Wondering how to keep the kids (and you) happy this Christmas? The festive season can be a particularly challenging time for single parent families, what with splitting time between homes, keeping costs down and preventing burnout. But being a solo parent household doesn’t mean you can’t create magical memories for you and the kids. Here are a few ideas for Christmas activities for single parents in 2023.
Before we run down a few activity ideas for all the single parent families out there, a few festive reminders. The magic of Christmas isn’t measured in presents under the tree, matching pyjamas, or flashy days out at festive theme parks. It can be found in the small moments of connection, in cosy evenings at home watching Christmas films, or long luxurious evenings alone and recharging when your babies are with their other parent. Being a lone parent does not mean you’re alone, in fact, you’re one of millions of single parent families around the world, and finding connection with others in the same situation as you at this time of year can really help. Download the Frolo app to get started with finding your people.
Check out this guide for general Christmas fun you can have with the kids this festive season, or read on for some of the group Meetups planned for the Frolo community so far. More events are being added all the time, so keep an eye out for a group Meetup happening near you, or better still, create your own and connect with likeminded festive frolos today!
9pm to 11.55pm
This event is online so you can join from anywhere in the world. It is a Friday night chat, plus a Christmas quiz, festive outfits encouraged! We’ll form teams for the quiz, and there are prizes to be won. Connect with other single parents and have some festive fun. There are already more than 30 signed up to attend, so come along for what is sure to be a fun evening.
12pm to 4pm
A great opportunity for Hampshire-based frolos to find connection with local single parents at this pre-Christmas festive Meetup at Alice Holt Forest. Have a walk and a picnic with other like-minded single mums and dads and their children.
8pm to 9pm
Rebecca Francesca is a therapist specialising in the use of EFT for overcoming trauma, anxiety and stress. In this session Rebecca is going to focus on Christmas overwhelm and will talk us through tapping techniques to help manage the loneliness and responsibility that can feel like such a burden for single parents at Christmas
8pm to 11pm
Rounds of mixed Christmas trivia and festive fun for all. Wear a festive jumper and bring plenty of cheer.
Weekend without the kids and want to escape the Christmas chaos? Join a child-free walk in the countryside to a gorgeous pub that does a great Sunday roast. It's an hour's drive from London. The plan is to meet at 11am and go on a 10km circular walk ending at the pub.
9.30pm to midnight
Join a lovely group of frolos on Christmas Eve for a chat and some company, whether you're wrapping presents or watching Christmas TV, with or without the kids. Message from the organiser: 'These zooms have helped me in the past so I wanted to give something back'.
5.40pm to 7.40pm
Kew Gardens, London
A sparkling evening of gorgeous Christmas lights, festive displays and lots of opportunities to stop for songs, snacks (and mulled wine of course). All single parents are welcome to join, with or without kids in tow.
4.45pm to 8pm
A gorgeous winter lights festival with lots of festive fun on offer, plus Christmas food and shopping stalls too. All frolos are welcome to join with their children or without - a great chance to celebrate the magic of Christmas with other single parent families. Check out the Meetup to connect with others attending in advance and even arrange travel plans.
A updated version of Frolo is now available for the best possible app experience, with features on that include enhanced discovery settings, 'Find me on Frolo' and the ability to share meetups and group chats outside the app, plus the ability to post anonymously on Community and to see all your likes in one place with unlimited likes on Dating mode.