Family Games Evening

Family Games Evening

Family Games EveningWe recently enjoyed an evening of fun at a Family Games Evening at our son’s school. What a wonderful evening it was and a good opportunity for us to enjoy spending time with each other and having some silly fun!

The Family Games Evening was held from 4pm – 7pm at Joshua’s primary school. We left home in good spirits at around 5pm, fooling around and taking races while we walked the few meters down the road to school. As soon as we arrived we collected our pre-ordered tickets for the rides/games and went in search of burgers, jaffles (toasted mince sandwiches) and pancakes.

First up – dinner!

Since it was already dinnertime, we first went to find a sunny spot on the sports field and ate our burgers and snacks sitting cross-legged on the open sports field with the breeze at our backs and the sun on our faces as it was setting.


I felt so blessed sitting in the middle of the sports field surrounded by all the other families, laughter and squeals of children.

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Tractor Rides

After supper we went in search of entertainment and of course the kids were drawn to the tractor like moths to a flame! The kids don’t actually sit on the tractor, they sit on a piece of tarp and pulled by the tractor. Unfortunately tractor rides are only for kids not adults but I did get some good photos of them screeching with laughter.

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Jumping Castles

Jumping Castle

Next we went to the other side of the field for the jumping castles. Last year Alex was not allowed on the big jumping castle and got very upset about that. But this year at the very mature age of four she was not accepting anything less than the big jumping castle.

When it was their turn to jump I was a bit anxious but she made it up the steep incline like a little monkey and held her own against the other bigger kids.

After the jumping castle the kids were very much looking forward to being pitted against each other for a pillow fight. But when it was their turn to fight the automated sprinklers started blasting everyone with water! Just as well as poor little Alex would have not lasted long on that plank against her brother. She would have ended up on the mattresses below the plank in under five seconds. Joshua relished the idea of beating up on his sister in a completely legal manner but fortunately her guardian angel was with her!


Instead of a pillow fight, they joined forces in a tug-of-war against some other kids. Ashley and I had a good laugh at Alex’s antics because even though she was “heave-hoeing” the loudest, she holding onto the rope in-between her big brother and another bigger boy so she was really just hanging on for dear life!


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Indoor games

After the tug-of-war we headed inside the main hall to see what indoor games they had. One thing I noticed was that the school had managed to put together a nice selection of activities and games which hardly required any materials to put together. And the kids were having a blast!

The next game we played before taking a break for ice cream was played with a fishing rod with a ring attached to the string. The aim of the game was to use one arm only to get the ring around the bottle neck and yank the bottle over. First one who gets the bottle pulled over wins the cool drink. While Joshua was not so lucky in his turn, Alex was pitted against two boys her own age and WON the game!

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It was a perfect summer night and a very enjoyable evening. I intend to plan many more game nights for the family this year even if it’s just at home with the four of us. It’s good to have silly fun with your family.

I’ve already bought a box of board games in anticipation of the next family games evening!




Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. pamela says:

    I noticed Alex using 2 hands?……….. I remember fun evenings at schools many years ago, but times were different then. The kids would hang out with their friends while the parents sat chatting and braaiing. We didn’t see our kids until it was time to pack up, but then it would be so dark and much to the delight of all the kids, the parents found it difficult locating them, so it ended up in a late night with a school of sleepy kids the next day and of course, yawning moms dropping off their offspring in the morning.

    1. Anthea says:

      Yes those three little ones struggled so much with one hand that we allowed them to use both hands. I remember that! Keenan running around with his friends after dark. I’d never let the kids out of my sight at a carnival now times sure have changed.

  2. For some reason, the pictures are just not loading! 🙁 Well, hopefully a little while later. But, sounds like you guys had fun.

    1. Anthea says:

      Oh no! Please try again, all loadng on this side. xxx

  3. Stephanie says:

    Seems like a fun time was had by all. Wish I was with…..The jaffles remind me of winter school holidays long, long ago:)

    1. Anthea says:

      Wish you had been there too! The jaffles reminded me of Aunty Rosie making me sandwiches in Kensington. Will let you know next time about the next games evening!

  4. Terri-Leigh says:

    PS. I want a jaffle!!! 🙁

  5. Terri-Leigh says:

    Hahahaha looks like they had soooo much fun! And ofcourse my Alex won! 😀

    1. Anthea says:

      Hehe @ her happy face!

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