When you are a part of a family, finding time to have fun together is just as important as if you were finding time for a date night with your partner. You need to be able to bond together, and part of that is in relaxing, letting go and having fun. Reminding each other that you’re all there for each other when you need is essential!
The family night shouldn’t be something to grit your teeth over: it’s supposed to be good bonding when the hours of school and work get in the way. However, with the right ideas, you can make the family night as exciting as ever before. So, with that in mind, let’s look at five ways that you can spend a family night together.
- Movie Night
An age-old classic. Snuggling down under a bunch of blankets and pillows together to choose your favorite movies? It’s a must! You can make a spread of kid-friendly foods: pizzas and fries and veggie sticks – to go with your popcorn and candy for the movie. Every week, let a new person choose a movie, and you’ll be able to work your way through at least a month’s worth of movies at a time! If there’s something good showing at the movie theater, you can head out together with a meal afterward. It really depends on the budget as to whether you are going to be able to go out or whether you stay in. Movie night is great for all ages, too!
- Game Night
Whether you break out the Scrabble board or you go a little easier on the kids with Mouse Trap, you need to consider a list of games that will be so much fun for all the family. You can use a word scrambler to be sneaky and cheat when playing with older teenagers who keep beating you, and you can get the whole family revved up and ready to play if you make it a contest. If you don’t want to go for board games, a house-wide hide and seek is going to be roaring fun, and it’s excellent even for teenagers. If it’s warm outside, fill three or four buckets with water balloons and have a really great time getting soaked!
- Team Games
There is nothing more fun than going ice skating or bowling with the kids, especially as they get older. These nights that you spend at the bowling alley with burgers and kicking their butts at pins is going to embed into their memories for their entire lives. Please don’t be shy about asking what they’d like to do, too, as they’ll definitely have an opinion on what’s the most fun for them!
- A Picnic In The Park
This one is more for those long summer nights, but a picnic in the park can be just as much fun as any family fun night idea. Go for a walk, feed the ducks and really enjoy time spent in the great outdoors. The kids will love the time with you.
- Game Time (Sports)
If there’s not enough of you in the family to create two teams, then head out to watch a sports game together. A local basketball or baseball game will do – buy hotdogs and get giant foam hands. You’ll all love it!