Family Pajama Run!


I like to have fun. I love to laugh. Having fun together as a family is hard sometimes. It seems that keeping my family of five in a jovial mood was always a challenge.  A good friend told me about a Focus on the Family book actually called Fun Family Ideas… or Family Fun… (I think. Doesn’t matter.)

One idea from the book I have always loved and used many times is “Pajama Run.” This is pure genius and so simple. This is the idea – you put your kids in their jama’s and then off to bed. If you can do it 30 minutes early then double score! After about 15 minutes of them being in bed you stand in the hall way outside their bedrooms and ring a bell or shout “Pajama Run!!!!” Then you all pile in the car… wearing your pajamas… and head to Sonic or McDonald’s and order an ice cream. You sit in your car and eat, and just let your kids talk. AND they will.

You sit in your car and eat, and just let your kids talk. AND they will.

I thought it would only work in the summer, but we have done it year round. Especially around Christmas – then you can drive around and look at Christmas lights!!!

There are strict rules to Pajama Run. If you ask for Pajama Run, it doesn’t happen. It is super fun to do when the cousins are visiting, so make double sure you don’t ask for it!!

I remember our first Pajama Run. I shouted, “Pajama Run,” and my girls bolted out of bed and ran into the hallway. The dog was was barking. It was beautiful excitement. They didn’t have a clue what was going on. It was like magic. We were having fun. This is a fun family memory that has lasted through the many trials my family has faced.

My girls are all grown up now but guess what happened this summer?? We went on a Pajama Run. No one was in their pajamas but it was fun… my girls were surprised and my girls talked. (Insert happy momma face here.)