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Do you and your family finally have a night together but cannot think of anything to do as a family? Try one of these fun activities.

1. Have a Picnic Unable to agree on lunch or dinner? Round up the family, set out for the grocery store, and buy the ingredients for everyone’s favorite simple meal. When you return home, cook the meals and load them in picnic-safe dishware, find a blanket, and set out for your local park and have a picnic. Make sure to pack a cooler filled with beverages. Rain spoiling your picnic plans? No problem: clear a space in the living room and have your picnic at home.

2. Cook and Bake Together Baking cookies is a time-honored tradition among family members. Gather the ingredients for everyone’s favorite treats and get to baking. Of course, any delectable delight will do. Even better, have everyone contribute an idea for a food item, then take a trip to the grocery store, buy all the ingredients, and cook the entire meal (including dessert) together.

3. Watch Movies These days, most people have DVD players, Netflix, or some other means of watching movies; and of course, everyone has a favorite movie. Ask all your family members to write the title of their favorite film on a scrap of paper, then fold all the paper, put all slips into a container, and have someone draw one. Before you watch the chosen movie, get your popcorn, drinks, and other snacks ready. On a weekend, when you have more free time, set aside an entire day for a movie marathon, or take a trip to your local theater and take in a movie or two.

4. Exercise and Play Sports If everyone needs some time out of the house, sports and other physical activities make for a great way to burn energy and get in a good workout. Invest in family bikes and take a different route through the neighborhood every week, or plan longer excursions for the weekends. You could also sign everyone up for a sport; just make sure everyone gets on the same team.

5. Volunteer Giving back to your community as a family makes for a great bonding activity. Have everyone research local charities and volunteer activities, then sign up for one, two, or more.

by Jeff Lupient


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Jeff Lupient resides with his family in the city of Golden Valley, Minnesota. Part of Hennepin County, Golden Valley sits in southeast Minnesota and currently serves as home to over 20,000 residents. A first-ring suburb of Minneapolis, Golden Valley is only five convenient miles from the metropolis’ bustling downtown area. Golden Valley remains a thoroughly family-oriented community, boasting an attractive suburban locale with excellent schools, an array of neighborhoods, and extensive outdoor recreation opportunities. Additionally, Golden Valley works to foster a business-friendly environment.

The exact origin of Golden Valley’s name remains in question. However, it is likely that the moniker refers more to wheat and grain rather than to wildflowers. What is now Golden Valley started as an agricultural center. Incorporated in 1886 as the Village of Golden Valley, the area hosted a multitude of dairies, mills, and farms. At the time, the community boasted only a few hundred residents. In 1912, the Electric Luce Line Railroad was constructed through Golden Valley, leading to extensive development and community growth. From 1910 to 1940, the population of Golden Valley jumped from 692 to over 2,000. The area continued to flourish after World War II, when a number of industries discovered Golden Valley’s potential. The village of Golden Valley continued to grow and ultimately transitioned to become the city of Golden Valley in 1972.

Today, Golden Valley remains an attractive business and family-friendly place in which to live and work. Golden Valley believes that citizen participation is a core component of a happy and successful community. To that end, the city of Golden Valley sponsors a variety of ongoing community-oriented activities. Additionally, the city is always looking for ways to promote further civic improvements. The Envision Golden Valley program acts as Golden Valley’s principal initiative that connects an array of organizations and individuals interested in improving the local community. Encouraging a variety of opportunities for citizens to get involved, Golden Valley offers the Envision Award to those demonstrating exceptional civic commitment. Additionally, a diverse collection of grassroots organizations works to connect and improve the city.

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