Ideas for Silly Activities for Family Fun Night
"Families that play together stay together." It's a common expression that most of us have heard before. However, finding new and interesting ways to enjoy each others' company can sometimes be difficult. (Particularly as the kids get older.) So for those times when you are lacking inspiration (or your kids' eyes are starting to glaze over) try one of these.
Creating Plays for Family Entertainment
Plays do not have to be serious or even pre-scripted to provide entertainment. In fact, sometimes they are more fun if they are created on the fly. To increase the level of silliness use puppets, stuffed animals or dolls. If you have both finger puppets and regular puppets use both. The changing perspectives invites added silliness or you can include giants or pygmies as your fancy dictates. Choose a single play master to perform for the family or allow everyone to play a part and enjoy working on your improvisation skills together. Your children's imaginations will surprise and delight you.
Water Balloon Fights for the Whole Family
With summertime approaching it is a good time to think about moving the fun outdoors. Water balloons are relatively inexpensive. fill several buckets with your arsenal and stage them in your yard. Divide into teams, giving each team a bucket of balloons. Separate to ploy strategies then sound the bell (or whatever signal you have devised) to begin the war.
For a little colder and more strategic fun consider giving each team empty balloons. Each team must then plot how to approach the water nozzles without getting soaked. You will probably need to create a rule about guarding the water faucet, but otherwise it should be plenty of cold wet fun.
Or for young children consider a water balloon toss. Draw a line on the side walk. Then take turns standing at the line and throwing your balloon as far as you can. My girls love jumping in the resulting puddles. Also getting in the way of the adults when they are throwing is good wet fun.
Nerf Gun Fights for Sily Family Wars
When the weather is not as nice or you just don't want to get wet break out the Nerf guns. Choose teams and set objectives (i.e. storming the living room or claiming control of Dad's favorite chair). Remember to decide the rules before you begin. If you are shot are you dead for that round or do you loose use of a limb? Loss of limb can result in the added silliness of people hopping about the house trying to shoot while using only one hand. This is one war that will cause you to laugh yourself silly.
Putting on a Family Circus
Children have always enjoyed the circus. If you truly wish to revel in the silliness consider staging your own circus. Let each family member put on one act. Use the family pet or a stuffed animals as exotic animals. Your choices of acts are many and varied: clowns, wild animal tamers, acrobats, strong men, tight rope walkers. Your choices are limited only by your imagination.
Creating Obstical Courses for Fun
Obstacle courses can also provide hours of entertainment. If you are worried about going through the course you can stand on the sidelines as a cheerleader, but your kids will enjoy it all the more if your join them "in the trenches".
Moreover, do not feel that you need to have the course set up before you rally the troops. Your children will have fun helping to set up the course. They can also provide a number of suprisingly good ideas if given the chance.
However, preparing ribbons or certificates for those who do well on the course can provide a little competitive fun for the whole family. Consider certificates for fastest time, most creative method of getting through, best example of teamwork. Cheer long and loud.
Playing Poker for Chores
If your children are a little older consider introducing them to poker. But instead of playing for money play for chores. Give everyone slips of paper to write our chores they are willing to do. Then each player can use those slips of paper to bet. The winner will get out of chores for a few days and everyone will have fun.
If you would rather not bet chores, candy or snack foods are a good choice. (This has the added hilarity of people eating all their chips.) or you could consider betting things like the right to choose the next movie on family movie night, picking the radio station for the next road trip or choosing the toppings on the next family pizza night. Or if poker isn't your style use these as prizes in some other type of game.
Hopefully these ideas will provide hours of fun as will as sparking ideas of your own. Whatever else you do, enjoy your family fun time together.
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