Take a drive up the gorge, and stop at Vista House.
Go south, past Molalla, into the hills exploring.
Look up something on the Internet, and build it.
Play catch. (this one is endless fun) On the street, over the house, in the park, left hand, you name it!
Poker, only with cookies, or something fun. Actually, I put real cash on the table, winner takes all on a road trip. Jump in the car, well I had more than one kid, and I drive, they direct and spend, until it's gone, balancing gas, need for food, things to do.
Get in the car, and let him direct the driving. Lots of fun on that one too. Set a budget, and just go exploring until it's gone, and save a little for treat on the way home.
Fishing, if you like to fish.
I know you don't enjoy shooting, but that one is a lot of fun, and educational, and IMHO, necessary, just because knowing something about guns can save a life. One of the most fun trips I did was take BB guns and drive out to places, setup cans filled with water, and just shoot at them. We were out all day, just goofing off.
Find a river, and have a rock skipping contest, bring good eats. Build a small dam, fire, etc...
Go to the beach, and play there. Build sand castles, race, build a one match fire, but bring extra matches, so you do actually get a fire, then cook hot dogs and other stuff on it.
All of those have been fun in the past. I found I had the most fun with both sons and daughters, doing basic things. It's the time that counts more than anything. Some structured autonomy can be fun too, but watch the structure, or it can get messy.
Posted on June 12, 2011 - 06:26 PM