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Posted: 10 January 2013 at 3:36pm | IP Logged Quote GinaG

Hello everyone! Happy New Year!

I'm looking for some easy-to-implement ideas for quarterly Family Fun Night gatherings. We're a congregation of about 200 and have a lot of young families -- we're very heavy on Toddlers and Preschoolers. So any activities that we do need to be accessible for young kids.

Thanks for any help and ideas you could give!
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Posted: 12 January 2013 at 4:41pm | IP Logged Quote Nic4kids

I love that you are getting families together to share together - community is at the core of what we all want and need, but it takes intentionality, patience and long term committment to begin to see the fruit of it. I commend your efforts.

Some of my ideas:

1) Prayer and worship night feature kids songs and adults songs that kids and adults can do actions and dance to. Make it a celebration! Share a devotional about family   Followed by a time to pray together as families (You could even have them share communion together) End the night with Fathers speaking a blessing over their children and FOOD :)

2) Playdough-pictionary - Picturary game, but competitors must create their "picture" out of playdough... and food :)

3) At Christmas we do a Gingerbread Nativity - contests and competition to build a nativity scene out of candy and gingerbread etc.

4) I saw this cool idea on pinterest where people made lincoln logs out of pool noodles - a grand building contest with jumbo size building materials is fun (albeit potentially costly - though reuseable) I have never tested this one.

5) Game night dividing families into "tribes" where they paint their faces and dress up in various costume pieces in order to compete. End with food ;)

What are some family night activities you have tried that have worked???


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Posted: 12 January 2013 at 5:28pm | IP Logged Quote Glen Woods

1. Improv comedy night
2. Charades night
3. Talent show night
4. Bible character museum night (each family could set up an exhibit and act out the characters).
5. Water night
6. Family picnic at a local park
7. Family carnival (bounce houses, games, food, etc).

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Posted: 14 January 2013 at 10:46am | IP Logged Quote PastorAbby

Hi, there! Most of the kids events we do at our church are specifically for the kids, but I've posted details on two of the events we've done so far on my blog (Links are posted below). You could certainly tweak them so they could work for the whole family, though. We'll be trying our first family night - with a Candy Land Theme - so you can check back on the blog sometime in February to see how it works out for us. Best of luck in planning!


Bananza Kids Night - http://whenoneteachestwolearn.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/bananza/

Back-to-School Sizzle - http://whenoneteachestwolearn.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/back-to-school-sizzle/
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Posted: 15 January 2013 at 9:18am | IP Logged Quote smile

VeggieTales movie night is always a hit with our preschoolers and their families. We plan 5-10 stations around the room that link with the theme of the movie, serve pizza and popcorn and then watch the movie. It takes about 2 hours but is loads of fun and is a non-threatening way for families to get together.
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Posted: 15 January 2013 at 6:30pm | IP Logged Quote msdawn

Years ago we did a potato night. We had stations around the buildng with all different kinds of games using potatoes. People were surprised by how many ways you can use potatoes in games. Potato cars, potato toss, potato roll. . . .

We have also done a cake decorating night. Each family brings in an unbaked cake and supplies to decorate it with. When all is said and done, sit down and enjoy the cakes and fellowship. Give out prizes for silly things like "best use of frosting" "most frosting used" "simplicity award" etc.

Last spring we rented a giant outdoor waterslide and set it up between our buildings. The kids loved it and the parents had a great time just hanging out, talking and enjoying the kids. Cost was around $200.

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