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Events & Programs Archive

We know planning great family events is a big part of what your group does. There are tons of ideas in the articles below for new and better ways to connect with parents, even planning events around holidays. Find more helpful tools and info on the Events & Programs resources page.

  • 50 Event Hacks That Will Make Your PTO Life Easier

  • Starry, Starry Night

    Maine elementary students enjoy an out-of-this-world astronomy event.
  • A Tech-Savvy Talent Show

    Social media and mobile voting generate student enthusiasm.
  • Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

    Ideas for PTOs and PTAs to support their school communities during this annual celebration.
  • Not Just Another Dance

    Try these fun alternatives to father-daughter and mother-son dances.
  • Special Interest Day Captivates Students

    A day of educational and fun activities brightens up winter for Michigan students.
  • School Events Middle Schoolers Won’t Hate

    Even finicky middle schoolers will have fun with these ideas and events—although they probably won’t admit it.
  • 6 Ways To Brighten the Winter

    Give everyone a lift during the winter months with these ideas and simple events.
  • School Events Kids Love

    Create excitement for your activities by focusing on fun.
  • 15 Fun Ideas for a Minions Movie Night at School

    In case you hadn’t heard (highly unlikely if you have kids younger than 12), the Minions movie is available on DVD, which means we allllllll get to celebrate minion-style—again. Your group can take advantage of all the minion mayhem by planning a fun Family Movie Night at school. Heck, as long as you can get your hands on some googly eyes and something yellow to serve (bananas, anyone?), you’re golden. Just check out these super fun Minions-theme movie night ideas that’ll get families pumped to attend—and then be sure to download our free movie night planning kit. It has everything you need to organize and run your event, including Minions-theme promotional materials....Consider it your group’s very own minion, helping you get the job done! 1. Serve up popcorn, minion-style (your snack bar has never “looked” so good). via Homeroom Mom   2. No yellow cups? No problem. Plastic baggies work in a pinch. via Pinterest user Melanie Cazares   3. And we’re not done with those googly eyes just yet. Stick ’em on pudding snacks... via I Can Teach My Child   4....and applesauce cups. via As the Bunny Hops   5. When it comes to cheese, we’d say orange is close enough to yellow. via Kid Friendly Things To Do   6. Kids will go bananas for this healthy treat (also the snack choice of minions everywhere!). via Me Sew Crazy   7. Turn a trash can into your very own on-site Box Tops coordinator minion (remind families to bring their Box Tops!). via Pinterest user Nicki Hensley   8. Serve up lemonade (or any yellow beverage, for that matter) minion-style. via I Run For My Life   9. Decorations don’t have to be fancy to be fun (here’s lookin’ at you, fancy pants). via Somewhere in the Middle   10. All eyes will be on the photo booth. Yes, all eyes. via Maker Mama   11. Before the movie starts, keep little fingers busy with this one-eyed pom pom craft... via Pinterest user Jen Rhoades   12....or this stick puppet craft that moonlights as a bookmark. via Living Well Mom   13. End the night with a friendly game of “Pin the Goggles on the Minion.” via Tidbits and Twine   14. The door to the gym (or caf) never looked so...dare we say...polished? via Pinterest user Ben   15. Families won't know the minions are about to invade unless you give them a proper heads up. Promote your upcoming event with this fun Facebook graphic and flyer, part of our free Family Movie Night planning kit! It pretty much does all the work for you—which is sort of like having your group's very own minion, right? You’ll get the lowdown on how to run a rock star event, plus information about movie licensing, colorful promotional materials, and more. via PTO Today Family Movie Night Originally posted in 2015 and updated regularly. Family Movie Night® is a trademark of School Family Media®.
  • Do PTOs and Alcohol Mix?

  • Cool Enrichment Ideas for PTOs

    Try one (or all!) of these parent-group-tested ideas to make learning more exciting for kids.
  • Thanksgiving Ideas for PTOs and PTAs

    Use these ideas, helpful tips, and new downloadables to organize a fitting Thanksgiving celebration.
  • Last-Minute Halloween Ideas for Your PTO

    Quick (and fun) ways to mark the spooky October holiday.
  • How To Organize a Trunk or Treat

    This fun school Halloween event provides families with an alternative to trick-or-treating door-to-door.
  • School Events That Can Become Traditions

    Get inspired to start a tradition at your school by these fresh event ideas.
  • Dodgeball Tournament Is a Big Hit

    An Oklahoma PTO taps into kids’ love of an old-fashioned game for big fun (and profit).
  • Tips and Ideas for Food-Related Events

    Parent group leaders share tips to make your next community meal or other food-centered event easier.
  • 5 Ways To Make Your Event a Success

    Quick tips for making your next event a big hit.
  • 5 Tips for a Very Merry Holiday Shop

    A holiday shop for kids is a fun way for PTOs and PTAs to help celebrate the season at school. Here are some tips to make your shop a success.
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