15 Summer Nighttime Activities the Whole Family Will Love
Spend some time outside after the sun goes down—everyone will enjoy these things to do with kids at night.
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8. Catch fireflies.
We all have fond memories of catching fireflies or lightning bugs. Some people keep these easy-to-spot creatures in jars and others try to catch them in their hands.
9. Bust out the paint.
Paint on paper with glow-in-the-dark paint or tape. Get artsy on a large sheet of construction paper. Then display the designs for all to see at night or in a dark room.
10. Dance in the shadows.
Play this game inside or outside. Use flashlights or outdoor lights to cast shadows onto light-colored walls of your house. Or hang a white sheet on the fence or between trees. Kids can cast shadows against the walls or sheet and make shapes or letters with their bodies.
11. Throw a ball.
Light-up balls are fun to play with when it’s light out, but they’re even more fun to use in the dark.
12. Make music.
It can be liberating to raise your voice in the dark. Singing songs outside can make an evening more celebratory, even if your only audience is the trees.
13. Take it old school with hide-and-seek.
Hiding in the dark takes hide-and-seek to a whole new level. The seeker uses a flashlight to find who is hiding.
14. Splash in glowing water.
Add glow-in-the-dark paint to water and put it in your water table. Throw in some glowing moons and stars to make it even more fun.
15. Dine amongst the stars.
Food always tastes different outside. Fire up the grill or munch on pizza amid the glow of the moonlit sky.