It was a dark, cold and snowy evening. Does that sound like the start of a thrilling novel or like a long winter season home with your kids and stuck inside. Just because it’s snowy and cold out, doesn’t mean your kids can’t get outside for some active playtime. Don’t hate the wintery weather yet, just be prepared to bundle up your kids and gather supplies for fun outside winter activities. And, even if the days are shorter and it gets darker earlier, you can still find ways to incorporate some glowing ideas to brighten your winter evenings.
Kids and teens of all ages love things that glow in the dark and findings things that glow in the snow is really cool and makes playing outside when it gets dark earlier so exciting. Be prepared for dark, winter evenings with some glowing components like glow sticks, neon paint and glow in the dark games. And, the next time the flakes start falling, pull out these fun ideas for outdoor winter games and activities that can get your kids out of the house and have you actually looking forward to the winter months.
A yard full of snow is like a blank white canvas just waiting to be painted. Pick up some neon paint and empty squirt bottles at the craft store and be ready for some snow day fun with an easy recipe for glow paint. Add one teaspoon of the neon paint to each squirt bottle and fill the rest with very warm water. Close up the bottles tightly and then shake them up until all of the paint is dissolved. You and your kids are now ready to paint and create glowing works of art on any snowy surface. For extra excitement, use a black light to reveal an even brighter glow. You can even bring some snow indoors in a plastic bin to make glowing rainbow snow with the neon paint.
Once it’s dark and snowy out, you won’t believe how much fun glow sticks can be. Purchase them in bulk for mini treasure hunts and snow day activities. All ages will love to dig in the snow for the glowing treasures. Hide them in snowy flower pots, on snow-filled sidewalks and some in deeper snow drifts. You can use them to make snow-glow stick art patterns or tic tac toe boards in the snow. Playing with glow sticks in the snow will keep your kids busy and active outside and brighten up a dark, snowy evening.
A snowy playing field can turn an old game into a new and exciting one. So, why not get out and play lawn games even when there is snow on the ground. Glow in the dark balls make flag football, wiffle ball and volleyball a winning winter wonderland. And, you can find glow-in-the-dark sets for corn hole, ring toss and lawn darts at Amazon and other major retailers. You can even make your own glowing lawn games with some fluorescent paint. Snow bocce and snow croquet suddenly become snocce and snoquet!
And, some games like Capture the Flag REDUX are made for glow in the dark nighttime fun even in the snow. It’s the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow in the dark lights. Set the glowing jail markers on a snowy playing field and watch as players break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” (see photo below) color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rulebook. Teams can even make snow forts as part of their territory or hide the glowing flag in the snow drifts. You can purchase Capture the Flag REDUX here.
The thrill of tubing and sledding can only get better by adding some glowing elements. Grab some neon paint or glow sticks before you hit the hills and slopes in your neighborhood. Use the paint to outline a tubing course with swerves and curves. Add the glow sticks to your tubes and sleds as well as on your kids’ coats or boots. Not only will the glow make the winter sports more exciting, it will also keep your children safer by making them more visible to other sledders.
When the snow gets deep enough, it’s the perfect time to freak out your neighbors with some creepy glowing snow creatures. Get creative and get glowing. Help your kids shape snowmen, snow women, snow animals or any kind of creatures and then use the neon snow paint to make really colorful characters. If you don’t want to break out the neon paint, then you can just make crazy creatures out of big lumps of snow and then use glow sticks for their eyes for a creepy effect.
Kids and teens love to battle in the snow and the there is no reason that you can’t battle after the sun goes down. Plan a glow ball fight by mixing some of the neon paint with snow to make fluorescent snow balls. Or, you can insert mini glow sticks into the snowballs and launch them. You can also use a Glow Battle kit to play a number of battle games in the snow. Just find an open snowy space and break out the swords of light. It’s easy to set up and simple to play. Identify your teams with different colored glowing bracelets. Then, use strategy, teamwork, and warrior instincts to team up and take down your opponent. Use the harmless, glowing batons to attack your opponent, and send them running back to their base to “recharge” before they get hit again. Glowing snow battles are a great way to teach your kids strategy, encourage social interaction and keep your kids active in the long winter months.
