Meet up every Sunday, either for lunch or dinner. Every birthday, we celebrate by going around and saying what we love about the one we're celebrating and how they've made a difference in our lives. This may be normal for some people, but I came from a family where emotional abuse was the norm. In addition, these days with all the bullying going on, I always want my kids to know that they are loved by their family.
For Easter this year, I hid 24 eggs with puzzle pieces in each of them. The older one assembled the two small puzzles and read the treasure clues I'd written on the back: "Under bed" and "on fish," and used the clues to find their Easter presents. In a few years, I want to work up to a complex series of clues and maps to follow the egg hunt. So, once every year over the summer right after school gets out in June, we take a road trip from our city (DC) and hit up every amusement park we can in whatever direction we travel. I'm fortunate enough to be close to someone who works for Cedar Fair (they own Cedar Point, Kings Dominion, Knott's Berry Farm, Carrowinds, among others) so I get free admission and heavily discounted fast lane passes at any of their parks. Me combining that with a Six Flags pass means we can hit up almost all of the largest parks. It's usually a two week vacation, and between slumming it at cheap motels and whatnot, it's actually not that unaffordable. It's a great way to motivate him at the end of the school year. My favorite memories are me and him, hand in hand just skipping down the midways of Cedar Point to get one last ride on Millennium Force or whatever ride. You can't beat that look of excitement and anticipation on his face.
Every Sunday night we do family movie night. I get a big blanket lay it on the floor with pillows all over, I let my daughter choose the snack(usually cake or ice cream) and the movie and we all lay together and watch the movie and eat snacks. She's only 2 but she loves it(I don't let her watch much tv or ever eat junk food besides movie night!) hope we can do this for years to come. Usually we end it with a family dance party!
We have actually, but not as part of our little tradition. Two of my aunts live in Michigan - one a block north of 8 mile, the other right between Muskegon and Grand Rapids. So naturally we always go to MiA whenever we visit. It's a smaller park for sure, but it's very fun! Cedar Point is unsurprisingly my son's favorite though out of everywhere. He's a daredevil. He was tall for his age when he was little, and was tall enough and willing to do most of the big rides when he was 6! I was pleasantly surprised. Amusement parks really are kids' paradises.