For many families, evenings are the only time everyone can spend time together. Instead of each family member spending time on their mobile devices or isolated in their own rooms, why not schedule at least one night a week to do something together as a family? These fun ideas will help create lasting memories that all will enjoy and remember fondly.
Cook a Meal Together
Gathering in the kitchen to cook a meal is a perfect way to bond with the family. Kids can learn essential cooking basics such as measuring, reading recipes like how to make beef stroganoff soup, safely using a knife, and how to set the table in a presentable manner. Culinary education also teaches youngsters math, language skills, and foods other cultures eat. Often, children who learn to cook early gain a deeper appreciation for nutritious home-cooked meals, helping establish a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Play Board Games
Playing board games is not only fun, but teaches kids how to take turns, learn patience, how to work as a team, and build on negotiating skills. Kids enjoy gaining self-confidence as they navigate through the board game and win a score at the end. Depending on the age range of the kids, you can play board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Candy Land, or Clue.
Take a Walk Under the Stars
Parents and kids have busy days at work and school, and rarely have the time to get outside after dark. However, nighttime has its own magic. On a moonless night, you can take the family for a walk to see the stars and notice how some twinkle. Buying a star map of your area will help you and the kids identify individual stars, planets, and stellar constellations. If you live in a dark area and you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the Milky Way.
Read a Book Out Loud
Find a family-friendly book like one of the “Harry Potter” stories or a classic like “Island of the Blue Dolphins” that will mesmerize everyone. Have everyone take a turn reading sections out loud (if they’re old enough to read). Reading a book out loud increases the kid’s attention span and helps build their speech and communication skills. Kids will eagerly wait to read their next section.
Everyone enjoys watching a movie. Choose an age-appropriate movie from a streaming platform or rent one from an online service. Toss pillows on the floor and get comfortable with a bowl of popcorn or other fun movie snacks and enjoy the show.
Have fun with a physical game like charades. Kids can express their inner creativity and this game helps children learn nonverbal skills. Playing charades also creates team-building skills with a light-hearted touch of competitiveness. You can make charades even more interesting with variations and themes like animal, emotion, or physical activities charades.
Enjoy spending quality time with the family with any of these family night activities. This is a list to help inspire you to create a dedicated family get-together evening either weekly or monthly.