Do you know of any other fun glow in the dark games to play in the snow when it is dark outside? If yes, please let us know in the comment section below.
When it comes to buying gifts for tweens, some folks might get a little nervous. After all, who even knows what a tween is or what is going on in their head. They’re not really kids anymore, and they’re not teens yet. They are in a vague place in between and that could make anyone a little confused about what they like and what they think is cool.
So, if you’re wanting to wrap up something fun for them for the holidays, light up your tween’s life with one of these eight great glow in the dark gifts. They are far from boring and are guaranteed to distract them from their screens and phones for a while. It might make your shopping a little easier and help you gain some cool points with your favorite tween.
It’s true, tweens loving lighting up the night. If they can put it on their body and it glows, then they are infatuated. Look for glow-in-the-dark gifts and LED lights that they can wear. There are colorful LED gloves that you can find at major retailers that are great for dance parties or sleepovers. You can also find clip-on shoe lights that tweens can use to be seen at night while running around the neighborhood. You can even find glow in the dark earrings and LED lights for your hair that they can use to make a bright entrance to any tween event.
Contrary to popular belief, tweens still love nightlights – as long as they are cool ones. And, there are so many cool ones to choose from these days. There are gem stone nightlights, ones that are animal-themed and sports-themed, even a balloon dog nightlight. A current favorite is a 3D illusion lamp found on Amazon that creates an optical 3-D illusion and gives off a soft brightness that provides a dreamlike sleeping atmosphere perfect for tweens. They are available in all sorts of color-changing novelty themes like characters, guitars, sports and animals.
There are so many fun glow games that Tweens will love. A crowd favorite is CAPTURE THE FLAG REDUX. It’s the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow in the dark lights. Let your tween invite over some friends and watch them get moving as they break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rulebook. As an extra bonus, each kit includes 12 game variation cards that offer even more ways to play Capture the Flag, as well as other games. You can purchase Capture the Flag REDUX here.
Tweens like to be heard and sometimes it’s easier for them to spell it out on a message board like the popular new cinema light boxes. They are light marquee signs with interchangeable letters. And, now they come in glowing full color. These cool retro light boxes let your tween spell out fun messages for special occasions or just everyday thoughts. They are back-lit like a real marquee board and you can find all sizes and shapes here.
While drones are cool, tweens will think an LED drone is even cooler. Enter the Geekercity Mini Flying RC Drone Helicopter Infrared Induction LED Remote Ball. It is a long name for a lot of fun! Switch it on and the colorful LED lights dazzle the whole place. Hold the ball in a straight position, wait a couple of seconds and it will begin to fly. It’s rechargeable, sturdy and easy to operate. It is motion-sensitive, so you can use your hand to control it while it’s in the air. Find it this holiday season on Amazon or other major retailers.
There’s no doubt about the fact that tweens love to experiment. Give them something healthy and fun that they can experiment with like the SmartLab Toys Glow-in-the-Dark Lab. This unique kit allows tweens to discover the glowing world of luminescence, polymers, and chemistry as they make things like glow sticks, fluorescent ink, and lava lamps. Each kit comes with a “Glow for It” instruction book that includes 20 experiments, beaker, molds, a black-light activator, glow sticks, polymers for fake snow and bouncy balls, glow powder, fluorescent ink and more. Find it at Target, Walmart or Barnes and Noble this season.
One of the best parts about being a tween is your ability to finally decide on your own room décor. It’s a great age to buy neon wall hangings and glow in the dark stars and stickers for their walls or ceilings. They are also sure to love string lights in all lengths and colors. One favorite is LED Battery Operated Fairy String Lights with clips for hanging photos, cards or artwork. Available at major retailers, these lights add a fun, sparkly glow to any tween room while giving them space to hang their personal pictures and notes without damaging the walls with tape and thumbtacks. It’s a glowing win for everyone!
