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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.  

14 Nights of Holiday Break Things to Do

Introduce each night with a written note, blind draw, or gift. 
 
Night 1: Activity Night
Night 2: Board Game Night
Night 3: Dine Out Night
Night 4: Craft/Build/Art Night
Night 5: Movie Night
Night 6: Give Night
Night 7: Friends Night
Night 8: Reading Night
Night 9: Party Night
Night 10: Cook or Bake Off Night
Night 11: Puzzle Night
Night 12: Exercise Night
Night 13: Play Night

Night 14: Relax Night

 Bowling ball about to knock down pins

Night 1: Activity 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!

 Board game pieces

Night 2: Board Game Night

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

 Eating at a restaurant

Night 3: Dine Out Night

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.

 Kid's hands covered in paint

Night 4: Craft/Build/Art Night

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.

 Popcorn containers with popcorn

Night 5: Movie Night

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.

 Petting a puppy through a cage

Night 6: Give Night

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.

 Potluck table

Night 7: Friends Night

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.

 Person reading a book and drinking coffee

Night 8: Reading Night

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.

Boys and girls dancing with pom poms 

Night 9: Party Night

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.

 Baking ingredients on the counter

Night 10: Cooking or Bake-Off Night

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.

 Puzzle pieces on a table

Night 11: Puzzle Night

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 CreekMud Puppy, and Janod; They all have bright pictures, sturdy pieces, and solid containers to ensure multiple uses.

 Mom and child doing yoga

Night 12: Exercise Night

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.

 Dad playing with daughter with dinosaur toys

Night 13: Play Night

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

 Women relaxing in a bubble bath

Night 14: Relax Night
It’s the last night of break so everyone deserves to relax. Relax night can go in a few directions. Option 1: Lazy. Everyone gets to be super lazy for a night. Don’t want to cook? No problem. Your kid wants to skip brushing his teeth? Sure, whatever. Option 2: Calming. Everyone get to sip tea, cuddle under blankets and take long warm baths with bubbles.
 
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