Family means something a little different to everyone. Parents, step-parents, no parents, with three kids or only fur-kids, plus throw in a few second cousins, ex-colleague-turned-besties or next-door neighbours in the mix – family has many, many faces. We honour them all. When International Family Day rolls around on May 15th, here are 10 ideas to get you that little bit closer to the people who make you feel like a million dollars, unconditionally.
1. Garden together
They say a family who plants together, grows together. During the pandemic, many of us took to buying and looking after greenery to spruce up our homes, and it was wildly therapeutic! For this activity, you could even spice things up with your tribe to see whose plant thrives best… or survives. But do also remember to understand the rules before growing a ‘Jungle walkway’ out of your house!
2. Movies together
Possibly one of the most flexible ways (movie night at home or go to the cinemas) to connect with your loved ones. Nothing gets us warm and fuzzy, or at the edge of our seats (depending on what you are into!), like a shared viewing experience of your favourite shows.
3. Cook together
It’s commonly known that the way to our hearts is through our stomachs, so what better way to bond than to whip up a sumptuous meal in the kitchen as a family. Here are some recipe ideas that hopefully inspire you to share some delicious moments with your family.
5. Read together
In a world of smart phones and short attention spans, reading is highly underrated. And as exchange of individualised thoughts and ideas happens from a shared reading experience, it fosters emotional and cognitive togetherness. Sounds like your kind of cosy adventure? Start a book club now!
6. Cycle together
Riding a bike together helps you not only connect with each other but also allows you to explore our sunny island as a unit!
Now that the world is opening up, travelling means going beyond your front door! Hurrah! Book that trip you needed to take two years ago with the ones that mean the most to you.
9. Volunteer together
Helping others helps us feel a sense of belonging, make new friends and connect with our communities.Not sure where to start? SG Cares lets you discover volunteering opportunities. Definitely something to be a part of this family day!
10. Paint together
From art jamming to DIY workshops, share your unique perspectives as a family and unleash your inner artist!
And there you have it. We hope that you’re able to knock off a few of these activities and Smile More as you spend quality time with your family!
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