Fam­ily Day fun at home

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

Fam­ily Day is com­ing up this month and there are plenty of ex­cel­lent events, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties com­ing soon to rec cen­tres, are­nas, gal­leries and li­braries in cities across the re­gion. But if your fam­ily is look­ing for­ward to hun­ker­ing down at home, wear­ing jam­mies all day and spend­ing some qual­ity time to­gether, here are five fun ways you can share some laughs and en­joy the hol­i­day right at home.

1. Chopped, the Fam­ily Day Edi­tion!

If your older kids love watch­ing the Food Net­work, why not chal­lenge them to a friendly lit­tle cook­ing com­pe­ti­tion? On the show Chopped, com­peti­tors have to use every item in a bas­ket of "mys­tery in­gre­di­ents" to cre­ate a tasty dish within thirty min­utes. You could grab a few un­usual items at the gro­cery or just use what­ever you have in the house. Younger kids could pair up with Mom or Dad or you make it boys against girls - it won't take long for ev­ery­one to get caught up in the ex­cite­ment!

2. Let's dec­o­rate!

Do you have a fledg­ing de­signer on your hands? If your lit­tle one has been ask­ing to re­dec­o­rate their bed­room or the play­room, a cold, win­ter day is a great op­por­tu­nity to work to­gether to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing new space. Take some time a few days be­fore to map out a plan and gather sup­plies so you are ready to go on Fam­ily Day.

3. Ob­sta­cle Course Chaos

Lit­tle kids, big kids and Mom and Dad can all get in­volved cre­at­ing an out-of-this-world indoor ob­sta- cle course. Hang hula hoops for div­ing through, use mask­ing tape to cre­ate a "tightrope" on the floor, re­pur­pose red solo cups as py­lons for crawl­ing around – you can find a pile of cre­ative ideas on Pin­ter­est.

4. Get crafty

Most kids love to cre­ate, so use this spe­cial day to let your imag­i­na­tions run wild. If you have wood­work­ing tools at home, let older kids cut some sim­ple shapes for younger chil­dren to paint or work on an easy bird­house to­gether – spring is only a cou­ple months away!

5. Cha­rades!

This is a great game for younger chil­dren to prac­tice their read­ing skills and you are al­ways guar­an­teed lots of laughs. Have older kids come up with ideas for act­ing out or check on­line for print­able cards. (RMM)

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