When Skye and Zowie were little, we had family time every Friday night. We had a ritual for our family fun nights. I’d shower, then brush and braid my hair while they were in the tub. When we were all ready for bed, I’d brush and braid their hair, then give us manicures and pedicures. We’d lay out blankets and pillows on the living room floor and on the couch.
Next I’d make popcorn and fill a cup with juice for each of them. They loved watching the corn pop. I would place a few chocolate chips or other candies in with the popcorn, mixing it all up so they couldn’t see the sweets right off; so the girls would be surprised.
Friday night was TGIF night, if you remember. Think shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Family Matters, Full House, and Dinosaurs. While the shows changed over the years, they were great for family night. We all loved TGIF! The girls would end up falling asleep on the floor, and I’d either sleep on the couch or go up to bed.
As a single mom, I was always looking for family fun night ideas. Different things we could as they got older. Some family night activities included:
- Watching fireworks or a meteor shower outside, after setting down blankets so we could relax.
- Town days such as the Canoe Hullabaloo and Riverfest.
- A trip to the fair over town.
- A picnic or dinner out.
- Movie nights.
- Playing games such as Life or a Harry Potter one.
What ideas can you come up with for a family fun night? There are so many things you can do, like:
- roasting marshmallows in the fireplace
- baking together
- trying a new ethnic recipe each week
Family fun nights help to bring family’s together, giving parents a chance to teach children important things about family and life. I’m really hoping Zowie and Devan institute a family fun night when Little Man is old enough to know what they are doing.
If you’re looking to add some silliness to your family fun nights, check out Ideas for Silly Activities for Family Fun Night.
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Happy New Year!