We all have busy schedules in our household. With work, school, and other activities, the time just flies by. I think we all really appreciate when we are able to have a family night all together.
However, we often struggle with figuring out what to do with our time. Also, because I have a teenage boy and a ten year old girl, it can be tough to find activities that everyone can agree on.
Because of that, I’ve come up with a list of 15 activities that are sure to be a successful and fun family night for anyone.
1. Board Game and Candy Bar Night
This is always a favorite. Grab your favorite board games, and load up on everyone’s favorite candy. Have a game marathon fueled by sugar.
2. Geocaching and Camp out in the Living Room or Backyard
Geocaching is a fun hunt using gps. Walk around a favorite park and discover some geocaches. Return home and have a camp out in your living room or backyard. Be sure to tell some spooky stories!
3. Themed Dinner Party Night
This might require a little planning ahead.
Choose a theme, such as a specific country, and find recipes that you can make together. Make or find some decorations that go with the theme, and maybe even get dressed up. Finally, add some music that would go along with your dinner theme to set the dining mood.
4. Movie and Make Your Own Pizza Night
Making a pizza from scratch can be a lot of fun.
Try making your own pizza crust, and load it up with your favorite toppings. Pick out a movie and watch it while you eat your own creations.
5. Science Lab and Experiment Night
There are so many easy and fun experiments that you can do at home.
Give Pinterest a search, find a project and turn your kitchen or living room into a science lab. Try making a volcano, rock candy, or silly putty.
6. Picnic and a Game of Frisbee Night
Create a menu with your favorite picnic foods, pack a basket, grab a blanket, and have a feast at your favorite park. Once finished, toss around a Frisbee for a bit.
7. Puzzle and Sundae Bar Night
First, pick out a puzzle that you can do together as a family.
Then, gather your favorite ice cream flavors, and make it special by stocking up on fun toppings. Make your own ice cream sundaes to eat while working on your puzzle.
8. Lego Building Night
Even big kids like building with Legos!
Work all together to make an amazing creation, or build individually and have a Lego building competition.
9. Scavenger Hunt Night
This can be done inside, or outside.
For younger kids, make a picture list of things to hunt and discover. If you have older children, make it more of a challenge, and only use hints, or even riddles for the hidden items.
10. Tie Dye Night
It might be a little messy, but it sure if fun to tie dye something. Choose your favorite colors, and make some cool shirts or bandannas.
11. Obstacle Course Night
There are nights when both of my kids are a little stir crazy. What a better outlet for that extra energy, than to set up an obstacle course. Again, this one can be done indoors if you have enough space, or spread out and create a course outside. Use anything around, and get moving!
12. Cookout and Card Game Night
Fire up the grill, and cookout some burgers and brats – make sure you pick up lots of tasty toppings for your feast.
Then, grab a deck of cards and play your favorite games. Even better, learn a new card game!
13. Glow In The Dark Bowling Night
Head to the dollar store and get some glow sticks. Put them in empty water or soda bottles, grab a ball, and bowl once the sun goes down.
14. Complete a Project Night
Find a DIY, Craft, or tackle a project around the house together.
Put on some good music and make sure to throw in a dance party or two while you are working.
15. Tell a Story: Mad Libs and Shadow Puppet Night
Mad Libs are always easy silly fun. Take turns completing and reading your Mad Libs out loud.
Once it is dark, break out the flashlight and make up your own stories to tell with shadow puppets.
I hope that you found these family night suggestions fun and helpful. If you have a favorite family night activity, I would love to hear about it in the comments!
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