If you could use a little fun, why not plan a family game night? It makes a nice break from routine and gives everyone in your household something to look forward to. Our favourite family game nights are no-fuss affairs: just round up an assortment of whatever games you happen to have on hand, find a comfy spot for everyone to hang out in, and go!
Families that lean towards the creative and crafty might really enjoy an evening of left-brain fun. There is a host of creative games, many of which involve drawing, building, or singing. Those who like to draw—though no actual artistic ability is necessary—can try Pictionary or Pictionary Air, Telestrations (a paper version of the game Broken Telephone), Quick, Draw!, or Draw Something. Who is the family expert on song lyrics? Spontuneous guarantees laughs for all ages. You can take a break between games by working on a puzzle together. Another great idea for creatives: have a Lego-building competition or work collaboratively on a group build.
No matter what your age, strengthening your short-term memory skills through game-playing is always a smart idea. Some great games that exercise memory and recall ability include Guess Who?, the memory card game, the grocery game list, and Head's Up. (Guess Who? not only comes in the classic version, but Finding Dory and Game of Thrones versions are available too.) Make your own matching game by searching out printables online, or for a laugh use family photos!
No family game night would be complete without a stack of board games. These include favourites like Battleship, Operation, Clue, Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Connect 4, Trouble, chess, checkers, Sorry!, and the Game of Life. Monopoly comes in several different editions, including Fortnite! These games are so popular because they are easy to play and don't have an elaborate list of rules. Play as individuals or ratchet up the tension by working in teams! If you want to encourage creativity (and give the kids an activity to do), get them to make their own homemade version of a board game; Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders would be fun to recreate.
Classic games endure the test of time for a reason. You might remember playing these as a child yourself, or with older members of your family over the years. Some traditional options that are still fun to play include Twister, Jenga, Scrabble, and a multitude of card games. Many of the classics have been updated in fun colours or modern versions. Everyone can work on their motor skills, practice turn-taking (and patience), and brush up on their spelling and vocabulary, all while having fun!
Every family game night needs snacks to keep spirits and energy high. Set out some treats that are tried-and-true family favourites, whether it's one or two special items or a whole smorgasboard! For the best assortment possible, why not try to hit all of the different notes: salty, sweet, spicy, and sour. To help build excitement you can even get the kids involved in a simple baking project during the day, the results of which you can enjoy all together during game night!
Make the most of your time together by carving out some opportunities to have a little extra fun. Kids and parents alike will appreciate the break and the chance to let loose and have some laughs. Thanks for reading and don't forget to follow the Marina Homes blog for more great home entertainment ideas.