Spending quality time together as a family is not always easy. We have so much going on in our lives and our kids have so many activities, it seems like we just do not have the time. Then if you add the cost of taking your entire family out to just dinner, it can almost seem like it is just never going to happen. Not only do we seem to not have the time, but we also do not have the money. Yet one of the best parenting tips I’ve learned is that we have to make the time and it does not always have to cost us a lot of money. Our kids are only going to be with us for a short time before they are out in the world on their own. So while we still can, we should not only spend time together as a family, but have fun as well. This is where at home family fun night comes in.
With just a little bit of planning and without busting the budget we can spend quality time enjoying life together. Not only are family fun nights a great way for you to spend time together, but it is also a way for your children to build life long memories. Here are six at home family fun night ideas that you could use today to start enjoying time with your family.
1) Cooking together
I do not know about your kids, but my girls love to be in the kitchen cooking with me. And since my hubby loves to eat it is a win-win in my house! Cooking together is a great way to not only spend time together, but to teach your kids things as well. Teaching your kids to read a recipe and use different measuring utensils are great life skills they will use for years to come.
When cooking is your family fun night activity, I would encourage you to include dessert as well. This way your kids get to cook dinner with you, and after they eat dinner the fun can continue. Now they get to make a sweet treat and eat that too!
2) Slumber Party
Your kids, much like mine, will fall in love with the idea of being able to sleep in your room. You can all get into your pajamas early and just hang out together in your room. Then when it is time to go to bed, your kids can make themselves a bed on the floor just like they would at any slumber party. I usually take it up a level when my hubby, Eric, is out of town and let my girls sleep in my bed as well. This usually involves me sleeping at the end of the bed so I do not wake up with a child sleeping on top of me, but it’s all worth it. ?
3) Game Night
Game nights are usually a go to in my house for a family fun night activity. We order pizza and let each of our girls pick a game or two a piece to play. Family game night can consist of board games, card games, or electronic games, such as the Wii. The possibilities are endless and so is the fun you will have.
4) Movie Night
There is just something so awesome about snuggling up on the couch with some blankets and a few bowls of popcorn to watch a movie together. Whether you rent a movie or watch one you already own, it’s totally up to you. The time you spend together is more important than the movie you watch. My girls like picking a movie from our public library and that works for me because it’s free. ?
5) Nail Painting Party
As a girl mom, it is only fitting that I throw a nail painting party in as another family fun night idea. My girls love getting their nails painted much like their mother and I know if you have a daughter she would as well. So the next time you are out shopping, pick up a little nail painting kit just for your girls and make a night of it.
6) Hide & Go Seek
We recently started playing this as a family. It is so much fun and a great way to have an impromptu family fun night as well. All you need to do is determine what parts of your house are off-limits, for example at my house you cannot hide in the attic or in the utility room in the basement. The rest of the house is fair game and you can let the fun begin. Hide & go seek can provide you with an endless amount of fun, laughs, and will not cost you a thing.
I hope these 6 at home family fun night ideas gave you a few ideas and the inspiration you may have needed to plan your next family fun night. Where you will not only have fun, but also create memories that will last a lifetime.
I’d love to hear your ideas for some great family fun nights in the comments!