Simple Ideas to Create Family Fun Times

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Between work and other obligations, it's hard enough to spend quality time with their kids. When moms finally do get some free time, the last thing they want to do is waste it grasping for family-friendly activities and taking precious hours away from themselves and their kids. Here are some simple ideas that will help you create family fun times.

Mom and Daughter Day Spa

The price of a day spa for yourself is high enough. Taking your daughter or daughters along can really strain the budget. Fortunately, you can get all of the benefit without the price tag. In fact, it'll likely be even more enjoyable. Set aside an occasional day when you all treat yourselves and each other to an at-home spa treatment. Break out the lotions, scrubs, nail polish and makeup. If you really want to go all-out, you can even do each other's hair. Make sure that you have plenty of refreshments.

Homestyle Restaurant

Everyone knows that going out for dinner can cost the proverbial arm and a leg. This can put a big damper on your plans for family fun, especially if none of the adults in the house feels like cooking. However, it can actually be an opportunity in disguise. While you sit back and relax, let the kids prepare and serve dinner for everyone. There are a lot of things that are safe and easy for even young children to make. Sandwiches, salads, drinks, desserts and appetizers are all simple ideas created with basic ingredients and minimal tools or assistance. For you, the experience will be even more enjoyable if you can convince them to clean up the mess afterward.

Backyard Camp-Out

Whether you live in the big city, the middle of suburbia or a small town, it can be hard to find a good campground within a reasonable distance from your home. Camping is an excellent family activity, but the planning, spot reservations, packing and long drive can suck the joy out of the experience, turning it into a hassle. A great solution to this is having a backyard camp-out. Buy an inexpensive tent, get some sleeping bags together and grab some ingredients for camp fire grub. A good flash light will aid you in telling creepy stories before bed. For added excitement, take the kids around the yard with the flashlight after dark. Let them see how many night-dwelling insects and critters they can find.  And if you don't want to bother with the tent, you can still do a cookout. Grab the marshmallows!