6 fun activities for family night

Discover fun family-night games and activities to try with the kids this weekend.

By Kait Fowlie

Fun family activities
Most families are well aware of the benefits of family time, but did you know that about half of Canadian households contain multiple Internet devices, many of which are wireless? That means a lot of us are spending a substantial chunk of our home time in our own virtual realities, and family time can get shrouded by the shadows of our screens. It's time to change all that, so here are some expert tips for making family time more fun.

The crew behind Bunch, an online family culture magazine specializing in inspired ideas for family fun, share their tips for revamping family night. "Doing something engaging and interactive, such as playing a board game, drawing pictures together or reading books before bed, can make a huge difference to everyone," says Rebecca Brown, a mother of two and the creative director at Bunch.

"I definitely feel better when I commit to putting my phone down for 30 to 60 minutes to do an activity with my kids." She recommends planning one night a week where the whole family can take part in a real-time activity, preferably one that has a creative, DIY component.

1. Take it outside

Outdoor activities don't have to be elaborate to be positive and memorable experiences for kids. Something as simple as going for a family stroll in your neighbourhood is a great way to get some exercise and spend quality time together. "My family used to go on Yonge Street walks (in Toronto)," says Brown. "I was blown away by the street life. It was my favourite thing to do." Evening walks also offer a chance for your family to talk about their day while exploring a new neighbourhood or simply enjoying your own.

2. Make a collaborative craft
Collaborating on an art project you can display in your home will serve as a daily reminder of how imaginative and cooperative your family can be. Bunch regularly showcases bloggers across Canada who share their experiences making crafts with their children.

"We see from the craft bloggers that the parents end up learning more about their kids," says Meghan Housley, Bunch's online editor. Step-by-step accounts show that the act of participating in an artistic activity together provides a platform for creative problem-solving and perseverance.

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