Indoor and Outdoor Activities to Enjoy With Your Family

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You don’t have to take a week off from work to enjoy a family vacation. A well-planned weekend of enjoyable activities can feel like a full-blown vacation, and the benefits to the family cannot be underestimated.

Research shows that just one day a week of family bonding time improves communication between family members, reinforces mutual respect between parents and children, and increases feelings of security and reduces emotional tension within the family. Whether you’re on a tight budget or short on time, these activity ideas will help you plan weekends for great family vacations close to home.

Indoor Activities

  • Play at an indoor water park. Check your local water park’s website for discounts and deals. You can also search online for water parks within driving distance and spend a weekend there.
  • Visit a local art gallery or museum. Devise a scavenger hunt list and have the kids check off the items they find.
  • Attend a musical performance. University music departments often put on concerts that are family-friendly and often free to the public.
  • See a play. Community theaters usually have matinee performances on weekends.
  • Take a tour. Visit interesting attractions such as historical homes, landmarks and architectural wonders. Tours are often free.
  • Browse through an antique mall. Curiosities abound in these cavernous shops, from the strange and archaic to the decorative and beautiful.
  • See a movie. Discount theaters are a bargain for even large families.

Outdoor Activities

  • Attend summer festivals. Many cities have free concerts in local parks, multicultural festivals and local-flavor festivals revolving around historic events or natural resources.
  • Go to the zoo. Family passes are a good way to save money on admission and often include perks not available to the general public.
  • Discover the wilderness. Visit a nearby wildlife refuge or state park.
  • Spend a day in the sun at a nearby lake. Rent a canoe, go fishing or just lounge by the water while the kids splash around.
  • Window shop downtown. Take a leisurely stroll through downtown and browse through the stores. You may discover places you never knew existed.
  • Have a picnic. Pack a basket or stop for fried chicken and enjoy a sunny afternoon at a local park.
  • Walk around campus. If you have a university in your town, you will enjoy strolling through campus. University campuses are usually chock-full of beautiful gardens and sculptures, and often boast a top-notch art or natural history museum.
  • Go sledding and follow up with hot cocoa and a movie at home.

Find Other Activities
Refer to these local resources to help you plan great family vacations.

  • Brochures from your Chamber of Commerce or tourist center.
  • Activity guides published by your local newspaper.
  • Event calendars published by your city’s arts council.
  • Your city’s website.
  • Newsletters put out by local cultural organizations.
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