No matter what time of year it is, it is always a good time to start family traditions! It is said that family traditions boost happiness, and 52% of people in families who have traditions pass them down to their family as well. So start some family traditions – I have over 70 ideas below for every month of the year. And of course I added extra lines so you can add your own in!
Why do families pass down traditions?
Family traditions help people, especially children, feel a sense of belonging. Family traditions nurture a family’s connection and helps to create positive experiences and memories that last for years to come.
Family Traditions To Start Making Memories
Have a Winter Scavenger Hunt
Make New Year’s Resolutions Together
Resolutions are more fun if you do them with someone else, wouldn’t you agree? For the kids it can be as simple as making sure they keep their room clean. Here are some other great ideas for kid’s resolutions.
Make Homemade Bread & Soup
Winter is the perfect time for homemade bread and soup! Go out, build a snowman, then come in and create delicious soup & bread together!
Start a Family Memory Box
Memories are near and dear to my heart. I have created a family memory box and I cannot recommend it enough! I store photos, kid’s paintings and writing, and more!
Roast S’mores By a Fire
Fires don’t have to be just for fall! Cuddle up around a fire together and roast some s’mores. Is that idea not fun because you hate the cold like me? Make indoor s’mores!
Make a Hot Chocolate Bar
Hot chocolate bars are all the rage – and have been for a few years now. Invite some of your kid’s friends over and make them a fun hot chocolate bar. My favorite hot chocolate toppings are whipped cream and sprinkles!
Have a Big Football Party
The big game is right around the corner! Start a family tradition of cooking appetizers together and enjoy the game and the commercials all together!
Have a Snow Day
Bundle up and head outside when it snows! Make snow angels, build a snowman, and/or have a snowball fight.
Have an Indoor Picnic
I know, it’s freezing out. Doesn’t mean you can’t have a picnic inside! This could go along with the Have a Snow Day idea, too!
Bake Heart Shaped Cookies
Baking heart shaped cookies is perfect for February, the month of love. Make some and create little gift packages for loved ones. What a fun way to share your love!
Make Valentines Cards
Cards are a fun and relatively easy way to tell someone you’re thinking of them. Go to Dollar Tree and get super cheap cards, they don’t have to be expensive!
Build & Fly a Kite
Towards the end of the month, at least here in Ohio, it’s pretty windy. What a perfect time to get outside and fly a kite!
Plan Your Garden & Plant Seeds
Do some research about the best way to start a garden and make plans for when it’s planting season. This is such a good family activity because you can plan, execute, and then reap the rewards of your harvest when it’s picking time!
Make a Terrarium
You can go to the craft store and get supplies to make your very own terrarium’s at home. Make individual ones, or create a bigger one that you can display somewhere for all to see.
Make St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish by making green and white crafts!
Bake a Pie for ‘Pi Day’
Did you know that March 14th is Pi Day? 3.14! This is the perfect day to make a delicious pie.
Make a Bird Feeder
Now that it is starting to get warmed out, the birds are reappearing. Welcome them back with a great bird feeder.
Make a Spring Bucket List
If you have outdoor things you’d like to do, this is the perfect time to make a list and plan them out!
Have an Easter Scavenger Hunt
Google and Pinterest are both great resources for finding fun scavenger hunts! Here is a great Easter one for you. It is geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary students – and comes with a free printable!
Do Rainbow Crafts for Rainbow Day
Rainbow crafts are such a fun way to bring some color into your life!
Play in the Rain
Get out and play in the rain with the kids! Maybe even have a dance party!
Have a Picnic in the Park
Enjoy the nicer weather with a picnic in the park. Pack all of your favorite picnic items and find a nice spot to enjoy them at.
Find & Paint Rocks
Rock painting has been all the rage for a bit now. There’s so many great tutorials online as well as at Barnes & Noble and other book stores.
Go For a Bike Ride
Get some exercise by riding a bike through your neighborhood.
Watch a Star Wars Movie for May 4th
If you know me, you know I’m a huge Star Wars fan. So of course I couldn’t leave out Star Wars Day!
Make a Mother’s Day Card for Mom
Get supplies for your kiddos to make you a Mother’s Day card. Or, if you’re lucky enough to still have your mom around, do them together!
Go to a Baseball Game
Whether it’s a minor league or major league team, you are sure to have a blast with the fam at a baseball game. For the Cincinnati area, check out the Cincinnati Reds or the Florence Freedom.
Have a Dance Party
Sometimes you just gotta dance it out – do it as a family! Put on some Kidz Bop or any other family friendly music that you all enjoy, and see who has the best dance moves.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
Your family and you can stock up on delicious fruits and vegetables and more at your local farmer’s market. Google is you rbest friend if you’re unsure of where one is!
Make a Summer Bucket List
Summer is a great time to make a bucket list of items that you all want to do before school is back in session! Include things like going to an amusement park, a carnival – the possibilities are endless!
Make a Father’s Day Craft
While dad is away at work, help the kids make father’s day cards or crafts for him.
