New Year Resolutions for the whole family
Get Active Together
After all those chocolates, we all need to burn off the excess in January, so how about working out as a family? Some gyms offer a discount if you book family membership for the year now. You could set aside some regular time for a family stomp in your local park or beach or, if the weather is poor, you always have the option of a family swim at your local leisure centre.
Why not try something completely new and try climbing or skiing? Or you could pop along to one of our local trampoline centres to wear everyone out with a bounce.
Join a Cub
Many of our local children’s clubs also offer adult classes or opportunities to train or learn a new skill together. Martial arts can be enjoyed by all ages and you’re never too old to start. If you’ve always dreamt of tap dancing on stage, there’s no better time to learn. Join your local dance or drama club and you and your child could be performing in the spot lights together at the end of the year!
It is said that one of the best ways to overcome fussy eating is to involve the child in cooking. Take it in turns to cook a family dinner on the weekend or have a baking session after school. We have recipes for all occasions on the Raring2go! website; from healthy main meals, to seasonal snacks and party food.
Start a Memory Jar
Start the year with an empty jar and whenever your child has enjoyed a day out, tried a new activity, or achieved a goal, get them to write it on a little piece of paper, fold it up and drop it in the jar along with a ticket stub, memento or photo. On New Year’s Eve you can enjoy a special moment, opening the full jar and recalling all the wonderful memories you’ve made together.
Buy an Anual Pass
Many of our local attractions offer annual passes and there are so many benefits to be had. Once you’ve paid for the pass even short visits seem worthwhile later on in the year – you can pop along whenever you have last minute time to fill. Historic Scotland or The National Trust for Scotland pass holders are often invited to special events, or ‘behind the scenes’ exclusive access.
Give Something Back
Volunteering for a charity is a rewarding way to support your local community. You could help with PTA events at your local school, volunteer as school governor, or help out at church. Aberdeenshire Rangers are often looking for volunteers to assist with clearing pathways, building walls or events to count bats! You could commit to some family fundraising – how about a group challenge to take part in a local run, adventure race or an event like a Bubble Rush. Or you could gain another family member and do your bit for wildlife conservation by adopting
If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!
We all know that the festive period is a time for giving, spending time as a family and for over indulging, and we are here to help! Our Christmas recipe section has lots of tasty treats to satisfy the sweet and savoury cravings of the whole family. Get busy in the kitchen with the kids and enjoy some delicious food together this Christmas.