My kids always have a hard time adjusting to summer.
Actually, that’s not true. They love summer. They love swimming and hiking and reading and doing kids activities (and playing video games. I won’t lie to you.)
They have a hard time, however, understanding why their mother would possibly attempt to put them to bed when it’s still light out. When there’s still fun to be had. When there are still things going on outside and the sun is still shining through their windows and there’s a whole world outside where they’re convinced people are partying and carrying on without them and probably eating ice cream, too.
So when it’s summer, sometimes we slide. Sometimes everyone stays up until after dark, which can be pretty late here in Colorado, and everyone gets to see what is really going on when we’re trying to make them sleep (answer: not much.)
If we are going to make things special and let the kids stay up, we might as well go all out and do something fun. Here are a few ideas for kids activities to try after dark:
1.) Catch lightning bugs.
2.) Make glow playdough (and play with it!)
3.) Go to a concert in the park. Dance.
4.) Go on a night hike. Or a night walk around the neighborhood.
5.) Make glow in the dark sidewalk chalk and write with it.
6.) Have a fire. Make s’mores. We have a small chiminea on our back patio — nothing big and fancy. But it’s enough for a little fire, and enough heat to roast some marshmallows. You can also switch them up and use flavored chocolate (I like raspberry) or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups instead of Hershey’s in the middle.
7.) Play catch with a light-up ball.
8.) Go camping in your backyard.
How about you? Do you have a favorite family after-dark activity?