Struggling for ideas for keeping the family occupied?
There’s activities like board games, jigsaws, and the usual suspects to keep the kids occupied but there are more opportunities out there nowadays to do something else that’s a bit different, such as jumping on the resurgence of retro gaming!
Ollie has been eyeing up the opportunity to expand his techno gameplay with an arcade based accessory in the form of an arcade machine, but with such tight space to work with we have negotiated and come to an agreement on a retro games console instead.
Knowing we are not alone on the retro games front here is a list of things that can keep everyone happy from children to adults!
One thing we’ve found that can entertain all family members is one of these arcade machines. They really give off that retro cool look to your home whilst being the ideal source of entertainment if you’re looking to relive that 80s or 90s childhood experience. For the kids to learn what fun used to be like back in the days before modern-day technology took over is also an added bonus.
There’s a wide range of games and systems available to suit all needs, so whether there’s only space for a small coffee table arcade machine or there’s just enough space for a larger arcade cabinet with over 250 games pre-installed, there’s a machine for everyone.
There’s also lots of customisation available like the ability to change the decorations and other features to make sure that it actually fits in with the rest of the house and doesn’t clutter the place up.
Another way of occupying the family is to break out a board game. It’s a lot less techy than the arcade machine option, but there are plenty of other board games out there which are better at keeping the kids occupied. Board games like Labyrinth are great for younger children, or even breaking out one of the other traditional games like Risk or Monopoly for the older generation which keeps the whole family occupied.
Plus, there are drawing games like Pictionary or trivia games like Trivial Pursuit where everyone can take part and have fun no matter what age or skill level. There are plenty of board games out there so it’s really just a case of picking one that suits your family taste; if you fancy playing together and not against each other, then you have that option nowadays with the rise of cooperative board games.
One of the simpler activities that has grown in popularity in recent times is that people have been going out for a walk as a family and this doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon. It’s great and cheap, plus there’s the opportunity to teach the kids about any birds or winter wildlife they might see. It’s a really good way to save some money as well as allowing the whole family to get in some quality time together.
Alternatively, if the kids have received a bike for their birthday, or the partner has gone very retro and managed to get hold of some rollerblades, then getting outside in the fresh air with them allows even more quality time together. Not only does this aid your wallet but studies have shown that going for a walk benefits in staying healthy for multiple reasons, including getting fit and aiding digestion.
Got any ideas of how to keep the whole family occupied and out of trouble? Going to go all out retro and explore the options of getting an arcade machine or board games to test the family? Or perhaps something else entirely? Share in the comments below.