We usually have to force our kids to do stuff with us, which is weird because my husband and I think we are EXTRAORDINARILY FUN! We also believe we are HILARIOUS, but my kids usually call it “Cringy.”
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For Christmas last year, we purchased the Adventure Challenge–Family Edition. It is a book of scratch-off activities, which is perfect for our forced family fun night. We were told not to use a coin because it’s easy to scratch off too much. We used a credit card instead. It’s nice to use your credit card for an activity that we won’t get a bill for later! This is an account of our first adventure.
The unknown adventure challenge- How it works
Before you scratch it off, the book gives you some clues about the activity you will be required to complete. First of all, each mystery activity tells you the approximate cost, the best time of day, and the adventure’s estimated duration. Next, there are symbols for some other helpful hints, such as needing supplies, a meal involved, or the need to complete it outdoors. Finally, we make sure to have a camera to document the adventure and write a little about it in the book. We could have purchased a bundle with a polaroid camera, which I wish we had, but we use our phone and print a picture as soon as we finish the adventure.
Once a challenge has been revealed, you MUST complete the exercise. It’s a bit nerve-racking to scratch it off because you have no idea what you will have to do. I think I was the most hesitant since I am the least adventurous person in my family. Our kids usually complain at the thought of hanging out with us. But this “forced family fun” activity led to this comment:
“This is the best thing we have ever done in our basement!”Youngest Kid
By the end of the night, I was soaking wet and my stomach hurt from laughing.
Adventure challenge revealed
After scratching off our activity, we learned that my husband and I had to use an entire ball of yarn and tangle it around anything we can to fill the room and create obstacles. The game’s object is to take turns trying to get through the room without touching the yarn with the fastest time. Therefore, we made the boys stay upstairs while we went into the basement to create our course.
Loren and I went crazy, stringing yarn everywhere. We even brought in toys and chairs to have more ways to attach the yarn. Although it was a little difficult for me to think about the mess we were creating, the look on their faces when they walked downstairs let me know that it was worth it.
Next, we went over the rules:
The object of the challenge is to get from one side of the room to the other without touching any of the strings.
You will be timed.
If you touch the yarn, you will be squirted in the face with a water bottle.
The squirter must only squirt the racer when he or she touches the yarn. If you squirt your mom while trying to be funny, you will be kicked out of the game, and your mom gets to drench you in water. (*that wasn’t in the book, I just added it for good measure…luckily, for my sake, neither of them decided that would be more fun)
The competition begins
The youngest boy was the first to go. His technique was on point as he slid under the yarn and used some mad ninja skills to get through. I was the first sprayer to demonstrate the expectation. And let me tell you, the power of the water bottle is intoxicating! Each time he touched the string, I would squirt him in the face. He would then start laughing and accidentally touch it again. I was squirting like a crazy woman! By the time he finished, he was pretty darn soaked. When we moved to the next participant, I handed over my power… reluctantly.
The oldest kid
When the oldest got his turn, there was constant laughter. Just writing about it is bringing me back to the mood of that evening. It fills my heart with joy. Honestly, my youngest was right. It was the most fun thing we have ever done in our basement.
The oldest kid began intently focused. I could tell that he had a well thought out strategy. He moved gracefully through the tangling rope. (correction… He just said to me that he had no plan; he just went for it! He’s clearly a natural at weaving his way through yarn.)
An unexpected obstacle
Our dog wanted to get in on the action, which made this round challenging! Mozzie assumed that since the oldest kid was climbing through yarn, he obviously wanted to play ball. The 13-year-old took it like a champ as he was getting soaked. It added to the fun and excitement of the night.
Dad gets a turn… and rocks it!
After the kids had their turn, it was time for the parents to give it ago. Traditionally, I suck at things like this. If someone is going to get hurt or stuck somewhere, it’s me. But, if I’m forcing family fun, I need to go all in. I’m going to have fun with this whether I like it or not!
On the other hand, my husband is good at everything and has this rare ability to make anything fun. So, in typical Loren fashion, he rocked it. He attempted rolls and other crazy moves straight out of a heist movie. I honestly thought there might be cash on the other side he was going for if he made it through the lasers. Luckily they weren’t lasers because he would have been all sliced up, but it was incredible to watch.
For the most part, my turn was not as exciting as Loren’s, but I did start out looking pretty tough. I went into my turn, feeling fairly confident because I had watched the others. Therefore I was sure I could do better. It looked easy. It did not end well…
The verdict is in… We love the Adventure Challenge Family Edition
This book allowed us to have an absolute blast with our kids while we were stuck at home. We can’t wait to experience more of these adventures as a family. It was truly a great bonding time of fun and laughter.
Although they complain, we always have a blast when we force our kids to have fun with us. This book was a fantastic purchase to achieve one of our main goals… quality time as a family.
If you’d like to experience adventures like this with your family, you can use the code MESSYJOYFUL and receive 10% off your purchase with The Adventure Challenge. It’s a fun way to force your family to do some things you would never think of and make great memories in the process.
What types of things do you force your kids to do with you? Leave me a comment and let me know. I’m always looking for ideas!