Published on August 2nd, 2016 | by SOMDParents0
After Dark Family Fun Ideas
Make Memories this August with Outdoor Evening Activities
With only a few weeks left for the kids to stay up late before school starts, there is no time like the present to make the most out of your evenings spent with the family. Spending time outdoors can be a great bonding experience for parents and children. A few activities that we like include star gazing in a kiddie pool, playing with glow in the dark water balloons and swimming with glowsticks! Check out our list below!
Star Gazing– Instead of lying on the hard ground, try blowing up a kiddie pool and filling it with blankets and pillows instead of water. You’ll have a great time explaining the constellations and the stories behind some of the bigger ones (like the big and little dipper, Orion etc.) There are apps that use your phone’s camera to pinpoint the constellations you are seeing above you. Who knows, the little ones may even fall asleep because they’re so comfy! The photo below is a great example of what your star gazing digs could look like- minus the large pool. A large, inground pool isn’t the safest place to be at night with young children and no lighting.
Glow in the Dark Water Balloons– Having a water balloon fight in the dark will liven up any evening with your family! Because it’s harder to see each person in the dark, we can imagine there will be many more wasted balloons but much less crying because someone got hit! Be sure to buy non-toxic sticks just in case they leak or bust when they hit a surface. You’ll need to crack the glow sticks before putting them in each balloon. Put the glow sticks in before adding the water. Once filled, let the kids have at it! You could even do a glowstick scavenger hunt after the main event and give a prize to whoever finds the most sticks!
Campfire Cones- This is a great alternative to smore’s. Fill an ice cream cone with desired amounts of marshmallow and toppings. Cover cone with foil. Place over the campfire for about 3-5 minutes, on a heated grill for 5-6 minutes, or in the oven at 375 degrees for about 5-8 minutes until toppings are melted. Then just enjoy the warm and gooey melted deliciousness.
Outdoor Movie– This is great idea for a clear, cool night. Make sure there are no storms on your radar before heading outside with electrical equipment. Although you will need a projector for this activity, they can be found for under $100 at Walmart and Amazon. You’ll need to come up with something for a screen whether it be a sheet tied to a fence or a screen you bought online hung up on the clothesline and staked into the ground. If there is a large enough surface area, you could even use the side of the house! Bring out some blankets, kiddie pools filled with cushions, air mattresses, chairs and snacks for your family to enjoy an outdoor movie!
Swimming with Glow Sticks– This simple activity will definitely get the kids excited! Fill their kiddie pool with water and drop in a few handfuls of glow sticks! The water will be glowing with radioactive water– not really, but I’m sure the kids would enjoy pretending it is!
Other fun ideas include:
- Glowstick Bowling with Water Bottles
- Glow Stick Ring Toss
- Camping in the Backyard with a Tent
- Capture the Flag
- Flashlight Tag
- Shadow Puppets
- Glow Stick Egg Hunt
- Catch Fireflies
- Scavenger Hunt
- Tell Scary Stories (scariness level is up to you!)