Ideas for Family Night
Assuming you only have one evening to conduct your activities, family night can be a blast if you plan it right. I have listed some ideas below and would love to hear other ideas for families or couples.
Choose a dessert recipe and collect the ingredients. Make the treat from scratch. Similarly, you could build a pizza from nothing but authentic ingredients. Many stores have the bread dough, sauces, and toppings already prepackaged.
Select a movie appropriate for everyone. Have some one 'sell' tickets for the price of a movie quote, skit, or song. Make lots of popcorn, turn out the lights and enjoy.
Putting your way around the green can be an entertaining challenge for most novice players. It's about having fun, not getting the best score. After all, what could be funnier than landing a ball in the water and still getting a hole in one?
From cards, to board games, to croquet, there is a wide variety of games available for indoor and outdoor fun. Make sure it is age appropriate so everyone can enjoy. If you have enough people you may want to play "Red Rover" or "Ghost in the Graveyard" for old times sake. How about a rousing game of "Capture the Flag?"
You don't have to be a pro-bowler to get a strike. Perhaps a game of bumper bowling or dancing your way down the lane will get a quick smile on your face.
Write a Thank You
Take time to write a quick letter to a friend, neighbor, servicman or coworker and share your feelings of appreciation for how they impact your life.
Visit Other Family Fun Hubs
Included here would be the 'ding dong ditch' where you leave a bag of canned foods on a porch. You could contact a local nursing home and visit with the residents. I have never met one who was upset because I visited. Give everyone garbage bags and walk the neighborhood picking up trash. The team or individual with the most wins a prize.
Roller/Ice Skate/Sledding/Fly a Kite
Every major town has a local rink somewhere. Grab your skates or rent some for a minimal fee and play tag with each other. Go to a nearby hill and sled in the winter or buy a kite at a local dollarstore to fly in the park.
Look up a local museum, historical site, factory, or zoo. They often have tours available for free or admittance for really cheap. Visit a local book store or library, everyone spends 10 minutes finding a book, and then reunite in the kids section to share what they have found.
Walk and Talk
Find a local park to take a walk in together. Close your eyes and try to guess the smells or take pictures of each other doing funny poses and faces. Enjoy nature as a family. Similarly, you could have a close candy or ice cream shop in mind and walk there as a group.
Frisbee, four square and catch are not out of style yet.
Obtain supplies for and put together a bird house. Work on the family garden, paint a room, or make a blanket/cushion fort. In the winter you could build snow forts or snowmen.
Spend 10 minutes at the begining and give everyone a paper and pen. Everyone will write down ten things you would see at the store, one by one rotating the paper so everybody gets a random list. Go to the mall, and walk around as a family looking for the objects on your list. The first one to finish their scavenger hunt wins.
The list is endless, but with a little forethought and planning it can be an exciting and memorable experience. It always seems to help when dessert is involved. Bringing back the importance of family and true friendship has never been more important than it is now. Plan something tonight so your next family night will be one they talk about for years to come.
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