*The following is borrowed from http://kidsactivities.suite101.com.
Tired of the same old TV nights? Don’t you wish for some fresh fun ideas that will promote togetherness and family unity?
Try cooking an ethnic recipe or thematic meal.
Snow Supper Decorate the dining room table with cut out paper snowflakes. Serve all white foods. How about potatoes, fish, coconut, rice, white bread, vanilla pudding, or ice cream, banana smoothies, etc.? Try a pioneer or medieval dinner. Wear costumes.
Have a indoor picnic. How about a Jewish meal? Polish, German, Cajun, a jungle feast or mountaintop menu, African, or Southern Soul Food meal? Dress for the theme. Choose music to go along with your theme and set the table for it.
Starry-Starry Night. Take a flashlight, some bug spray, a couple of blankets and pillows and go out and lay down under the night sky. Watch for shooting stars and talk about galaxies, black holes, moon-walking, astronauts, constellations, the planets, and the universe. Here from Family Fun magazine are some more complete stargazing plans.
Art night Make some playdough,or buy a package of clay for some modeling fun. Supply plastic mats for working, cookie cutters and a rolling pin. Even the little ones can form balls and snakes. The older children can mold some more complicated figures. See what mom and dad come up with. Try this recipe for spicy smelling holiday playdough.
Good Deed Night Come up with a service project that you can work on together. For example, making a shoebox Christmas gift for a needy child. Purchase and wrap gifts or make cards to deliver to a local nursing home. Prepare a package for a serviceman. Spend your evening doing something nice for someone else.
Have a good time sharing and just being together as a family!