“In the game for the long term”
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck spend their summer bonding with their children.
The couple reunited their families on Saturday for a trip to the famous Magic Castle in Los Angeles. “Since Jennifer and Ben are here for the long haul, it’s just a natural step that they all spend time with the kids,” a source told PEOPLE.
“They’re not trying to rush anything, but they want all the kids to get to know each other,” the insider adds. “They make the last days of summer as fun as possible. Soon it’s back to school and it’s time to go to work.”
Affleck, 49, and Lopez, 52, were joined by their five children, along with Affleck’s mother, Chris, for a fun weekend with the family. Their offspring also enjoyed a performance of Hamilton Friday at the Hollywood Pantages Theater.
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The artist “Jenny from the Block” co-parents her twins, daughter Emme and son Max, both 13 and a half years old, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony, 52. Affleck shares daughters Violet Anne, 15 and a half, and Seraphina Rose, 12 and a half, and son Samuel. Garner, 9, with ex-wife Jennifer Garner, 49.
Affleck also gave Violet a driving lesson during their family weekend.
With Emme’s help, Lopez picked out jewelry for Violet and Seraphina last weekend, which she planned to give them on their father’s 49th birthday.
The couple, who recently vacationed in Saint-Tropez for Lopez’s 52nd birthday, got to know each other’s children as Lopez plans a move from Miami to Los Angeles, where Affleck is based.
Emme and Max are “on board to make a fresh start to Los Angeles,” an insider told PEOPLE. “They are slowly getting to know Ben,” the source added. “Everything seems to be going well. It’s very obvious Jennifer is serious about Ben. She hasn’t looked so happy in a long time.”
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After their respective separations from Alex Rodriguez, 46, and Ana de Armas, 33, Lopez and Affleck rekindled their romance at the end of April. They started dating in July 2002 after meeting on the set of their movie. Gigli. They got engaged in November before postponing their wedding to September 2003, days before the original date, and eventually called off their engagement in January 2004.
A source told PEOPLE in May their relationship was different this time around. “Time has passed and they are each in a different place with children,” the insider said.