Some time back, I received a mailer from my bank announcing that the last four months of the year had 6 long weekends. Wow! That got me thinking…We could go on short trips on maybe two of the weekends, but how do we keep the kids occupied through the other extended weekends? Hmmm. If you’re sailing in the same boat as I am, don’t worry. We are going to give you some out-of-the-box ideas on how to spend the upcoming holidays.


1. A Short Trip - With a Difference

Oh yes! A short trip is bound to be on the top of everybody’s list. This time, however, gives the clichéd tourist destinations a pass and look at some offbeat locations to spend your holiday. Go camping outdoors or on a fishing trip, or even a nature hike. The change of pace will be as rejuvenating as a breath of fresh air (quite literally) for the entire family.

2. A Picnic

Holiday trips a few times a year is fine, but every long weekend out is sure to burn a hole in your pocket, quite apart from losing their appeal. Instead, how about packing an exotic picnic lunch basket and heading out to the park? You could easily pick up some snacks from the local bakery in case you’re in no mood to cook. Don’t forget to pack your picnic blanket and umbrella and load your bikes into the trunk of the car. You could cycle as a family until you build up an appetite and then dig into the goodies.

3. Board Games

Not in a mood to move out of home? Here’s something that might excite you. Pull out all the board games that have been collecting dust in your cupboard - be it Pictionary, or Scrabble, or Monopoly. Sit down with the family at the dining table and rediscover the forgotten joys of family playtime. Fix some snacks or organise a potluck and get the neighbours to join in as well!

4. A Movie Marathon

If the idea of board games does not interest you, then what about a movie marathon? Rent some nice family movies or download something that the family has been itching to watch for a long time but never got around to.

P.S. Don’t forget the popcorn!

5. Cultivate a Green Patch

Visit the nursery and pick up a few saplings. Create a garden patch in your backyard, balcony or terrace. You can also try starting up a kitchen garden with easy to grow veggies like tomato, okra, eggplant and mint. Kids love digging up dirt and this is going to get them excited for sure. Apart from being a fun and educative activity, you will also have healthy produce all the year round. Plus, as a bonus, a fussy child, who never eats bitter gourd, might actually want to try it if he has been nurturing the plant!

6. Learn a New Skill

How about learning something new on the next long weekend? Sign up for a trial Zumba class as a family, or try your hand at pottery. If you have more time on your hands, you could even attend a crash course in dancing or swimming. Check out Kleverkid for options close to your home.

So, start planning to make the most of the breaks ahead.