If your nieces or nephews are like many kids, they are probably pretty crazy about you. After all, there’s nothing like time spent with your aunts and uncles.
However, given the competition some aunts and uncles face in terms of grandparents who also want to spend special time with their favorite children, play with friends, go to school, sports, and the ever-present allure of video games and TV shows television, it may be hard to carve out time to do things with your niece and nephew for those extra special experiences where you create those remarkable memories, the ones that last a lifetime.
So the next time you’re planning fun things to do with your nieces and nephews, try one of these five ideas to help you put together something truly memorable:
Give them a chance to try something they’ve never done with mom and dad.
The fastest way to earn cool points with your favorite short people, and create memories that last a lifetime, is to give them an experience they never had with their parents. These unusual things can be adventures to have at home, such as a living room campout, a backyard scavenger hunt, or an indoor scavenger hunt.
Or, they could be events and activities that require you to get in the car and go somewhere, like a theme restaurant you’ve never tried before, a drive through the countryside, a picnic in a park you’ve never been to, or a “memory lane” trip to see the important milestones of your own growing up years.
Check out some live entertainment.
If your niece or nephew tends to spend a lot of time watching their favorite shows on the DVR or playing digital games, it’s about time they discovered the joys of live entertainment. Options to consider include dinner shows, community theater or productions at your local high school or college, concerts in the park, and musical performances at local churches.
Have a surprise party.
You can build excitement about your afternoon or evening with your nieces and nephews by letting them know a few days in advance that they’re going on an outing with you, but they won’t know what the outing entails until they arrive. at your destination Add fun and suspense with a systematic campaign in the days leading up to the event by dropping some strategic tips.
For example, if you’re taking them to a sleepover at the zoo, you can arrange to place a different clue on their breakfast table each morning: animal crackers one day, gift bags with new pajamas inside the next, etc.
Make them feel older.
Add some flair and uniqueness to your outing by planning something with an adult theme, like a “dinner” at your house. You can ask the kids to RSVP, suggest a “host gift” if the event involves coming to your house, and help them choose fancy outfits. Even if the food is hot dogs and hamburgers, you can keep the theme going by using your best dinnerware and glasses, and having an “after-dinner drink” of non-alcoholic beer sodas or fancy lemonade.
Try a theme night.
A special theme for your outing can make the activity even more memorable and help build the pre-event excitement. You can make it seasonal, like “Start of Summer” or “Christmas in July,” or you can do something historical, like “80s Night” or “Medieval Night.” Ask the kids to do some research ahead of time, or prepare special outfits or costumes, to help them get into the spirit of things before the big day arrives. You can keep the theme going by having themed party favors, conversation starters, dinner party items, etc.