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23 November . 2018

4 Activities for Family Fun Night

Life with kids can be hectic and it’s no surprise that your schedule is jam-packed with appointments – school, work, after-school activities … and the list goes on. It’s important to block out time to just be a family. No, seriously. Put family night in your calendar and get ready to make memories your kids will be talking about all week long with their friends. If you’re not sure where to start, or just want to mix things up, here are four activities that are sure to be a hit on family fun night.

Backyard Camp Out
This timeless family activity never disappoints. Nearly everyone loves a good campout and when you host it in the backyard, you don’t have to worry if you forgot to pack something – just run back inside to grab it. To make this activity as authentic as possible, go all out with the camping necessities. Set up a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, light a fire in the firepit, and tell scary stories. Just remember the ingredients to cook up some s’mores. For families in the Estrella master-planned community, the low light emissions make stargazing before bed a fun way to wind down after an excitement-filled evening.

“Drive In” Movie Night
For those who own an outdoor movie projector and screen (or even a plain, white bedsheet will work), take the “drive in” movie night theme to the next level. Create a pretend box office, concession stand, and fake money for a real-life experience. You can use items from around the house or at your local grocery store, like a folding table, poster board to make signs, and construction paper for money.
This activity is even more fun when you get the neighbors involved. The adults can work the various stations while the kids get an independent night out. Give each child an allowance for the evening to purchase their movie ticket and snacks, including popcorn, candy and juice or water. Then when it’s time for the movie to start, everyone can sit together to enjoy the show under the stars.

DIY in the Kitchen
Cooking with your kids can be fun and a great learning experience for developing life skills. Simple dinners like pizza, macaroni and cheese, or even sandwiches become more exciting when your kids can express their inner chef. Lay out all the ingredients and allow each member of the family to prep their own dish. As your children get older, host your own version of your favorite Food Network show by setting up judging stations and conducting a blind taste test to see who made the best creation.

Random Acts of Kindness
Something you may not think of when planning a night with the family is doing good deeds for others. This activity not only teaches your kids the importance of being kind, but you may be surprised at how much fun you’ll have in the process. Random acts of kindness can include:
- Baking cookies and leaving them on a neighbor’s doorstep with a handmade note
- Covering your neighbor’s front door in heart-shaped notes that include your favorite things about them
- Helping clean up someone’s yard, like raking leaves or pulling weeds
- Offering to take a neighbor’s dog for a walk who may not be able to do so
- Holding a toy drive to donate to a local charity
- Gathering all the grocery carts in a parking lot and putting them away, you can even make it a competition to see who can get the most carts
You may find that your kiddos have some great ideas of their own. Take a look at the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website for more ways to get your family involved in helping your local community.
Family in park
Family fun night can be an important part of your routine, allowing time for everyone to recharge after a busy week. If you’re also looking for ways to fit healthy meals into your schedule, check out our blog post with easy meals for busy families.