As a mom, you know that family time is precious. In our busy lives, it can be difficult to find time to spend together as a family. That’s why planning a family activity night every week is so important.
I often romanticized the weekends as a family: more time spent together, endless possibilities for activities, exploring the town… But every week when Friday evening rolled around, our brains were too tired to go out of the ordinary and we’d find ourselves just getting by with dinner and TV instead of making new memories. So, I started planning an actual activity for the weekend instead of having to come up with something on the spot.
Family activity night gives everyone a chance to disconnect from technology and focus on spending quality time together. Whether you choose to play board games, watch a movie, or cook dinner together, the important thing is that you are all together and engaged in the same activity.
Here’s a list of ideas you can include:
- Indoor scavenger hunt: Create a list of items for your kids to find around the house and let them search for them. You can also hide small treats or prizes around the house for them to discover.
- Arts and crafts: Set up a craft station with paper, glue, scissors, and other materials and let your kids get creative. They can make cards, collages, or even build structures with popsicle sticks.
- Movie day: Choose a family-friendly movie and make some snacks together. Snuggle up and enjoy the film together.
- Board games: Pull out some board games or card games and have a family game night.
- Cooking or baking: Get your kids involved in the kitchen by letting them help with simple tasks like mixing ingredients or decorating a cake.
- Science experiments: Look up some easy science experiments to do at home with household items. This one is a little ambitious but could be a blast! Your kids will have fun learning about science while conducting their own experiments.
- Dance party: Put on some music and have a dance party together. You can even make it a theme party by dressing up, decorating the room and using lights!
Family activity night can be a great opportunity to teach your children important life skills. Cooking together can teach them about healthy eating habits and following instructions, while playing board games can develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The together time encourages bonding and safety.
Planning a weekly family activity night can have countless benefits for your family. So throw it in your planner each week and make togetherness a priority in your household, you won’t regret it!