Energizer Campout #PoweringSummer Photo by Lisa, Between the Kids.
There’s nothing quite like nighttime during the summer, when the kids are out of school and there are endless possibilities for exploring and play. Over the past several months, The Motherhood has partnered with Energizer and a group of 30 bloggers to share inspiration for summer fun after dark and remind everyone that when you’re preparing for summertime adventures, don’t forget the batteries!
Check out The Motherhood’s #PoweringSummer Pinterest board for a variety of nighttime summer fun ideas with Energizer, and keep reading for a few great examples and tips.
Tip #1: Stock Up
Chrystal at Happy Mothering points out that “having the right supplies is the key to a fun night of games in the dark with your family. We found that Energizer lights and batteries are the perfect accessories for our summertime family activities. They have some powerful lanterns that are portable, making them great for outdoor activities like these. Their headlights are great for these activities too so you can keep your hands free. And don’t forget the spare batteries. You don’t want to be left in the dark and ruin the fun!”
Tip #2: Be Creative with Themed Summertime Crafts
Hands-on crafts that can become games or activities later in the evening are a great way to keep kids entertained for hours. Lauren at Arts Crafts & Family combined her kids’ fascination with shadows and her family’s love of the beach to dream up Ocean Life Shadow Puppets.
“When we are outside at night we make sure to have the Energizer® Fusion LED Folding Lantern and Energizer® Vision HD+ Focus LED Headlight with us,” she noted in her post. “The kids were fascinated with the shadows created by the lights, we thought it would be fun to come up with a craft using the lights and shadows. And since we are always dreaming of going to the beach, we thought it would be fun to make Ocean Life Shadow Puppets. It is a perfect craft for imaginative outdoor play and the entire family can get involved.”
Tip #3: Enjoy Camping in the Woods or Your Own Backyard
Allison of Some the Wiser shared, “Camping is one of our favorite ways to ‘get away’ for the summer without spending a lot of money. We don’t have to go far from home, but we still get to experience a more relaxed environment, grow closer as a family, and make memories together.”
If you don’t have time for a true getaway, don’t underestimate the fun you can have in your own backyard! As Hanan from Eat. Craft. Parent. put it, “What’s great about backyard campouts is that you don’t necessarily need a campfire or even a grill, AND you have easy access to your home.”
Camille at Growing Up Gabel suggested using a fun tent when camping in the backyard, saying, “We had an outdoor teepee sitting in our garage that had never been used. I decided to put it up for our backyard camping adventure. It is an outdoor teepee but any tent will work – even a play one.”
Tip #4: Try Unusual, Educational Activities
Summertime provides an array of opportunities for teaching moments, and not just at museums.
HilLesha at To The Motherhood addressed this idea in her post – she and her family “love spelunking! Cave exploration is just as fun as it is educational. We learn a lot of about these geological wonders (i.e., caves) that nature has to offer, everything from the elusive creatures (e.g., bristly cave crayfish) and rock formations to the background history and the adventure of exploring. Spelunking often calls for equipment like headlamps like the Energizer® Vision HD + Focus LED Headlight. The Energizer® Vision HD + Focus LED Headlight features three different light modes: white spotlight, white floodlight, and red for night vision. It’s the highest performing of the Energizer vision headlights!”
Tip #5: Scavenger Hunts Aren’t Just for Daytime
Nighttime can add an element of excitement and mystery to activities typically enjoyed during the day.
For example, Jessica at Time Out with Mom “created an all-ages, fun, nighttime scavenger hunt printable and took the kids out to explore using our Energizer® powered lights,” she reported in her #PoweringSummer blog post. Her kids “had a blast! We walked through our neighborhood and searched high and low until we just about completed our list. The amount of laughter coming from them made my heart so warm. This is what summer is all about!”
We hope you’re inspired to try some of these ideas with your own family. Happy summer!