By Mindy Longhurst
August is the last month of summer, so it makes sense that August is also National Family Fun month! Here are some ideas for how to make the most of your time with your family before school starts again.
Watch a movie
Watching a movie can bring everyone closer and is fun! Try watching a new movie or watch a classic movie. Try to watch a movie that everyone enjoys.
Have a game night
Game nights are fun and allow for great communication between family members.
Plan a trip or vacation
Go on a quality vacation together. These memories will last a lifetime.
Have a staycation
Having a staycation is super fun! Explore places in your local area that you have never been to before.
Have a week when different members of the family can choose a theme for dinner. You can do Italian night, Mexican night, pizza night etc. Have the kids even help plan the menu and help in the kitchen.
Attend a local show
Support the local community while having fun with your family.
Volunteering helps people to feel good. When volunteering together there is a feeling of unity with one another. This will help your family to feel good and to help others along the way. Plus, volunteering is fun and is humbling.
Working on a puzzle together helps the brain to function better. The best part of a puzzle, besides seeing the final product, is being able to talk freely with the people you are working with.
Put the electronics away
Especially with teenagers, make some nights cell phone free where everyone can focus on just being together.
Laughter is a great stress reducer! Laughing together is great for your health and helps the family to feel closer.
Read a book together
Whether it be the scriptures or a novel, reading a book together helps the family to work together to complete the book. After reading the book each night, have everyone explain how they felt and what they liked about the book.
Overall, there are plenty of ways that you can spend the last month of summer together and enjoy National Family Fun month!