Looking for fun and creative ideas for family night? Staying in on a weekend evening is a fun and special time to bond as a family. After a busy week of school and sports stuff it’s nice being together and not have to rush off somewhere. But as wonderful as these times are it’s easy to get into a rut of pizza and movie night or playing board games. If you’re wanting to plan something different here are some fun and creative ideas for family night.
Fun and Creative Ideas For Family Night
These are fun activities to do as a family that gets everyone laughing, talking and having a good time.
If you have Wii this can provide hours of entertainment. One of our favorites is bowling. We pick our mii and usually play 2 to 3 games, just like we would at a bowling alley. Additionally for a fun date night my husband and I used to have a bowling league every Monday night when our kids were little and we couldn’t afford a sitter. After they went to bed we broke out the bowling, played 3 games and kept a spreadsheet of our handicap, highest and lowest score.
Game night is fun but a particular favorite of ours is Family Feud. I recommend getting the kids version. We like to break up into teams and see how fast we can guess the answers on the survey.
My kids love to help me make and frost sugar cookies during the holidays. There’s no reason to only make them at that time of year though. We have cookie cutters of different shapes and sprinkles of varying colors. The kids like getting creative and eating the frosting!
My husband is a scientist and he is always coming up with different experiments to try. You may have many things on hand like baking soda and vinegar. Obviously it’s best to follow instructions. The library has many books to check-out on this topic. Or you can find some great ideas here and here.
There might be times when the kids are getting stir crazy and need to get moving. Here are some entertaining ideas that can help burn energy.
Go on a scavenger hunt and gather up blankets, pillows and boxes. Let the kids climb to attach things to the walls, crawl to build tunnels and pillows to crash in. For some inspiration check these out.
See what’s growing or decomposing at a near by nature trail. Or just take a walk in your neighborhood. I know as soon as the snow melts here I want to take the kids out to see if we can see signs of spring sprouting in this frozen tundra. If you go out at night it’s fun to take flashlights or glow sticks.
Crank-up your favorite tunes and see who can dance the longest. Spin golden oldies and have a sock-up. Learn a fun dance together like the ones here.
Build an obstacle course and time each other. Repeat the course over and over to try to get a personal best.
If you have an outdoor fire pit this is a great way to spend time outdoors on a beautiful night. Do the usual marshmallow roasting, catch fire flies and play flash light tag. If it is yucky out and you have a fireplace why not have an indoor “bon-fire” and roast marshmallows and make s’mores. You can incorporate a cowboy dinner and roast hot dogs, cook up a vat a baked beans and have an indoor picnic.
Grab a cookie sheet, pizza dough and other ingredients and let each person design their own pizza in each corner of the pan. A yummy recipe can be found here.
I hope these ideas help you come up with fun ideas for your next family night! I’d love to hear if you have any other ideas too!