What do you do for a fun family night?
I was inspired with ideas for a fun family night when watching I hate my teenage daughter.
(Even though the show is pretty lame, I understand the feeling of strongly disliking a teenage son or daughter on occasion; they can be very frustrating after all, but the distaste usually doesn’t last too long because we really do love them.)
When it came on after X factor, I decided to watch it. Dumb idea. But it did give me an idea for a post because it was about forcing two 14-year-olds to join in on a family night that they were dead set against. And it turned into a debacle. Fighting, boredom, girls escaping, no cell phones allowed. Of course, it was all resolved in 30 minutes; it always is, isn’t it?
But what do you do for a fun family night when the kids don’t really want to get on board?
Depending on the ages of the kids, that answer varies.
Small ones are usually on board for anything.
But the older they get, the more difficult it gets for family nights to really be fun. Kids go through a stage when family fun nights seem lame, and there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.
However, it’s worth a try. Here’s some ideas that might coax a smile from them:
Plan a family tournament: video games, wii, ping-pong.
Movie Marathon: let your kids pick a series (i.e. Twilight, Mission Impossible, etc.)
Family Shopping Night: Give each family member money and have them compete to see who can find the best bargain or the strangest product.
International Night: take your family out to eat at a restaurant of a different nationality each week, or cook it at home.
Make it a picnic: I’m not talking about a nice sedate picnic in the park. I’m talking think-of-the-most-bizarre-place-to-have-a-picnic picnic. Let your kids pick the place.
Look for obscure holidays to celebrate: For instance, January 25, 2012 is Opposite Day. Celebrate by eating dessert first. See this list of holidays.
Have-the-kids-cook night. I really like this idea. And don’t complain about the menu.
For older kids/teens:
Paintballing/Mini-Golf/Lasertag: If you can find a place that does all three, it’s probably gonna be a hit.
Comedy Clubs: There are a lot of improv or comedy clubs that have stand-up suitable for all ages.
You may not be able to extinguish all eye-rolling at first, but don’t let it stop you. It will disappear when everyone realizes they actually are having fun!
Do you have any other ideas for a family fun night?