52 Ideas for Quality Family Time

We are in need of some serious quality family time lately. When we are travelling we always have a great time and it feels so good to be connected. Sadly we can’t travel year round. There is school and work. We end up getting into a routine and life becomes busy. Our weekends are full of chores and obligations. Unless we plan something, we end up sitting around doing house chores or playing on electronics.  I was inspired by a recent article and put together 52 ideas for quality family time to help me schedule our weekends with a better family focus.

Before bed I was on my phone scrolling through social media when I came across a great post that inspired me to make quality time with my family a priority.  Don’t get me wrong it is always a priority but I wanted to work harder to make it happen on a weekly basis.  I read about the McClain family and their Sunday adventures. It totally inspired me and I hope you will check it out and be inspired too.

The idea of doing new things and discovering new things is good for us as a family but it is also good for me.  I feel like it is easy to get into a family rut of doing the same thing every weekend.  This is a good way to keep life new and exciting.  When we lived in Pittsburgh we would get out every weekend and discover something new. Maybe it was the new city or the lack of responsibility but we were always doing something.

We were living life to the fullest and having adventures. I want to get that back!


52 quality family time

I liked the idea of getting out every Sunday but I knew that our weather would prevent us from being outside every weekend so I focused on quality family time together. After reading I sat down and made a list of 52 family fun activities to get you out and enjoy quality family time.

52 Quality Family Time

Quality Family Time Adventures to Start this Weekend

1.       Discover a new breakfast place.

2.       Watch the sunset.

3.       Walk on the beach.

4.       Take a nature hike.

5.       Walk around your neighborhood and play I Spy.

6.       Visit a National Park.

7.       Have a backyard picnic.

8.       Go see a movie.

9.       Go roller skating.

10.   Go ice skating.

11.   Visit your local library.

12.   Visit your local Science Center.

13.   Plan a Free Day.

14.   Drive to the next town over and discover a new restaurant.

15.   Visit the Zoo.

16.   Visit your local animal shelter and donate old blankets.

17.   Go on vacation.

18.   Visit a new place you have never visited.

19.   Listen to fun music and go for a drive.

20.   Google your city and top ten things to do and schedule them on your calendar.

21.   Plan an overnight in your own town.  Enjoy the pool and act like a tourist.

22.   Surprise out of town relatives with a visit.

23.   Do something you always wanted to do.

24.   Visit your local Children’s museum.

25.   Visit a Public market.

26.   Visit a theme park.

27.   Go see a waterfall.

28.   Paint a picture together.

29.   Go to a waterpark.

30.   Have a water balloon toss.

31.   Discover a new playground.

32.   Play board games.

33.   Plan an afternoon movie day.

34.   Bake cookies.

35.   Attend a sports event.

36.   Go out to eat and try a new cuisine.

37.   Read a book together.

38.   Visit a Historical Site.

39.   Go bowling.

40.   Have friends over for a dinner party.

41.   Participate in a 5k together.

42.   Build your town in Legos.

43.   Dress up and go out to dinner. (or lunch.)

44.   Plan a Mystery Day.

45.   Let the kids pick the activity.

46.   Go apple picking or any fruit/vegetable.

47.   Visit your local track and have your own Olympics.

48.   Make Tie-Dye shirts.

49.   Visit your local Art Museum.

50.   Write and illustrate a story together.

51.   Watch the sunrise.

52.   Go out for ice cream.


I hope you are inspired to get out there.  It may seem odd to schedule in family time but I promise you will not regret it.  It will be an activity that you will look forward and help you and your family connect before the busy week ahead.

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  1. theselovelyacres | 16th Oct 17

    I love these ideas! I am always looking for things to do with my kids. Thanks for the list!

    • Leah | 17th Oct 17

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Kindly Unspoken | 16th Oct 17

    Love all of these ideas! I really like the one about discovering a new breakfast spot. We very rarely venture out for breakfast and it would be a nice little treat for everyone.

    • Leah | 17th Oct 17

      I’m so happy you liked them!! Thanks for reading!

  3. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) | 16th Oct 17

    Great tips here … being outdoors and doing an activity together is one of my favorite things to do as a family 🙂

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • Leah | 17th Oct 17

      Us too! Thanks for reading!

  4. Rachee | 16th Oct 17

    I love that “visit the library” is on your list!
    This list is great and inspires me to create my own to capture some moments with my teen before she heads off to college.

    • Leah | 17th Oct 17

      Thanks for reading! The time goes so fast with our kids! Have fun!

  5. kage2015 | 16th Oct 17

    Tons of ideas to enjoy. So much to do this time of year we spend tons of time outside and visiting different places. Just being together.

    • Leah | 17th Oct 17

      Yes we do too! Fall is a great time to get outside!

