Spend Quality Time Together With These Family Night Ideas
Let’s plan a night of fun using these family night ideas. A good way to begin the evening is by enjoying a fun, hearty meal – one where everyone can participate in the preparation. Let’s make English muffin pizzas, something that is quick and easy to make! Everyone can make their own pizza using their own pizza ideas.
After enjoying this wholesome meal, we will move on to the next of our family night ideas. GAMES! Bring out the board games, and let the challenges begin! The winner of the first game is awarded the privilege of selecting the next game and so on.
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Fun Family Night Ideas - Play Games
N Name 5 Game – This is a great game that requires you to name 5 things about a particular subject, as directed on the card that was drawn. Hours of fun for a variety of ages; the directions say ages 12 and up. However, in teams, the age could be lower. Play is typically for two players or two teams.
I Ingenious Game – If you are into strategy games, then this one is for you. A game usually lasts about 45 minutes to one hour. Marketed for ages 10 and up, it is fun for one to four players.
G Green Eggs and Ham – This is an amusing game to play with the younger set, and it is recommended for ages four through seven. In addition to being fun, it is also educational. It is designed for two to four players. (This nicely complements the Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham” book.)
H Hands Down Game – Hasbro calls it their "game of slap-happy fun." And that is what the six to nine year old players will have, when they play this card game. Three to four people can at a time.
T Tri-Ominos Game – Tri-Ominos is marketed for the eight years and older group. It is played with triangular tiles, and the play is similar to Dominos. But the triangles make it a bit more challenging. Fun and educational, too! Tri-Ominos can be played with two to six players.
I I Spy Memory Game – Is another game that is fun to play, yet helps with developing skills. It can be played several ways, and as the child grows and learns new skills, the game can be played using the more advanced rules. It is suggested for age four and above, but it makes an entertaining game for all. And best of all, up to six people can play.
D Dominos Game – A game for everyone. Even if you can’t do the 3 R’s you can play with Dominos. As a young child, I remember just matching the dots and making a line with them. Another time, I’d build a small house with them, and of course, it was fun to set them up, and watch them tumble back and down. As I grew, I learned there was an actual game to be played with them. Now, I know there are many games that can be played with Dominos.
E Everyone’s Favorite – Monopoly – What a game! This is another all-time favorite. Recommended for eight years and older, a younger child can also enjoy this game, with help. So, that makes it an almost perfect pastime, and a most enjoyable way to spend time together. And since two to eight people can play at one time, it can be quite entertaining.
A Apples to Apples – If you are looking for a game that can be played by a large group, four to ten players, then this is the one. Mattel calls it, “The Game of Hilarious Comparisons.” The suggested age for this game is 12 and older. But Mattel also makes a Junior Version for nine years of age and up.
S Scrabble Game – This educational and fun crossword game is a marvelous way to spend time. Just be sure to take out a dictionary before your begin, because you will be sure to need it! Two to four players can have a wonderful time matching their word skills. While the traditional game is designed for eight years and up, there are also junior versions for the younger set.
You can’t go wrong with any of the above family night game ideas. And there are many more classic fun board games, which are not listed above. For instance: Backgammon, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, Cranium, Cribbage, Sorry, Life, and Clue, just to name a few. So, go ahead, pick your favorite, and start the games!
Fun Family Night Ideas - Watch Movies
How about planning a family movie night? Like with the ‘fun family night ideas – play games,’ start the evening off with a meal that is filling, yet fun to make. Pigs-in-a-blanket would be a good choice.
If you have your own shelf of favorite movies, then merely select the ones you want to watch. Or, search your television service provider for the movies they will be showing on your movie night; remember, to select movies that everyone will enjoy. Also, many television service providers offer movies that you can pay to see.
Another option is to rent movies from a neighborhood store or from one of the vending machines.
Watching movies, together, is a great way to spend an evening and one of our favorite family activities. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Remember, family night ideas should always include activities that everyone can participate in. If there is a difference in age, and/or skill levels, then maybe a parent, or an older child, can partner with someone younger, so they can join in the fun, too.
Regardless of what you decide to do, for your family night ideas, it is great fun to spend time with your loved ones. And eating meals together is always an excellent way to start or end everyday.
While the above family night ideas are great to play in any season, they are particularly good for those ‘frightful days’ when the weather is bad. For those wonderful days, when the outdoors calls you to come outside and play, then you will want to enjoy outdoor games, like basketball, catch, horseshoes, etc.
Regardless of which of these fun family activities you choose, just be sure to spend quality time with your loved ones. Little ones grow up so fast! I hope these family night ideas will inspire you to set aside one night, regularly, to spend time with your loved ones, have fun, and build memories.