Now that summer is upon us, many people enjoy more time days outside. One of the best times to be outdoors is in the evening, when the heat starts to fade away and you’re left with warm weather that’s perfect for sitting, eating and playing games. Like most people, we get bored with regular games of tag and hide and go seek quickly. But there’s good news: there are tons of new games and activities you can create that are just perfect for summer nights because they GLOW! So if you want to light up your evenings, then check out this great list of bright ideas.
If you love midnight bowling but can’t keep the kids up that late, then an easy game of DIY glow in the dark bowling is just for you. All you need are 6-10 water bottles, filled with water and labels removed, the same number of large glow sticks and a ball. If you plan on keeping score, then grab some paper and a pen. Next, just crack your glow sticks to get the colors moving and pop them in the water bottles. Set up the pins and you’re good to go! This is a great game that can be played both indoor and outdoor.
Visit MyKidsAventures.com for a more detailed tutorial and some more information on keeping score for bowling!
2. Ring Toss
Ring toss will never be the same after you try glow in the dark style! Many craft stores carry the skinny glow sticks in their dollar section year round, so all you need to do is pick up a few packs and this game is nearly ready. Attach two sticks together with the adjoining piece that comes in each pack and create a ring. Then find a short pole to toss the ring onto. You can get a few pieces of PVC pipe or something else you may have lying around.
Check out MommaDidIt.blogspot.com for more ideas on throwing a glow in the dark themed party!
Perhaps the only bummer about bubbles is that they aren’t nearly as fun when you blow them in the dark because you can’t see them. Not anymore! To make your own glow in the dark paint, all you need is a bowl, some water, glow in the dark or fluorescent paint and some dish soap. Your kids will LOVE the brightly color bubbles and blowing them will never be the same again.
Be sure to head over to GrowingAJeweledRose.com for a full tutorial on making glow in the dark bubbles and tons of other amazing play activities.
4. Water Balloons
As if water balloons weren’t already awesome, these glow in the dark ones take the cake. Now, we all know that making water balloons in the first place take a lot of time and these are no exception. So, if you’re in the mood to take on a time consuming, yet totally fun activity, then this is for you. You’ll be creating these using balloons, skinny glow sticks and a lot of patience since you’ll be somehow putting the glow stick inside the balloon. Good luck!
DesignDazzle.com has a great step by step tutorial on this craft, as well as tons of printable and other great kids activities.
It’s hard to play regular hopscotch in the dark, but not when you use neon tape! You will also need a black light to really make this pop if you are going to use tape. If you want, you can also buy glow in the dark sidewalk chalk and just draw hopscotch for some black light free fun.
OurLittleWomen.blogspot.com has this and TONS of other ideas to host a fabulous black light party.
6. Glow Swimming or Bathtub Fun
Swimming at night has never been better. Buy a bunch of the large glow sticks, crack them and toss them in the pool. Be sure to turn off your main lights and make sure your swimmers are capable of swimming in dimmer conditions. Everyone will love the glowy conditions! Another great option is tossing a bunch of skinny glow sticks in the bath tub for some night time bathing. You kids won’t want to get out of the tub!
7. Tic Tac Toe
Using paper and pencils for tic tac toe is old news. You can create a much more exciting version using glow sticks! Just draw a simple has tag, and rubber bands or pipe cleaners to make your X’s. You can use the connector piece that comes with the package of glow sticks to make the O’s. Enjoy!
CoffeeCupsandCrayons.com has this idea and other learning, travel and food ideas just for kids.
8. Food Fun
Last but not least, no night in the dark would be complete without some festive foods. Most of the recipes I found require a blacklight, but they are so cool it’s well worth it. You can also check out Pinterest for oodles of other ideas, like brightly colored cotton candy and cupcakes!
Head over to MomAdvice.com to make your own glow in the dark jello and get info on life, parenting, money and finance!