Five Fun Activities To Do With Your Children

Keeping your children entertained is one thing but for you to enjoy what they’re doing is something that is often hit and miss. Not every activity you do with your child is going to be a fun one for yourself. However, you should actively look for more things to do with your children, that you can both enjoy equally. Here are five fun activities to do with your children.

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Fly A Drone

Drones have certainly gotten a bit of a bad reputation in recent years, mainly because some have been using it to cause trouble. However, there are many benefits to using drones, and as an activity, a drone should also be enjoyed by the everyday family, just like you would with a remote-controlled helicopter toy or flying a kite. Most of the time, drones can be harmless and as long as you use it safely and in an open area, that’s all that matters. You want to be careful about where you’re flying it and where you are as a location. Flying a drone near an airport is going to cause trouble, especially as airports are considered secure areas. So if an unauthorised device is flying into the runway, then it’s going to end badly for you certainly. Be sure to know how to operate a drone safely. When allowing the children to use it, keep an eye on what they’re doing and to take over should they start flying off in the wrong direction. Here are some other options on drones if you’re looking to buy one.

Do Some Baking

Baking is something that most kids are going to enjoy because they’re using the kitchen and cooking with the oven and various other kitchen appliances that they may not have been allowed to touch beforehand. It’s something they’ll likely be very excited about because it’s a very ‘adult’ job for them to be doing. It’s definitely important to get your children to do more baking because it teaches them those life skills that they’ll need when they become adults. Having those life skills are going to be more beneficial than them not having it at all. It’s messy yes, but you also benefit from it as a parent as it’s quality time spent with your child and you get some food to eat afterwards.

Take Them To The Cinema

A trip to the cinema is always exciting, and it’s a good opportunity to get everyone sat down together to watch a film. When you’re watching something from home, you don’t get the same experience because you’re able to come and go as you please. Within a cinema setting, there’s no moving or ability to pause the movie whilst you go and do something in the home. It’s definitely something that’s worth doing every so often as a treat for the whole family to enjoy and to keep the cinema experience alive, even though it’s now much more experience to see a film than it was before.

Have A Picnic In A Local Park

A picnic down your local park is a lovely way to spend quality time with your family. Use it as an opportunity to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. We all have local parks nearby, so pick one local to you and get all the family involved to prep the food that’s going to be eaten as part of the picnic. Pack a blanket or two and get some camping chairs for those who don’t want to sit on the floor. Bring a few games too if the park allows the space to play those sporting activities that require a lot of space.

Take Part In An After-School Class

An after-school class or activity is important for your children to be a part of as they grow, and it helps them to figure out what they want to be doing in life. These after-school classes could be anything like choir practise or learning how to technology better. A class with you and your child working on it together or just enjoying it together will hopefully teach them to explore more as they get older. You want to be a positive influence and role model for them, so use these opportunities to really show how much fun can be head with these after-school classes.

Finding fun activities that you and your children can do together is extremely important to their growth. Use these as a way of bonding with your child and growing the relationship.

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5 Fun Days Out With Kids For A Rainy Day

“Rain, rain go away come again another day” – thankfully there’s no reason to wish away rainy days any more because now there are so many great activities that can get you out of the house and doing something fun, no matter the weather outside. So put down the TV remote and  get out of the house to give one of these five days out a try the next time the rain comes. 

  1. Let the kids monkey around at a climbing centre
    Days cooped up inside can have both you and your kids climbing the walls so put that energy to good use and try climbing the walls at your local climbing centre. If you don’t fancy harnesses and heights then why not try your hand at bouldering which involves no equipment (except some climbing shoes which are usually available for hire) or find a centre with some auto belays and have a go on some larger walls. Climbing is a great workout and a full body energy burner that will be enjoyable for the whole family. Just remember that as with any sport, climbing can be dangerous and so will involve some parental supervision, but don’t let that put you off trying it. 
  2. Bowl a strike at your local bowling lanes
    Looking for an indoor activity that’s fun for all the family? Then why not visit your local bowling lanes and bowl away those rainy day blues. Bowling is a sport that’s very easy to pick up and great for kids, with simple lane adaptations available to make it accessible for all ages and skill levels. Most bowling alleys also have fun arcade games and great dining facilities on site making it the perfect way to while away an afternoon otherwise spent on the sofa.
     
  3. See history in action at a local museum. Become a tourist in your hometown and visit your local museum to get out of the house and learn something new. If you don’t have a museum near you then make a daytrip to one nearby and let history keep you entertained.  Most museums have kid-friendly activities such as treasure hunts, quiz sheets and interactive exhibitions which will keep your family entertained for hours while also keeping their brains active.
  4. Get wet anyway and go swimming
    Did you know that swimming has been proven to reduce stress levels in parents? Science aside swimming is another great indoor activity that will get you and the kids out of the house and having some active fun, making it perfect for a rainy day otherwise spent indoors.
  5. Visit an aquarium
    If you don’t fancy swimming yourself then why not watch the fish do it at your local aquarium. Unlike zoos, aquariums are usually entirely indoors meaning that although you’ll be surrounded by water you won’t be getting wet. What’s more, you can see and learn about all manner of marine life from clown fish to jellyfish, stingrays to sharks. Aquariums are often designed with children in mind and again will quite offer kid friendly activities and a range of interactive marine activities.

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Turn Commute Into Productive Time On Your Phone

The average American employee commute at least 25 minutes to work. However, more and more professionals are forced to commute over an hour to get to the office each day – and, of course, one hour back in the evening. If you’re driving, it’s a lot of full. Additionally, you need to stay focused on the road for long periods. 

