Before having children, I had only two criteria for a successful weekend: it must present the opportunity for at least one nap and the amount of time spent in yoga pants or no pants at all must exceed the amount of time wearing clothes that are considered acceptable for public appearance.
Okay, so perhaps I was a bit lazy. I will own that. Don’t get me wrong. I do love a good outdoor adventure or a night out on the town, but over the years I have grown into something of a homebody.
This worked out just fine for me in my very early twenties, before Anders and Danica came along, but now that they are here afternoon naps are a figment of my imagination and sitting around the house all day just doesn’t seem healthy.
I feel guilty when we reach the end of a Saturday or Sunday and they haven’t left the confines of our home. My husband, and former sweatsuit buddy, agrees and in order to combat the gravitational pull of our couch, we have challenged ourselves to get out of the house and do at least one fun thing a week as a family.
Sometimes it is something as simple as playing at the park down the road from our home. A couple of weekends ago we went to a local natural history museum and yesterday we decided to check out a nearby planetarium.
When my husband first suggested it I was skeptical. It seemed a little too similar to taking the kids to a movie theater, in that it would require them to sit still in the darkness, and that hasn’t gone well for us in the past. But a little internet research showed that it offered several programs geared towards children, including sessions with the characters from Sesame Street and “The Magic Treehouse” series. So, in the end we all put on pants and headed over to find out what the planetarium was all about.
As it turns out, our planetarium has recently been upgraded and remodeled and for a little bit of nothing we all spent an hour learning about the universe and astronomy. I think I got as much out of it as the kids did and they sat still through the hour long program in a way they normally reserve for, well, only deep sleep.
Have you taken your family on any new, relatively low cost, adventures lately? We’re always looking for ideas.
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