Five Uncommon Weekend Family Activity Ideas

Labor Day is coming right up, and we all know what that means - a three-day weekend!  Where I live, it also means lots of traffic as people travel for camping, parades, and other events.

Out of curiosity I looked up the history of Labor Day, because if I'm benefitting from the holiday it seems that I should know a little bit about it.  It turns out that Labor Day originated in the 1800's, when people often worked 12-hour days, seven days a week.  We don't have that some problem anymore, but it's still nice to have an extra day off to spend time with our families.

If you are like me, you are not crazy about the idea of braving the traffic and crowds to do some of the traditional long-weekend activities - so why not do something different instead?  Here are a few ideas of things you can do with your family this weekend!


Go Camping

You can actually go camping away from home, or you can avoid the crowds and camp at home!  Set up a tent in the backyard, or break out the sleeping bags and flashlights and camp out in the living room.  Sing campfire songs and eat campfire-type food (you can find some s'mores-inspired recipes if you don't have access to a fireplace).  Read a book with a flashlight together before tucking your kids into their tent.  God Bless Our Fall is an adorable one for younger kids, with sweet illustrations of animal families enjoying fall activities together.  You can not only send summer out in style, but remind your kids of all the fun blessings that fall brings at the same time!

Have A Movie Night

Pick a family-friendly movie that everyone will enjoy, and make an event of it! Build a fort in the living room with sheets and chairs (dads are typically great at fort-building, so I usually pass this task off to my husband).  Fill the fort with blankets and pillows, pop some popcorn, get some special candy.  Make it something the kids will remember.

Play Tourist

Take a day and pretend you are a tourist in your area!  For some reason we don't usually take time to explore the places that tourists come to our state to see, and it's fun to look at local attractions with fresh eyes.  Depending on where you live, you may need to drive, but turn it into a mini road trip and make a day of it!

Do A Photo Scavenger Hunt

There are all kinds of photo scavenger lists on Pinterest.  Find one that you like, split your family into teams, and see who can complete the list first!  If your family isn't big enough to split into teams, challenge extended family or friends to a contest.  The winning team can choose a place for everyone to eat dinner together.

Work On A Project Together

This may be counter to the spirit of Labor Day, but if there are any projects around the house that have been on your to-do list, this can be a great chance to get them done before winter.  Believe it or not, working together can facilitate family bonding as well!  Recruit the kids to help (and possibly pay them an appropriate amount if you would like).  See how much you can get done, and make it fun! Play music, have task-based races, and keep plenty of water and snacks available.  You can reward everyone (and yourself) at the end of the day with going out for dinner or ice cream.


Long weekends can be the perfect opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and make memories with your family.  I hope these ideas can get your creative juices flowing!

What do you usually do when you get an extra day with your family?

Note: This is a sponsored post, and has been brought to you courtesy of Tommy Nelson. All opinions are my own.

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