Your family has decided to set aside some time each week to have a family night, but now you aren’t sure what to do. Playing games is a good start, but you can do so many other things to keep family night interesting. Here are 50 ideas for family night.

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1

Crafts

Make a craft project.

2

Family Mailboxes

Paint and decorate the family mailbox.

3

Vacation Jar

Decorate a Family Vacation Jar in which you save change.

4

Newsletter

Create a family newsletterto send out to family and friends. This can be a monthly project.

8

Movie Night

Have family movie night and watch old family videos together.

6

Star Watching

Family star-watching night. Lay outside on a blanket in the yard and look up at the stars together. Try to map out constellations together. Afterward, look up the stories behind each constellation on the Internet.

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7

Cookout and camping

Enjoy a cookout and campout.Pitch a tent in your yard and cook food over an open fire (or on the barbecue). Sit in a circle and tell ghost stories.

8

Volunteering

Volunteer as a family. Help out at a school fundraiser or serve meals at the local soup kitchen.

9

Baking

Bake together.Take turns picking favorite recipes out of a cookbook and let the kids and dad join in on the fun.

10

Playground

Go to the local playground and swing together or climb the monkey bars.Kids love it when parents play like they do.

11

Hopscotch

Play hopscotch.

12

Museum

Visit a museum.

13

Musical instrument

Learn a musical instrument together. Find an instrument that every member of the family would enjoy playing and take turns learning a song. If everyone already plays an instrument, try learning a song together.

14

Obstacle course

Set up an obstacle coursein your backyard. Using things like hula hoops and jump ropes, create an outdoor obstacle course in which you can compete with each other for best time. This is not only a fun activity but also a great way to provide exercise for the whole family.

15

Zoo

Visit the zoo. Have each person write down which animal he liked best and what he learned about that animal.

16

Family photos

Take family photos.Get out the camera and have some fun taking photos of each other. Be silly, be serious and have fun.

17

Sock puppets

Make sock puppets. Gather some old socks, decorate them and then use them to put on a show.

18

Photo album

Create a family photo album. Have the kids pick photos from a recent vacation, family gathering or other event. Together, place the photos in a scrapbook with each member adding a funny saying or description to the photo they like best.

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19

Family game show

Have a game show night.Set up a stage and give each family member a part as the host, contestant, etc. Use trivia games, word games or whatever you enjoy playing as part of the game show. Play for points or fake money.

20

Make a board game

Create your own family board game.Draw up a board on a piece of cardboard, make up rules and find interesting things around the house to use for game pieces.

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