Family Pizza Night

In our house, Pizza Night is a weekend tradition. It doesn’t matter if it is Friday, Saturday, or Sunday…it’s all about the pizza. And even better? The fun of family pizza night.

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But here’s the thing…there are fun ways to incorporate a pizza theme into your whole day of family fun, not just dinner time.


Our favorite toy brand, Melissa and Doug, has an amazing build your own pizza puzzle play set. Even though it is rather simple with Velcro, three different toppings, and two cutting utensils, it provides endless fun for my little guys. They love coming up with creative combos, and I’m happy to eat and eat without anything extra showing up on my waist line.


Since my oldest is working on writing and other fine motor skills, we have been working a lot with lacing cards. One of our favorites is the Melissa and Doug Lace and Trace Shapes, and he always fights his little brother in order to get the triangle pizza card. I especially love this activity because it is challenging for three year olds, but not to the point of frustration. It’s just plain fun.


As you may have noticed if you have been following my blog for a while, we spend A TON of time reading. I guess that’s what happens when Mommy is a Reading Specialist. Although we have many favorite picture books, we always enjoy a few different readings of Pete’s A Pizza, as it ensures that the boys have fits of giggles.


Another thing our whole family, grandparents included, get excited about is playing with play dough.  There is just something about the tactile play that reduced stress and promotes creativity.  We have a Play Dough Twirl ‘N Top Pizza Shop, and we all love making different kinds of pizzas with crazy toppings that we would never eat in real life.  I’m looking at you, anchovies!


Now for the main event….pizza night. When I am feeling exhausted (which is pretty common by the end of the week because I am wiped out from running around with my boys day in and day out), we simply order in either thin or our beloved deep dish Chicago pizza.

friday night pizza family fun boys cooking

But now that my boys are older and love to be involved in cooking dinner, we make a ton of homemade pizzas. My boys are pretty adventurous eaters in terms of veggies, but if there isn’t sausage on the pizza, they aren’t eating it.


This go around we got crazy (maybe it was the Spring fever) and made Hawaiian pizzas: Pineapple, red onions, red peppers, and prosciutto.  The boys seemed to enjoy the different pizza toppings…or maybe that was because they knew that there were cupcakes for dessert.


But the fun of family pizza night doesn’t have to end there….pop in a movie and create a drive in theatre at home! My kids might not be old enough for Mystic Pizza, but they can happily enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


Enjoy your family night and make a ton of wonderful memories!

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  1. april says

    we have pizza every weekend too! Love the cars and have always wanted to make something similar I guess I need to go do that now lol! I have always seen cardboard ones on pinterest but am loving the big tuber ware ones 🙂

    • amandasimkin says

      We try to do as many fun things at home as we can since sometimes going out to dinner is stressful with two active little guys.

  2. kendall says

    Okay, I need to check out that melissa and doug pizza set! My kiddos would love it! Such fun ideas – thanks for sharing!

  3. Chubskulit Rose says

    Yummy! We used to have a pizza Friday night last year but this year, we are trying not to although we bake pizza at home once in a while when we can’t control our cravings lol.

  4. CourtneyLynne says

    Awwwww my princess has that same Melissa and Doug pizza! I think it’s the cutest toy ever. Now only if I could get her to not try to actually eat it lol

  5. Jamie says

    We love pizza nights at our house too! My little one got some great Doug and Melissa toys for her birthday! Her favorite is the broom, mop, dust pan set. She loves to help me sweep!

    • amandasimkin says

      Tupperware containers that we made into cars. They love sitting in boxes and laundry baskets so it was the least I could do to indulge them!

  6. Heather says

    Ah hoe fun! We’ve done a make your own pizza night once. I don’t know why we haven’t done it more often. It sounds like such a nice tradition.

  7. Tami says

    Oh, my little guy need more play sets. I think I’ll get him the M&D pizza set. I don’t trust him NOT to eat playdough just yet.

    • amandasimkin says

      Being sports fanatics, just like most families in Chicagoland, sports and pizza go hand in hand. 🙂

    • amandasimkin says

      We just got an old school popcorn maker and now it really feels like we are at the theatre. We just have more money in our pocket than if we actually went. 🙂

  8. Kristen says

    Another Chicago Blogger! I grew up in Wheaton 🙂 My sister in law blogs at Chicago Jogger. Nice to meet you! I could really go for some Chicago pizza right about now!

  9. Ashley says

    We have pizza/movie night on Fridays at our house! We might need to move it because soccer games are at 9AM on Saturday mornings now. YUCK!

  10. V. Dotter says

    We love that book Pete’s Pizza! We also whip up our own pizza and the kids seem to eat more when its their own creation. I love that drive-thru idea – not something we’ve done. Will have to come up with a few “vehicles”! Thanks!

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