Here are the Best Family Activities for Parents on a Tight Schedule

Let’s face it – being a parent and balancing your busy schedule is hard. You wake up, get the kids ready for school, get yourself ready, drop them off, commute to work, get stuck in traffic, and you’ve just barely scratched your day! Where do you balance between work and the best family activities for your kids?

If you’re a working mom or dad, then you know that planning your schedule for family fun activities can be difficult. In fact, about 69% of families have two working parents, meaning organizing great activities for kids isn’t always the easiest to accomplish. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of some of the best family activities that you can do with your children – even if you’re on a busy schedule. All of the activities below can be done in under two hours, meaning you’ll get quality family time even with your schedule.

Child preparing a homemade pizza

Turn Dinner Time into a Family Event

Dinner time is finally your opportunity to sit down and relax after a long day. Why not use it to spend some quality time with your children and turn it into a fun family activity? Try out an easy meal like tacos or pizza where the kids can choose their own toppings. Then, let them decorate their food as they like! To make it even more fun, find a music playlist to add to the atmosphere and get everyone involved in the cooking process. Your little chefs will love it!

If you’re looking for an easier approach to dinner time, try ordering take-out from a different culture. You can even use the time before dinner to learn about the country. Look up information about the people, the culture, and what their flag looks like. It’s a great way to turn dinner into an educational activity for the whole family!

Man filling in a colouring book

Colouring Books – They Aren’t Just for Kids

Colouring books have always been one of the greatest activities for kids to keep them thoroughly entertained when you aren’t able to give them 100% of your attention. However, did you know that it’s also turning into an activity for adults as well? Relive some of your childhood nostalgia and take some time out of your day to sit down with your children and colour or doodle with them. You might actually find that colouring is quite therapeutic. In fact, it’s actually shown to relieve stress and is a tool used in art therapy! You might also find this is a great teaching moment for your young children as well. Use this time to explain colours, shapes, and help them improve their hand-eye coordination.


Hiking, Skating, and So Much More

Taking your kids outside isn’t just a fun experience for them, it’s a great workout for you too! There are always tons of trails nearby, and they won’t cost your family anything. Enjoy the sounds, the sites, and the fun of exploring something new! If the cold Canadian weather doesn’t quite agree with an outdoor activity, look into indoor activities. Skating, bowling, and rock-climbing are always great options. Otherwise, there’s always our personal favourite…

The best family activities - four girls at Air Riderz Trampoline Park

Indoor Parks Offer the Best Family Activities

One of the best parts about visiting an indoor park is that you don’t have to worry about the weather. Even better, there’s no prep time involved! Tons of parks offer multiple attractions that are perfect for both you and your children, and your kids will absolutely love getting to jump and play! Most indoor parks already offer so many activities for kids, but that doesn’t mean it’s a kids-only area. From the rock-climbing walls to the giant foam pit at Air Riderz, indoor trampoline parks are a great workout for parents and children with the best family activities. You just better hope you can keep up with your little ones!

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