Family Friendly Activities for this Year’s Bonfire Night

Father and son sitting in front of a campfire on Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night takes place on November 5. Don’t stay inside. Use this as the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with family and friends. Check out these family-friendly activities and prepare to have a blast on Bonfire Night this year.

Twenty Questions

This game is pretty simple. During this guessing game, a person will think of a famous person, popular place, or an object. Then, everyone else will try to identify that person, place, or thing in twenty seconds or less. Twenty Questions is a family friendly activity that is great for rainy days, long car rides, and (of course) bonfire night. It doesn’t require anything other than participation and your strategic thinking cap!

Truth or Dare

Truth or Dare is a classic game that almost everyone has played at least once. So, why not bring this exciting game to your family adventure? Make it kid-friendly with these 100 dares for kids. (If you are going to be far away from home during bonfire night, consider taking some items for your dare along with you.)


Test your communication skills with the Telephone game. During this activity, one person will start things off by whispering a phrase into someone’s ear. Then, that next person will whisper what they heard into the ear of the person next to them. This cycle continues until you get to the last person in the group. Once the phrase has been whispered into their ear, they will say the phrase that they heard aloud to see if it is the same as what was originally said.

Usually, the ending phrase is completely different from the beginning phrase. So, it’s lots of fun to see how much things change. Are your communication skills up to par?


We’ve got another guessing game to add to the list: Charades! During this fun family activity, the first player will think of a famous person’s name, a place, an object, or the title of something that the rest of the group will be familiar with. Then, they will pantomime what they have chosen until the group figures it out (or until time runs out, for those who choose to use a timer).

Finish the Story

What’s a bonfire night without a good story? When the sun goes down, keep the fun going with a family storytime! In this game, one player will start off by telling the beginning of a story. Afterward, as you go around the circle, each person after them will add on to the tale. You can make it funny, scary, or a story with a lesson. The possibilities are endless! Plus, this is a great way to dapple into your creative ability.

Name That Tune

Does your family love a good song? If so, this game is perfect for your bonfire celebration. As you sit around the fire, start an exciting round of Name That Tune. First, choose a theme. Then, grab your radio (or your cell phone) and play the first few seconds of a song that fits into that theme. The first person to raise their hand first gets the first shot at guessing the name of the song. Then, allow others to take a shot at guessing. If no one guesses correctly, play a few more seconds and stop the song again. Repeat until someone guesses the correct name of the song. Then, it’s their turn to play!

Giant Genga

Take your outdoor festivities to a whole new level with a game of Giant Genga! This is a wonderful activity for the entire family. It just requires a bit of preparation. Check out a tutorial for this game and other outdoor yard games, here.

**Before you begin your bonfire, be sure to take the necessary safety precautions.


Bonfire Night is quickly approaching. So, hop into a vehicle from Genesis of Tuscaloosa and pick up the items you need, today!