It can be hard to get all of the family to participate in family nights out and activities – especially if there are children involved or some of you live far away from each other. But, family nights are the times you will all remember fondly if you get them right and ones that you should make more effort with. So, how can you get everyone to take part in family events and actually look forward it? Well, the key is in planning the right activities, ones which encourage you to embrace the moment.
Here are five things you should be doing for your next family night out.
This is the perfect bonding opportunity and it doesn’t have to cost you much at all. Find the perfect campsite in an area easily accessible for all of you. Make sure you have a tent, sleeping bags, enough food and some board games and you’ll be all set for the perfect little trip away. Spend the evening sitting around a campfire telling stories and get everyone involved in identifying animals, collecting materials from the woods or a spot of stargazing.
Go to the movies or the theatre
Watch a movie or a show together as a family. This is a great way to keep yourselves entertained and it’ll be a shared experience that you can talk about afterwards. If you’re doing something as a family and there are children involved, then the cinema is your best option as you can choose from many different family-friendly films. If it’s a night out with just adults in your family take a trip to the theatre and watch a West End musical or a play.
Ice skating is a great treat for all. What could be more fun than gliding around the ice with your family, whilst listening to music in the background and having a laugh. The best part about this is most of the best rinks are open all year round, so it doesn’t have to be a seasonal treat.
Have a picnic
If it’s a nice day, pack a good picnic, head down to the closest park and play some outdoor games too such as rounders, relay or frisbee. This can be really cheap too, especially if you get each family member to bring some kind of food along. Go all out and make a full day of it, you could even go for a bike ride. If you don’t fancy heading down to the park why not do it in a garden? This way you could always cook a barbecue. If its winter, you can still get some paper cups, utensils etc. and have a fun indoor picnic. During the colder months, you can complete this with blankets so you fell snug as well as entertained.
There are plenty of local festivals that you could choose from that will satisfy everyone, from the people watcher in the family to the cultural enthusiast. Checking local listings for country events, food fairs and music festivals – all of which provide plenty of fun.
So, get your family members together and get planning your next night out. Your family is precious to you and the time you spend with them can create long-lasting memories to cherish.
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