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Fire Up Your Flashlights for Family Adventures in The Dark

When the sun goes down, these kid-friendly activities turn the fun factor way, way up.

Maria Bailey and Sarah Burns



Playing in the dark can feel a little risky, but let’s face it — that’s ALL part of the fun! Take advantage of the long winter nights with these thrilling family-friendly games and activities to play in the dark — or to play any time of day with the curtains drawn and the lights off. You’ll be surprised how much fun a night at home can really be!

1. Play flashlight tag



Just because it's dark earlier these days doesn't mean the fun has to end when the sun goes down. That's where flashlight tag comes in! Play outside in the dark or inside with the lights off for an exciting twist on the classic game. The same rules apply — choose someone to be "It" and give them a flashlight. Count to 20 and let whoever’s It catch the others by shining a beam of light on them. The last person to be caught wins the game! 

2. Play glow stick games



Everything is better with glow sticks! Turn off the lights or head outside at night to play glow-in-the-dark ring toss, go on a glow stick scavenger hunt, or even play a round of tic-tac-glow! Try your hand at these epic games and more, and create shining family memories (see what we did there?).

3. Have dinner in the dark



Did you know dining in complete darkness originated in Zurich, Switzerland? It was the brainchild of Jorge Spielmann, a blind clergyman who opened the first dark restaurant in 1999. Diners experienced a heightened sense of taste and smell, making for a unique restaurant experience that had never been done before. Why not recreate this experience at home by following these tips, and add some excitement to dinner time. 

4. Put on a shadow puppet show



There's more of a reason to look forward to bedtime when a magical shadow puppet performance awaits! Build up the excitement and creative fun by crafting your very own puppets with the fam before bringing your bedtime stories to life at lights out! Go to Handmade Charlotte to download a collection of printable shadow puppets, and follow the simple instructions!

5. Go stargazing



There's no better time to enjoy the wonders of the night's sky than now! With the sun going down earlier and rising later during the winter months, it's much easier for kids to participate in the stargazing fun.

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