A Month-to-Month Guide to Making Family Memories

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to get caught up in routines and forget to prioritize quality time with our loved ones. However, building lasting memories as a family is essential for fostering strong connections and creating a sense of unity. This month-to-month guide is designed to inspire families to embark on a journey of intentional togetherness throughout the year, with each month offering unique opportunities for creating cherished moments. Feel free to change things up and add your own personal family flare to it!


A Month-to-Month Guide to Making Family Memories


January: Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Start the year with a magical adventure by visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Whether you're exploring Diagon Alley, sipping on butterbeer, or riding the Hogwarts Express, the enchanting world of Harry Potter provides a magical backdrop for family bonding. Capture the moments with photos and create a scrapbook to commemorate the day.

Maybe traveling to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter isn't in the budget, why not bring the magic to you! Think outside of the box and create a magical world at home with candles, food and decor. Read the book together, then plan a movie night with all things Harry Potter.

Not a Harry Potter fan? No problem! Use this as a jumping off spot to take your family's favorite book character and bring it to life. This not only encourages shared memories, it also encourages reading and literacy! Double win!

February: Take Family Pictures

Celebrate the month of love by scheduling a family photoshoot. Whether professionally done or a DIY session, capturing your family's unique dynamics and personalities in photographs is a timeless way to preserve memories. Frame the best shots and display them prominently in your home as a constant reminder of the love that binds your family together.

I've never regretted having family photos done! One of my favorite souvenirs when I travel is planning a family photo shoot with Flytographer. There are photographers all over the world in many popular travel destinations. When we were traveling in Italy, I liked that it took the pressure off of me to get good photos everywhere we went. I knew we already got some with our Flytographer {and I was in them too!}, so I didn't have to worry. 

Even if you aren't leaving home, plan a local photo shoot for your family. It will be a treasure you will keep for years to come!

March: Dye Easter Eggs

Engage in a creative and colorful activity by dyeing Easter eggs together. Experiment with different techniques and designs to make each egg unique. This tradition provides an opportunity for artistic expression and conversations about the significance of the holiday and its traditions.

April: Make Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

Get a head start on holiday preparations by spending April crafting homemade gifts together as a family. Whether handmade ornaments, personalized stockings, or unique decorations, working on these projects collaboratively fosters creativity and strengthens family bonds. Plus, you'll have a collection of heartfelt gifts ready when the holiday season approaches. Don’t forget gift tags!


Check out some of my homemade gift ideas here:

     Last-Minute Movie Night Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tag

     Faux Enamel Mug with Vinyl

     DIY Drink Local Beer Opener

     DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

     Create a Pillow That you can Color

     Hand stamped muslin swaddle blanket

     Easy to sew, easy to give beginners pajama pant kit with free downloadable directions file

     Sculpey clay feather ornament tutorial

     Rudolph Repair Kit Printable with Free Printable Bag Topper

May: Send Handwritten Notes

In the era of digital communication, the art of handwritten notes is often overlooked. Take the time to express gratitude, love, or encouragement to each family member through heartfelt handwritten notes or cards. This simple yet meaningful gesture can create lasting connections and tangible reminders of your affection for one another.

June: Make Hot Cocoa Bombs

As temperatures rise, shift the focus to indoor activities with a twist. Spend a day making hot cocoa bombs together. Experiment with various flavors and toppings, and then enjoy a cozy movie night with your homemade treats. This fun and delicious activity are sure to be a hit with family members of all ages. 


July: Take a Trip as a Family

Embrace the summer season by planning a family getaway. Whether it's a camping trip, beach vacation, or exploring a new city, the shared experiences during travel create lasting memories. Allow each family member to contribute to the trip planning, ensuring everyone has something to look forward to on the adventure.


Here are some of our favorite family destinations we’ve visited:

     Visiting Whistler, Canada in the Winter as a Family

     5 Tips for Visiting Italy with Teens

     Visiting the Amalfi Coast with Teens

     5 Tips to Make the Most of a Quick Trip to NYC

     7 of the Best Disney World Experiences for Teens

     Spend a Weekend in Seattle

August: Give Back to Your Community

Use the summer break to instill the value of giving back. Volunteer as a family at a local charity, organize a community cleanup, or participate in a fundraising event. Teaching children the importance of compassion and community involvement fosters a sense of responsibility and empathy.

September: Head to the Beach

Before the cooler weather sets in, plan a day at the beach. Whether building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball, or simply enjoying the sun and surf, the beach offers a relaxed setting for family bonding. Pack a picnic, sunscreen, and beach toys, and make the most of your time by the sea.

We love staying at VRBO's as a family because we can have the comforts of home, the extra space as a family and the fun of vacation all in one! Plan ahead now to get the best selection!

Don't miss this post: 10 Reasons to Stay in a VRBO Rental on Your Next Trip

October: Play a Board Game Together

As the weather begins to cool, gather around the table for a night of board games. From classic favorites to modern strategy games, playing together fosters friendly competition, communication, and teamwork. Rotate who gets to choose the game each month to ensure everyone's preferences are considered.

These are 20 of The Best Family Board Games for Teens

November: Make a Family Yearbook

Reflect on the year's memories by creating a family yearbook. Compile photos, notes, and mementos from each month into a personalized scrapbook. This project not only serves as a beautiful keepsake but also allows for reflection and gratitude as a family.

family memories guide for parents

December: Family Goal Setting

As the year comes to a close, take time as a family to set goals for the upcoming year. Discuss individual aspirations, collective objectives, and ways to support each other in achieving these goals. This practice not only encourages personal growth but strengthens the family unit by fostering a sense of shared purpose.

Throughout the Year: Revamp Your Child's Room

Encourage creativity and individuality by involving your child in the process of revamping their room. Whether it's a simple decor update, rearranging furniture, or a complete makeover, giving your child agency in personalizing their space fosters a sense of ownership and pride.

Consistently: Make Family Dinners a Priority

Amidst busy schedules, prioritize family dinners as a sacred time for connection. Whether it's a home-cooked meal or takeout, gather around the table to share stories, laughter, and nourishment. This regular practice strengthens family bonds and provides a platform for open communication.


Creating lasting memories as a family requires intentional effort and a commitment to shared experiences. This month-to-month guide provides a diverse range of activities, ensuring that each season brings new opportunities for connection and joy. By prioritizing these moments, families can build a treasure trove of memories that will be cherished for years to come.

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