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Activities Made for M-Day

Feeling stretched while your spouse is away? These fun ideas for kids can also provide downtime for you.

 

SOLDIER UP

Spending time honoring your partner’s service, whether it’s through entertainment or reverence, will reinforce its value to your kids. And there are dozens of ways to do it. Watch an age-appropriate Army-focused movie. Attend a family day at your significant other’s unit. Or pay a visit to a nearby military museum or landmark.

 

GO TO THE LIBRARY

It’s educational, entertaining, quiet ... and free! The library is the perfect place for a Saturday afternoon visit. Have your kids read the books they pick out to you during bedtime. And when you check books out, enter their due date into your smart-phone calendar immediately to avoid late fees.

 

TAKE THEM TO THE GYM

If your gym—like most YMCAs—offers childcare, then your kids have a fun, safe and supervised place to play while you work out (or, if you’re a work-from-home kind of person, just plain work).

 

JUMP OVER TO THE BOUNCE HOUSE

This is another great place to let your kids loose while you have some “me time.” Play with them if you can, but don’t be afraid to use this as an opportunity to be productive by paying bills, making a grocery list or catching up on emails. And don’t forget to look for coupons online before you go.

 

GO WITH A GROUPON

This popular app/website offers daily deals on a variety of entertainment options perfect for families. It’s great for saving money and is chock-full of ideas for what to do when you just can’t stomach another rewatching of the most recent “Teen Titans Go!” episode.

 

HIT THE MOVIES

The theater is all about escape. Sometimes that’s the perfect mode of entertainment for a weekend afternoon with the kids. Even if you don’t like the movie, you’ll love getting some peace and quiet for 90 minutes or so.