Archives For Family Nights

April Fool's Ideas

March 30, 2011

April Fools is a great day to plan a family night! Here are a few Web sites with great ideas for planning a night for your little pranksters!

Food and Fun

Family Fun has Great ideas for planning your menu, crafts and pranks. You will find great ideas like Faux French Fries!

How about a meatloaf cake for dinner? You can find full menus for April Fool’s Day at AllRecipes.com. Even Martha has some great ideas for pranks on April Fool’s Day!

Bible Passages

Some great verses to share with your family on April Fool’s Day center on wise words and choosing them carefully.

18 Like a maniac shooting flaming arrows of death 19 is one who deceives their neighbor and says, “I was only joking!” Proverbs 26:18-19

People throw out the words, “I am only kidding” and think that it somehow negates the insult or funny words they just spoke. We make a choice to speak life into others or speak death into others. Our words are like a “maniac shooting flaming arrows of death” when we veil how we really feel and then claim we are “only joking.” We have all been in those conversations where we are just joking with others and slide in a taunt or insult, which often conveys how we really feel. It is pretty obvious how God feels about deception, foolish talk and “only joking.” Spend time talking about speaking life into others, being an encourager and someone who chooses their words carefully. Have each family member tell of a time when other’s words have encouraged them and made them feel valued. You can also talk about a time when the words of others have hurt them. Challenge each family member to speak words of encouragement to others this week and practice choosing their words wisely!

Show Some Love Family Night

February 13, 2011

The Show Some Love Family Night is an interactive night as a family that will build the concept of expressing through words and, more importantly, show in actions our love for one another. Just as God put His love into action for us, we should demonstrate our love for others in word and deed. This family night is perfect for celebrating Valentine’s Day as a family or at any time of the year to strengthen the bonds in your family.

Highlights:

  • Gym Setup (decor): Red, Hearts and more…you get the idea
  • Diet (food): Go all out with a fancy dinner or how about a heart-shaped pizza. Fun dessert ideas, too.
  • Building Muscle (craft): Notes From the Heart
  • Cardio (games): Pick Up Hears
  • Strength Training (devotion): I John 3:16, 18 “Show Love”

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Helpful Links:

Help other families have a great family night by sharing your experience, links to your blog and what worked for your family. For questions, visit our Contact page.

Football Family Night

January 25, 2011

Celebrate the great traditions, pageantry, excitement & camaraderie of football with a Football Family Night. The sport of football is a great sport to talk about teamwork and being a dependable “teammate” in the family. Just as football teams have goals for each season, families have goals, too. Ultimately, we want our family to team together to be a championship unit, that wins (and even loses) together!

Highlights:

  • Gym Setup (decor): Your favorite’s team gear around the house and dress up
  • Diet (food): Mini Football Subs, Nachos, and Football Brownies
  • Building Muscle (craft): DIY Flags for Flag Football
  • Cardio (games): Flag Football or Table-top Paper Football
  • Strength Training (devotion): Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 “Two Are Better Than One”

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Helpful Links:

As always, add your ideas and tips for Football Family Night to help other families in the comments section. For questions, visit our Contact page.

Back to School Family Night

August 10, 2010

With a little bit of planning you can have an incredible evening with your family, full of fun as you strengthen your child’s faith. Beginning a new school year is a perfect time to gather as a family, have some laughs and set goals for the coming year. As you celebrate another grade, take a few minutes to get organized and prioritize those things that are most important for your family.

Highlights:

  • Gym Setup (Decor): Pull out the bags of school supplies and have some fun decorating & more.
  • Diet (Food): Pack a Lunch, Edible Crayons, and other ideas.
  • Building Muscle (Craft/Activity): Morning Chore Chart
  • Cardio (Games): School Yard Games…our favorite, Four Square; or some Show & Tell
  • Strength Training (Devotion): Key Passages—Hebrews 13:17, Titus 3:1. Big Idea: Encouraging your children to Obey & Serve the teachers God has chosen for them this year.

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As always, let us know what works for you and what ideas you have so others can have a great night growing their family strong.

How Often?

July 24, 2010

How Often Should You Have Family Night?

This is a question that each family has to answer when they begin the journey of themed family nights. A themed family night is different than a general night, hanging out with your family. While spending time with your family is essential to developing strong kids, a themed night, is focused around a specific characteristic or scripture passage. A themed family night also takes more planning, so the question becomes how many is realistic for you to plan and carry out during a month. Here are a few questions to discuss in determining how many themed nights to have each month:

  1. How much time do I have to plan for each themed family night? Planning, researching, and shopping for a family night takes time. You can estimate between one and four hours of prep time for each family night, depending on how intricate and elaborate your night is. This does not include the day of preparation time to get ready for your family night.
  2. What activities does our family participate in each week? Look at your calendar  to determine how many evenings you have free each week or during the month.  If your Thursdays are generally free, then you know that this is a good day to have a themed family night. It is important to schedule your family nights and put them on the calendar.
  3. How many do you think seems reasonable or realistic? Each family is different in makeup, stage of development, involvement in outside activities and if parents work or stay home. All these things effect how many family nights you feel you can pull off each month.

After discussing and answering these questions, set the number for a month that seems reasonable. For our family, we have a goal of two themed family nights per month. Some months it is more, some less. The important thing is to be together as a family. Be aware though, that your children will love themed family nights! They will ask for more! So, set a goal for your family and then after having a few, determine if it is a good amount for your family. Remember, your children are worth it!

There are great websites which can help you create your family nights. From menus, to crafts, to games…by spending time researching ideas, you can create a themed family night that can lead to a memorable experience for you children. Sometimes you will have an idea in mind for a family night, and other times, you create a family night out of something you found online!  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Family Fun Magazine: Great ideas for crafts, menu items and games. You can also search by a particular theme.
  • Living Locurto: Free downloads, party ideas, games and crafts which are compiled from all over the web.
  • Skip To My Lou: Craft ideas, décor and recipes…free downloads, too.
  • Hostess with the Mostess: Party themed website. A little surfing can inspire great ideas for décor and themes.
  • Be Different Act Normal: A blog that compiles crafts, décor and recipes from all over the web. It can also feature some cool crafts that you can incorporate into your family night.
  • Kaboose: A great craft site. You can also explore recipes.
  • Makes and Takes: Another great craft site which is geared to kids. This will have great crafts around holidays and the different seasons.
  • When all else fails, google it!

Superhero Family Night

June 18, 2010

Family Muscle is excited to release our Superhero Family Night for you to develop little heroes.

With a little bit of planning you can have an incredible evening with your family full of fun as you strengthen your child’s faith. We all have heroes and the idea of being heroic is inspiring for kids and adults. With Superhero Family Night, you will have an inspiring time as you challenge your entire family to be heroic for God.

Be sure to comment and share how your Superhero Family Night went and your own ideas for other families.

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