Fun2Do - outing

  • Kindness

    It’s time to be kind as a family. Look up a local, animal shelter and find out if they need volunteers for a day, have fun walking/playing with dogs who need some extra love. Or find out if they need food, blankets or toys for the animals in the shelter, collect those things from friends, hit a thrift store to get blankets etc. Spend time as a family giving back to those who can’t give you anything in return. And you never know, maybe you’ll end up with a new four legged family member!

  • Commitment

    Eat Out…Way Out. As a family make a plan to try something new. Pull out a globe, map or google and pick a nations cuisine you haven’t tried before: Thai, Indian, African, French, Polish etc. Read about that culture and find a restaurant near you that serves that cuisine. Go to the restaurant early, before the evening rush begins, so your family can really take in the atmosphere. Ask questions to the staff and be willing to go outside your comfort-zone. Make this a fun family tradition to try new things in the New Year, the kids will look forward to picking another country and trying new things.

  • Generosity

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, and especially on a family with a new little one. Trying to make the holidays special with a baby isn’t easy. As a family be generous with your time and offer to babysit for a family with little kids. Because of your generosity they can have a night out together or maybe get some last minute gift shopping done without babies in tow. Make sure you take care of everything for them, offer to babysit at your home so they don’t have to worry about their house being clean. Make sure to take care of dinner for the kids so they don’t have to think about feeding them before they leave. Offer to wrap presents for them or help in any other way you can. Giving a new family a night off will be HUGE in their lives, and with your whole family pitching in the evening shouldn’t be too hard! (you’ll probably be thankful for your big kids!)

  • Gratitude

    Put on your coats, grab a basket and head outside to enjoy the crisp autumn air. As you enjoy a walk together as a family, collect leaves. Try to find the largest flattest leaves you can. Find enough for each member of your family to have a least ten. Have fun trying to find all different color and shaped leaves. Once home sit down together and write who you are grateful for on each of the leaves. Go around the table and explain why you are grateful for each person you wrote down. (save leaves for craft project)

  • Stewardship

    As a family take some time to think of a specific need locally or globally and brain storm a way to use YOUR resources (what God has given you) to help meet that need. Then as a family choose what would be the best way to help, then begin working together to meet the need. Suggestions: Go through clothing to donate to homeless shelter, clear out pantry and donate can goods to a soup kitchen, bake cookies and visit a retirement home, make a meal and bring it to someone who’s experiencing a hardship, have a bake sale/lemonade stand and donate the money to Hurricane Relief in TX/FL. It’s important that you work together as a family to choose what you will do and to use YOUR resources to meet a need to make someone’s life better.

  • Friendship

    As a family choose a friend to surprise. Find a time when your friend will not be home and decide to decorate their front door with some love. Using left over birthday party/holiday decorations, poster board, balloons and confetti, decorate their front door. Write words of love and encouragement on poster board and tape to front door, hang decorations and add some balloons. This “Just Because” surprise will make your friends day!

  • Respect

    Put on your walking shoes, bring a trash bag and gloves, then head into your neighborhood. As you walk look for ways to show respect to your community and neighbors. One of the biggest ways to show respect to your neighborhood is to keep it clean. It might seem like a little thing to clean up trash, however it’s a big deal, small acts of respect make a big difference. It’s important to respect where you live and have pride in your community. Talk about how we should always leave a place better than how you found it.

  • Uniqueness

    Pick a day for your Difference Making Outing, jump in the car as a family and start driving. You can’t come home until you complete three random acts of kindness, to make a unique difference in your community.

    Random Acts Of Kindness Ideas: Giving quarters to people at laundry mats, bringing all the carts in a parking lot to the store, pick up trash at a park, bring a meal to a fire station, pay for someone’s coffee or meal behind you at a drive through, give a postal worker a cold drink, bring flowers to a retirement home, bring in someone you know trash cans, donate clothes, deliver donuts/cupcakes to a friend who needs a pick me up, leave a generous tip, bring dog/cat food to a local shelter, and anything else you and your family can think of.

  • Creativity

    It’s time to get creative with your typical family night/day out. Shake it up and start with dessert! Go out and get ice cream, a Slurpee or get a treat at a bakery first thing. Talk about how fun it is to start your outing off with dessert instead of ending with one. Then go to the movies or play at a park for a while and finish off your outing with a meal out. Maybe try ordering breakfast for dinner! Just shake it up and do things differently from how you usually do. Talk about how everyone felt about getting creative with the order of how you did things as a family today, maybe the kids will suggest always starting out the day with dessert!

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    Kids love helping and working on tough tasks together, is a great way to build determination. There is such satisfaction associated with creating something with your own two hands. Find a family project to work together on outside. Maybe build that long awaited tree house, hang that tire swing in the front yard, paint the back fence, fix the gate, organize the garage, plant that garden… this list can go on and on. Be determined as a family to finish whatever task you’ve chosen. Encourage each other when it get hard and when others want to quit. Make sure to celebrate when you’re done! Maybe ice cream from the Ice Cream truck, Slurpees or head out for frozen yogurt. You did it!

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    Being humble is putting someone else first, which isn’t always easy. Plan a day with a friend or family member (that does NOT live in your house) and make the day all about them and what THEY want to do. Sometimes this could be hard because they may want to go to places you wouldn’t pick or eat food that may not be your favorite. However at the end of the day the person you have chosen to put first that day will feel so happy and loved by you and your family and that’s the best way to spend a day!

