An upcoming family night mustn't be dreaded; moments spent with loved ones should be enjoyed and embraced―they will not be around forever, after all. To make things interesting, have one person of the family come up with the plans for family night, where everyone can throw in their two cents about how to make it even more lively and memorable. Give everyone a chance to take part in the planning; it encourages loved ones to take such a thing seriously, exercising the importance of quality time.
Fun with Cooking
This may sound like something that's been tried and tested, repeatedly, but we cannot help but acknowledge how healthy it is to come together and have a little fun in the kitchen. What better place to do something worthwhile, where the whole family gets to relish the dishes prepared by each one's loving hands? Choose a three-course meal to prepare, designating everyone with a preparation task―slicing and dicing veggies, boiling spaghetti, preheating oven, kneading dough, shredding chicken, and the like. Exchange updates about the week gone by or decide which movie to watch once dinner's ready.
Camping Under the Stars
Nothing like a night spent under the stars; lay an expansive tarp over the lawn for everyone to settle on, fire up the barbecue grill, and bring along a pair of stargazing binoculars, or telescope. It'll give you a chance to view the night sky; something we take for granted. If where you live is a brightly lit area, head to the hills or someplace dark like the beach, and set up a good camping spot a little after sundown. Over a round of beers and smoky marshmallows, you can talk about stuff in general over a delicious spread of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs.
Got a PS3 or Wii console at home? Take advantage of its engaging features and have the whole family compete against one another, pairing up or going solo depending on the sort of game. Bowling, baseball, hockey, basketball, race-car driving, wrestling, and the like, qualify as some of the best kind of family night games to indulge in. While board games aren't so bad an option, video games bring to the table a kind of energy and excitement that slightly falters in the board game department.
Outdoor Movie Night
Does your city have one of those open-air spaces that screen movies? The kind where you can lay sprawled on the grass while enjoying an old classic or recently-released movie? Take the family out to experience movie-watching on a whole different level, compared to conventional theaters. It'll be an outing worth remembering; one that doesn't involve stained seats, misbehaving children, and popcorn-strewn floors.