Hosting a Family Fitness Night in Physical Education

We see library nights, movie nights and various other events to promote family engagement at our schools. We understand the importance of physical education when it comes to the development of the whole child so it’s up to us to host events to promote physical education and get the attention it deserves.

I have hosted a Family Fitness Night for many years at various campuses. The following are some ideas that I use at my event to promote family fitness.

Finding Community Partners


I get on the campus master schedule as soon as the school year starts, but I begin serious work on the event at least two months out.  The first thing I do is look for community partners that are willing to support the event. Support comes in many forms- whether donating door prizes or hosting a booth the night of.   Below is a list of some of the community partners I have had throughout the years.

  1. Dentists – Lectures on dental hygiene and free toothbrushes.
  2. ER Facilities – Provide basic health information and blood pressure screenings.
  3. Restaurants – Showcase of healthy food options when eating out.
  4. Vision Clinics – Provide free vision screenings for all family members.
  5. Police/Firefighters – Community engagement.
  6. Cooking Demonstration – Healthy snack options.

The night of the event, I have tables set up for each community partner. Early on, I put out a request for high school students to volunteer for community service hours.  The high school students stand at the entrance and pass out a bingo card with all the locations that the parents need to visit.  The families are encouraged to visit each table and get a stamp on their bingo cards which are the put into a drawing for door prizes. I also have activities outside and in the gym for the families to participate in.

Fitness Activities

My outside activities consist of corn hole, horseshoes and additional games that families can play at their homes. The activities inside the gym are designed to get parents into the gymnasium to showcase what is happening in physical education. Stations are set up throughout the gymnasium that allow students to show what they have learned in class and allow the parents to participate with their child.  Some examples of stations that I have used are:

It’s also important to have student work posted at various stations.  The bowling station includes examples of student’s scoresheets and at the Chinese jump rope station I display student created patterns on the wall for the students to use to teach their parents.


Bonus Activity:


I’m a member of my district’s Physical Education Cadre and we meet throughout the year to plan activities and work on professional development.  During one of our sessions our group created a game that we named Fitolopy.  We modeled it after popular board games and created a fitness game for students and parents to play during our family fitness night. The following are some examples of the spaces you could land on during the game.

  • Active Alley – Hold a plank for 10 seconds
  • Diet Drive – Do 10 squats
  • Cardiac Court – High knee march for a count of 10

Parents always leave the event with comments like, “Physical education wasn’t like this when I was growing up.” Whatever activities or events you plan, we need parents to become allies as we promote the importance of healthy and physical education in developing the whole child.

I hope you enjoy some of these ideas for family fitness night. If you have any additional activities that you’ve tried, please share them in the comment section below!

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4 Responses

  1. Great ideas! I am also planning to do hold a fitness/health night at one of my schools and I love the fitolopy game you created. Can we purchase or some how get a copy of the game?

    Thank you so much for your help!

  2. Unfortunately, we don’t have a copy of the game or the ability to sell one. Our cadre group brainstormed some ideas for each of the “stations” and my very creative PE director made the signs out of Corplast. I think you could easily come up with ideas and have a print shop or someone with artistic ability make them for you. Thanks for reading the blog! Let me know how yours turns out!

  3. Every year, we schedule a Family Fitness Night. We have a strong relationship with our park district and they let us use their Field House, recreation center. We have 5-6 stations that families rotate through and some stations are we have community partners host. This past February, we were able to get Staley Da Bear, Chicago Bears mascot to come and he did a dance station where he was the DJ and got the families dancing. We also had cardio drumming, a healthy snack station where a community partner hosted, Zumba, walking track and a station where our principal had a short talk with parents.

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