Fun (And Cool) Things Things To Do With Your Older Kids

Older kids can be tricky when it comes to connecting and bonding with them, especially when they would rather hang out with their friends than with you. 

Older kids can be tricky when it comes to entertaining them and they get to a stage where they would rather hang out with their friends or spend time in their room. As a parent, this is hard to take, as you still want to connect with your child and have fun even though the days of the park or play centres have long passed. 
So how exactly do you have fun when your kids grow up? Well, we have some super ideas to keep your family days a part of your routine regardless of your child’s age.
Cinema date - Not entirely original but a trip to the cinema is one way to get your older kids’ attention. The offer of popcorn and sweets is too much for them to refuse and if they like the movie too – it helps a lot. Equally, movie marathons at home can be just as effective with the right boxset and goodies you could have hours of fun there – perfect for rainy days!
Festivals – Yes, there are loads of festivals coming up as we trudge towards the summer including food festivals and music ones too. Depending on what your child likes this could be a great idea, full of fun and there is something cool about attending a festival so your kid will enjoy being treated that bit older and seeing what adults get up to.
Walking/Running – Again, it depends on your child but if your kid is interested in running consider entering some of the shorter fun runs in your area or further afield. If anything, it will give you all an excuse to get fit and eat healthily. For the walks, there are some wonderful walking trails in Ireland and hiking places too. Furthermore, it is hours of fun and a chance to chat to each other away from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life.
Gigs/Matches/Events – If your child is interested in football, rugby or music, a good way to have fun for a day is to head to a match or an event. There are loads of things to do including GAA matches, rugby matches and gigs to keep you both busy.
Shopping centres – Yes, it is true most kids love to shop for new stuff and while it isn’t exactly the most inventive of ideas, a trip to the shopping centre can fill your child with glee. Throw in a new pair of runners or a t-shirt and you’ll be the best thing since sliced bread! Finish the day off with a trip to their favourite restaurant or café and you have ticked the “good day” box.
Hobbies – If you or your child have hobbies use them to have fun together. You may like to fish, or your child may like to go on boats or trains. Whatever it is, find some common ground and do what the other loves for a few hours. There are museums to see that could be ideal for your older child and there are lots of cool places to visit including, Aqua Zone, Tayto Park and Dublin Zoo to name a few. Yes, we know these places attract younger kids, but they are just as enjoyable for older kids too so pick accordingly. Ziplining is cool as well as golf or pitch and putt and we have it on good authority that Jump Zone and Viking Splash are brilliant for older kids too!
Emma Hayes is a thirty-something mum of two girls aged 16 and 10, planting her right into the teenage and tween-age years! Follow her on Twitter at @EmmaHayes25.

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes is a busy mum to two girls aged 17 and 11 and is married to her childhood sweetheart.

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