This Fall we have committed to weekly Family Fun Nights. We've set aside the time to focus on having fun together and to intentionally plan for our time. At this stage in our family, Fridays work well as most of our "adult only" activities are on Saturday nights. As the kids get older we may have to set a new night based on their extra-curricular activities.
We kicked off the new weekly tradition with a planning meeting & game night. During our planning meeting we brainstormed a large list of activities that would be fun for all of us to do together, in several different types of weather. We cut up our list into small strips to be entered in the Family Fun Box*. With our "job" done, we spent the rest of the evening playing Walk the Dogs (a new game bought to kick off the season). We ended the night by drawing from the box to plan ahead for the next week's Family Fun Night. (It wouldn't work so great if we waited until the night of to draw a new activity - especially if is was something like "Play dough Night" and we didn't have the ingredients to make the play dough.)
We've explained to the kids that we will be somewhat flexible about our plans in case a fun event comes up that we could attend as a family for the following week. So far this fall we have enjoyed several out of the ordinary events, but our box is still ready for those winter weekends when there are not as many out and about options.
*Family Fun Box
We have a "special" box made specifically for this purpose. However, I think a great addition to your Family Fun kick off celebration would be to design a box together by collaging several favorite pictures, stickers, cut outs, and more. In the box, along with our pre-brainstormed ideas we also keep extra slips of blank paper. During the week when the kids mention something they'd like to do together, but we just don't have the time right then, we write those ideas down and add them to the box.
In the past weeks we have enjoyed the following Family activities:
~Picnic at the Playground with Dad (this is usually a day time event and Dad misses the fun)
~Live Mannequin tour in downtown Holland
~Pizza and Game Night
~A Backyard Bonfire
~Family Pictures - fun?!?!
Who knows what's to come in the Fridays of the future, but our box is stocked with silly suggestions such as:
~Make Our Own Bowling
~Family Baking Competition
Today on ABC & 123 I also rounded up some fun sites with more than 100 suggestions for Family Fun. Here's to some fun for your family this Friday. Enjoy!