The most important part of planning a family game night is putting it on the calendar. Regularly scheduled family game nights become family rituals that build memories to last a lifetime, long after the details of the plan have been forgotten.

Planning a family game night gets easier the more often it is undertaken. Whether it's scheduled weekly, biweekly or monthly, coming up with a routine that can be padded with new games or snacks makes things easy. A list of age-appropriate games that are fun for each family member is a must. The rotation of games can focus on different age groups and ability levels or on different skills that individuals in the family are working on -- or it can just focus on fun. Each family member takes a turn picking the game for the night, or the games and activities can be rotated on a schedule. Snacks and desserts are an essential part of the plan, with each family member taking a turn planning the night's snacking menu.

Not only are family game nights a good way to bond, but having fun is as important to learning as doing chores or homework. There's a good reason for the expression, "the family that plays together, stays together."