  6. theredheadabroadblog | 4th Feb 17

    These ideas are great! I miss my family more right now!! These ideas are great regardless of age too 🙂

    • Leah | 5th Feb 17

      Thanks for reading! Spending time with family is really the best.

  7. Melissa | 3rd Feb 17

    Some great ideas here Leah! I need to get the kiddos out more in our city!

    • Leah | 3rd Feb 17

      Thank you!! I hope you get out this weekend! It’s so cold here so I am not sure what we are going to do!

  8. beautyandconcrete | 30th Jan 17

    Your ideas are so special!! I love being outside and sunsets and exploring! Great list!

    • Leah | 30th Jan 17

      Thank you so much for reading! I love seeing the sunset too!

  9. projectlifewellness | 28th Jan 17

    These are all such great ideas! We’re always on the hunt for new and exciting things to do. I cannot wait until my Son is older (although I cherish every moment I have with him at this age), so we can do a lot more interactive activities!

    • Leah | 29th Jan 17

      Thank you! Activities do have a special magic to them when the kids are older but the little stage is so amazing!

  10. Amy Crooks | 28th Jan 17

    Family time is absolutely the best!! 🙂 Love all of your ideas!

    • Leah | 29th Jan 17

      Thank you!

  11. Shannan Panganiban | 28th Jan 17

    This is a great list!

    • Leah | 29th Jan 17

      Thank you so much! Hope you are enjoying a great family weekend.

  12. Angela Amores | 28th Jan 17

    I really liked reading this. This is something I’m always trying to figure out, and find balance with since we have a new addition to our family. Such great ideas.

    • Leah | 28th Jan 17

      Thank you so much! It is hard with a change in the family but I hope some of the ideas help you get started.

  13. Nermarí | 28th Jan 17

    These are some great ideas. We like going to watch the sunrise at the beach- it’s not only beautiful, but it’s empty so we pretty much have the beach to ourselves (and great parking!) for a few hours. Also, love listening to audio books in the car! Not only do you experience the story together, but the kids are also quiet. Win-Win!

    • Leah | 28th Jan 17

      Yes!! Win-win for sure!

  14. Sarah | 27th Jan 17

    I LOVE this! Something for each week of the year!

    • Leah | 28th Jan 17

      Thank you! I hope you are getting out there this weekend!

  15. Danielle | 27th Jan 17

    This is such a great list! I love that it can be used pretty much anywhere. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leah | 28th Jan 17

      Thank you for reading!

  16. Meredith from Mommy in Leggings | 27th Jan 17

    These are all AMAZING ideas!!! It’s so great to have a list of ideas at hand and ready to go! Quality time is so important!

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thank you!!! I am so happy you are inspired and ready to go!! Have a great weekend!

  17. creativethriftychef | 27th Jan 17

    I love this list. Thank you for sharing this. My husband and I work a lot, and we take time to spend with the kids. Although it’s difficult sometimes because of our work schedule, but definitely gonna follow this list.

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thank you so much for reading! I hear you! It is hard to plan sometimes!

  18. Sophia Reed | 27th Jan 17

    These are really good family ideas to get everyone up and out of the house.

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thank you! Hope you have something fun planned this weekend!

  19. Jalisa Marie | 27th Jan 17

    I love family time. The Summer time we have no problem finding things to do. This Winter I made it my mission to find activities to do as a family even if they are simple.

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      That is how we are too!! Summer is easy…winter takes work!

  20. thecoffeemom0617 | 27th Jan 17

    These are wonderful activities. Sunday ends up being our family fun day usually and we try to get out of the house and find something new!

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thanks! We are trying to really make it a priority. The winter months always get us stuck inside so I’m really trying this year.

  21. tkmom18 | 27th Jan 17

    I LOVe lists like this! They are a go to on a rare weekend we have no plans!

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thank you!! I know life gets so busy but its great to have some ideas when you need to get out of the house!

  22. onepeainthepod | 26th Jan 17

    This is a great list and I think my family would enjoy them as well!

    • Leah | 27th Jan 17

      Thank you! I hope you can use them this year.

  23. Kate A | 26th Jan 17

    So many great ideas here! We’re always looking for fun ways to spend time together as a family… I pinned this so that I can refer back to it later. Thanks!

  24. Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms | 26th Jan 17

    This is a great list! I will have to keep some of these in mind on days when we can’t think of things to do!

  25. Stephanie Lowry | 26th Jan 17

    I absolutely love this list! As a mom of 5 on one income + my spouse being military it is difficult for us to travel and when we do it’s usually to see family in varying states. These are really great ideas that we can pull off day to day. Thanks so much for sharing, I will be pinning this for reference! Our very own family bucket list ?

    • Leah | 26th Jan 17

      Thank you so much!! I am so glad you liked it. I love to travel and wish we could do it full time but the reality is we need to make the time and stuff we can do affordable and fun. I am so happy it inspired you!!

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