Friday 6 December, 2019

Seven fun weekend activities for the entire family

This weekend is dedicated to family!

This weekend is dedicated to family!

"A Sunday well spent brings a week of content," the old adage says, but, let's change that to a weekend well spent brings a week of content. Who doesn’t love a good outdoorsy do, anyway?

It’s Thursday, and with that comes plans for the weekend. Fridays are typically so bogged down with weekend chores, prepping for the week ahead, or resting. 

While the ‘S’ days are typically the reason to hit the road with the fam, this is your chance to skip the road trip and plan for a stay-cay.

 

Let’s get ‘factual’ for a sec. In an article via The Telegraph, child psychologist Dr Margot Sunderland, author of What Every Parent Needs to Know and director of education and training at The Centre for Child Mental Health, enlisted several group activities that “release the brain’s bonding and attachment chemicals, namely opioids and oxytocin, which are also anti-anxiety and anti-aggression molecules”.

These activities comprise “rough-and-tumble play to storytelling in a screen-free, attractively lit bedroom; from artistic and creative projects to fun food and cookery sessions; and from exploring nature – whether that be the beach, woodlands, a hill climb or just a walk in the park – to simply watching a good film together, and talking about it afterwards."Now, what’s better than a weekend guide? One that doesn’t have an expiration!

See recommendations below...

1. Take the children to the National Gallery of Jamaica, or conversely the National Gallery West. Plus, if you happen to visit on the last Saturday of any month in Kingston, be prepared for a full day of activities exploring various Jamaican art forms.The most recent exhibition, which officially opened on July 28, is slated to close on October 27. But if you should visit, you might still see works from the Summer Exhibition. On the topic of art, the newest wave to hit the west is the Modify Me Art Exhibition at the ICON Feareview Mall.

Check them out!

2. The Collection MoDA hosts MoDA Market starting this Friday at the Spanish Court Hotel. And the agenda is chockfull of activities, particularly on day two geared at #ignitingfutureleaders with the inaugural MoDA Kids initiative, sponsored by Spark Education.

3. Saturdays or Sundays at Hope Zoo are always fun. The Hope Zoo is open Mondays to Sundays between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. With guided tours, the popular maze, budgie feeding, snakes, crocodiles, parrots, and multiple exotic animals, the kids will enjoy!

4. Take the kids to CocoJam! Listed as the number one family entertainment centre, CocoJam definitely has something for the entire family. The CocoJam would be ideal for a Sunday afternoon family game night. They are open Wednesdays to Fridays 2 pm – 8.30 pm; Saturdays 11.30 am – 9.30 pm; and Sundays 11 am – 8.30 pm.

There’s a $500 cover charge per person, despite age.With motion cars and bikes, redemption type games, a jungle gym, and video games like Pacman, air hockey, action, and time crisis adventure games, there’s something for everyone.

5. There's a silent tradition in Jamaica that ice cream follows Sunday dinner. Whether you choose to pop in at Devon House or head to the Waterfront, downtown Kingston, the flavours await...

6. Go to the movies! Choose from Palace Cineplex and Carib 5 in Kingston; Sunshine Palace in Portmore; or Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay. Here’s an at-home hack for a movie theatre: gather everyone in the living room, take away everyone’s phone or tablet and stream a movie. Easy-peasy!

7. PuzzleIT! Escape Rooms offers dynamic obstacle courses packed with activities “in a fun environment” for everyone in groups from corporate Jamaica to the kiddies.

So, now that we’ve covered our grounds. Here’s your weekend guide to reconnecting with the fam-bam.

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