Though most of our indoor fun family activities with kids listed above can be done at night, we were able to cobble together a few family night ideas that are specific to night time that the family and kids and teenagers will love!
Fun Night Time Family Activities & Ideas
Stargazing: There is plenty to write about on this subject, and we’ll leave it to the experts (link below) to explain it all. However, the night time presents a unique experience where a family can gaze out onto the stars together in wonderment.
Whether it’s a solar eclipse, or using a telescope to spot Saturn in the wee hours of the morning, or catching a random shooting star, gazing at the night time sky as a family is truly an experience. Additionally, it allows parents to teach their kids a thing or two, by pointing out notable stars such as: Orion’s belt, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Polarus, Vega, Canopus, Pollux, and Deneb.
Here are more resources for learning about the midnight sky and its brightest stars.
Movie Night: Now we know that TV watching is not the most productive family activity, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world to get the family around the fireplace, cook a yummy dinner, and turn on a movie which could hopefully be fun for the whole family. There is definitely something to watching a movie as a family bonding night time activity rather than during the day. We’ve written a post about fun family movies here.
Baking: Although this can be done during the day, there is a definitely an enjoyable and soothing effect of baking before and during bedtime hours. Going to sleep at night with the fresh aroma of a warm cake that was just baked really is an underrated experience, and is what qualifies baking as a fun night time activity for the family. You can get everyone involved as well: get your spouse to get the utensils ready, and have the kids pour and mix ingredients. And, if you want, let the kids have a surprise pre-bedtime snack of the cake you just baked, assuming it’s not too late in the evening.
Camping: If you have a backyard, then why not pitch a tent and go camping! Pull out the sleeping bags, maybe even light a small bonfire (but be careful!) and sit around the campfire and tell fun or scary stories. The best part is, if your kids get scared you can always go right back inside and into bed!
Indoor Camping: Sure, this kind of defeats the purpose of camping. But, if your kids are younger and still afraid of sleeping outdoors, then why not try a trial run with indoor camping. (This is also good for households that don’t have much of a backyard). The idea is still the same – gather everyone in one room, and feel free to make it as realistic as you’d like! You can pitch tents, put everyone in sleeping bags, and even roast marshmallows! Talk about a fun indoor nighttime activity for the family! This is also conducive for a family that has a baby at home, allowing the parents to be within earshot.
Listening to Nature: Depending on where you live, this can be a fun activity. If your family lives anywhere mountainous, or even in certain suburbs, you can definitely hear sounds nature. Often times, we take the natural sounds of nature for granted, but if you listen closely you can hear tons of interesting sounds!
We bet you never thought this could be a fun family activity! If you put your ear to the outdoors, especially at nighttime when things are more quiet, you can probably hear crickets, cicadas, tree frogs, hummingbirds (more likely during the day), bats, and croaking lizards. Your kids will be amazed at all of the amazing sounds of nature that they’ve always heard but now can truly listen and take note.
Glow in the Dark: You thought the night was fun because it’s dark. Well, what if you brightened it up a bit? There are a ton of awesome night activities for the kids and family if you slap on some glow in the dark paint. Before you do anything, make sure that the glow in the dark face paint is safe to apply and easy to wash off, as you don’t want any eye related injuries.
Once you have purchased a safe face paint that glows in the dark, make sure to carefully apply the paint indoors (with a light on) to all of the kids and siblings. And remember – glow in the dark can also be applied to other body parts like arms, hands, and legs. When applying paint, feel free to switch up the colors a bit to make it more fun! Once the paint is applied, you can start to choose which activities you want to play outside in the comfort of the night:
- Hide and Seek: We’ve listed this family activity earlier in this post, but hide and seek with glow in the dark paint during the nighttime can be loads of fun! Obviously it is super important to ensure that boundaries are set so that no kids get lost. It is therefore recommended to play this game in your backyard instead of a public area. Anyways, if you thought regular hide and seek was fun, wait til you play it with glow in the dark paint. Watching or seeing someone run by or hiding behind a tree in the night, but also lit up with flashy colors at the same time, is a super fun experience! Also, to make things more orderly and competitive, you can apply different colors to different teams!
- Tag: We would obviously not recommend playing tag at night. However, if enough glow in the dark paint is applied, and it is bright enough to see clearly at night, then suddenly tag becomes a legitimate fun nighttime activity for the family and kids to enjoy! Seeing a kid run across your backyard while lit up in neon pink, glowing yellow, or oozing green, and many other super bright glowing colors, is a ton of fun!
- Dance Party: A dance party for the family can always be fun, but now you can have it outdoors with everyone wearing fun and wacky glow in the dark face paint! Simply turn on the boombox, put on some face paint, and get grooving in your backyard! You could even have dance competitions between different family members or sibling groups. Imagine if you split up all the girls against all the boys – you could apply a different coat of paint to each team, and then have a fun family dance-off competition. It is recommended to clear the area that you will dance on (remove rocks and random skateboards) so that no one trips. Feel free to even turn on an outdoor light or two to provide easier vision for all involved, and so that parents can more easily keep an eye on kids.