Game Night Ideas – Finding The Time To Get Started



I started this site of Family Game Night Ideas to help people spend more time together as a family.  Lately I have seen people stating that they were having trouble finding the time to get started and today I am looking to share some ideas to help.

Making The Initial Commitment

Calendar Game Night
Make the commitment!

The first thing in creating a game night for your family is to make a commitment to do so.  Discuss with your spouse and children your desire to have a game night and together come up with a night that works for everyone.  Then mark it on your calendar, planner, or whatever you use for scheduling.  Also, try making a big note to hang up on the refrigerator announcing your game night!

By discussing the idea with your whole family you can build up excitement about the idea.  Then you can use that to help build your momentum to get your night up and running.

Maximizing Your Time

The next most important thing in having a successful start is to maximize your time to have a game night.  This can be done in several different ways:

  • Plan ahead, know what games the kids want to play.
  • Have an easy dinner such as pizza.
  • Avoid school nights or make sure homework is done early.

Basically you just want to make sure that your schedule is clear of any other distractions.  Next make sure any daily chores or homework is done early so that you don’t have to cut the game night off short.

Family Playing Board Game
Put your family first when it comes to Game Night! Bill Branson (Photographer)

The point of having a Family Game Night is to spend time together as a family and this should be a priority that once planned is set in stone.  Don’t schedule other things that would conflict with or compress your time allotted.  Following these simple steps should give you plenty of time to have a fun filled evening with your family.

Know What Games To Use

Knowing ahead of time what games the kids want to play can really help save a lot of time.  This can be done simply by talking to your kids and finding out what they want to do, or you can take a more advanced route that I reviewed in the post — What Board Game Should We Play.  Another option would be to select several games and form a short list for the family to choose from.  Lastly, if you haven’t already, I would review The Basics page on the site here for more detailed information.

Wrap Up

When it all boils down to it, finding the time is actually pretty easy.  Making the commitment to the night and having a successful one is where the challenge lays.  However, I am here to help you with that and if you have any questions or concerns please let me know in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer them for you.  Make sure to check the email notification box so you know when anyone replies to your comment.

James W D

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12 Replies to “Game Night Ideas – Finding The Time To Get Started”

  1. James you have one of the best ideas for a site I have ever seen with this.

    You have good solid family information here and people obviously love it.

    Keep working it and adding to it buddy.

    Scott Moore

    • Hey Scott, I really appreciate your feedback and I am glad that you liked the site here. I hope that I can continue to provide value for you and your family.

  2. james,
    I like your website, I am looking for help. we have started family game night and we have a large family. we have 10 kids my oldest is 20 and youngest is 6. we just had our second last night. the first one was great but the second one not so much.
    we are planning the next one and I am trying to bring down the noise level as the teenagers are complaining. the crying of the little kids when they don’t score points or are behind is also an issue. we know this is all new and there is a learning curve but I am afraid I will lose the teens if I cant get a handle on it quickly.
    I was thinking maybe a group in one room with a game and another group in a different room and then rotate but will that take away the group aspect?
    we are thinking a energetic game to begin and then slowly working our way to a more quiet game to finish so the little kids can go to bed easily.
    what about project to work on together but I don’t have any ideas that will meet all the age groups together.
    Our main goals are to have everyone get to know each other better.
    to work together better and build personal relationships with one sibling at a time we put them in groups of 2. and rotate each week so they can work together.
    any help or suggestions would help. thanks

    • Em, My very first thought before I got to the end of your post would be to try the partner aspect, putting older kids with a younger ones. With that many kids, having two games going at the same time in different rooms could also be effective. I would also lean on the teens to help teach and encourage the younger players, perhaps letting the teens take turns moderating games for them as well.

      It may even help to have some game time when its just you and either the younger or older kids to help get them aligned with what your expectations are. Going this route and then integrating into whole family time might be a bit easier then trying to teach everyone at once.

      While I only have 3 kids, I often have many of their friends here as well so I can imagine what it is like with a group of 10.

      I think you already have some great ideas and it will just take some time and commitment to get everything right. If you have any other questions or follow ups just let me know and I will be more then happy to work with you!

  3. That is true , Finding the time is easy once all the family members make a commitment to a game night. I think combining a game night with a pizza night is a great incentive to get kids to complete there homework and chores time. Awesome idea.
    Thanks for sharing James.

    • Thanks Chris. It does all boil down to just making the commitment and getting the excitement brewing. I am glad that you enjoyed the post and I hope that it helps you & your family.

  4. Great advice James! In my family we are so spread out all over the eastern half of the U.S. but we always make it a major point to play a game every holiday we all get together. Monopoly is our favorite but I hope to introduce the game LCR to everyone.

    • Great to hear Robert. I know when I was growing up I always loved our family Christmas parties and playing games. I remember when I was about 6 that I knew more answers then the adults on my team when we were playing Trivial Pursuit. The other team loved it because my team never believed my answers and would choose a wrong one. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Savonne, That is my goal! I hope as well to rekindle the Game Night for many families. Especially right now as there are a lot of new companies out there trying to get a foothold in the game market. I hope to see you stop back by again!

  5. Hi James, my kids used to love playing games, from monopoly to cards. I just wish that as parents we had made it a regular thing as you suggest in your post. Still have the monopoly and scrabble packed away somewhere. Maybe my husband and I should start playing as we made a choice not to have a tv.

    • Thank you for sharing your story Lydia. I hope that with the absence of TV that you and your husband can find the value in playing games. If you ever need any help on finding a game let me know and I will do what I can to help.

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