I want to let you know that you can have the freedom to do fun things on a whim with kids. YES, I said with kids. You just have to do a little 'pre-planning'. Here's what I have in the mini van at all times:
• swim dipes
• change of clothes
• picnic blanket
• extra pair of shoes
• maybe even a snack or two
Have these things ready in the back of your vehicle and if you're out with the family, and you want to find something fun to do. Then go to the park and have a picnic, or go to the pool or splash pad, let the kids get dirty wherever you are and if you need to go to dinner afterwards or have to do a chore like grocery shopping all together... no big deal, you gotta an extra pair of clothes in the back just waiting for you.
I go through my stash of stuff that's in my van once a month. With little ones you'll have to replace the clothing that often, cause they grow so fast!
Don't not have a fun and exciting, spontaneous day with your kids just because it's a lot of work to get out the door. Just do it... even if you don't want to. I have the most fun with my kids and husband when we're out doing fun things with them, even if it is a lot of work getting out the door.
Ready... set... go be spontaneous with your family!