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50 family night ideas that will make your kids forget all about TV

Deanna Sletten has been writing for nearly 20 years for magazines and websites. She owns the blog Write Moms that shares information about freelance writing. Deanna is also the author of two fiction novels.

Dozens of family fun activities to keep your kids from whining 'I'm bored'

If your weekly night of family togetherness has turned into an evening of boredom, eye-rolling and fighting, we have just the thing to mix it up. Correction: We have 50 things that you can use to keep your kiddos entertained on a Friday night or to plan a fun weekend that the whole family will enjoy.

The next time you hear that familiar refrain -- Mom, I'm bored! -- you'll know exactly what to do:

Dozens of family fun activities to keep your kids from whining 'I'm bored'
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1. Crafts. Bet you didn't know there were at least 16 things your kids could make with a plain paper plate.

2. Family mailboxes. Paint and decorate the family mailbox.

3. Vacation jar. Decorate a Family Vacation Jar in which you save change.

4. Newsletter. Create a family newsletter to send out to family and friends. This can be a monthly project.

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5. Movie night. Have family movie night and watch old family videos together.

6. Star watching. Family star-watching night. Lay outside on a blanket in the yard and look up at the stars together. Try to map out constellations together. Afterward, look up the stories behind each constellation on the Internet.

7. Cookout and camping. Enjoy a cookout and campout. Pitch a tent in your yard and cook food over an open fire (or on the barbecue). Sit in a circle and tell ghost stories.

8. Volunteering. Volunteer as a family. Help out at a school fundraiser or serve meals at the local soup kitchen.

9. Baking. Bake together. Take turns picking favorite recipes out of a cookbook and let the kids and dad join in on the fun.

10. Playground. Go to the local playground and swing together or climb the monkey bars. Kids love it when parents play like they do.

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