14 Nights of Holiday Break
12 Days of Christmas / 8 Nights of Hanukkah / 7 Days of Kwanzaa
The kids are out of school and they have fourteen glorious nights of holiday break. You're probably thinking, "I'm already exhausted." We get it. And we're here to help. Fill your holiday break with experiences that pack a big punch and require minimal planning.
Our kids are obsessed with these family nights, and we are certain that they will quickly become a favorite tradition for your families as well.
Night 14: Relax Night
Get out of the house with your family for Activity Night. Go bowling, ice-skating or rock climbing. Visit a favorite museum. Do something fun!
Ditch Candy Land, and pick a board game that everyone, even you, will have fun playing. Try one or a few of these favorites: Catan Jr., Scattegories, Blokus, Evolution, Labyrinth, Photosynthesis, Monopoly Jr, or Santorini.
Dine out at a fancy restaurant or an easy local pizza joint. For an extra twist of fun, have each family member write a restaurant on a piece of paper and draw for the winning restaurant.
On craft night, spend a half hour getting artistic – and for an extra parent bonus, getting messy - together. Paint a picture, mold some clay, or build a miniature modern dollhouse model or National Geographic catapult model.
Go out to a theater or watch one together at home. A surprise gift can be as simple as wrapped microwave popcorn or popcorn containers.
Give night is a night (or day) that you do something for your community, town or world. This can be as simple as taking a walk and picking up trash. Or donate money to a non-profit or volunteer at a local food bank.
Friends night is the night to hang with friends or neighbors. Host a potluck, meet some family friends out at dinner, or let each child have a play date.
Start this night by visiting the library or opening a new gift-wrapped book. Make some hot chocolate, turn on the fire, and cuddle up under blankets on the couch. Read as a family, all independently or out loud.
Party night can be low key or big. Immediate family or a crowd. Have a family-only sleepover party complete with matching pajamas, breakfast for dinner, a pillow fight, tickle tag, dancing and a movie. Or host a Rock Paper Sprinkles “unbirthday party” for your kids and a few of their friends.
Make dinner and dessert prep fun with a bake-off chef night. Write menu options (vegetables, side dishes, main dishes and desserts) on slips of paper for each family member to pick and then choose what to cook. Or have each family member compete over who can make the best cupcake. For a bonus, have everyone wear a fun apron. Gift ideas: princess apron, fairy apron, Darth Baker apron, chef hats, or a retro apron.
Get out every single kid puzzle in your house and decorate the floor with puzzles. Or work on just a few new puzzles like a challenging adult puzzle and age appropriate children puzzles. Our favorite brands are Crocodile Creek, Mud Puppy, and Janod; They all have bright pictures, sturdy pieces, and solid containers to ensure multiple uses.
Go do something active with your family. Take a family walk or bike ride. Have each child plan a ten minute exercise routine at home that then everyone has to do. Make it fun and funny: burpees in the living room, army crawls down the hall, jumps up the stairs, and crab walks around the kitchen table.
Tonight is the night you play like a kid, with your kid. Grab that dinosaur figurine and make it walk, talk and go on an adventure with Princess Elena. If you have older kids, play a video game like Fortnite or go shopping. Gift idea: African Safari playscape.