Toddlers rarely get to stay up late and once Summer comes around, most of them are getting ready for bed while it’s still light outside. With Summer here and holidays such as the 4th of July approaching, the chances of tots catching a fireworks light show are slim, since most of us wait until night fall to show off our pretty fireworks or attend firework events mostly held at dusk. It’s something about the night time view of the city on a hot Summer’s eve overlooking the water that is such a beautiful scene, or if you live away from the city lights and take in the view of stars shining bright in the sky at night. Which is why I decided to have a Glow in the Dark party for my son and his friends for a little night time adventure this Summer.
Shopping for glow in the dark and light up toys has been fun this past week. I can’t tell who is more excited, myself or the kids. Toy companies have gotten really creative, introducing glow in the dark bubbles, and Crayola has ton of products just for glow in the dark activities, from glowing sidewalk chalk, glow sand, and glow paint. Pinterest is also the idea spot for fun with glow sticks activities, from bowling, balloon fun, and the most popular, glowing jars. I am still on the fence about cutting open glow sticks for some of these activities, but I have watched a few YouTube videos and followed a few blogs who have done so, and besides the big mess they have from doing the project indoors, it seems that may be the only problem. So BIG NOTE to self and all of you who may partake in the fun: OUTDOORS ONLY, including preparation.
Last Saturday (Jun 23) was the Great American Backyard Campout, where families across the nation camped out in their backyard. A night under the stars with toddlers can be very fun and adventurous for them. Plus with all our devices and electronics these days, is there a such thing as “roughing it” on a camping trip anymore? Today iPhones can play the latest TV shows and you can rent/download movies right on iTunes, and let’s not forget portable DVD players and laptops that run on extended battery life. Although I don’t know if I’m ready to spend the night outdoors, I know how to make the fun last while I’m out there with glow sticks tag, fun games in the dark that toddlers will enjoy, and of course my ALL TIME favorite, S’MORES! Can’t forget the S’mores when you’re taking about the great outdoors!
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