Glow in the park: After dark activities for kids

When you’re on holidays with kids, don’t let a lack of light finish your night. Instead, keep children entertained well up to their bedtime with these simple yet engrossing after-dark games.

All you need are a few glow sticks, which can be bought for just a few dollars at most discount stores or $2 shops. Then simply find a bit of free space, and let the games begin.

And once the final siren sounds, the glow sticks can enjoy a second life as nightlights to be placed besides the kids’ beds.

We have a few fun night-time games to get you started. You’ll likely recognise these long-time favourites, which have been adapted to after-dark conditions.

It’s time to go with the glow…

Purple and yellow glow stick rings surround green glow sticks in a glass bottle in the darkness.

Play glow in the dark ring toss using glow stick bracelets

Colourful glow sticks laid out in a hopscotch pattern

Hop, skip and jump your way through this glowing hopscotch course

Colourful glow sticks laid out in a noughts and crosses pattern.

The classic game of noughts and crosses made fun with glow sticks

Colourful glow sticks in clear plastic bottles illuminate the darkness.

Put glow sticks in water bottles for outdoor, night-time bowling

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