Spending time with your family is really important. You understand how quickly childhood flies by, and you want to make a real effort to spend as much of it with your kids as possible.
That can be hard when even the littlest of kids already have so much going on.
Between dance classes, swim classes, soccer tournaments, creative workshops, and play dates, things can get pretty hectic.
And that’s just their schedule.
Never mind the thousands of things you have to get done for yourself and your family in any given week.
It can leave you exhausted by the time you finally reach a free night, and the easy thing is just to sink into the couch and watch a movie.
Of course, family movie nights are important too, but when it comes to making memories, you want to get up off the couch and get your family active and involved.
You want everyone, including yourself, to put their phones and electronics down and actually enjoy the company of the people who are actually in the room.
80 Family Night Activities
The best way to take advantage of family night is to be prepared. If you have a list of activities and ideas on hand all the time, then you avoid taking the easiest option like popping in a DVD.
But coming up with a list is a tackle and a chore in and of itself. You need a place that you can turn to with dozens of ideas already laid out for you.
Fortunately, for you, this is the perfect list of family night activities. Here are 80 fun family night activities to keep everyone engaged and entertained.
1. Bake Cookies
Baking is a great family night activity. You can teach your kids a valuable skill, and everybody gets a delicious treat at the end.
2. Have a Themed Dinner Night
This is a perfect opportunity to broaden the horizons of any picky eaters in your household. You can try new things, explore other cultures, and maybe even get a full serving of veggies while you’re at it.
3. Read a Book Aloud
This sounds a little old-fashioned, but reading out loud is actually fun. You can do all the voices, and your kids will get a little reminder that reading is good for them.
4. Solve a 1000 Piece Puzzle
Putting a puzzle together is a great team building exercise. Your whole family has to work together, and it can teach your kids organizational and problem-solving skills without them even realizing they’re learning.
5. Color in a Coloring Book
Coloring is for all ages. Your kids get to use their imaginations, work on some fine motor skills, and take pride in something that they made. Meanwhile, you get to zone out and catch a little mediation as you color-in pretty flowers.
6. Camp out in the Backyard
Spending family night together doesn’t have to be mundane or boring. You can shake things up and create incredible memories for your kids just by popping a tent in the backyard. Strike a fire, roast a few marshmallows, and try to name at least one constellation besides Orion.
7. Go Fly a Kite
Start your family night in the early evening when it’s still light out, and you can take advantage of this age-old pastime. When was the last time you flew a kite?
8. Have a Water Balloon Fight
Set some ground rules first. Water balloon fights can turn into real fights between the kiddos if you aren’t careful, but they can also be a lot of fun. Everyone burns some excess energy, and the rest of the evening is much calmer.
9. Make Your Own Slime
Slime recipes are everywhere and so are slime kits. It’s super easy to do, and your kids can get creative with what they add into it.
10. Have a Silly String Fight
Silly string can leave marks on your walls and furniture, so it’s an activity that’s best outside, but your kids will love it.
11. Play Capture the Flag
If you have some tweens and teens in your midst, capture the flag is the perfect way to grab their attention. They’ll love the strategy involved, and they’ll also love proving they can outrun mom and dad at last.
12. Throw a Hula Hoop Contest
Family night is a chance to let your hair down and be a little silly, and nothing accomplishes that faster than watching your family awkwardly jiggle their hips inside a hula-hoop. You can make it competitive if you want, but everyone might be laughing too hard to compete.
13. Tie Dye T-Shirts
Anything that involves making something is always a big hit at family night. You can buy a cheap pack of white t-shirts and let everybody dye as many as they want to. Your kids will get to be creative, and they’ll also learn some valuable color mixing lessons, specifically, how you accidently get brown.
14. Make Your Own Pizza
You can buy frozen dough or easily make your own and then provide an array of toppings. Everyone gets their own personalized pizza, and your kids learn once again how fun it is to make their own fresh food.
15. Plant a Garden
This activity is a well you can dip into many times. You can spend one night building the garden, another night buying seeds, and a third evening getting everything planted. Then you can spend evenings together weeding, watering, and watching things grow.
Family Night Activities Everyone Will Enjoy
16. Look at Old Family Photos
Whether it’s your own old photos, or albums you’ve inherited from older relatives, it’s important to sit down with your family and show them their history. Your kids will be shocked at some of the things they see, and you’ll get a walk down memory lane.
