10 Family Bonding Activities


See the Local Sights

You're probably surrounded by a cultural mecca of museums, theaters and art galleries. Why do you only take advantage of these offerings when you're hosting out-of-town guests?

The next time you're tempted to spend a rainy Saturday on the couch watching a "Jersey Shore" marathon, set a better example for your family by planning a visit to one of the many attractions your city has to offer.

Little kids love puppet shows, plays, the circus and child-friendly museums. You can appeal to your teen's budding musical or dance interest by visiting the ballet or symphony. If none of those options strikes a chord with your kid, consider springing for prime seats to a concert featuring one of the rare bands that appeal to all generations, like the Rolling Stones or Aerosmith. Be sure to temporarily fade into the background if he bumps into his friends, though. You might be considered cool for landing the box seats, but there's nothing quite as uncool as introducing your parents to the prettiest and most popular girl in class.