We all know how much kids love having slumber parties with friends, but have you ever tried having one as a family? It may sound a little silly to older kids, but we guarantee it’s a fabulous way to bond and will create lifelong, loving memories. Here are 4 fun family slumber party ideas — choose your favorite for a laughter and love-filled evening this weekend!
1. The Great Outdoors Indoors
Even if you aren’t a fan of real camping, pretend camping can be a blast. Choose a room in your house where you can clear a large, open space. Put up a tent or build a big fort and fill it with your sleeping bags, bedding, and pillows. Get creative with your indoor-outdoor space:
Place houseplants around the perimeter of your “campground” to create a faux-forest. Similarly, you can use relevant children’s toys as wildlife and bugs (put your child in charge of this fun task).
If you have a fireplace, you could make indoor s’mores and sit around the fire. If you don’t, make s’mores in the oven and build a faux-fire using white twinkle lights — or even a few candles. (Of course, take every safety precaution any time you have children around fire or candles!)
2. The Game-a-Thon
Set-up your sleeping space and have everyone get into jammies. Pick all of your favorite board games and decide which order you’ll play them in. Start with any that are active or silly and move your way into more thoughtful, quiet options. Then your kids won’t be all wound up right before bedtime. Play by flashlight or candlelight to make it a little more special. Bump up the fun by:
Having small prizes for game winners (or, perhaps one prize for each child at the end of the night for being good sports).
3. Movie Night
You probably already have family movie nights in your home, but instead of retiring to your individual beds after the show is over, hunker down where you are. If your family room has a hide-a-bed, pull the bed out and have everyone pile on to watch and sleep together. Otherwise, make a giant family bed on a sectional or on the floor with plenty of pillows and plush (like Cloud b’s Snug Rugs and Poufs!). Enjoy your movie, or movies, with plenty of popcorn and time the viewing to end about 30-60 minutes before bed to give your children a chance to wind-down. For the last bit of time, read movie-related books together. Check your local library in advance to get a fun stack of Disney family movie readers.
4. Theme Party
The sky’s the limit with this one! Choose any theme you’d like – travel, sports, fictional characters, whatever your whole family can agree on (or schedule enough slumber parties that each family member gets to choose a theme for each one). Make theme-related decorations and snacks and find theme-related activities that would work well for a slumber party.
Since it’s a special night, feel free to break bedtime routines and let your children stay up a little later. Or, if you have very small children who need their routines and sleep, integrate them into the slumber party plans. If your child goes to sleep far earlier than you, consider putting him to bed in the slumber party space, sneaking away until you’re ready for bed, and then laying down next to him when you’re ready. Whatever you choose, imagination, snacks, giggles, and cuddles are all required! Move furniture, make messes (in moderation), and enjoy the memory-making!
Have you ever done anything like this? Share your fun family slumber party ideas in the comments!