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Make friday night family night

09 Nov 2018

Make friday night family night

Start a new tradition in your house and get the whole family together for quality time. Here's how to make Friday night family night.

Movie night

Microwave some popcorn, bring blankets and pillows into the lounge, put on your pyjamas, and snuggle up together as a family to watch a child-friendly movie. 

Slumber party

Take movie night one step further by letting the whole family sleep in
the lounge! Bring air mattresses, cushions, and sleeping bags to the lounge floor and set up a slumber party for the adults and children to snuggle up together. 

Supper service

Let the children choose the menu, and cook dinner together – from something simple like burritos or wraps with a healthy filling, to something that requires a bit more skill, like spaghetti bolognaise.

Take a walk

When the weather’s nice, take a stroll together as a family. Pop the littlest into the pram and let the older children bring scooters or bikes and meander around the neighbourhood. Say hi to other parents and children you see – you may make new friends!

Game on

Break out the board games and have a family game night! Let each person choose one game and have a marathon – try to pick games that everyone can play, or form teams with one parent and one or more children.

Blast from the past 

Children love seeing movies of themselves when they were younger, and they also love seeing movies of their parents pre-children!  Break out your wedding DVD, pregnancy scan videos, baby videos, birthday party recordings, and anything else you have, and prepare to blow your children's minds.

Breakfast for dinner

Unsweetened yoghurt and fresh fruit,  eggs, bacon, cereal, and wholegrain toast are possibly more tasty when they’re eaten for dinner, so tell your children it’s breakfast time and watch them giggle with glee when you serve up their favourite morning meal.

Living history

Children find the past fascinating, so invite a grandparent or older friend, or someone who has had an interesting life, over to talk to  your children about what life was like when they were little. What did they eat for meals, what did they wear, what was school like, what were their favourite games – children will want to know all sorts of fascinating facts.

Scavenger hunt

Make up a simple scavenger hunt of things your children can find either at home or at the local park. Split into teams (one adult with each child or group of children) and see who can find the most items within an allotted time frame (15 minutes is usually good). Have children take a photo with their parents’ phone of each item – a green leaf, a black bug, a white flower – as proof.

Stargazing

Pile into the car with some blankets and warm jackets and head out after dark for a spot of stargazing. Or go along to your local airport and watch the planes leaving and landing – both are calm activities that will help your children to feel relaxed and sleepy.

Playground tour

Each Friday night, make a point to travel to a new and different playground near your home. Check out the equipment, play together, and then afterward, ask your child what they liked best and keep track of it in a special notebook.

Obstacle course

Set up an obstacle course in your backyard with things like chairs, hula hoops, jump ropes, wooden boards, balls, cones, and play equipment. See who can go through the fastest, backwards, with one eye closed, etc.

Dance party

Put on your children’s favourite tunes and have a little disco right in your lounge! Give everyone a paper-towel tube to use as a microphone and encourage karaoke, too.

DRESS-UPS FOR DINNER

HAVE EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY DRESS UP IN A COSTUME, AND THEN GO OUT TO DINNER ALL DRESSED UP AND IN CHARACTER. MAKE SURE TO TAKE PHOTOS!

FISH-AND-CHIP FRIDAY

FISH AND CHIPS IS A PRETTY CHEAP FEED, AND ONE THAT ALL CHILDREN LOVEAFTER YOU PICK UP THE CHILDREN, STOP FOR FISH AND CHIPS AND TAKE YOUR PICNIC TO THE LOCAL PARK, BEACH, OR PLAYGROUND. IF IT’S TOO CHILLY OR RAINY OUTSIDE, HAVE A PICNIC ON THE FLOOR OF THE LOUNGE.