5 Retro Leisure Activites To Try With Your Family

In an age when technology dominates a lot of relationships, it could be time for your family to reconnect the old fashioned way.

If you're looking to spend more quality time with your family, try these old school activities. 

Play Games

Board games have been a classic family favourite for over half a century. Pull out your old games or try and get your hands on some vintage favourites like Monopoly, Twister, Scrabble, UNO, Risk or Clue. A cheaper alternative is to invest in a deck of cards for endless hours of fun.  The most cost-effective, and most creative, option is trying to make up your own game. Play with words or scenarios and test yourselves.

Go Bowling

Bowling was a popular past time for people of all ages throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ten pin bowling alleys around Australia's urban centres, and they have a range of equipment for people of all ages.

Story Time

Telling stories is an ancient practice and is still beloved by many. Local libraries are a hot bed of activities for children. 'Story time' or reading events are a common favourite, Australia wide. If your children doesn't enjoy reading, or won't engage with you if you want to read to them - enlist a third party to make it more fun and engaging.

Plan a Picnic

Take your lunch outdoors, breathe in that fresh air and sprawl out on the grass or sand. Bring a backyard cricket set or your game of choice and let the kids take advantage of the space. Make it an extra special occasion by letting your kids pick the menu!

Go To The Theatre

The best way to stop technology interrupting your relationship with your kids? Take them to a place where technology is strictly not allowed! However, the theatre has more perks than just a break from your smart phones. It's a highly stimulating, interactive and entertaining for kids and adults.

Enquire at your local council for any events (there may even be something going for free!), or check popular ticketing websites or theatre schedules for more professional productions. 

If you love all things retro, tune into 'Back In Time For The Weekend' on the LifeStyle Channel on Thursdays at 8:30. The three-part series premieres tonight, May 12.

[Feature image via Tumblr/Mad Men]

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