Stance: Studies on the Family

Brigham Young University Student Journal

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Ideas for Family Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag

With the warm weather this spring, a great way to have some fun with your family is to make homemade ice cream together. This activity can be done at any age, but it’s also a little messy, so the best place to do it is outside.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

For this activity you’ll need gallon zip lock bags and quart zip lock bags. First, put the ice cream mixture in a smaller, quart sized bag and ice and salt in a larger, gallon sized bag (double bagging is a great way to keep these from leaking). For different ice cream mix recipes, click here. Next, place the quart-sized bag inside the gallon bag filled with ice and salt. When you’re placing the smaller bag in the larger one, be careful to make sure that the smaller bag is properly sealed to prevent getting ice and salt into the smaller bag.  Now here’s the fun part: once the smaller ice mix bag is inside the larger ice and salt bag, shake it for ten to fifteen minutes, and watch as the mix turns into ice cream right before your eyes! This is a great activity for kids to see science at its best and parents to spend some quality time with them.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

 

Ideas for Family Fun: Skittle Bowling

Wondering what to do this Friday night? A great way to have fun with your family this week is to play a game called skittle bowling. The logistics are simple: go to your favorite bowling alley and pay for a game (usually around $4 per game for adults and $3 for children under 12 years of age) and make sure to bring a bag of skittles.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

The rules for skittle bowling are simple. Each time you bowl, you are required to do a funny action. When it’s your turn, grab a skittle. Each skittle color represents a funny action you have to do. For example, if you draw red, then you have to hop once before you toss the bowling ball. Deciding what action each color represents will be up to you and your family, but a suggested list is below:

Red= hop once

Purple= close one eye

Green= spin three times, then grab the bowling ball

Orange= toss the ball granny style

Yellow= do a dance move before you toss the bowling ball

Skittle bowling is a fun way to mix up your evening with your family and have fun together. It’s a great way to enjoy some candy, some bowling, and some quality time with your loved ones.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

 

 

Ideas for Family Fun: Picnic at the Park

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

With this unusually warm weather, spending time outside is a great way to spend time with your family. Eating together means being together—when people share a meal, they get a chance to relax and converse.

Exchange Park, Provo

Exchange Park, Provo

Provo and Orem have lots of great parks to choose from when looking for a place to picnic with the family. Provo alone has at least 20 different parks to choose from.

Nielson’s Grove Park, Orem

Nielson’s Grove Park, Orem

Many of these parks offer facilities so you can play different sports. There are volleyball courts, baseball/softball fields, and disc golf fields, just to name a few. After eating together, continue the family fun by bringing your old baseball glove or volleyball net.

Click here to see a listing of all the parks in Provo and their different features. For a listing and map of Orem parks, click here.

—Rachel Harris, Stance

Ideas for Family Fun: Night at the Movies

Everyone likes a good show, and going with your family is even better.

A simple way to spend time with your family this week is to go to a movie with them. It doesn’t have to be all that fancy or expensive either—in Provo, Utah, the Cinemark Movies 8 offers ticket entries for 75 cents for groups of three or more on Monday nights. It’s a cheap, fun way to spend quality time together.

—Rachel Harris, Stance