Keeping each member of the family entertained on family night can be tricky. Ideas need to be creative without feeling cheesy. Next time you are looking for ideas to keep everyone entertained, check out some of these suggestions for family night fun.
1. Backyard Dinner
If you don’t have the time or resources to go out camping, backyard dinner is the next best thing. There is something very relaxing about eating outdoors. Drag out the barbeque and cook up a storm for the whole family. Specialty barbeques that cater for larger families are easily sourced from a store like BBQ Galore. You can also check out a range of family-friendly barbeque recipes online and select one that appeals to you. Then everyone can be involved with the preparation and cooking. And of course, everyone benefits from their hard work.
2. Make a Family Masterpiece
Pick up a large canvas or even an old sheet and set to work making your very own family artwork. This activity is great for all ages – while smaller children might choose to make their mark using tiny hand or footprints, older children can paint or draw beautiful scenery, portraits or anything at all! Each member of the family can contribute something (even furry family members). Once you are finished creating, the art piece can take pride of place in the family home. It also makes a great gift for grandparents.
3. Discover a New Sport Together
There are so many different sports played around the country, so why not make time to appreciate a new one? If you have ever had an interest in a particular sport, this is a great time to indulge it. Seek out a new team to go and cheer on as a family. It is a great way for children to appreciate sports with different strategies and to encourage collaborating as a team. This is not only a great way to enjoy time together as a family, you can also meet new people and make new friends while you are at it.
4. Draw Up a Storm
Remember how fun games like Pictionary were? Team up and challenge each other to drawing games. You can’t help but giggle as a few squiggly lines get mis-interpreted or stump everyone but the artist. Drawing games promote new ways of interpreting clues and signs, great for developing brain power in younger children. There are newer versions of these well-loved drawing games available as mobile apps, so encourage that creative streak and set your pencils (or stylus) to ready.
5. Learn ‘How-to’ Night
Encourage your children to continually learn new skills by having regular ‘how-to’ nights. Each family member suggests something new they have always wanted to learn. Everyone then benefits from learning that skill, whether it be cooking a new dish or planting a garden. You can also learn new words in a different language or learn to take better photos. How-to night is a great way for kids (and adults) to research and share their knowledge with the family.
Instead of putting on a movie next family night, why not try some of these suggestions for something new? What activities does your family enjoy when spending time together?