In my house, frugal family fun nights have 3 requirements: frugal, fast and fun! I can’t spent hours planning and don’t have much to spend, but we still want to have fun. Believe it or not, this is easier than it seems. The night always starts with a simple theme. It seems too simple, but a theme makes EVERYTHING fun. Tonight’s theme is balloons! Hope you try out this family fun night with balloons to see if your kids will enjoy it.
The materials are simple—>
~a pack of balloons
Total cost if you went to the store to buy it all: less than $5. If you are like me, you will likely have many of these materials lying around the house, making the cost even less!
Setting up Balloon Fun Night—>
I used packing tape to attach the popsicle sticks to the paper plates. Then I took a scrap piece of paper and wrote little notes to each of my kids and put those papers in 4 balloons before I blew them up. I usually store the blown-up balloons in large trash bag until we were ready for them. That’s it! See what I mean by simple? This family fun night can be prepped in less than 5 minutes.
The only other thing you may need to do is print off this list of games or open your computer to this website so you can remember which games you will play.
Balloon Fun Games—>
1. Balloon Keep-up: don’t let the balloon touch the floor. See how long the family can keep it in the air (hint:station big people closer to little people).
2. Balloon Hockey: We used the paper plate “paddles” for this game, but you can also use kitchen utensils. Players had to try and hit the balloon into their team’s “goal.” I made goals out of laundry baskets and placed them across from each other in the living room.
3. Balloon Tennis: Using the “paddles” bump the balloons back and forth to your partner. I really prefer open ended games since my kids are still little, but you could keep score, giving points to the other team when their opponent’s balloon hits the floor.
4. Balloon Hula: Two players hold up the hula hoop for others. The object of this game is to use the paddle to hit the balloon through a hula hoop. For little guys, I just let them toss it in with their hands.
5. Balloon Waddle: Stand two kids side by side and place the ball between their hips. Now send them across the room, and see if they can get there without dropping the balloon.
6. Balloon Catch: give half of the players a large mixing bowl and half of the players a balloon. Have them toss the balloon to see if they can catch it in the bowl. You can also fold a piece of cardstock paper into a cone shape and catch the balloons in the cone.
7. Balloon Head Bump: keep their balloon in the air and off the floor only using their heads. If the balloon falls to the floor they are out. Last one with their balloon in the air wins. You can play this multiple times it will go quick.
8. Balloon Finger Balance: players have to balance their balloon on their finger. Their finger must be in contact with the balloon at all times.
9. Balloon Volleyball: we used our couch as a net and hit the balloon across to each other. Each team will hit the balloon and score points when they are able to get the balloon to hit the ground on the opposite side. If a balloon is popped that team who pooped it loses a point. You can set a point value to reach for which the team be winners.
10. Balloon Pop: at the end of the night, I let the kids race to see who could find the secret messages that I hid in the balloons before blowing them up. After they pop one balloon, they have to run a lap around the couch before popping another one.
Try this frugal family fun night with balloons and see just how much your little ones enjoy it.