100 Family Time Ideas

We’re big believers in family time.  We pull our kids from neighborhood play by 5pm so we can have a couple house of quality time together.  Sometimes they get annoyed that they have to leave their friends but most of the time, they love it.  Our biggest family night activity is watching a movie or fav show and munching on popcorn.

Easy, free and allows cuddle time!  And what better way to have family time than with comfort food??

Love Stouffer’s lasagna and New York Texas Toast! Mmm!  Check out our shopping trip here where we purchased our delicious dinner.  And don’t get me started on how my hubby was waiting in the car for me but moved it when I ran back in real quick to grab something.  He thought he was being helpful by moving closer BUT he moved closer on the opposite end and my phone died so I couldn’t find him for 10 minutes!  I was so annoyed, lol…on top of 4 people telling me no when I asked to borrow their phones!  What a random post-shopping trip!

Only special family night dinners are allowed on the coffee table.  It’s a rarity so the kids loved it!  And it’s fun to be young again and eat on your knees, lol!

And who can forget Ice Age 3!? Oh my word, that Buck cracks me up! My kids spent the first few minutes deciding who got to be who!  I just think he’s hilarious!  ”I’m Diego!” “I’m Peaches, because I’m the baby!” and so on.  And they’re all scared of Rudy…who is creepy, I don’t blame them.  It was great to watch Ice Age 3, we’re so excited to buy Ice Age 4!  We watched it with their grandparents over the summer and are excited to add it to our collection on December 11, 2012, just in time for Christmas!

We had the best night. Very simple but I hope my kids look back on these nights with warm memories!  Here are 100 Family Time Ideas, it’s so important to have quality time together when they’re young.

  1. Go on a walk.
  2. Wash the family car.
  3. Go to the zoo.
  4. Have a family slumber party.
  5. Camp in the backyard.
  6. Go through baby photos.
  7. Try a new cookie recipe.
  8. Visit the library.
  9. Play kick ball.
  10. Plant a garden.
  11. Organize bedrooms together.
  12. Set a timer and clean the house.
  13. Record yourselves acting out a play.
  14. Visit a new museum.
  15. Play Heads Up 7 Up.
  16. Write letters to far away family members.
  17. Make a collage from old magazines.
  18. Buy and fly a kite.
  19. Play Hide and Seek in the dark.
  20. Go for a hike.
  21. Have a race.
  22. Cook S’mores over a fire.
  23. Play 007 in the dark on your street.
  24. Visit a family member’s grave and bring flowers.
  25. Learn to make paper airplanes then race them.
  26. Walk to the store and buy ice cream bars.
  27. Tell scary stories in the dark.
  28. Family bike ride.
  29. Draw funny faces of each other together.
  30. Go bowling.
  31. Make a rope swing and hang it from a tree.
  32. Go to a thrift store and find toy to donate.
  33. Visit a soup kitchen.
  34. Visit a homeless shelter.
  35. Make homemade play dough.
  36. Make edible play dough.
  37. Make homemade gak.
  38. Learn an instrument together.
  39. Go to a local outdoor concert.
  40. Call and sing “Happy Weekday to You” to a far away family member.
  41. Learn how to use a compass.
  42. Plant a tree.
  43. Visit an animal shelter.
  44. Sing in the car.
  45. Go ice blocking.
  46. Play tug of war.
  47. Go swimming.
  48. Go bird watching.
  49. Go to the lake.
  50. Go to the pool.
  51. Drive with no instructions and see where you end up.
  52. Drive to your downtown city and read historical signs.
  53. Bake a pie.
  54. Make banana bread.
  55. Make monkey bread.
  56. Take treats to a neighbor.
  57. Play flag football.
  58. Stay at a local hotel overnight.
  59. Go fishing.
  60. Visit a local bookstore.
  61. Make a family flag and display it.
  62. Make a new culture dinner.
  63. Play in the sprinklers.
  64. Keep the tv off for a night.
  65. Say why you’re grateful for each other.
  66. Assign Secret Santas to each other for a week, when it’s not Christmas. Do kind acts for each other.
  67. Leave a kind note for the mailman.
  68. Make a card for the bus driver.
  69. Have an etiquette night, manners are important.
  70. Watch a clean You Tube video and re-enact it.
  71. Have a lemonade stand.
  72. Have a bake sale.
  73. Have a garage sale.
  74. Donate money to a shelter.
  75. Walk a dog.
  76. Babysit a neighbor’s kids for free so the parents can go out.
  77. Have a formal dinner with your nicest clothes on.
  78. Make homemade candles.
  79. Make homemade scrubs.
  80. Crochet beanies for the local hospital.
  81. Visit a senior center.
  82. Go to a drive through and pay for the car behind you.
  83. Mix soda flavors at your local convenience store, taste test them afterward and guess the flavors.
  84. Go to a new restaurant.
  85. Have ice cream for breakfast.
  86. Have breakfast for dinner.
  87. Create animals from hand prints.
  88. Make a bird feeder.
  89. Clean up litter on the street.
  90. Bring in a neighbor’s trash can secretly.
  91. Create an obstacle course outdoors and have a race.
  92. Bike ride to your favorite lunch spot.
  93. Have a picnic.
  94. Go the the dollar movies.
  95. Buy groceries and hand it out to homeless people on the street.
  96. Buy candy and hand it out to pedestrians and smile.
  97. Go to the airport and watch the planes take off.
  98. Go to the mall and people watch.
  99. Start a family blog. Take turns updating it for different perspectives.
  100. Say I love you everyday.
Now go enjoy that family of yours (:  Visit Stouffer‘s on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest and greatest!   Also keep up with Ice Age on Facebook and Twitter!

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  1. 1

    How fun! Pinning for sure….

    When I was younger, every Sunday we’d pack up the van and go for a Sunday drive. We wouldn’t do anything but drive around.
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      lollyjane

      That sounds wonderful, Loretta! Sometimes it’s nice to turn off the noise and simply listen to eachother while enjoying the scenery. Need to add this to my TO DO list for sure! (:

      XOXO