Summer nights are great for family activities.
I don’t know about you, but my childhood summer memories are filled with images of playing backyard baseball and riding our bikes to catch fireflies as the sun slipped over the horizon. We would continue to play into the summer nights while our parents socialized with one another.
While looking to capture those memories for my children, I came up with a list of a few great after-dark games and activities to keep the magic of summer going all day long.
This game starts with one person having a flashlight. This person is “It.” “It” will close their eyes and count while the other players run and hide. “It” will turn on the flashlight and try to catch the other players in the beam of the flashlight. The first person caught in the beam of the light is “It” for the next game, and the last person tagged is the winner of that game.
Glow in the Dark Volleyball
Stop by the dollar tree and gather the supplies for this fun and easy outdoor nighttime game. Large inflatable beach balls work best for this, as well as the small glow-in-the-dark necklaces. Activate the glow-in-the-dark necklaces and slip them into the beach ball before you inflate it. Then give all of the players some glow-in-the-dark bracelets or necklaces. Let the players toss the ball back and forth trying to keep it from touching the ground. The first team to get to the set number of ground touches loses that round.
There are many incredible stargazing opportunities in the summer including meteor showers and full moon viewings. Check out earthsky.org for information on specific dates for optimal viewing. Grab a blanket, bug spray, camera, and binoculars and settle in to look at the sky.
Backyard Camp Outs
Summer nights are the perfect time to break out the family tent and pitch it in the backyard. These nights often make the best family memories. Pack some snacks, flashlights, pillows, sleeping bags, and get out there! Tell funny family stories and settle in for a night of laughter and connection. This is a great option for younger children because the house is still close by if needed.
After catching the sunset at the beach, head home and sit around the fire pit for a dessert or snack. S’mores are always a family favorite with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate. Banana Boats, Popcorn, or Cinnamon Apples are great fireside snack ideas.
Dive in Movie Night
Grab the projector, beach towels, and then jump in the pool! Project the movie onto your fence, use a white sheet, or set up a movie screen if you have one. Let the kids swim or float while they watch the show.
Do you have more ideas for our summer nights? If so, please share them with us!