Game Night: Tips to Make Family Game Night Successful
Apr 12, 2012 12:44PM ● Published by Erin Frisch
Schedule It This can be as simple as marking it on the family calendar or picking the same night each month. Just make sure everyone knows that it’s a priority to be present for the fun!
Make it Special Let the kids stay up 30 minutes past their bedtimes, make their favorite snack or meal, or invite friends to participate. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s special for your gang.
Pick the Right Game It can be challenging to find games that family members of different ages and interests can enjoy, but that’s exactly what you have to do to make the night fun. One idea is for each family member to choose one game, and then play each game over the course of the evening. Alternatively, you could let chance decide by picking a name out of a hat—whoever’s name is chosen gets to pick the game. Just be sure to take names out of the hat until everyone in the family has had a chance to be the chooser!
Short on time? These games are faster versions of their longer counterparts:
Make it Competitive You can keep track of points and post the winner’s name on the refrigerator at the end of the night, or offer the winner a special privilege for the week.
With these tips, family game night can easily become a fun activity that your family will remember forever.