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New year, new adventures
2 January 2019
January might be the season of joining gyms and boycotting the supermarket crisp aisle but New Year's resolutions are far more fun if you get the whole family involved. Check out our ideas for making 2019 your family's most inspiring year yet, says Emma Howarth
Get Fit as a Family
It’s a rare year that doesn’t find this particular resolution at the top of most people’s lists. You’re much more likely to stick at it if you bring the family along for the ride.
The ultimate all-ages activity for body and mind. Seek out a local family class or find a YouTube equivalent and hit the mat together at home.
Getting active together can be as simple as turning the radio up loud for an energetic dance off, taking a trip to your local bowling alley or letting your children cycle alongside you when you go for a run.
Finding time to exercise with a little one can be tricky so classes where you can take them along are ideal. Look for outdoor parent-and-child buggy classes, baby yoga sessions or indoor fitness classes aimed at new parents.
Parkrun’s (parkrun.org.uk) free weekly 5K runs – held in parks across the UK – are great for parents with energetic older kids.
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Enjoy The Great Outdoors
There’s nothing quite like spending time in nature to calm a busy mind. Make a pact to get outside together, whatever the weather, in 2019.
Family Forest School
Spend a weekend among the trees learning to build shelters, light fires and cook in the open air.
Grow Your Own
If you have a garden – if you don’t a window box or pot of cress will do – get the kids involved in growing their own vegetables.
Feed the Birds
Now is the perfect time to leave food out for the birds in your garden or local park.
There are millions of geocaches (hidden containers, often containing logbooks you can sign) hidden around the world. Great fun for older kids who love the GPS tech/outdoor combination.
Whether you go wild camping in the middle of nowhere or create a makeshift shelter in your garden, there’s nothing quite like sleeping under the stars.
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Have More Adventures
Spend 2019 exploring new places and making plans for future adventures.
Adventure doesn’t have to mean far-flung destinations. Explore your local neighbourhood more this year. Choose local beaches, woodlands, museums, markets or galleries you haven’t been to before and make plans to visit in 2019.
Get the whole family involved in planning a short break or a longer family holiday at home or aboard. Research your destination, plan your route together and let each family member choose one thing to do when you get there.
Make a family travel vision board covered in inspiring images of the places you most want to visit. Put it somewhere everyone can see it and start making plans to save up and tick things off the list.
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Prioritise Time Together
Make memories, build bonds and let the good times roll with regular ring-fenced family time.
A perfect wintertime family ritual. Choose your night (or afternoon) and turn the lights down low. Popcorn essential.
Life might be too busy to eat together every evening but most families can manage a weekend lunch, supper or breakfast. Ditch the phones, turn off the TV and make like the tech revolution never happened.
You know that pile of board games and jigsaws stashed away in the cupboard? Commit to working your way through them in 2019.
Use family time for the greater good by raising funds for your favourite charity or volunteering together in your community.
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All scenic photography by Getty Images
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