Family Fun Night is a weekly tradition designed to get moms and dads spending more intentional time with their kids. The ideas are simple, practical, and do-able! It isn’t about creating the most elaborate, expensive, or most “pinnable” evening with your kids….all they need is YOU. Have fun, keep it simple, and make some memories!
Music: Simon and Garfunkel
I want my kid to be the cool, eclectic 2nd grader that likes The Ramones, Vivaldi, and CCR. On the weeks when I don’t have a children’s CD to review, we’re going to try to mix it up musically, and expose our kids to a WIDE variety of genres and artists. I want my kids to know there is SO much more out there than the five songs they play on the radio!
These were SUPER simple and every bit as good as the subs I get at the sub shop. I picked up some great looking hoagie rolls at the store, and some (shhh) frozen meatballs. I threw those in a pan with my favorite marinara. I topped my rolls with the meatballs and some white American cheese, and threw them under the broiler. A few pickles and salted tomatoes finished the sandwich. EVERYONE at the table loved this meal!
Dessert: Apple Pie Sundae
All the taste of apple pie, served up in a beautiful and tasty ice cream parfait! These are easy to make, but elegant enough to serve to guests. I layered vanilla ice cream, home-made apple pie filling, whipped cream, caramel, and an oatmeal crumble. SO good!
We kicked it old school this week and introduced our kids to The Muppet Show. We watched an episode starring a very young Julie Andrews. While Pigs in Space and The Swedish Chef were not featured in this particular episode (boo), it was really fun to share a childhood favorite with our kids. My husband and I both grew up watching and loving The Muppet Show, and were so happy our kids enjoyed it too!
Nobody said family time activities had to be elaborate! We let the kids choose a puzzle, and they came down the stairs with a United States puzzle. As we worked, we were able to have a great discussion about our country and the climates, attractions, and features of the states and regions. So much learning was found in such a simple activity. It was great to work together towards a common goal too!
Are you making the effort to have intentional family time once a week? I hope so! See you next week, for more family fun!