Family Time

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.

52 Quality Family Time

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.

Do you have a favorite activity I missed?  Please share!! I am always looking for new adventures.


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  • theredheadabroadblog February 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm

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

    • Leah February 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

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

  • Melissa February 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm

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

    • Leah February 3, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      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!

  • beautyandconcrete January 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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

    • Leah January 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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

  • projectlifewellness January 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    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 January 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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

  • Amy Crooks January 28, 2017 at 8:58 pm

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

    • Leah January 29, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you!

  • Shannan Panganiban January 28, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    This is a great list!

    • Leah January 29, 2017 at 12:39 pm

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

  • Angela Amores January 28, 2017 at 5:20 am

    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 January 28, 2017 at 11:21 am

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

  • Nermarí January 28, 2017 at 12:16 am

    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 January 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Yes!! Win-win for sure!

  • Sarah January 27, 2017 at 8:53 pm

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

    • Leah January 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

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

  • Danielle January 27, 2017 at 6:22 pm

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

    • Leah January 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you for reading!

  • Meredith from Mommy in Leggings January 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    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 January 27, 2017 at 4:13 pm

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

  • creativethriftychef January 27, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    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 January 27, 2017 at 4:12 pm

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

  • Sophia Reed January 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

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

    • Leah January 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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

  • Jalisa Marie January 27, 2017 at 9:55 am

    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 January 27, 2017 at 4:11 pm

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

  • thecoffeemom0617 January 27, 2017 at 8:56 am

    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 January 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

      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.

  • tkmom18 January 27, 2017 at 7:49 am

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

    • Leah January 27, 2017 at 9:31 am

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

  • onepeainthepod January 26, 2017 at 10:25 pm

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

    • Leah January 27, 2017 at 9:29 am

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

  • Kate A January 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    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!

  • Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms January 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    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!

  • Stephanie Lowry January 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

    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 January 26, 2017 at 10:44 am

      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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