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October 23, 2021

Family Fun Night

When life gets busy, take a step back and make time for family. We have some simple, fun ideas to keep those memories going.

As much as quarantine stunk last year, it had some high points. One of those high points was the seemingly never-ending family time. As long as quarantine felt, I sure do miss all of the family fun that was had. If your life has gotten busy again with sports, errands, work, etc. and you miss that time with family, spend some time scheduling some family fun nights for this summer.

Here are some ideas to make some memorable family fun:

Make a New Tradition – Pick a day of the week to create a family fun night tradition. For example: Every Friday
night is family fun night!

Pair a Meal – Pair a family favorite meal with family fun night. For example: Nacho Friday Family Fun
Night. Have your kids help make the dinner too!

Pair an Activity – Pair activities for family fun night. Does your family like board games? Puzzles?
Movies? Outdoor activities? Set aside 1 day a week for one of these activities on a
weekly basis.

Draw from a Hat – If your family likes surprises, create a list of fun family activities, such as painting,
basketball, trivia night, hiking, card games, etc. and draw the surprise activity the day of!
Need some game ideas to add to your family collection? Here are some fan favorites:

  • Sequence
  •  Qwirkle
  • Blockus
  • Shut the Box
  •  Tenzee
  • Beat the Parents
  • Kids Against Maturity
  • Beat That
  • Taco Takeover

As the weather warms up, can you move your TV outdoors, or can you project a series or movie?
Some popular ones at the moment include:

  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Spirit Untamed
  • The Willoughbys
  • Feel the Beat
  •  The Pack – for some kid friendly reality tv

As always, before watching a movie or show that you are unfamiliar with, check out
commonsensemedia.org to make sure it fits your families values.

Hint: Put down your cell phone and close your computer. Family Fun Night deserves everyone’s
full attention! Learn more about balancing screen time here!

About the Author

Tina Pratt

Tina Pratt is the mom of two littles. She is a former PreK- 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach. She enjoys being a tourist in her own town and finding ways to embed lessons into everyday fun!