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Ideas for Silly Activities for Family Fun Night

Updated on June 14, 2012

"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.

Giraffe is putting on a show.
Giraffe is putting on a show. | Source

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.

Look at that water ballon fly.
Look at that water ballon fly. | Source

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.

Ready!  Aim!  Fire!
Ready! Aim! Fire! | Source

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.

What will your next silly family activity be?

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    • Joy M profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy M 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      Water balloons are great this time of year (or would be if I didn't live in Washington). When I was a pre-teen my dad taught us to play poker -lots of fun and it taught me I never wanted to gamble for money. (I was a terrible player!)

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      Eric Cramer 

      6 years ago from Chicagoland

      Very fun! My kids will love trying those ideas! I know they love water balloons.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      My mother used to set up scavenger hunts for me, which I enjoyed immensely. Sometimes I'd set up obstacle courses for myself, too. I just love these ideas! While some were a big part of my childhood, some of these fun games are entirely new to me. Playing poker for chores? Now THAT sounds interesting!

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      6 years ago from MA

      Fun ideas. I love the water balloon fight idea, especially on a hot summer night. I'm going to go stock up on water balloons!

    • Joy M profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy M 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      A little silly fun is a good way to combat the stresses of the day :)

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Great ideas Joy. Balloon fight is always fun and I remember playing them at a birthday party; the parents ended up playing more than the kids!

    • Joy M profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy M 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      Thanks for the support.

      This is a great time of year for water balloons.

      It can be difficult to keep everyone together with all the various activities. If I don't plan for it, it just doesn't happen.

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      Linda Chechar 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Fun ways to keep the family connected. So important these days with everyone's busy schedules! Voted up, funny, useful and interesting!

    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I miss fun night times!

    • CassyLu1981 profile image


      6 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Awesome ideas Joy! We already do a lot of this stuff as a family :) Getting the water balloons ready for this weekend but I LOVE you idea of the toss. I have a sloped driveway and throwing up it might be a bit of a challenge for them. It will make them have to aim a little different I think :) And drawing circles to put them in instead of a line too! Awesome hub! Voted up and useful and definately shared :)

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      These are great ideas! My kids LOVE water balloons - I think that will be our next event!

    • Joy M profile imageAUTHOR

      Joy M 

      6 years ago from Sumner, Washington

      Glad you enjoyed. These ideas will also work well if you want to volunteer with kids...if you really want to try them out. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub Joy! I loved it, simple but very useful! I am only 25 and not married, but I think it is relevant for sure. I voted for the poker idea, awesome! I will definitely be integrating that game into my family, so great job! Voted up and all the way down! I will be following you!

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      I don't have a family, but after reading your article I want to adopt one so I could have a nerf war fight. Awesome hubs, great suggestions!


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