However, if you’re commuting on the train, the bus or the tram, you may find yourself quietly dozing off each morning on your way to the office. If you’re lucky, you can get a seat, and you wait until you’ve reached your stop. It’s a lot of idle time in the day! While it’s not a bad thing, idle time can make your commute appear more tiresome than it actually is. Indeed, our addiction to digital technology has turned us into impatient users. We’re so used to click to get what we want that waiting for an hour or more without having anything to do can feel dull and draining in comparison. Can you turn your commute into something a little more exciting without moving out to live closer to the office? The answer is yes, and, believe it or not, all you need is your faithful smartphone device! Indeed, transforming the purposeless wait on the tram into productive time can change your perception of the daily commute. Are you ready to spice up your bus or train journey to work? Charge your phone and explore these different options: 

Relax on the go

Work is stressful. Most of us work in a hectic and fast-paced environment. It makes no doubt that the stress accumulated during your workday doesn’t disappear when you leave the office. One of the most effective stress relief remedies is to exercise regularly. Unfortunately, if you work long hours, hitting the gym after a long day at the office may not be a solution. However, you can use your commute time to de-stress. There are many entertainment options available on your phone. Don’t rush to your favorite social media platforms and instead try some video games. If you haven’t played games on your phone since the Snake games on the old Nokia, it’s time to explore what’s available in the App Store or Google Play Store, depending on whether you’re an iPhone or an Android owner. Games offer the perfect distraction from stress, and, because they demand your attention, they help your mind to move away from work-related thoughts. 

Win, big or little, as long as you win

Day after day, the same routine; it makes no doubt that the office life can be draining. For many employees, each day ends up looking just like the others. There’s no other way to put it; the routine makes everything dull. Your days have lost their excitement, and somehow you wish you could call on sick and forget about work. But you can’t, and every morning you’re heading back to the office for another day of dullness. More often than not, changing jobs isn’t going to help. Indeed, when you struggle with mental fatigue, it’s tricky to get enthusiastic about finding another office to sit in. However, you can bring some excitement to your daily commute with hot spins games. Indeed, you could set a reasonable and safe budget to play every week – for instance, you can save your lunch money by preparing your meals, and repurpose it for a few spins. The prospect of potentially winning can inject some much-needed enthusiasm into the routine. 

Keep in touch with your clients 

With a solid network of contacts, you can do almost anything. Platforms such as LinkedIn are hugely useful to make connections and build a list of professional contacts. Unfortunately, you need to invest a lot of time into the platform to gain any benefit from it. Being on LinkedIn isn’t enough to land you the next best job or to grab a client’s attention. You need to be active on LinkedIn to grow your network. So why not use your commute time to create a memorable and productive profile? Start by personalizing your connection requests. You can’t just hit the ‘connect’ button and hope for the best. Instead, visit the person’s profile and use the ‘connect’ button there as it lets you write a small note. Similarly, following up face-to-face meetings on LinkedIn, such as trade show business card exchanges or even your yoga instructor can make a great deal of difference. 

Take a course 

Who doesn’t want to boost their professional skills? However, when you can’t juggle going back to school with work, you need to find smart alternatives. Thankfully, there are plenty of mobile apps that let you learn new skills every day, directly from your smartphone. Udemy is a favorite as you can find almost any topic online. One word of advice, though, not all course materials are cheap. However, the app runs regular sales, letting you buy expensive courses for as little as $10. 

Build your online expert presence

It’s never too late to start a blog and establish your presence online. You can use a blog to promote your expertise within the industry or even to build your own business that could one day replace your office job. Some bloggers have only created a blog because they enjoy sharing their opinions and ideas. Regardless of your reason for blogging, there is a lot to gain, for your reputation, your income and your mental health. A blogging platform such as WordPress lets you create exciting posts directly from the smartphone app. You can edit your photos with an app such as Pixlr Express that enables you to adjust, correct, crop and filter your images for a consistent look. 

Run a profitable side hustle 

Last but not least, why not start a side hustle that brings a little pocket money to your household? An online selling platform such as eBay allows you to earn supplemental income by decluttering your home. You can also buy things wholesale and sell individual items on eBay. Admittedly, you need to know your market first as you might end up wasting your money on products nobody wants! 

Making the commute to and from work more enjoyable and productive can dramatically impact on your mental health. More importantly, you can use the time to boost your income, your skills and your personal image online.

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Family Friendly Haircuts at an Affordable Price

When I was a kid, one of the things that bugged me the most was when back-to-school commercials started at the end of July / beginning of August. I would go back to school late in August so the summer was only half over! I had 30 more days of no homework, going to the pool, and playing with friends. Why would I want to disrupt my focus with a haircut?! Summer was my escape from school! It never really hit me that for some kids, school is the escape.

For many kids, back-to-school means the end of freedom. For others it means something so much more. It means opportunity, a meal, and a safe environment – all things I took for granted. Our family stylist Joey sees the possibility in every child and wants to help them get that fresh start for a bright future.

Which is why this St. Louis Dad takes his family to visit Joey for all of our hair needs. From cuts, to styles, to dyes, and curls, Joey knows exactly how to keep your family looking fresh!

For the next several weeks during this back to school season, make an appointment to come see Joey for his family friendly service, stylish haircuts, and expert advice on keeping your hair fresh for the start of the school year!

So stop in to get your child’s hair cut! While you’re there, take a picture for Facebook or Instagram and be sure to tag Joey! He will even share a few of his favorites! If you have the time you can even schedule an appointment for yourself or the whole family!

Feel the freedom this summer. A haircut can change the life of a child by giving them the confidence they need to be their best!

And don’t forget about yourself! Joey can style any type of hair, contact today!