Family nights are important. They help you reconnect with one another after a busy week. As a family, you should always set aside one night a week to do something together. There are so many benefits for children when their family makes family night a priority. Children will have better communication with their parents, do better in school and are more likely to stay out of trouble. Family night doesn’t always have to mean sitting at home, watching a movie or playing a board game. Here are some fun, unique ideas for your next family night:
- Karaoke Night. Does your family love to perform? This is a great idea for the family who loves to be on stage and just be silly! Put your favorite dress up items out and have your kids put on their rock star outfits to sing their heart out. Kids love to sing, dance and just be silly. This is a great way to show your kids parents can be silly too. Be sure to video record your little ones belting out their best balled. You’ll want to play it for the high school graduation party or even their future wedding.
- Family Olympics. For the family who loves to compete, family Olympics is a great way to get everyone off the couches and moving. Have fun events all around the house, inside and outside, for everyone to participate in. Have a potato sack race, wooden blocks stacking contest, a yard game or any fun idea for an event. Make sure you award your winners with a ceremony with candy bar medals.
- Volunteer Night. This is a great way to show your children how to help others and why it is important. A family night volunteering is a great way to do something good and spend time with your family at the same time. This can be as simple as racking the leaves of a senior neighbor’s yard. Or for even more fun, volunteering at an animal shelter where your kids can cuddle all the puppies and kittens they want after helping clean out the cages.
- Scavenger Hunt. Put on a fun scavenger hunt for your children throughout their neighborhood or even just in your own home. Have simple clues, depending on their age and watch them find adventure as they try to mark everything on their list. Give them a prize at the end of finishing their game.
- “How To” Night. This is a great way for each family to learn something new and maybe find a new passion. Take a fun kids cooking class together or even a painting class. Find out what everyone would like to learn and make it a point that each member will get to learn something new on the list throughout the year. Not only will everyone get to learn a new skill but they will be able to carry this new skill with them for the rest of their lives.
Written by Jessica Trotter, more of three, writer and blogger on child friendly crafts and activities