Unplug those gadgets, turn off the cell phones and spend some quality time together tonight. Try nighttime activities for kids that the adults will enjoy too.
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Big and little kids are fascinated with the night sky, which makes stargazing one of the top nighttime activities for kids. Teach them about space and astronomy
when you plan a night of stargazing
for your family. Pick any night when the sky is clear or check the calendar
to find specific dates for expected meteor showers, new moon phases, full moons and more.
2. Camp Out
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Grab the sleeping bags and camp out under the stars with your family. Head to a campground or other designated campsite with your tent or stick closer to home with a backyard campout
. You can also join thousands of campers in the annual Great American Backyard Campout
, which encourages families to reconnect to the natural world.
3. Go on a Night Walk
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That simple walk around the block you take every afternoon with your kids is a completely new experience for all of you at night. The streets are quieter. The sounds are different. You may even notice insects and wildlife you don't usually see during the day, which exposes your kids to brand new nature activities
. Prepare ahead of time so your family is wearing the right gear for a night walk
. From headlamps to reflective vests, everyone will be able to see and be seen and the kids will love gearing up for their big walk.
4. Watch an Outdoor Movie
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We all love sitting outside and watching movies. There's no reason you can't have the same experience at home. Use a projector or take a TV outside so you can have a family movie night
that will make the neighbors envious. You only need blankets, pillows and the movie of your choice. Don't forget the popcorn!
5. Build a Fire
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6. Tell Stories
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7. Play Flashlight Tag
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Just looking for a quick nighttime activity for the kids before they go to bed? Play flashlight tag
for lots of giggles and energy-burning running around in the yard. Flashlight tag's premise is simple. It's like tag and hide-and-seek but at night and with flashlights to guide you. For younger children who don't quite grasp the concept of the game, give them flashlights and encourage them to run around. They'll be just as happy shining the light and chasing it in the great outdoors.
8. Make Shadow Puppets
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Any list of nighttime activities for kids wouldn't be complete without mentioning shadow puppets. Grab a flashlight or other low light source and light up a wall in your backyard. You've probably got a great rabbit shadow puppet but can you do a swan or dog? Learn how to make great shadow puppets
so you can teach your kids. Your family's in for the ultimate puppet show.
9. Catch Fireflies
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Catching fireflies is one of those nighttime activities for kids that doesn't just give your children something fun to do, it will give them some of their favorite childhood memories. On a warm, summer night when you spot fireflies, grab a jar or use your hands to carefully catch the fireflies lighting up your backyard. While you're having fun, teach your kids some cool facts about fireflies
. You'll learn something new about these fascinating beetles yourself too. And when it's time to go inside for the night, be kind. Release the fireflies so they can keep dazzling us with their beautiful lights.
10. Learn about the Environment
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