Have an Outdoor Movie Night
Movies are even more fun outside. This would be a fun time to invite over neighborhood friends, as well!
Paint the Sidewalk
Make this easy DIY sidewalk paint and brighten up the neighborhood!
Play Miniature Golf
Enjoy mini golf (also called putt putt) with the family! Just Google for a place near you if you’re unsure of a place.
June is the perfect time for a BBQ! You could even invite family, friends, or neighbors over.
Play Tennis Together
Tennis is a great sport to get into as it really gets the heart pumping and helps everyone work on hand-eye coordination.
Have a 4th of July BBQ
Celebrate your Independence with a fun 4th of July BBQ! Fix all the side dishes everyone loves or have others bring a dish and you provide the meat.
Make Red, White, and Blue Crafts
I absolutely love making red, white, and blue crafts with my kids. It definitely helps get me in the spirit!
Go Berry Picking
This is something that is on my bucket list – Simply search where to go berry picking near me.
Make Homemade Popsicles
July can be a swelter. Beat the heat by making homemade popsicles!
Run Through the Sprinklers
Another great idea for beating the heat is sprinklers – have a blast!
Have a Hot Dog Eating Contest
In honor of the annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest, put one on at your house! Invite the neighbors over.
Celebrate a Family Fun Month
Check out this list from Do512 Family of ways to celebrate Family Fun Month!
Set up a Lemonade Stand
Remember having a lemonade stand as a kid? Bring this fun activity to your kid’s lives! I am sure they will have a blast… and make some money, too!
Spend a Day at the Beach or Pool
August is the perfect time of year to cool off by splashing in a pool or ocean! Heck, any body of water!
Have a Hula Hoop Contest
See who can hula hoop the longest. My bets on the kids – my body is too worn out for hula hoops! 😂
Set Up a Sundae Bar
For dessert one night, have a sundae bar! Strawberries, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles and more!
Go Roller Skating
Break out those roller skates that have been hiding in the garage and show those kids how to do it!
Attend a Labor Day Parade
Does your local city have a Labor Day parade? If so, attend it!
Go on a Fall Bike Ride
The park is a beautiful place this time of year, so get the bikes out and enjoy the scenery as you get some exercise in.
Carve or Decorate Pumpkins
This one is on many family’s lists already. If it’s not, add it! It’s such a fun fall activity to do.
Go to a Football Game
If you love sports, why not attend a football game? Could be JFL, NCAA, or even a high school game.
Go Apple Picking
After you go apple picking, make a delicious apple pie to enjoy your bounty!
Make a Fall Bucket List
Gather the ideas of your own and your family’s and put together a list of fall bucket list items!
Make a Fall-Themed Breakfast
Pumpkin spice pancakes, anyone? Yes, please!
Rake Up Leaves Then Jump In
We do not jump in leaf piles nearly enough in our lifetimes. So make time and do it!
Visit a Cornmaze or Pumpkin Patch
There are so many great places with cornmazes or pumpkin patches, especially in the midwst!
Make Halloween Costumes
Go back in time a bit and make your own Halloween costumes. It will show your kids what a little bit of ingenuity can do!
Visit a Fall Festival
Enjoy a fun fall festival. Simply Google “fall festival near me” and see what options come up.
Go to a Baseball Game
Is there a local baseball team still playing? Go enjoy a game and some peanuts and cracker jacks!
Take a Cold-Weather Walk
Walking in the cold can be very good for you, so go take a stroll. Even take the dogs with you to get them some exercise.
Write Down What You’re Thankful For
It’s always a good idea to write down on paper what you’re thankful for. But especially during this month that is usually all about gratittude.
Get ahead of the holiday baking season and get the stand mixer and baking sheets out – it’s time to bake cookies!
Play a Game of Touch Football
Even the boys won’t groan when they hear this suggestion!
Make Thanksgiving Decorations
Sure, shopping on Amazon is fun. But creating memories with the kids and getting holiday decorations is even more fun.
Have Pie for Breakfast on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving calories don’t count, right? Of course not! So enjoy a slice of pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving. This is such a fun idea.
Have a Holiday Movie Marathon
Lifetime movie anyone?! December is the perfect month for them!
Make a Holiday Music Playlist
Before decorating the tree, create a holiday music playlist to listen to while you decorate. This adds extra fun to an already magical moment.
Decorate a Gingerbread House
There are so many non-traditional gingerbread “houses” on the market now. Make it fun and have a decorating contest!
Take Fun Family Photos
Make it a tradition to take family photos once a year so you can watch everyone grow up over time. December is a perfect month for that, because then you can double dip and use the pictures for family Christmas cards!
Go on a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt
Print out this scavenger hunt printable and see who can find all of the items first.
Wear Ugly Christmas Sweaters
I love seeing pictures of my friends in fun Christmas sweaters. So start a tradition with your family and find sweaters for all of you to wear!
There are so many fun ideas to do with your family this year – this is just a start! What ideas would you add? Make sure to print out the printable and add it to your family binder!