Weekends are a source of precious family time. With the humdrum of work and school commitments winding down, we are finally able to engage in some invigorating family bonding. However, unbeknownst to many, an invisible barrier appears in the form of electronic devices such as iPads, laptops, phones and the like. Is it considered quality time if the whole family just sits in the living room, looking at their respective device and not interacting with each other?

Did you know 81.5% of children in South East Asia use the electronic devices for games, which may not be as productive or educational as their parents would desire? To truly make the best use of your time with your loved ones, drop those devices and get some fresh air outdoors. Start having fun together with these four activities suitable for both children and adults.

 

Scale a Rock Wall

Rock climbing walls are becoming increasingly popular amongst youths and adults alike. Have a friendly competition to see who gets to the top first. It’ll get your heart pumping and help you and your spouse get in shape after a week of being sedentary. Kids can try their hand at beginner walls as well, which tend to be gradually inclined to allow for easy manoeuvring.

Climbing a rock wall is also a good way for the little ones to develop in independence. While parents can encourage them from ground-level, the decision to eventually scale the wall rests squarely on the child's shoulders. This is an ideal opportunity for them to cultivate a sense of grit and determination, the spirit of overcoming adversity and the fortitude to conquer any fear they may feel. It is also especially beneficial to their physical health, developing both upper and lower body strength.

Where in Thailand:

Urban Playground

8 Soi Sukhumvit 49

Between Phrom phong & Thonglor

Bangkok 10110

CMRCA

55/3 Ratchapakhinai Rd.

T.Phra Singh A.Muang,

Chiang Mai 50200

                                                                                                            

Awaken the F1 Driver in You

Aspiring Lewis Hamilton(s) will love a good go-karting session. This is a real treat, something fresh and fun when compared to playgrounds and iPads. Go-karting involves driving a small four-wheeled vehicle in a safely laid out circuit. Go-karts are available with or without engines, but the common recreational ones have low-powered 4-stroke engines or electric motors. They’re designed to operate at a low speed, so it’s suitable even for children.

Indulge your need for speed with a good old-fashioned race. Who knows, you may even discover something new about your children. They might just take to the track like a duck to water, shredding sharp turns with aptitude and ability. When left to their own devices in the right environment, children learn how to be independent and often reveal aspects of their personality that may not have been apparent otherwise.

Where in Thailand:

Easy Kart RCA

31/11 RCA Plaza Soi Soonvijai,

Rama 9 Road, Bangkapi, Huaykwang,

Bangkok 10320

Easy Kart Pattaya

End of 3rd Road (opposite of Bali hai Pier),

South Pattaya,

Thailand

                                                                                                            

Witness the Majesty of Horses

When life gets too fast-paced, it’s time to take a stroll off the beaten path. Children love animals, so they’ll jump at the opportunity to get up close and personal with horses. Horseback riding is a wonderful way for you and your family to take things slow and simply enjoy one another’s company.

Horseback riding is very much about establishing a connection with the animal itself, so the smallest of physical cues can be an important way to communicate their intentions. Your child will also learn to be much more self-aware and to coordinate their movements with reference to their steed. If you’re daring enough, try nudging your horse to go up to a canter - the thrill of moving faster makes for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Where in Thailand:

RODEO HORSE RIDING

42/36 Chutichote Rd, Saimai, Bangkok  10220

The Little Cowboy 

395 M.7 Mitraparp km.163 Rd.,

Pakchong Nakhonratchasima


                                                                                                            

Leap over Railings and Fences

Parkour is an adrenaline-pumping sport developed in the 1980s. Originally a military obstacle training discipline, Parkour has now become a contemporary sport that makes the most of the concrete jungle we often encounter. It involves executing a series of leaps, jumps and skilful manoeuvres on structures like railings and fences. Your children now have the perfect excuse to dangle off the monkey bars without getting scolded - it’s all in the name of Parkour! If you’re concerned about safety or would like to learn the basics of Parkour, professionally-led classes are available! Learn how you and your family can make use of your immediate environment to work out and have some safe fun at the same time.

Tip: Have a relay race - Daddy’s team vs. Mummy’s team. You’ll be able to teach your children the value of teamwork as well.

Where in Thailand:

Asia parkour

Amarin Plaza •  Active Parc, G Floor

496 - 502 Ploenchit Rd., Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330

BTS: Chit Lom station


While you're out having fun, cater for the welfare and safety of your family as well. Practical considerations such as that of being fully insured should be one of your primary concerns. With TM PA Smile’s comprehensive suite of benefits and coverage, you’ll be able to have peace of mind while attempting outdoor activities, particularly when your kids try new, exciting activities for the first time.

Once you are all set, take a big step in fostering closer family ties by putting down those iPads and spending some quality family time together through these exciting activities instead!

 

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