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The Friday Five: simple ideas for family night


Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

I‘m starting a new series here on Simple Kids:  the Friday Five.  Every Friday, I’ll take a topic related to kids and parenting and share five hints, tips, or my favorite things.

The first Friday Five of 2013 is dedicated to family night.

Our family has been having what we call a Friday Night Nest for years.  This tradition started when I was pregnant with my son and my husband was working second shift.  I was often exhausted at the end of the day, and with no husband coming home for “back up” I needed a way to keep my child occupied and put my swollen feet up at the same time.  My oldest daughter, who was four at the time, and I used to make a “nest” of every pillow and blanket in the house and then we would crawl into the nest and read stories or do puzzles or watch movies in the evenings.

Eventually the routine that evolved into our weekly family Friday Night Nest. Today we don’t often “nest” but we do set aside Friday nights as our family together time and we hold it sacred on our calendar.

We usually combine an activity with some type of food, either a full meal or a snack.  What activity we pick may vary depending on how busy the rest of the week has been and what the budget looks like.

It can be a challenge to find something to do on Friday nights that appeals to the toddler, preschoolers, and the tween, but I think I’ve rounded up a good mix of ideas that are enjoyable for all ages, moms and dads included.

Here are five ideas for simple family night activities that have been successful at our house:

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