality time can be any time you choose to spend with your kids in a way both you and they enjoy it.

Scarlet is a passionate writer and a regular contributor at interested in fashion, lifestyle, and health. She loves traveling, you could say that she is a real travel addict, especially when she has a chance to visit some exotic destinations. She would tell you that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places.

see the 19 Australian ecosystems already collapsing

Dana M Bergstrom, Principal Research Scientist, University of Wollongong

ShutterstockIn 1992, 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were “on a collision course”. Seventeen years later, ...

Texas was a warning. Australia needs to rethink the design of its electricity market

Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University

Long lines to buy groceries in Austin, Texas, during February’s extreme cold snap and power outage. Austin American-Statesman/APAustralia’...

Odds are against ‘first in family’ uni students but equity policies are blind to them

Sally Patfield, Postdoctoral Fellow, Teachers and Teaching Research Centre, University of Newcastle

ShutterstockIt’s that time of year again when hundreds of thousands of Australian students start university for the first time. Commencing stude...

how I rediscovered the rare cloaked bee in Australia, hidden for a century

James B. Dorey, PhD Candidate, Flinders University

It’s not often you get to cast your eyes on a creature feared to be long-gone. Perhaps that’s why my recent rediscovery of the native bee ...

what can you do if you don't want to make a formal report to police?

Georgina Heydon, Associate professor, RMIT University

www.shutterstock.comThe alleged rape of former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins has raised many questions about how sexual assault gets reported...

How can the dead send us emails? The ethical dilemma of digital souls

Patrick Stokes, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Deakin University

Denys Nevozhai/Unsplash, CC BYTim Hart was sitting on his couch one evening in November 2011 when he got an email with the subject line: “I&rsqu...

COVID vaccines won't be compulsory for the Tokyo Olympics. But if offered, here's what athletes need to know

Kate Edwards, Associate Professor, Sydney School of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Sayuri Inoue/www.shutterstock.comBrisbane has just been confirmed as the preferred host for the 2032 Olympics. But Olympic organisers have more immedi...

Advance Your Workflow with E-Signing Solutions

Anna Melnikova

The choice of electronic signing solutions is a great chance to enhance the business and change your lifestyle. There is no doubt that the implement...

Linda Reynolds' future as defence minister is in her own hands

Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds faces an agonising question. Should she say to Scott Morrison she doesn’t feel up to staying in what is one of t...

A COVID 'vaccine passport' may further disadvantage refugees and asylum seekers

Claire Loughnan, Lecturer, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne

With great fanfare, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in Australia this week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the government will give &ldquo...

Tiger Woods' car crash injuries explained, according to a trauma surgeon

Ian Harris, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, UNSW

Tiger Woods’ medical team has released a statement on Twitter to explain the injuries he sustained in his car crash earlier this week.The statem...

A Forest of Hooks and Nails is a joyous exhibition about the art of hanging art

Ted Snell, Honorary Professor, Edith Cowan University

Maxxi Minaxi May, The light crystals (detail). FSC wood and plastic rulers, glue.Fremantle Arts Centre/Rebecca MansellReview: A Forest of Hooks and Na...

Holidays & Travel

Top Luxury Resorts For A Restorative Staycation In Australia

There are three main types of tourists who travel in search of wellness: those into beauty/spa-type treatments, those after the ultimate luxury lifestyle, and those who are into spiritual retreats...

7 Bucket-List Worthy Experiences in Dubai

“You only live once.” These words – often abbreviated into the sensational catchphrase “YOLO” – have become more popular with the millennial generation. But this is hardly a new idea. In...

Reasons Why you Should Book Holiday Accommodation in Hobart Tasmania

Are you considering your next Australian trip, but not sure where you should visit? The capital city of Hobart is a great option for travelers and local tourists to explore...

Exotic Experiences that You Need to Try at an Uluru Resort

Breaking the monotony of routine, we all look forward to enjoying some exotic experiences on our vacation trips. Be it going for bungee jumping or be it warming up to...

Top 3 Family Boating Activities in Townsville

Honestly, the Sunshine Coast of Queensland has so much to offer that it is hard to choose just a few of the top activities. There's nothing quite like boating in...

What Are The Most Compelling Reasons To Go For Cycling Vacation?

Many people think that cycling on vacation is a crazy idea and suitable only for cycling enthusiasts. However, it is not like that because cycling vacation is the best way...

6 Tips to Prepare for a Long-Distance Motorcycle Ride

Going on a motorcycle ride can be a saving grace, even in these trying times. The thing is that your journey can help you relieve some stress and allow you...

Enjoy Visiting Las Vegas With Navigating Safely

Spending a holiday or driving in Las Vegas could be quite fun yet challenging. When you are visiting Las Vegas for the first time and not aware of the routes...

4 Memorable Places to Visit in India

India has the second-highest population on earth, and it's rapidly catching up to China. It's also one of the more exotic locations on earth and has a diverse population and...

Fashion & Beauty

10 Gym Essentials for Your Next Workout

We all go to the gym for different reasons. Whether it’s to look good, feel good, or maybe fulfil a goal, whatever your motivation - having the right equipment and...

Essential hair care tips for men

Hair care is a daily routine for almost everyone. Washing and keeping the hair clean is a basic step to promote hair growth. However, you can get hold of hair...

Things to Consider Before Shopping for Women’s Perfume Online

Finding the right perfume can be challenging. Perfumes are an expression of a person’s personality, and that is usually why most people are very picky about the perfume they buy. When...

How Beneficial Are Health and Beauty Courses to Aspiring Beauty Experts?

Today, one of the fastest-growing industries is health and beauty. Enrolling in courses for health and beauty brings several benefits to both the owner and the student. High-end treatments and...

A Quick History of Knitwear

Knitwear is undoubtedly a winter staple, in whatever form it may come in – whether it be an old vintage piece from an op shop or a brand new and...

Upgrade your career in beauty therapy with these short beauty courses

There are plenty of things to love about a career in beauty therapy. From the wide scope for creativity and continual development to the fast-paced industry dynamic, a career as...

News Co Media Group

Content & Technology Connecting Global Audiences

More Information - Less Opinion