A move can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. At the very least, your life will feel a little uprooted for a while as you settle into a new home, community, and routine. Before you dive into unpacking and settling in, though, it’s a good idea to take a breather. Spend some time as a family doing something completely unrelated to the move.
Here are some great family activity ideas that will help you all reconnect and enjoy some much-needed downtime.
Family Activity Ideas After Moving
Plan a staycation
After the whirlwind of a move, chances are you all could use a vacation. If you’ve just moved to a new city, it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time off to decompress, explore, and have some fun. Book a couple days at a hotel in town or go camping to remove yourself from all the moving tasks for a bit. Even if you just put up a tent in the backyard, it’s a great way to get your mind off the move and enjoy each other’s company before you get back into the swing of everyday life.
Every town has some touristy things to check out. Some people may sneer at “tourist traps,” but they can actually be fun. After all, they attract a lot of people for a reason. Look up a list of your new city’s hottest tourist attractions and challenge yourselves to hit all of them in a day or weekend.
Check out some local events
What events are happening in town that week? Things like festivals, arts and music events, charity events, and other gatherings are always happening in communities. Look them up online or find a local bulletin board to see what is going on in your new city. Not only will it offer a fun time for the family, but you’ll also get the opportunity to meet new people.
Explore the town’s culture
Museums, theaters, galleries, and shows are always wonderful places to spend time with your family. Art has a way of filling up your cup after a stressful time and learning about your town’s culture is a wonderful way to get involved and begin to appreciate its unique culture.
Try local things based on what each family member loves
What are some things your family loves to do? Think of something you all enjoyed doing together in your previous community, such as going to a drive-in cinema, and find the local variation. Another idea is to find out at least one thing each family member loves to do and start exploring those in town. For example, if one of you loves Italian food, look up the local Italian restaurants and make it a point to try them all.