Here's ten ideas to create memories with Friday night family fun!

By Becky Samford, Publisher Duluth, Norcross, Suwanee, Johns Creek & Peachtree Corners Macaroni Kid January 22, 2024

Weekends are a great time to make memories with your family. Start your weekend out right with Friday night family fun! 

Here's ten ideas to create memories with Friday night family fun! 

1. Friday Night Pizza Night. Make your own pizzas using store bought crust, pizza sauce, cheese, and the toppings of your choice. You can find packages of small crusts in the aisle with pizza sauce. If you prefer, just pick up a frozen pizza or have pizzas delivered. Find new ideas to enjoy this old favorite at Nine Different Recipes for Pizza.

2. Friday Night Charcuterie Night. It's easy to make your own charcuterie board using ingredients you have on hand. Learn to make your own at No-Fuss Charcuterie Board Dinner.

3. Friday Night Board Game Night. Let each child choose their favorite board game and spend the night playing. Here's some of our favorites for a Family Board Game Blitz night

4. Friday Night Movie Night. Vote on a movie to watch together or let each child choose a favorite movie. Pop some popcorn and enjoy a lazy family night of fun! Need some suggestions? Check out 40+ Movies From the 80's to watch with Your Kids, Tweens & Teens or 40+ Movies From the 90's to watch with Your Kids, Tweens & Teens

5. Friday Night Binge Watch Night. Whether your kids are little or not so little, there's a series that's just right for your family. Get cozy with blankets and enjoy! Some of our favorites are All Creatures Great and Small, Cobra Kai, Is It Cake?, When Calls the Heart, You vs Wild, , Floor is Lava, and Our Great National Parks.

6. Friday Night Read Aloud Night. Pick out some favorite books and take turns reading aloud to each other. This is a great way to increase your children's reading skills, too! Need a new book? Your public library is full of them and the helpful librarians would be happy to help you find the perfect one for your family.

7. Friday Night Craft Night. If you don't have a craft box, it's time to put one together. Macaroni Kid Publishers from across the country have shared their favorite craft projects and we’ve compiled 48 of them here into one, easy-to-use book. See it HERE

8. Friday Night Puzzle Night. Completing a huge jigsaw puzzle together is one of the great satisfactions of life! Not only is it a lot of fun, but it also improves hand-eye co-ordination, spatial conceptualization, competition, and tons of "ah-ha" moments to laugh about and share. 

9. Family Music Night. Learning to appreciate all types of music is a wonderful experience to give to your kids. My kids found their love of the Beatles and Broadway Musicals through me. I also taught them to "boogie-down" to soul music and 2-step to country music. Their father  gave them their love of classical music and to do the "PC Shuffle" to beach music. Their Grandmother taught them to Swing Dance to big band music and to love Frank Sinatra and Barbara Streisand. I gained an appreciation for both Metallica and Aerosmith from my teenage son and found modern jazz singers like Norah Jones through my teenage daughter.  And we all learned to like tolerate a very, small amount of rap music and Baby Shark.  Plus, we all had a blast doing this! 

10. Family Question Night. Frankly, I wish I had done this with my parents. This is a time for family members to ask questions that wouldn't normally come up in most conversations. These questions can be thought/conversation provoking like, who past or present would you most like to meet and why, what traits do you think your future spouse should have, or if could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? They could also be informative like how did your parents meet, how am I related to cousin Jack, or what's your favorite book and why? Or, they could be funny like where did my red hair come from, if your dog could talk what do you think he would say, or what's the funniest thing you ever saw? The only rules are that the questions must be age appropriate for everyone in the room and they cannot be hurtful or be something that someone really doesn't want to discuss. This is a time for discovery,  growing closer and having fun together. 

It's easy to make family memories and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Start a new habit of Friday night family nights at your house and enjoy spending time together.

You’ll also find lots of local events perfect for families in our Calendar of Events.

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