Having small children can be both exciting and exhausting. You may feel like you don’t have time for fun anymore. But it’s so important to make time for playful activities as a family. Doing things together can help you feel connected and can be a great way to bond with your small kids. Here are some ideas for how to have fun as a family when you have little ones.
See a show at the theatre.
One way to have fun as a family when you have small kids is to take them to a show. The New York Theatre Guide has a guide for families to the best Broadway shows for kids. Children as young as four and older are allowed to attend Broadway shows such as Wicked, The Lion King, and more. Sometimes, kids get to meet the cast after the show and performers often come out to sign programs and take pictures. Consider a night at the theatre that is sure to entertain every family member both big and small.
Organize a picnic lunch.
When you have small kids, it can be hard to find time to have fun as a family. But there are plenty of things you can do to make memories and enjoy each other’s company. One great option is to organize a picnic lunch in your backyard or at a nearby park.
Make sure to plan ahead and be organized. This may mean wearing your pumping bra at home before you leave for the park if you prefer not to pump or breastfeed while you’re out. Taking care of small kids when you’re out and about can take a lot out of you, especially when you’re nursing. So, you may decide it’s best to pump before you leave the house in order to have enough milk supply to bottle feed during your picnic.
After organizing your baby’s meal, it’s then time to plan what food you’d like to bring for the rest of the family. You can even assign tasks accordingly to get everyone involved in the preparations. Don’t forget to pack everything you need in advance so you don’t have to worry about it on the day of the picnic. This includes food, drinks, napkins, plates, silverware, baby bags, diapers, etc. Furthermore, come up with games or activities to do together during the picnic which could include playing catch, telling stories, or having a scavenger hunt. Lastly, take pictures and videos of the event so you can look back on it fondly later on.
Get creative with arts and crafts.
Make a collage together and have each family member choose their favorite pictures of each other to create the collage. You could even make one for your kid’s room. You can also paint portraits of each other which is a great project for older siblings. This is also a fun way to capture memories that will last forever.
Additionally, you could create memory books or photo albums. Collect photos from your time as a family when your kids are very young and put them into a book or album that everyone can enjoy looking at together. Lastly, make homemade cards or decorations for everyone’s bedroom. Get creative with this one and use your imagination to make something special for your baby or toddler’s playroom or bedroom that nobody else will have!
Having small kids can be a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun! There are a lot of things families can do together to have fun when they have a new baby. Spending time together as a family is a great way to bond and create memories.