Seasons are changing, snow is melting, and it’s time for spring family activities. Spring always reminds me of new life. It is a time to grow. One way we grow as a family is to spend time together doing things and sharing experiences.

I recall many a springtime picnic or a family trip to the park, a family bike hike, an evening of playing cards or board games. Those times remain precious to me. We always went to a museum or two too…like the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Natural History Museum. Museums I still love to visit. Visiting museums made history come alive for me.

Hardward Musuem DisplayThe arrival of spring also brought a great time for some adventures! Once I had my own children, recalling those fun family times, no longer living in Chicago but in Northern California, we’d go to the state capital or to Sutter’s Fort, to the railroad museum, or even a hardware museum.

Family Activities Build Memories

It really didn’t matter what the adventure was, the important thing was that we were spending the day together as a family. So any type of adventure would do! Sometimes it would be a trip to the roller rink or to the movies.

As I recall all of these good times, I thought I’d give you a few suggestions for family activities that you can even add a twist to, which also improve factual knowledge and memory skills. That’s what we often did, and that sure helped us to remember a lot of the places and facts we learned. There are two components to help you build factual knowledge…the first is to have the experience. The second is to do something with it to help you retain it.

So, my gift to you is a short list of family activities…excerpts from The BT Family Activity Book. Get more of the over 80 activities here.

Family Activities: At Home

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Have a family game night: Play The Sentence Zone, The Comprehension Zone, The Math Zone, Monopoly, Apples to Apples, Chess, Checkers
Watch a movie together
Have a popcorn night
Tell stories while sitting on the floor with only a flashlight on
Go on a bike hike
Bake cookies together
Color eggs and have an egg hunt

Family Activities: Field Trips

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Regional park
The state park
The river, lake, or ocean
A bakery
A historic site: Go on-line and do a search on Google for historic sites in your city, town, county, or in your state and you will find numerous ones that you can visit for no or very low cost.

Family Activities Stretch

Take pictures and collect brochures from the places you visit. Once you get home from your day of adventure, take time as a family to talk about your day and even write a paragraph or short story about it. Put the paragraph or story into a scrap book with the pictures you took or even drawings you make.

This will make a great family scrap book filled with love and adventure.

BT Family Activity Book CoverSo, my gift to you is the Get more of the over 80 activities here.

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