How to choose a weekend activity: While there are a lot of great kid-oriented activities everywhere, going to one that leaves you sitting on the sidelines and rolling your eyes in boredom is no better than going to a totally "grown-up" event where the kids are climbing the walls. Focus on activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy. Take advantage of changing seasons by teaching the kids to ski in winter and swim in the summer. Or hit the theaters on a rainy afternoon. Moviemakers seem to have wised up to the fact that parents go with their kids and are now making flicks like The Incredibles and Shrek that are funny and interesting for all ages. In addition, special activities like puppet or magic shows, bowling and ice skating are all big draws for my family. These are things they'll remember fondly for years to come.
How to add educational activities into weekend plans: Many bookstores like Barnes and Noble have special child-oriented reading times, which are a fun and restful way to spend a weekend afternoon. And remember that "old favorites" like zoos, aquariums and children's museums are favorites for a reason. Don't get caught in a "been there, done that," mentality '- you'll find that many offer special events on a regular basis, which keep visits fresh and exciting. Live in an area that boasts a historical site? See what demonstrations and celebrations are being held '- especially in the "off season," when you can enjoy your proximity without subjecting yourself to hordes of tourists.
How to find out about special weekend activities: Check local papers and online sites for new and upcoming plays, concerts and festivals. A quick search on Citysearch.com, for "family activities," for instance, can net you dozens of suggestions and destinations in your area.