It’s summertime and everyone is looking for something fun to do. Searching for activities to do that is not only fun but also wholesome may sometimes be difficult to find.
In previous posts, I explain why the time and effort involved in choosing good entertainment is so important.
I will briefly touch on these reasons and give you recreation options that suit the preference of each family member. Whether you like to spend your free time inside or outdoor, I’ve got you covered!
Our Choice of Entertainment Affects Our Relationship with God
One of the main reasons we want to plan what activities we should do with our families is because what we choose to do can affect our relationship with God.
There are so many challenges to face with making decisions since today’s games, movies, books and websites are saturated with immoral, violent and demonic acts.
We do not want to choose anything that would damage our relationship with God. This means loving what God loves and hating what he hates.
Once we view activities the way God does, we will make better choices, knowing that our worship is clean and undefiled. You can find out more on How our Choice of Entertainment Affects Our Connection with God.
Use Bible Principles to Help You Choose Good Entertainment
If we need additional help to determine why our choice of entertainment is so important, there are bible principles we can follow.
We may think that choosing what we do for fun is minor and has no repercussions, but it is important that we learn from the bible what God hates and stay away from those things.
When we intentionally choose entertainment that God loves, despite the sacrifices it may require of us, we are showing Him that we love Him.
Also, when we make our choices with our family and friends preferences in mind, we are also showing that we love and respect them.
Following these wholesome values will also help you make practical decisions when choosing your recreational activities. You can find out more on How You Can Use Bible Principles to Choose Wholesome Entertainment.
What Types of Entertainment Can We Choose? (Ephesians 5:3,4)
So what type of entertainment should you choose? This is a tricky question. Everyone has different tastes, styles and skills.
At the same time, I think it makes it more fun thinking of creative ways to have fun that doesn’t conflict with bible principles.
The warning found at Ephesians chapter 5 verses 3 and 4 gives us helpful guidelines of what we should avoid. Those scriptures read,
3 Since you are God’s people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. 4 Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God. (Good News Translation)
So now that we know what to avoid, what else is left to do?
Well, I have included a list of activities that you can enjoy either by yourself or with family and friends. Some of these are what I personally do, and others are what other Christians in my community have said that they have an enjoyable time doing.
I have divided them into two categories, indoor and outdoor activities.
Wholesome Indoor Activities
If you’re not a fan of the outdoors, or maybe it’s raining or just too hot outside, the following activities are right up your alley:
- Craft Projects– there are a ton of websites that teach you step by step how to put together fun projects for any age.
- DIY Projects Around the Home– don’t think about it as work. Think about the fun of choosing paint colors, design templates, and working together with your family for a brighter and more comfortable home.
- Experimenting in the Kitchen– why not allow your children to search for a recipe that you’ve never tried before? It may not come out exactly the way you want it, but it’ll be delicious! If you need some ideas on how to plan a meal within your budget, you can look at this helpful planner called Meal Planning Made Easy by Caroline Vencil. It is currently on sale and includes the following:
- Easy way to save money on your groceries
- Full-color meal planning guide
- Full-color shopping list
- Easy tracking for your favorite recipes
- Easy to use design
- Perfect for people who hate meal planning!
- Can be printed and used again and again (forever!)
- Looks awesome in full-color but can also be printed easily in black and white
- Movie Night– Use the mentioned scriptures to choose a fun, clean movie for you and your family to enjoy. Turn off the lights and don’t forget the popcorn!
- Book Club– Using the scriptures above, choose a good book, let everyone read it (or read together) and discuss over tea and biscuits (or whatever snacks you have.)
- Hit the Dance Floor– whether you’re a dance machine or have two left feet, organize dance battles and dance in the privacy of your own home. There are some inexpensive sound and light machines out there if you really want to set the disco mood.
- Indoor Camping– all the fun of camping without the dirt and bugs. You can erect a tent out of sheets, grab your sleeping bags and s’mores and tell stories around the light from a lamp or flashlight.
I have personally found that possibilities for indoor activities can be endless. Using your imagination, you can create or do anything.
You can put together a sock puppet show, act out scenes from your favorite books, draw, color, make objects out of paper or cardboard, study the bible together using different voices for different bible characters…see what I mean by endless?
Wholesome Outdoor Activities
If it’s a wonderful day outside or maybe everyone’s tired of being cooped up inside or may want to do a physical activity to stay healthy and active, the following ideas are for you:
- Plant a Garden– it’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it! Why not plant flowers to spruce up your yard? Or you can plant items that you can pick and use for dinner. You can start off small, like planting an herb garden. There are many gardening books and magazines that you can look at and will show you how to create your family garden.
- Hiking- planning and going for a hike can be fun for those active people out there (myself not included. I prefer to swim than sweat.)
- Make A Splash– plan a day at the local pool, a lake or even the beach. Or create your own backyard water park. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just wet.
- Theme Parks– this is an all-day activity that your children, small and big, will always remember.
- Family Sports Day– grab some sacks for sack races (I’ve found pillowcases also work,) hula hoops, bean bags and balls and turn your yard into an obstacle course.
- Family Excursions– have you and your family visited your local zoo? Aquarium? Parks? Gardens? Landmarks? Try searching online for what visitors do and where they visit and plan a tour yourself. There are many factories and studios you can visit that are close to home.
- Picnics– gather your blankets and head outside and enjoy a family picnic with everyone’s favorite foods in your backyard. (You can also have indoor picnics if it’s raining or you don’t like uninvited guests such as ants and flies!)
- Stargazing– you can buy or make your own telescope (there are tutorials on YouTube) and marvel at the awesome sight of the starry heavens. You can even try naming the star constellations and see who can guess the most. Don’t have a telescope? Simply pull out a blanket, lay on the ground and look up. (Making s’mores are optional but highly recommended!)
There are other outdoor activities you can engage in such as riding bikes, flying kites, shooting marbles (does anyone still play with marbles by the way?) playing basketball, soccer, tossing the ball around, the list goes on.
You can also plan to do things for persons in your community. Why not make inexpensive care packages and give to older people? Or bake some cookies and drop off to shelters around you? You can also volunteer at different organizations together as a family.
You can take a look at these options for more ways to spend time with your family!
Wholesome Activities Bring You Closer to God and Your Family!
Whether you’re trying to decide on indoor or outdoor activities, get the entire family together. Let everyone contribute their ideas. You may have noticed that most of the activities listed cost little to no money. They require time and effort only.
That’s because you don’t need a lot of money to have an enjoyable time with your family.
Doing wholesome activities together will not only please God but will bring your family even closer together!
Do you have more entertainment suggestions? What do you and your family do for fun? Do you have any recommendations of places or projects to try based on the tips above? Please share in the comments below!