A List Maker's Life: Finally Friday

Friday, October 9, 2009

Finally Friday

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
~Indoor Camping
~Family Baking Competition
~Puzzle Night
and more!

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!


  1. How fun! Those are great ideas too.

  2. I bought a family fun box from Once Upon a Family about a year and a half ago and we still use it. We use it as that special reward box for good report cards, etc. It has become a true tradition in our family. Great post =)

  3. Thanks for the great ideas! So far with our 2 year old we do friday night dance party! I would love it to progress into the family fun night to mix it up.

  4. This is such a good idea, we need to start it here. Patrick has been reading the Harry Potter series to the boys, a chapter a night, before bed and that has gone so well and is a special time for them. The bonus is when Lilly listens along, falls asleep before the end and stays asleep in her own bed all night. That is a rare treat!

  5. Great ideas Katie! Love the handy dandy box to keep it all organized and make it really special. So List Maker!

  6. You always have the best ideas. I love this idea as we spend alot of time "together", but I am not sure how much of that time quality.

    I will be venturing out to get a small cardboard box to create with the boys. Thanks for such a fun activity, Katie.

  7. First of all I really like the ideas in your box! Second, I wanted to tell you that you won one of the dvds in the giveaway. head on over to my blog to get instructions. Congrats and thanks for entering.

  8. What great ideas! I love the idea of family fun night.


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