Family Fun Jar

By Melinda Gill January 12, 2012

Last week we took our daughter to see the Laurie Berkner Band and we were inspired by the song “FAMILY.” It made us think how we as a family interact, how we work and play together, how we connect as a family and how we spend time together as a family.

Often our family wakes on a Saturday wondering “what do we do today?” Do we hop in the car with no destination in site? Do we go to a local park? Do we sit at home and do nothing? Our inspiration led us to create a FAMILY FUN JAR that we will implement this New Year. The concept is simple – we took a glass jar and wrote down 12 family friend activities on strips of paper. Each month we will choose one activity to do and put it on the calendar.

These are 12 super fun activities our FAMILY has to look forward to this year:

  1. Find a new park
  2. Bowling
  3. Movies 
  4. Waterpark
  5. Beach
  6. Putt-Putt golf
  7. Amusement park
  8. Picnic at park
  9. Nature trail hike
  10. Zoo
  11. Fishing
  12. Be Spontaneous (on the spot, think something up and do it)

Oh sure, we have more than 12 FAMILY fun days a year (and may draw a second choice on an unscheduled weekend), but this jar is meant to jump start a new kind of fun – something exciting to look forward to once a month, pulling out a surprise activity and going for it! Yes, that is our FAMILY mantra this year – to go for it; for us as parents to Stimulate, Entertain and Exhaust our kid… we know she will thank us for it!

Now go make your own FAMILY fun jar, and then comment below what activities you put in yours – share how it is that your FAMILY will be inspired to have fun this New Year! You never know when we will pull a random comment from one or more of our stories to win a great prize from one our featured bands, sponsors or advertisers.

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Happy New Year from our family to yours.