family activities that don’t involve technology

family activities that don’t involve technology

Written By

Sarah Khandjian

I’m totally guilty of it. You know, that time that’s supposed to be quality family time but it inevitably turns into everyone is on their phone and tablet, not talking to each other, time? This happens way to often in my house and I bet it’s a familiar scene in yours too.

My husband and I are technology fans and even early adapters of most new technologies. It’s become an integral part of our daily routine (I mean, I am so used to turning off the lights in our home from Vivint’s smartphone app that I never even consider turning them off the old-fashioned way anymore). And because it’s such an integrated part of our lives it’s become that much harder to have family time without technology.

I have to be intentional about spending time with my family—unplugged. Here are a few of my favorite ideas on how to spend time with your family without technology.

  • Go outside. Enjoy a beautiful day at a park, walk around your neighborhood, visit your city’s nature center or botanical gardens, spend the day at the beach or lake or even plan a family camp out (at a state park or even in your own backyard).
  • Cook together. Prepare a delicious meal and get the entire family involved.
  • Game night. Rotate between everyone’s favorite board game for a night of old school fun.
  • Work on a puzzle. When was the last time you completed a puzzle? Yep, it’s been awhile for me too.
  • Create together. You can collaborate on a piece of art for your home, paint clay pots, make jewelry—the options are endless!
  • Make gifts for family and friends. The holidays are approaching and you can create handmade gifts for family and neighbors. Search Pinterest for great gift ideas.
  • Visit the farmers market. Check out your town’s weekly farmers market. If you live in a large city, you can visit a different one each week.
  • Start a backyard garden. This is a great way to teach kids where their food comes from and about the handwork it takes to grow veggies.
  • Go for a bike ride. Or try roller-skating or ice-skating in the winter.
  • Visit a museum. I bet your town has a great museum that you haven’t visited. Check out the current exhibitions in your local art and history museums.
  • Serve. What better use of your unplugged time than serving those in need in your community.

Need even more ideas? Check out the book, “365 Unplugged Family Fun Activities.”