Even when the sun sets of an afternoon, there is still plenty of fun to be had outdoors for your family. This list of activities after dark is perfect for all year round.
1. Torch Tag
The person who is ‘in’ tags people by shining a torch on them and calling out their name. The last person to be tagged is the winner and the first person tagged is the next person to be ‘in’.
2. Shadow Puppets
You can construct a puppet theatre in your backyard by hanging a big white sheet between two trees. Light the sheet from behind with a floor lamp (if you have access to an outdoor power supply) or by using a couple of torches.
3. Night time sports – volleyball, laser tag, mini golf
Participants will be drawn to the beach or backyard by the soft glow of neon and black lights – use glow sticks and torches to create your own ultimate night time sports event.
4. Glow stick ring toss
Connect glow sticks together to form large circles – necklace or bangle size and have a competition to see how many can be thrown on the stick.
5. Glow in the dark bowling
Water bottles and glow sticks make for perfect glow-in-th-dark backyard bowling pins. Make at least six of these, and use any kind of ball (basketball, soccer ball, etc.) to knock down your glowing pins.
6. Glow in the dark Easter Egg Hunt
Fill plastic eggs with a glow stick and a few treats and then see who can find the ‘hidden’ eggs.
7. Glow stick Hula Hooping
Use the connectors on the necklace glow sticks to make one large hoop, and then connect it to your hula hoop with tape or zip ties.
8. Star gazing / watching
Grab a blanket / pillows and lay on the grass and watch the stars in the night sky, make it a competition to see who can count the most, for the little ones have a twinkle twinkle little star sing along or just lay back and relax.
9. Glow stick hopscotch
Connect glow sticks to create various circles, lay them on the ground and have a game of hopscotch
10. Night time Pool Party with Glow Sticks
Throw some glow sticks into the pool for some awesome special effects. You can also put glow sticks in balloons and let them float on the water to create lanterns.
Toast marshmallows, tell stories and just enjoy each other’s company around a warm fire.
12. Glow in the dark bubbles
Pour the liquid from glow sticks into bubble mixture and have fun chasing and popping glow in the dark bubbles.
13. Movie night
Create your own outdoor movie screen by using PVC pipes, tethers, and a white tarp.
Grab a torch and explore your local area and see what you can spot.
15. Torch Scavenger Hunt
Put together a list of things you’d like your kids to find outside once the sun goes down. Then, armed with a torch, send youngsters to the backyard to find their treasures! You can include things found in nature like leaves and rocks, or just small toys. Just remember to hide some glow sticks, too!
Before venturing outdoors at night, always remember to stay safe. This can be achieved by:
• Identifying clear parameters so nobody gets hurt or lost
• Setting clear boundaries for where the kids are allowed to play and a point where they should not venture past
• Ensure the games take place well away from traffic or busy roads
• Make regular checks to ensure everyone is accounted for
• Smaller kids should be buddied up with an older child or remain next to an adult at all times so that they are never wandering around on their own
• Take a first aid kit with you
• Have a mobile phone with you at all times in case you need to contact relatives or emergency services
Remember, when the sun goes down, the fun cranks up!