  • Forgiveness

    Head to the park or your driveway for a game of basketball, or Horse. Enjoy a game without keeping score (this may be harder for the parents). Afterward talk about how fun it was to not keep score and just enjoy playing. Also talk about when you forgive someone else, you are deciding to not keep score of who’s right and who’s wrong. When you forgive someone you are both winners, because you wipe the slate clean and start new. Let’s try to remember in life we aren’t supposed to keep score.

  • Love

    As a family choose a neighbor or family friend who you could surprise with some extra love. Mow their lawn, take out their trash, walk their dog, help with a house project, paint a fence, deliver a meal, choose something that you would want someone to do for you! Live out this months life app as a family but surprising someone with LOVE.

  • Knowledge

    It’s time to explore your community and learn something new! Wether you live in a big city or a small town, the place where you live has history, and it’s time to find it. Spend an afternoon at your local public library, get library cards! Check out new books you’ve never read and spend time reading together. You can also go to a local museum or historical sight, don’t drive too far! Stay as local as possible. Spend a day building new KNOWLEDGE of where you live. As a family talk about about what you learned today and how learning something knew made you feel.

  • Joy

    Find the JOY in family time! Grab the family, some blankets, hot cocoa and jump into the car. Head out for a night of looking at Christmas Lights with a twist! Find or create a list of things to look for while out, and you can’t go home until everything on the list has been found. The kids will be on the look out the entire drive trying to cross everything on their list.

    You can go online to Google or Pinterest to easily find Christmas Scavenger Hunt list and print one out for free. Or make your own before leaving the house, here’s some ideas to get you stated:










    Red Lights

    Mickey Mouse

    Christmas Tree

    Candy Cane





    Polar Bear





  • Honor

    Make your favorite cookie recipe (Amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe below) and bring them to your local Fire Department. These men and women work hard to protect our homes and communities, and most of them are volunteer Fire Fighters. What a great way to honor those around us, than to make and then deliver treats?!

    (Feel free to honor who you’d like, other ideas: Police Station, Garbageman, Mailman, neighbor ect.)

  • Courage

    The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colors. Bundle your family up and head outside for an evening under the stars around a camp fire. Spend time talking about how you’ve been brave in the past and over came some of your fears. Allow your kids to talk freely about their fears and how you as a family can help each other to have courage and overcome our fears.

    Even if you don’t have a place to do a camp fire, grab some flash lights, blankets, some treats and head out to star gaze.

    Don’t forget to bring some “Brave Bars” a yummy treat perfect for an evening outdoors. Recipe below.

  • Trust

    Probably the parents do all the planning in your family. They work hard to make fun outings for the kids. However it’s time to hand over the reigns and trust the kids with the planning. Pick a day that the kids can be in charge of all the planning. Parents can lay some ground rules about staying local and having a budget. But allow the kids to do as much of the planning as possible. The kids will love being “in charge” and the grown ups may be surprised at what they plan. Maybe a day out at a park, fort building in the back yard, fun at an arcade, a Pajama Day at home, pizza & video games or maybe their favorite fast food place.

  • Obedience

    Obedience can be tricky. We know we should do what we have been asked to do but we don’t always know why. What if what we are asked to do goes against what we want to do? What if we think we have a better way?

    This week, visit a local library or bookstore and pick up The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci. Then, gather your family together to read this captivating tale of two sisters, Rose and Blanche, who discover just how valuable obedience really is.

    After the story is finished, discuss these questions as a family: How would you have reacted to the strange things Blanche saw at the widow’s cabin? Blanche didn’t understand why the widow asked her to do some things but she trusted the widow so she obeyed. Are there any rules in our house that you obey but don’t understand why they are house rules?

  • Faith, pt. 2

    Figure out the time for sunrise or sunset wherever you find yourself in the world. Grab a blanket and a snack, and head outside 15 minutes before. Sit back and enjoy the changing sky as the sun rises or sets, whichever time you’ve chosen. Remember that the same God who created this amazing sky and designed it to change this way, also created each of you and designed a plan to help you change, too.

  • Faith

    Figure out the time for sunrise or sunset wherever you find yourself in the world. Grab a blanket and a snack, and head outside 15 minutes before. Sit back and enjoy the changing sky as the sun rises or sets, whichever time you’ve chosen. Remember that the same God who created this amazing sky and designed it to change this way, also created each of you and designed a plan to help you change, too.

  • Contentment

    Go for a walk and take nothing. No phones, no keys, no water bottle, no things. Take the time to focus on what matters instead of thinking about stuff. On your way back, talk about what you’re coming back with: a memory, an observation, a peaceful feeling, a realization, or a new connection with each other.

  • Perseverance

    Go on a “technology-free” walk with your family and encourage everyone to talk about their hopes and dreams for the future and what matters most to them. Talking about these things as a family—free of distractions—is a great way to imagine the good that can come from your perseverance through hard times.

  • Hope

    Typically a parent is the one running the agenda. So switch it up and let your kid plan an entire day this month. Give them a budget and let them decide what they want to do to connect one-on-one or as a family—maybe a little Frisbee golf or PlayStation? How about an amusement park or clothes shopping? You’ll find yourselves learning more about each other so you’ll be able to help each other find hope when tough times come.

  • Cooperation

    Since the month of February is known for taking the time to show your love for others, work together to put your love into action by making and delivering treats somewhere in your community like a nursing home, fire department or children’s hospital.