Days out together are great but if you can't think of anything to do it can be a bit forced. As someone who's never 'done' activities pre-DC I sometimes feel at a loss of what to do for 'family time', so it can be daunting.
What do people do all day together!?! Especially in bad weather - am truly baffled!?!
Hmm, I think it's a terminology thing. If dh or I or ds have plans to do something - go swimming all together, make some popcorn and watch a movie, go and fly a kite, put something in or take something out of the attic etc, then great, and doing it together is fantastic. However, I associate the general phrase 'family time' with vague hanging about, feeling crappy because we've not had enough exercise, and us all disagreeing about what to do, until it's too late to do anything. Arrgh, now I feel trapped and it's not even happening!
I dreaded "family time" with my mum, because it generally meant tidying the house from top to bottom, listening to her talking at us while she planed the landscaping, or sitting and watching some godawful film on a complusory basis because she had bought it as a family film.
Family time with my Dad, and now with DP and the DC on the other hand, loverly.
Also, IME, as soon as someone dad says "family time", it seems to involve sitting around awkwardly making small talk and each desperately trying to think of excuses to leave. So it sends shivers down my spine whenever I hear it. Love spending time with my family though, just hate "family time"; there really is a massive distinction. More so, when family means everyone, because then you have to deal with the fuckwits that normally none of you would want to be in the same town as, but because somewhere along the line they share genes with one of you they have to be there.