There is nothing quite so relaxing as spending time near the fireplace on a cool night. It’s ideal for a bit of alone time with a good book or some soft music, but gathering around the fireplace can also be a great way for your family to spend some quality time together. Read on for some fun ideas on how to enhance your family time with the help of your fireplace area.
What could be better on a rainy day or a cool windy night, than gathering around the fire to play your family’s favourite board games? Some Scrabble, anyone? Perhaps a game of Monopoly or Snakes & Ladders? If you’re feeling creative, go for Charades or Pictionary. If you need to burn off some energy, try Twister. A friendly game of cards is great for all ages from Old Maid to Gin Rummy.
Pop some popcorn and choose a favorite film that the whole family enjoys. Nothing beats sitting around the fireplace while laughing at a comedy or enjoying a family classic. Add some hot chocolate to the mix and you have the perfect recipe for family fun.
Baking & Snacks
Speaking of recipes, if your fireplace is in the kitchen, why not whip up a batch of cookies or cupcakes. It’s always great fun to break out the icing, candies, sprinkles, and other decorative fare and allow everyone to get creative with their delicious creations. If it’s in the living room, you might be able to cook a marshmallow or two and add them to graham crackers and chocolate if smores are your thing!
Cuddle up on the couch with some comfy blankets and get ready to reminisce about times past. Children of all ages love to hear stories from when they were younger, as well as from their early days. Run out of family tales to tell? Try modifying your children’s favorite fairy tales to include them. If your children are older, a good ghost story will be sure to keep their attention.
A Time to Remember
If your kids enjoy stories about their — and your — younger years, why not dig out all of your family albums? Nothing is more fun than looking back on all of your best memories. The albums are sure to spark much hilarity and maybe even a few nostalgic tears. And what can be better than that while curled up in front of a roaring fire?
If your kids are young, why not try some fun competitions? See who can build the best Lego robot or create the coolest play dough creature. If you want to do something a little more laid back, check out Pinterest for some easy craft ideas that the whole family can do together.
Ace Swim & Leisure
Nothing enhances family time quite like a fireplace. If you’re interested in learning more about what type of unit will work for your home, we’re here to help. Ace Swim and Leisure offers a variety of gas fireplaces, pellet stoves, and wood stoves. Drop into any of our four Northern New York locations and check out our selection of industry-leading home heating solutions.