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Some of us may have fond memories of growing up in the care of grandparents, aunts and uncles. Or spent afternoons after school chasing our cousins around old neighbourhoods. Just a few decades ago, living in large households or being cared for by relatives were more common.
While we may be living in smaller homes in nuclear family units now, there are still ways to maintain close ties with extended family members—and create meaningful memories for the younger generation. Here are some fun
you can consider.
Gather your siblings and cousins in a group chat and start planning something. Someone needs to get the ball rolling and it may as well be you. Suggest the idea of a recurring event such as dinner at someone’s home every first Saturday of the month—give it a different theme each time to jazz things up. While at it, think up games and activities that everyone, young and old, can enjoy such as Bingo, karaoke or charades.
Book out a couple of badminton courts at the most conveniently located community club and start forming teams. Sports is one of the easiest ways to build camaraderie, and you get to burn some calories at the same time. The winners of the tournament will buy the family a meal at the end of the day!
This is great for large multi-generational gatherings. Designate your game masters who will go around collecting fun facts about everyone. You can take turns asking different teams (or families) questions about the others.
A road trip to Malaysia on a mini bus or coach (if your clan is large enough) is the surest way to make some wacky and heart-warming memories. Plus, you can possibly negotiate with the tour agency for a discounted rate for bulk booking and customise different pit stops on the way up north.
An outing doesn’t have to be fancy; even a jaunt around grandma’s neighbourhood could turn out to be fun—check out our
Explore the Heartlands
series for some ideas. When the weather cools down, you could even organise a picnic. (Your grandma and relatives will all be happy to contribute their awesome homecooked dishes!)
Long weekends are perfect bonding time for the family. With Teachers’ Day coming up, the long weekend of 3 to 5 September 2021 looks set to be an awesome one! Try out these activities and spend some family time together.
With school holidays just around the corner, November looks set to be a month of family bonding and leisure activities. Just remember to keep safe amidst the latest wave of coronavirus infections while you’re out having fun!
Make long road trips fun by playing these games with your kids.
Staying home with your family this June means more opportunities for bonding without having to spend money. To beat the boredom, there are plenty of free family activities you can try together and online resources you can tap on to keep your brood entertained during the holidays.