17. Sing Karaoke
Whether you us a machine or a phone app, singing karaoke is fun for everyone. It’s a great reminder for the whole family that it’s good to be a little silly sometimes.
18. Make Sidewalk Chalk Art
It only takes one bucket of chalk and a little imagination to fill entire evening and beyond.
19. Create a Family Time Capsule
This is a great family night activity to spark a little discussion about both the past and the future as well as what is important to your kids right now.
20. Find Toys to Donate
It’s never too early or too late to get your kids thinking about charitable acts. Plus, while you’re teaching them great life lessons, you also get to cut down on clutter.
21. Volunteer at a Food Bank
Here’s an opportunity to take those charitable acts one step further. It’s great for your kids, but also, when was the last time you volunteered?
22. Wash the Car
This is a chore disguised as fun, so it pulls some nice double duty. As long as you let the kids spray you with a hose, they won’t mind that you’ve got them washing and waxing the family minivan.
23. Go to the Library
Make finding books an adventure for the whole family.
24. Make Thank You Cards
That way they have a steady supply to send to grandparents for all those Christmas and birthday gifts.
25. Fix a Leaky Faucet
There’s always a faucet dripping in your house, and knowing how to fix it is a good skill for everyone to have.
Budget Friendly Family Night Activities
26. Play Hide and Seek Indoors
Pass the time, burn some energy, and do it all without phones or batteries.
27. Go Ice Skating
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is strictly a winter activity. Take the family to the rink on a super hot evening and cool off while having lots of fun.
28. Take a Walk
See the neighborhood. Meet some of your neighbors. Get your family out and about in the world.
29. Make Homemade, Hand-Cranked Ice Cream
You can find a hand crank machine online easily. This one here is perfect. You get a delicious treat, and everyone gets to participate in making it.
30. Have Breakfast for Dinner
Fast, easy, delicious, and there just might be bacon involved.
31. Host a Talent Show
Your kids have lots of hidden talent, and so do you. Bring them out.
32. Make Your Own Pom Pom’s
You just need some yarn and a cardboard template and you too can put a pom pom on anything.
33. Pull Taffy
It’s a bit of hot sticky mess, but when you get it down just right, the results are amazing and the taffy fails make for some great photos.
34. Knit a Scarf
Knitting scarves is easy and useful. Fall is always right around the corner, right?
35. Play Charades
You can create your own clues to make them as hard or as easy as you want, and you’re sure to get a lot of laughs out of watching your kids try to act them out.
36. Memorize a Poem
Google is awesome and everything, but sometimes it’s nice to just know something for the sake of knowing it. Your kids just might thank you later in life when being able to recite poetry becomes a little more valuable.
37. Write a poem
If you’re going to go to the trouble of memorizing a poem, you might was well let your kids explore writing one for themselves.
38. Make Your Own Stickers
You can get a handy gadget like this one here for less than $10. It makes custom stickers out of anything your kiddos can dream up.
39. Draw Self-Portraits
You don’t have to be Vincent Van Gogh, but drawing self-portraits is both fun and interesting. How do you see yourself?
40. Clean Out the Basement
Your kids might be shocked to see family night include what looks suspiciously like a chore. Well, it’s part work, part memory lane, and all organization.
41. Arm Wrestle
Pitting family member against family member in this classic feat of strength just never gets old.
42. Play Trivial Pursuit
Traditionally a rousing game of Trivial Pursuit either never ends, or simply ends in tears, but there are plenty of family friendly versions where everyone at least knows some of the answers.
43. Play Pick up Stix
It’s an old-fashioned game that somehow never gets old.
44. Paint Watercolor Paintings
Watercolors create beautiful pictures no matter what your artistic skill level is, and the paint is washable. Win win.
45. Learn to Play Poker
If you know how to play poker, then teach your kids. If you don’t know how to play, then now is the perfect time to learn together.
46. Play a Game of Kick Ball
Remember all those hours you used to spend playing kickball with the neighborhood kids? Give your kids the same great memories.
47. Make Your Own Snow Globes
You just need some jam jars, a few winter figurines, and a glue gun, and your kids can create beautiful winter wonderlands.
Meaningful Family Night Fun
48. Sew a Family Quilt
Create memoirs and an heirloom at the same time.
