3 Ways to Keep Warm With a Family Night In



Winter weather got you down? Thanks to the El Nino, we’ve had some unusually warm weather lately here in Emerald Isle (I’m definitely not complaining about that!), but the weather has seemed to turn once again, bringing a chill in the air. Even if it is sweater weather, however, there are still ways to warm up in Emerald Isle that will bring not only physical warmth, but the warmth of being together with your family.

Every Sunday evening, my family and I gather together to have family night. We’ve done it ever since I can remember and I am so grateful for all the happy memories it has brought. Having a family night in while vacationing in your rental in Emerald Isle is the perfect way to bring the warmth in and allow you to really enjoy time with your family. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do with your family; it could be a movie night, baking a tasty snack together in your rental kitchen, telling your favorite summertime tales, or playing board games. Regardless of what you decide to do, just spending that time with your family is what is most important. However, if you need a couple hints for how to kick start your family night, we have a few ideas.

1. Summertime Charades

A good way to bring the family together while also striving to keep the memory of the warm summer months in the forefront of your mind is by playing summertime Charades! Come up with your own list of summer topics or use our list that you can print out yourself. If you’ve never played Charades before, don’t worry, it’s really easy. One person will choose a summertime topic that they have drawn from the list, or one they have come up with themselves. Then, without using any words, they must act out the summertime topic while the rest of the family tries to guess what they are miming. You can play as teams or as individuals, but for an extra competitive edge, you can keep score to see how many of the topics you can guess!

2. Comfort Food

One of my favorite parts of family night was always the family night treat! Choose your favorite snack to make together and warm up with some good comfort food. The great part about staying in a rental while in Emerald Isle is that you have access to your rental’s kitchen. If you choose to make your own snack, try to get the whole family involved in the creation! Try popping your own popcorn and adding new or different spices for extra flavor, make stove-top hot chocolate, or bake a fresh batch of cookies for everyone to enjoy. I’m convinced that some of the best memories are made while in the kitchen, so take advantage of that while you are staying in your rental this vacation.

3. Summertime Stories

Sometimes the best way to warm up even in the winter is by remembering summers past. My family and I love watching our family home videos, many of which are definitely worthy of America’s Funniest Home Videos. And while I hope that, for the sake of my pride, none of them ever see the light of national television, they do often bring back great memories of the times I have spent with my family. It’s heart warming to watch old videos of my favorite people enjoying their summertime fun.

Even if you don’t have family videos, you can look through old pictures or just tell stories of your favorite summer memories while on vacation in Emerald Isle. Remember the hot summer sun, the cool ocean, and all the fun in between. You can even make it a game to see who can recall the funniest story. Anyway you do it, telling stories is a wonderful way to warm your hearts while spending time in Emerald Isle for your vacation.


These are just a few of the ways that you can warm up this winter with a family night in. The best part about having a family night in, though, is having the ability to try new things, to personalize your time, and to get creative with how you spend time with your family. There is no limit to what you can do with your family this vacation even with a nip in the air. Find out more information on finding your perfect rental while on vacation in Emerald Isle on our website.

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