When you look back on your childhood, what pleasant memories do you most remember? The answer is different for all of us, but it usually has to do with those little moments that were made special because they weren’t forced.
While most family nights are designed around mandatory quality time, these 4 fresh family night ideas are sure to get everyone involved because they really want to. Make memories that will last a lifetime and try one of these suggestions tonight.
Game Night, Personalized
Everyone knows family game night is the first suggestion for getting everyone to gather around the table and let their hair down. Sure, boardgames have their place in our hearts, but this concept is also a little stale. Why not turn it into a fun craft activity? The first few family nights can be spent with everyone reimagining their favorite games and retrofitting them to be personal. Once the games are complete, you can take turns each week playing them. These examples will get your creative juices flowing:
Next Top Chef
If it’s too hot, get IN the kitchen! Food is always a lasting memory we can look back on—from the delectable smells to the way we felt all together. Each week, let a different family member choose a new recipe they’d like to try. Have everyone help with a step—these recipes should be slightly time consuming and something you wouldn’t normally try. Bond over both the winners and the losers! Just remember to keep everyone’s personal food likes and dislikes in mind! No one wants to be forced to eat
The Good Ol’ Ding-Dong-Ditch
Kids love playing pranks on people. Get the entire family involved in some good ol’ fun (nothing malicious, of course!) by creating a goody basket with another person in mind. If your neighbors just had a baby, this basket could include diapers, onesies and other useful items. If one of your child’s friends is celebrating a birthday, create a fun basket full of games and small treats. Not only will this help teach your children the power of good deeds, but it will also give them a thrill while they wait for the recipient to figure out the gifter.
Just about everyone loves to dance. For a quick family night idea you can use when you’re creativity has run dry, spend the evening surfing through funny YouTube videos to discover the latest dance trends. Who could hold in a laugh when they watch dad try to do the Nae Nae? This idea helps your family embrace technology in a fun way—something that’s proven difficult to do all together—and also it gets you up off the couch to enjoy some fitness! It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Whatever you do for family night, make sure to document these moments as they won’t last forever. You may not be able to share these on Facebook or other social networks without catching some flack, but that’s where GetAssist comes in. GetAssist was created to help you get more network out of your social network, both publicly and privately. Users can create private groups where they can share their family updates and photos, or they can join public groups to discover more fun family night ideas! The possibilities are endless, and it’s all free. Sign up today!