49. Fix Something that is Broken in Your House
It could be a door that sticks or a toaster that won’t toast. Whatever it is, use the help of Google and a little ingenuity to see if together your family can solve the problem.
50. Play a Murder Mystery
Nothing beats a good who-done-it. Especially when there’s costumes involved and of course there will be.
51. Plan a Garage Sale
Everybody pitches in, everybody contributes some unwanted items, and everyday gets a little extra spending cash.
52. Make a Family Tree
Trace your family’s roots quite literally, and make a keepsake tree that everyone can cherish.
53. Have a Scrapbook Night
Finally, print off some of those pictures you’ve kept stashed on your phone, and let your kids help you display them in a super cool way.
54. Play a Round of Mini Golf
It’s probably been years since you play miniature golf, and you might have forgotten how much fun it can be.
55. Test Out a Science Project
You can create your own baking soda volcano, or help your kids tackle something more challenging.
56. Have an Easter Egg Hunt
Turns out, you can actually hunt for Easter eggs anytime of year, and it never really gets old.
57. Skype with the Grandparents
Reaching out to your parents or in-laws is always great for your kids. The stronger your relationship is, the stronger your relationships with your kids is going to be as well. The grandparents might have trouble finding the right buttons to push, but eventually, everyone will love the video chats.
58. Listen to “Old” Music
Yes, the music you love is pretty old as far as your kids are concerned, but that’s no reason to not try to share it with them.
59. Plan a Scavenger Hunt
It takes some prep work on your part, but family game night is all about putting in the most to get the most out. Your kids will go wild scrounging around and racing against each other.
60. Throw an Indoor Picnic
Outdoor picnics are great, but there’s something special and cool about sitting on a blanket on the floor and eating dinner.
61. Play Jenga
Your kids get to see first hand where a little luck and a lot of strategy will land them. What could be better?
62. Toss a Ball Without Dropping It
Ah, the never-ending game of catch. It’s so simple, but your kids will get really into counting how many times you can pass a ball without dropping it.
63. The Floor is Lava
That’s right, all the floors in your home are suddenly lava. How will everyone move around? They’ll have to get pretty creative.
64. Name all 50 States
Supposedly everyone always forgets at least 1 state. Challenge your family to write down all 50 states, and then spend the rest of the night trying to figure out which ones are missing.
65. Collect Loose Change
You know your home is crawling with loose change, and now is the time to find it.
66. Make Mad Libs
Elementary kids seem to think Mad Libs are the coolest thing ever, so be prepared to double-down on your absurd Mad Lib game.
67. Have a Tea Party
Get the cups and saucers, the tea set, and the tiny little desserts. Teach your family a little about proper etiquette and how to have engaging conversations.
68. Give Your Family Pet a Bath
Bathing your pet is usually a full-contact sport, so the more little hands you have helping, the better.
69. Learn Origami
Haven’t you always wanted to make a paper crane? Now you can, and so can your kids.
70. Start a lemonade stand
Naturally, this will be the official start of their college fund.
71. Do Yard Work
After all, those leaves aren’t just going to rake themselves, are they?
72. Have a Push-Up Contest
See once and for all who is the reigning champ of push-ups.
73. Staring Contest
How can something so simple be so fun and funny? Who knows, but it sure is.
74. Do the Laundry Together
Because the family that folds together is the family that all has matching socks when they need them, and that is a beautiful thing.
75. Play Chess
Before you know it, your kids will be taking down chess champs for breakfast.
76. Have a Sing Along
Dust off all those songs you used to sing to your kids when they were babies,
77. Build a Fort Inside
Your teens and tweens may scoff at this one until they’re hunkered down inside the fort and changing their tune.
78. Make Dinner Together
Get your kids chopping, stirring, and whipping up a meal. They’ll learn that cooking can be fun, and you foresee a future with a lot more downtime.
79. Write Letters
Teach your family to write real letters with full sentences, and stamps, and all. Teach them that the ability to communicate in a genuine fashion is important.
80. Movie Night
When all else is said and done, you can faintly return to the comfort of your faithful movie night.
Hours of Entertainment
These 80 family night activities are sure to keep your kids both busy and entertained. They’ll have tons of fun, and hey might even learn a little bit along the way.