“Idea List: Awesome Activity Nights,” New Era, Mar. 1998, 45
Want to have a great activity night? The suggestions on this list should give you some great ideas for fun and service-oriented activities. If you’re looking for more spiritual, Christ-centered activities, look here in the coming months. We’re devoting a special list to that topic.
Organize. Make sure that all activities begin and end on time with prayer.
Plan. Write down what you’re going to do and when you’re going to do it.
Remind. Call the people you’ve asked to help and remind them of their responsibilities.
Race. Relay races inside when it’s cold, or outside when it’s warm, are always fun. Add a silly activity or two as part of the race—blowing bubbles, singing a silly song, or eating soda crackers and blowing up a balloon—and you’ve got a sure winner.
Eat. Cut up loaves of french bread and assign people to bring pizza toppings, have an ice cream social, or roast marshmallows and make s’mores.
Dance. Learn how to line dance, ballroom dance, or do the jitterbug.
Serve. Go to a rest home and sing. Shovel snow, rake leaves, or mow lawns for widows. Serve food at a local soup kitchen.
Learn. Find out about professions you think are interesting and what preparation and skills are necessary. Learn how to quilt, cook, paint, or sew.
Read. Get together and share your favorite thoughts from the most recent general conference or New Era and why you like them. Or have a contest to see who can answer the most questions about a particular article or talk.
Share. Visit the less-active members of your class or quorum and let them know how much you miss them. Don’t forget to call ahead so they know when to expect you. Take a treat to share.