I thought I'd post about something our homeschool group started this year. It is called Social Friday. We noticed that anytime our group got together, it was structured. Even if we went to the zoo, it had some structure to it. So, we rent a building that is designed for use by children for three hours. There is a gym with volleyball. There are also pool tables, foosball tables, air hockey tables and board games. Once a month, we all meet there and just play and talk. We are not allowed to "plan" anything that requires knowing how many will be there.
If we want to do an "activity" such as a craft, we can post on the email loop what we want to do and then give a supply list for others to bring if they want to participate. It is up to each individual whether they want to have "structure". We charge $25 for the school year and that money goes towards the missions of the building. We also get a tax deduction. Each family also has to plan and carry out one other activity that doesn't interfere with Social Friday. So far, it has been a great success. I know my youngest now puts it on her calendar so she won't forget it. Thanks to M. for such a great idea!!