This year for Christmas my sister came up with the idea that my brother, sister, and I should do family gifts. So one gift for an entire family. At first I didn't really get it, but then as my sister talked about some ideas it clicked.
So Pat and I brainstormed what we would like from my brother and sister's families. One gift was easy to come up with. We got a zoo membership for the small zoo in our city. Unfortunately we haven't gone yet since it's been so cold, but I know that we're going to use it a ton this spring, especially because it is so close by. I love going to the zoo with the kids.
For the other gift, we knew we wanted something that would promote family time. We enjoy spending the evenings in the family room all cuddled up on the sectional watching movies. So when Pat was talking about popcorn, we decided a popcorn popper would be an awesome gift for us. After reading reviews on several we decided on this one, and it has not disappointed.
As much as we love our popcorn nights, we realized we couldn't do it every single night. After all, how much popcorn can one family eat, right? So we wanted more options for family time. I told Pat that I was thinking that maybe we should get an Xbox with Kinect. We agreed and found a good deal on one. A couple weeks ago we set it up and have tried many games. At first I was super disappointed as many of the games were much too hard for the kids to control. I began thinking we had wasted a lot of money. However, through a lot of trial and error we've finally found a few games that our boys can really use. Here are our favorite games:
Nickelodeon Dance 2 This game is totally geared toward the kids. You do what the characters on screen do. Two people can play together. It's kind of like a mini aerobics workout. I love playing with the kids and it gets me moving a little bit. The boys even love playing it together, and it helps get their energy out.
Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster I figured a Sesame Street game must be age appropriate for our little boys to play. Ryan and I played this game together the other day. It was really nice to play together, and the activities were fun like dancing, jumping, flying. There was a good variety of movements and stories.
Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do Our whole family really enjoys this game. Our favorite activity is skee ball. There are so many different games to play on this like ring toss, roller coaster, strength test, crash test dummy, etc. This game is used almost every single time we play.
There are a lot of other games out there for kids. We've tried several, but these were the best for our 3 and 5 year old so far.
What does your family do for family time?