Family Night Activities for Better Bonding
Have you ever wished that you could find more quality time to spend with your family? Time that isn’t spent shuffling them to activities or competing with technology?
Foster real connection through aamily night activities! It’s important for our families to have weekly rituals, and scheduled time together is a fantastic way to go.
Every Sunday (usually at night), is the time for us, but any time during the week that works is a good time! No matter what the week brings, we can count on at least a little bit of time focused on each other.
The kids have even said it’s their favorite thing we do. They get to have input about what we do, mom and dad give our full attention, and sometimes we have snacks. It’s a kid’s dream!
25 Ideas For Connection Through Family Night
1. DO MUSIC
Listen to some great music, create a family band out of household items, or perform a show.
2. PLAY PIRATE
Make (or have the kids make) a pirate map scavenger hunt. Pretend the sofa or bed is the ship, and read some adventurous pirate books. Ay ay, matey.
3. COOK TOGETHER
Get out those kid aprons and have the kids cook dinner or dessert!
They also love blindfold taste testing and learning different tastes (bitter, sweet, salty, etc.)
4. FAMILY GAMES
Play your favorite games and get out some easy snacks! Easy and no prep work! We love Sequence For Kids and Monopoly Junior right now. Another variation of this is doing or making a puzzle together!
5. INDOOR CAMPOUT
On cold nights this works just as well as being outside! Light a fire, get out the glow sticks, put up a tent inside, and break out the flashlights and camping books.
Don’t forget s’mores or banana boats in the oven!
6. FIRE PIT/OUTDOOR CAMPOUT
On nice nights, roast marshmallows, play hide and seek in the dark, look for lightning bugs, and do some stargazing.
Enjoy the moon and night stars together or get out a telescope.
7. MAKE A FORT
Make a big fort and huddle the family in it to eat dinner. This is a great easy one!
8. PLAY WITH PLAYDOH
Listen to fun music and make a family creation together!
9. DO ART
Get a huge piece of drawing paper out and have everyone in the family make artwork on it.
We like to rotate stations with different coloring utensils (colored pencils, crayons, paints, etc).
10. MAKE SCIENCE PROJECTS
Do a few easy and cheap science experiments together! Baking soda and vinegar is always a winning combo! This post about science projects has lots of great ideas!
11. BACKWARDS DAY
Do your day or bedtime routine in reverse!
Start the day with dinner or just do one meal and begin with dessert.
This one produces lots of giggles. They think it’s so special.
Make unique constructions with grapes or marshmallows and toothpicks. Or make catapults with craft sticks and rubber bands.
13. KINDNESS NIGHT
Foster connection through Family Night by being kind to others! Make a treat to give to others, make cards, or do something nice for someone else.
14. GET OUT IN NATURE
We love to get out on our trail and the kids really get into this scavenger hunt HERE. Or you could just watch the clouds or stars, try to explore with a magnifying glass, or paint with items found in nature
15. ALL THINGS LEGO
One of my son’s favorites! Here are our favorite ideas using legos together:
- Do a lego toss game into cups
- Color sort them
- See who can build the highest tower
- Make different creations together (turtle, alligator, truck, etc)
- Decorate the table with Legos for dinner
- Make a creation to put on top of a cake or dessert (my kids love spelling out their names)
16. FAMILY MOVIE
On nights that we’re too tired to do anything else we rent a cheap movie, pop some popcorn in our pajamas, and cuddle on the couch. EASY!
17. GLOW STICK NIGHT
Get those glow sticks out and try them everywhere: the pool, bathtub, in whiffle balls, or with bowling! Get creative!
18. DR. SEUSS NIGHT
Make some green eggs and ham for dinner, read some books, and watch a Dr. Seuss movie or cartoon together.
Target has TONS of Dr. Seuss materials in their dollar bin every year. I like to swipe a few things to make this night extra special!
19. EXERCISE/HEALTHY NIGHT
Use a family night to teach great healthy habits. Make some smoothies, do a workout video together, have a dance party, or go to the park and try out some new sports.
20. ALPHABET/READING NIGHT
Make reading fun! Our favorite ideas include:
- Play a letter game
- Make a reading nook
- Read some alphabet books
- Make letters in pizza
- Practice letters in whipped cream
- Alphabet bingo
21. JOKE NIGHT
Look up jokes on the internet or in a book and tell them to each other!
Don’t forget to vote on your favorite jokes at the end of the night!
22. SNOW/WINTER NIGHT
Got the Winter blues? Have a snowball fight w tissue paper inside.
Or you could venture out and have a picnic in the snow, squirt colored water in snow, or read some books about snow.
Don’t forget to make snow ice cream!
23. ANIMAL NIGHT
If your kids love animals, this one’s for you!
- Play animal charades
- Talk about your favorite animals
- Make an animal with your food
- Watch animal videos or watch an animal movie
- Read books about favorites, and do an animal craft.
24. TRAVEL ABROAD NIGHT
Learn about a different place through a show or books, then make something to eat from that place.
For example, learn a few interesting things about Japan and then try or make some authentic Japanese sushi.
25. FIRST DAY OF A SEASON
The start of every season brings a great opportunity to have fun!
Plant something for the first day of Spring, or make an apple pie together and do leaf rubbings for Fall. There are a lot of options with this one!
But, Remember, Don’t Fret!
Remember, it’s the focused time together that matters! It can be thirty minutes or two hours.
On those evenings that you’re too tired to plan or prep, just go outside and play together or cuddle up for a movie!
Sometimes, I even just use the time to get family stuff DONE. Recently, my kids needed to make something for school, so we used Family Night to work together on it.
The important part is not necessarily what you do, but that you are doing it together! – And check out How to Become a More Playful Mom for simple ways to let your hair down!
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What am I missing? What are other fun activities you enjoy doing to promote connection with family night?
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