Inspiring Family Nights
Having a family night together has always been a top priority to me. I think my husband and I actually look forward to it more than the children. In the winter, our family night consists of a pizza and a family-oriented movie. In the summers our family nights are focused more on things we can do outside and together- going to a park for an evening meal, picnicking in the backyard on a blanket, sipping milkshakes and slushies or having frozen banana pops while running through sprinklers, popping popcorn and eating it outside by our little fire pit (this one is done after Emily is safe in bed). Can you tell I am longing for some warmer weather?
I find reading and learning about other families and how they spend a night together can be fascinating and inspirational. Although some ideas are still too advanced for my family (my children's ages are 2 & 5), there are many other ideas that we could do that could bring some pizazz to our family night.
Frugal Dad has a list of great ideas for a fun and frugal family night. Of his list, my favorite had to be his, "Powers Out" theme where they literally have a night without the lights on and play games by candlelight. I have some ideas for making this more fun with a few games with flashlights and making shadow puppets for my children. I think with these additions, this would make a really fun and entertaining night together.
Over at the Loria Family Dialogues they had a fun evening planned for their family for this Valentine's Day. They did a fondue night with the children and Emily has provided her recipe for some really yummy cheesy fondue. This would be such a fun night to do and now I am on the lookout for some vintage fondue pots from our thrift stores now.
The Homespun Heart has an entire category of family night ideas for creating a fun night together. Monica is so great with themes and you can tell that she really loves to make everything really special for her children. I have gotten lots of great ideas from these entries.
Family Fun Magazine has included an entire list of ideas for things you can do to make family nights special. I love the ideas that they have, in particular, this idea for creating a beach party in the winter. That sounds like it would be right up this Midwestern family's alley.
Like Merchant Ships has moved their family night to Mondays so that they can take advantage of the free movie codes offered by Redbox on Monday. You can get them sent to you via text message or you can visit our site on Monday to get the codes.
Sound Off: Do you do a special "family night" together? What are some fun ideas for things you have done to make your family night special?