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Family Fun Night Ideas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chrystal   

We are big fans of family nights here in the Smallwood home. Any chance we get we, usually on a Friday night, we have a family night. It's simply a night that we set aside to spend quality time together. Often it's a movie and pizza or popcorn, but other nights there are themes. I've put together a list of inexpensive ideas. I'm hoping you'll use them to spend some quality time with your families!


Movie and Pizza—if you're up for it let the kids help make homemade pizza.

Missions Nights—pick a country, have a "lesson" or craft from that country, and make appropriate recipes. If possible, invite someone over who is from or has visited that country and have them share their experiences.

Game Night—shut the electronics off and play!

Food Olympics—use various food items and turn it into Olympic "events." Straws become javelins, grapefruits become shot puts, tortilla shells become discuses, etc. (I'd love to hear what others you come up with!)

Serve Together—even little tots can help with serving others. Visit a nursing home, help package items at church, volunteer at a soup kitchen, shop for a family in need (this is especially effective if there are children the same age or younger than your children).

Party in a Box—gather three or four shoe boxes or totes and place in each one items for a theme night. Decorate but don't write on the outside what is inside. Have the children pick one box for the night. Keep the rest hidden for another night's surprise.

I love you party—hold this party in honor of someone in your family (or a group of someones). Hang homemade banners, ribbons, balloons, and cook the favorite food of the honorees. (We did this a lot when the girls were tiny.)

Potluck—have each family member choose one favorite food, and if they are old enough have them prepare it.

Cooking Party—pick a new recipe and have everyone pitch in! Fun things to try are taffy, donuts, pretzels, ice cream. See the idea? Make something that takes a while to make.

Fiesta!—plain and simple

Beach Party-gather beach items, (if you're brave lay some plastic on the floor and dump the sand!), turn the heat up and pretend! This might be best done in the winter…and while we're talking about it...

Prepare for vacation party—wherever your destination might be plan a night ahead of time and use that vacation's theme to decorate, research, try foods from, and build excitement about your new destination.

Sleep overs—just sleep downstairs! Add in a movie and snacks or pizza or games and you've got a fun night! For an even better sleepover, sleep under the stars. Your kids will never forget it.

Fancy Dinner Party—dress "fancy." Use your best set of dishes and glasses, make a nice meal, set a pretty table, turn the lights of,f and the candles on. To spice it up, turn on some "fancy" music and maybe even grab a video from the library and learn to waltz! Use it as a chance to not only show your children their worth (that the nice things aren't reserved for company) but to teach them manners too!

Host a Tea Party - use the book Tea Parties with a Purpose: 10 Simple and Fun Party Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Late night eatery—grab the kids in their pj's and head out to get a late night snack at a favorite eatery!

Starry Nights—grab a blanket and some popcorn and snuggle under the stars use Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities (For Kids series)

Celebrate Biblical Feasts—Celebrating Biblical Feasts: In Your Home or Church  (we use this and it's fantastic)

Here are some other ideas-scavenger hunt, silly picture night, princess party, karaoke, campfire, pool night, picnic, wiffle ball, nature walks, hobby time-we go bird watching, head to the beach or the river.
Here are a couple of resources to aid in your intentionality of family nights-
An Introduction To Family Nights: Family Nights Tool Chest (A Heritage Builders Book : Family Night Tool Chest Book 1) 
Money Matters Family Tool Chest: Family Night Tool Chest : Creating Lasting Impressions for the Next Generation (Heritage Builders , No 5) 
New Testament Stories for Preschoolers: Family Nights Tool Chest (Heritage Builders)
Movie Nights: 25 Movies to Spark Spiritual Discussions With Your Teen

The options are endless. This list is only the beginning. The idea is that you spend time with your family. Good quality time. Time to get to know your kids and build a lifetime of memories with them.

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