Family night is such a great way to bond together as a family. Try out these 5 fun ideas from Britney to really strengthen those relationships!

Try out these 5 fun family night competitions to bond with your family - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

Hi Freebs! It’s Britney from Color My Happy with another post in my family fun series! Today I’m talking about some competitions you can try for your next family night. A little healthy competition is a fun way to connect and bond with your family, and these ideas are sure to get them playing, laughing, and trying new things.

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These family night competition ideas work great with any size group. They’re perfect for individual families at home, but they also work well for bigger groups like family parties or family reunions. So if you’re looking for some ideas of what to do for an upcoming extended family night, look no further!

I've got 5 great family night competitions for you to try!


The basic idea of a lip sync battle is that you pick a song, then perform it as if you were actually singing it, even though you’re only lip syncing. The battles can be done individually or in groups, depending on your numbers and preferences. Voting and prizes are optional, but a fun bonus!


You can take things up a notch by using one of the following ideas:

  • Assign songs
  • Pick one singer/band/musical/era/etc. to choose songs from
  • Have judges
  • Have two family members battle out the same song at the same time


You can give people notice a couple weeks before the family night, so they have some time to prepare their performance. Or make it spur of the moment and see who thinks fastest on their feet.

Lip sync battles are fun for the whole family - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

Preparing performances gives people a chance to create their best performance. They can get costumes, prepare a dance, learn all the lyrics, and practice. This may also help shy family members not feel as anxious about it. But it also means that family members may feel the need to spend lots of time on it, and it’s something to add to their to-do lists.

With a spur of the moment performance, everyone is on an equal playing field. Everyone has the same amount of practice time (read: none), and it doesn’t give them time to stress or worry about it. But on the flip side, performances might not be as fun to watch.

Pro Tip: Use a karaoke machine if people are worried about remembering the lyrics! This also gives them a microphone to hold so that they can really feel like they're up on stage and shining.


This is the easiest way to get families bonding through competition on family night! Simply choose a sport, divide into teams, and play.

Play a sport for family night - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

If you want to explore new hobbies, pick a new sport to try each month as a family. Learning a new sport together is a great way to connect and strengthen those family relationships in a fun way!


Cooking and baking is the perfect family night. It serves as both an activity and a meal or treat! This family night competition can be done individually or as teams, and there are lots of ways to run it.


Pick a food, then have everyone make it and choose the best version. Cupcakes, chili, cookies, homemade mac n’ cheese, soup, pie, and tacos make great competitive foods. You can also get really specific, like chocolate cupcakes, chicken noodle soup, or apple pie. It’s your call!


Pick a theme, then have each team make something within that theme. Mexican food. Italian food. Side dishes. Dessert. This gives people a little more freedom, but still stays within a similar feel.


Another idea is to take a spin off of the show Chopped, where you assign a food, then give each person or team a random ingredient they have to work into their recipe.


Give each person or team $5, then head to the grocery store to buy ingredients with only that $5 before coming home to turn it into a delicious dish. You can even assign each team a type of dish, like appetizer, main dish, side, or dessert, to end up with a complete meal to eat together afterward!


Hosting a Family Olympics is a great family night activity! And the options are endless. You get to choose the competitions, so you can make it indoor, outdoor, athletic, creative, trivia-based, strategic, or anything else you want!

Family Olympics are a fun way to bond - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

This would also make a great family party idea right before or during the winter or summer Olympics. Create competitions similar to the Olympic events, then get together and compete for the gold medal!


  • Wheelbarrow Race
  • Three-legged Race
  • Egg Toss
  • Fill a Bucket (Have a bucket full of water on one side of the yard, then dip a sponge in it, run to a bucket on the other side of the yard, and squeeze out the water. See who can fill their bucket the most in the allotted time!)
  • Water Balloon Blanket Toss (Each team has a big blanket or quilt. Place a water balloon on the blanket, then launch it to the other team and see if they can catch it. Then they pass it back. See who can catch the most balloons without them breaking!)
  • Ring Toss
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Relay Games

The options are endless!


This is the best (and sneakiest) way to get chores done. Got a messy house? Divide it up and see who can finish first. Is it the end of your family reunion and the giant cabin you rented looks like a bomb went off? Divide up the rooms and see which individual family can clean their area the quickest.

Turn cleaning into a fun competition - Tips from Fun Cheap or Free

This takes the emphasis of cleaning off of the work and places it on the fun! You can either assign areas, let family members choose (youngest to oldest), or write all the tasks on slips of paper and have each person or team draw one out. Your chores are sure to be done in no time!

For easy clean up we recommend e-cloth! It's an easy way to let kids help you clean without needing a ton of harsh chemicals. Plus we KNOW you'll fall in love and be hooked once you try them!!


All of these family night competitions can end with prizes or awards, but they can also simply be a fun, bonding experience for your family. The fun is the ultimate reward! So pick your favorite, gather up your family, and have a family night you’ll always remember!

I hope your family enjoys these family night competitions! Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below. If you want to see more posts on all things mom life, come visit me on my blog. Or visit me on Instagram where I talk about loving who you are, productivity tips & tricks, and better connecting with those you love.

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