Family Game Night

Family game night is an excellent opportunity to put down the cell phones, turn off the computer and video games, and gather everyone together. Parents and children are able to spend some much-needed downtime reconnecting and creating memories.

Making a habit of game night also keeps the lines of communication open, especially as children grow older. Whether you are just starting this as a family tradition or are looking for ways to re-energize it, here are some ideas that will have you and your little ones looking forward to the next get-together.

Prince William Living Jan 2015Family Fun January Family Game Night
Commit to a date: Families are busy, so choose a date that every family member can agree upon. Whether you decide to have family game night once a week, twice a month or monthly, set a date to which you all can commit. Knowing that every Wednesday or every other Tuesday is family game night will give children and parents something fun to anticipate.

Make an easy meal: When family game night arrives, everyone wants to get to the fun, so planning an easy meal is the best way to get parents out of the kitchen fast so the play can begin. Plan ahead with a frozen pizza or a casserole made the day before, served with a simple salad, raw veggies or cut-up fruit. Homemade hamburgers or grilled cheese sandwiches are also quick crowd pleasers.

Plan some fun snacks: Once play begins, you won't want to stop the fun when everyone gets hungry. Have a few prepared snacks and drinks available or make a special recipe beforehand. Fresh fruit, trail mix, pretzels and popcorn are all good choices that are simple to serve, or make up a batch of cheese nachos that everyone can dig into. Prepare drinks ahead of time to serve with the snacks or have soda, water or juice on hand to quench everyone's thirst.

Have a variety of games: You will want to have a good mix of games that match your children’s abilities. Classic board games such as Monopoly, Life, Clue and Sorry work for almost every age group. A deck of playing cards allows for options that grow with your child, starting off with Go Fish, Crazy Eights, War and Slapjack, with the option of adding more complex games such as Rummy, Spades and poker over time.

Classic games like Perfection and Operation build hand-eye coordination, while Twister will get everyone moving—and laughing. Trivia games can be educational and fun, too. Have the children take turns picking the games, or draw game names from an empty jar to make things fair. Add to your collection by keeping an eye out at yard sales, thrift stores or retail sales.
Keep it fun: The point of the evening is to enjoy each other's company, so don't get too wrapped up in the competition aspect. Make jokes, help each other out and, most of all, remember that being together is what's important.

Personalized Card Holder Young children love to play games like Go Fish, but cards are hard for little hands to manage. If they lay their cards down, it becomes almost impossible to play fairly. Enter the personalized card holder to keep cards organized and out of sight. I’ve seen similiar products at game stores, but these are so much more fun, and only cost about $1 to make.

Start with a chip clip; you can get them at a dollar store if you don’t have any laying around the kitchen. Then, pick scrapbook paper that will load into your printer or use digital scrapbook papers. Sometimes you can find free patterned paper images online, or you may have some clipart backgrounds in Word or other software you already own that will work.

Measure your chip clip so you know how wide the paper needs to be (should be at least width of clip at longest point) and add your child’s name if you wish. Make sure it will go in the right direction; the clip will be held upside down by the spring end when in use. You will want one piece of paper for the front (with name, if using) and one for the back (no name). They will be the same size. Print off your paper, cut out and trim to fit the clip. Mod Podge your paper on the front and back and ta-da… a personalized card holder that will keep the game fun (and fair) for everyone!

Safari Dip
1/2 8 oz. package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 2 - 3 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons honey
Celery sticks, animal crackers, and/or assorted dippers such as carrot sticks, apple wedges, pear wedges or graham cracker sticks.
Directions For dip, in a small mixing bowl beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in peanut butter, milk and honey until well combined and smooth. If desired, chill before serving. To serve, spread dip in celery sticks and garnish with animal crackers and cut-up fresh fruit. Or, serve with assorted dippers.
Amanda Causey Baity, Prince William Living’s marketing director, lives in Montclair with her family. She also blogs about thrifty family activities and recipes on her blog She can be reached at

Published in the January issue of Prince William Living.
Related Posts


  1. I think that I'm into your pieces of writing. They really help me out. I wait for your posts every week. I learn many new interesting things from the articles. The information is essential for me. I want to thank you for sharing. Gói B30 của nhà mạng VinaPhone, Gói MimaxSV HSSV của VinaPhone, Gói Mimax50 của nhà mạng VinaPhone

  2. I think that I'm into your pieces of writing. They really help me out. I wait for your posts every week. I learn many new interesting things from the articles. The information is essential for me. I want to thank you for sharing. shipping bar app , shipping bar shopify , Autoketing

  3. When I was facing problems, I read your articles. Luckily, they helped me so much. Since then, I have read your posts. I wait for new articles. They have lots of knowledge and tips. I hope you can upload more posts. Thank you very much. motox3m3 online games , gogy games online , abcya for school

  4. Thank you for your sharing articles. I have been finding interesting posts and your articles are what I need. They are really useful and engaging. They are precious pieces of advice. I can branch out with new knowledge. Learn captivating things. Hope you will upload more me. best money converter on shopify , currency converter free , 15 best apps on shopify 2019

  5. I'm full of the joys of spring when see your new posts. I like them very much. To me, they really help me sometimes. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I have been waiting for your following articles.shopify free discount app , Product discount master app , 15 best free apps on shopify

  6. Hire Best Packers And Movers Mumbai for hassle-free Household Shifting, ***Office Relocation, ###Car Transporation, Loading Unloading, packing Unpacking at affordable ✔✔✔ Price Quotation. Top Rated, Safe and Secure Service Providers who can help you with 24x7 and make sure a Untroubled Relocation Services at Cheapest/Lowest Rate
    Packers And Movers Mumbai


  7. food games free
    basketball games
    soccer free games
    Hire Best Packers And Movers Mumbai for hassle-free Household Shifting, ***Office Relocation, ###Car Transporation, Loading Unloading, packing Unpacking at affordable


  8. Packers and Movers Pune Provide High Quality ***Household Shifting, Home/Office Relocation, Insurance, Packing, Loading, ###Car Transportation Service Pune and High experiences, Top Rated, Safe and Reliable, Best and Secure Packers and Movers Pune Team List. Get ✔✔✔ Affordable Rate Charts and Compare Quotation and Save Money and Time .
    Packers And Movers Pune

  9. I used to happily find this web-site. I anticipated that would an obligation of appreciation is all together for your possibility for this remarkable learn!! I unequivocally getting a charge out of every single bit of it and I've you bookmarked to take a gander at new stuff you blog. Thanks
    miniclip 2019, a10 best free online game, Jogos para crianças 2019

  10. Its a great pleasure reading your post.Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that "The content of your post is awesome". Great work. 2player kids
    friv4school 2019
    jogos io 2019

  11. You can change tires immediately after your top 16 or top 8 battles. If you need a tire change during a battle, you get one 5 minute rule to do so.
    One more times will go until a clear winner is determined. If you run out of tire, or have a mechanical failure, you forfeit your place.
    free games online 2019
    friv jogos
    jogos online 360

  12. I accidentally saw your post and it attracted me from the first few seconds, it was excellent, hope you have more successful posts. I like this post because it contains a lot of useful information to read, maybe everyone will like me.
    kizi 2 player racing games, 2 player pbs games, friv jogos online

  13. This is true in architecture,soho poker online and it is especially true in game development and dreaming up your storyline/game setting.

  14. I was very pleased to find this site.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post

  15. Ten-Pin Shuffleboard Tournament was held at On TopOf The World Ocala used shuffleboard table for sale


About Amanda


Featured In

Featured In
Prince William Living Magazine

Follow @Instagram