I recently experienced something that doesn’t happen a lot where I live – the power went out. Like… really went out. I’m not talking about a flicker or two – I mean for hours! It didn’t really occur to me, until I couldn’t use any technology or electricity, just how dependent we can be on that stuff. Especially with kids! So what do you do when you find yourself unable to turn on the TV, lights out and no way to cook? Seize the opportunity to have some quality family time – try some of these fun ways to reconnect the old fashioned way! And hey, you can always take a trip to the fuse box and schedule your own Light’s Out Party!
First thing first: be prepared! When the power does go out, you want to have everything in place so there’s no fumbling around a dark house trying to remember where you put the flashlight… only to discover it needs new batteries!
- Get flashlights for each room in the house (or the most frequently used rooms) and keep them in the same place at all times so you and the kids always know exactly where to look.
- Keep a fresh supply of batteries in (and next to) each flashlight – and periodically check to make sure they work!
Now for the fun!
Glow Sticks – these are a great, safe alternative to candles and so much fun for the kiddos! They come in all different colors and can be made into bracelets and necklaces. Load ‘em up and let them run wild!
Food Fest – this is the perfect excuse to raid the fridge! Go for the perishable snacks first to avoid anything from spoiling.
Game Time – get out a deck of cards for some Go Fish or grab the family’s favorite board game to play by candlelight.
Story Telling – bring the campfire inside with some candles and ghost stories! Get the whole family involved with Build The Story – sit in a circle and choose someone to start. That player begins a sentence, like “On a dark and stormy night…” – then Player #2 continues with their own idea. Move from player to player until you have a full – and probably ridiculous! – story.
Slumber Party – grab some cozy pajamas and blankets and get comfy. Go nutso and build a pillow fort!
Shadow Puppets – set up flashlights or candles facing a blank wall and see how creative everyone can get making shadow animals. Who’s up for a dinosaur?
Conversation – yep, just chat! Ask questions, share your own stories and learn something about your kiddos you never knew. How often do you get a chance for uninterrupted talk time?
What’s the most fun you’ve had with your family in an unexpected situation like this? I’d love to hear your stories below!