Pajama Olympics

Holly and James Gustafson say it's important to give your kids a say when you replace screen time with physical activity. When they plan a Pyjama Olympics, each of their five kids plans an event. Here's how you can put together your own active family fun night.

  1. Choose a theme. Do you want to model games after real Olympic events or use games and equipment you have in the house? If you've got a house full of teens, think about turning your Pyjama Olympics into a Minute to Win it Contest.
  2. Ask each child to come up with one event. Help younger children come up with ideas.
  3. Use our printable Pyjama Olympics rule sheet to record the rules of each game so there's no fighting. Encourage kids to keep it simple, but let them come up with the rules for their event.
  4. Set up each event in a difference area of the house. Use our printable Pyjama Olympics event labels to mark each space.
  5. Have fun and make sure you play along instead of watching from the sidelines. Use our printable Pyjama Olympics awards or buy some inexpensive, fun active prizes for an awards ceremony.

Event ideas

Skipping contest         
Sack races
Balloon volleyball        
Limbo contest
Stacking cups

Pyjama Olympics downloads

Pyjama Olympics rule sheet
Pyjama Olympics scoresheet
Pyjama Olympics event labels
Pyjama Olympics awards