Family comes first, in my book, and spending time with them is a must! There is even a national holiday that was started in 2001 by CASA Columbia to celebrate time spent with family. The main goal of this holiday was to celebrate the time parents spent with their children and how it was an effective tool for keeping kids on the right track. I read somewhere that Nevada has a state holiday called “Family Day” and Arizona has celebrated “American Family Day” on the first Sunday of August since 1978. So, if you live in either of those states, then you’ll have 2 Family Holidays to celebrate!
The biggest part of Family Day is to spend time with family and actually interact with one another. In case you need some ideas on things to do, I thought I’d help you out!
Cook a Meal
All ages can help in the kitchen, whether it’s cracking eggs for an omelet or following a recipe from beginning to end. Even very little kids can help stir or place things into a casserole dish for an adult to put in the oven. I’ve had my son in the kitchen since he was a little bitty guy and he’s now 20 and loves to cook!
You can head out to a favorite place that everyone enjoys or come up with a new one. Each person could come up with a place to go camping and then vote on them or draw out of a hat to see where the location will be. Another idea is to camp right in your own backyard. There’s no need to trek hundreds of miles away when you can pitch a tent right outside the back door. A bonus with backyard camping is that you have a place to run too if the weather turns crummy.
Who doesn’t like games?! Alright, I know not everyone enjoys playing games, I’ve actually met a few, but what if you make up your very own family game? It can be a board game, outdoor game, or just a fun obstacle course. The possibilities are endless!
I know gardening season is coming to an end, but you can always bulbs that will bloom next spring or raise a simple herb crop that doesn’t take long to grow. Some herbs and small lettuces can be sown in a shallow tray and raised indoors, so you don’t have to worry about tilling up a space outdoors. Raised beds are marvelous things too.
Maybe you are handy with tools or know someone who can be recruited to teach you how to use a few simple tools. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, like a tree house. You could also build something that doesn’t require tools at all. Very little kids are all about the blanket forts or decorating a giant cardboard box (the kind refrigerators or washers come in) and calling it a house. Small things count too; picture frames drawings, crafty things out of clay, a collage…you name it. The world “build” can be used very loosely here.
Have a Picnic
I love picnics! You can make them fancy or simple, they are fun no matter what! I like to head to a nearby park and enjoy some outdoor time during a picnic. If there isn’t a park nearby, create a fun place outside in your own yard. If the ground is a bit damp, lay a tarp or an old plastic shower curtain on the ground first. It’ll keep your blanket dry and allow you to have a sit down picnic with the family without resulting in soggy bottoms.
Explore a New Place
This doesn’t have to include driving to another state, but I know it’s a possibility for some! You can head to the next town and check out a new park, a store, a restaurant, it’s up to you and the fam. Maybe a new bike trail just opened up and you all have been looking for a way to get together and try it out. Now’s your chance!
Put on a Play
Plays are a blast to perform, as long as you have plenty of willing participants. Of course, there’s always a need for an audience too, so someone can be in the front row and cheer everyone else on. As long as everyone is having a good time, then the play is a success.
Whatever you decide to do as a family, I’m sure it will be a memorable experience. I hope some of these ideas helped you out or sparked your creativity to think of something even more exciting.
What’s your favorite thing to do for family night?