Tweens are sure to encounter battles, especially with their friends and siblings. Glow Battle is a fun and safe way to let them get their energy released. You can play Glow Battle inside in a dark room or outside after the sun goes down – anywhere that you have open space. Players use strategy, teamwork, and their own warrior instincts to team up and take down their opponent using harmless, glowing foam swords. Teams are designated by different colored LED bracelets have a base to “recharge” after they get. It’s a fun and glowing game that incorporates activity with strategy. Glow Battle is available for purchase here.
Do you know of any other fun glow in the dark gifts that Tweens love? If yes, please share in the comment section below.
Daylight Savings is coming to an end and the months of darker, longer nights are upon us.
If you’re a parent, you may be in a panic about your kids’ sleeping patterns and outside play opportunities. Not only does the time change mess with your children’s sleep schedules, but they don’t seem to get enough outside activity to really wear them out. After all, by the time your kids get home from school, have a snack and do their homework, it’s already dark outside.
If you plan ahead for these two things, you can easily transition your child schedules to include healthy sleep as well as healthy outdoor activities.
Depending on your child’s age, start to slowly adjust his or her sleep schedule a few days or weeks before the DST shift. Even older kids and teens will need some encouragement to start adjusting their bedtimes by ten to fifteen minutes every few days before the time change. This can also be a good time to focus on better bedtime habits, like less screen time before bed to help their sleep quality. Since it will be lighter in the morning, make sure their windows have shades or curtains that you can pull to block the morning light for that extra hour of sleep if needed.
It’s also a good idea to plan ahead to find exciting outside activities to play in the dark months ahead. Start by gathering a few fun games and basic supplies for the late fall and winter moths. Glow in the dark games, flashlights, glow sticks, neon duct tape, even head lamps are a great incentive for kids to get out and play no matter when the sun sets. Ensuring that your kids and teens get plenty of outside activity not only helps their physical and mental well-being, but it also helps them sleep better.
Try some of these novel ideas to fuel your outdoor night play:
All is takes to play this game is a pocket flashlight that can easily be flicked off and on. It works best with a small flashlight with a beam that is not too bright and easy to spot. Select one person to be “it” and then have them run and hide in the dark. This person is the “firefly” and can move from hiding place to hiding place flashing their light every minute or so. The other players race around to find the firefly. When they catch them, the game is over. The first person to spot the firefly is “it” for the next round.
This Bocce set was made to play after the sun goes down so it’s perfect for your backyard once Daylight Savings ends. The balls are made from a durable plastic that is translucent so the LED light shines through making them glow-in-the-dark. Once you throw them, you can still easily see them from 100 feet away. The set includes eight glowing bocce balls – two green, two blue, two red, two yellow, as well as one glowing jack and a nylon carrying case with handles. It also includes batteries, instructions and, most importantly, a tape measure so there are no feuds over who won the game.
When you need an activity to get some energy out of your kids, Glow Battle is a great go-to. It is perfect for dark nights, easy to set up, and way more fun than staring at a screen. Players use harmless, glowing swords to team up and attack down their opponents, and send them running back to their base to “recharge” before they get hit again. If your child loves lightsaber toys, he/she will love our glowing Glow Battle swords. Teams are distinguished with light-up bracelets and bases are marked with LED lights. This game incorporates teamwork with strategy, and futuristic lights to make it a fun choice, either outdoors or indoors where you have some open space. Available here.
You can make just about any outdoor game more fun with a package of glow sticks. Volleyball is the perfect example. Give all of the players four glow sticks – one for each wrist and ankle. Then, activate a few more glow sticks and insert them into a blown up beach ball. You can play with a net like a real volleyball game or just in your yard where you have space. Watch their excitement as the kids pass the glowing ball back and forth to each other while trying not to let it touch the ground.
Kids will be so excited when it starts getting dark earlier if they have their own headlamps to wear. You can find them at major retailers like Walmart or Amazon and you can purchase them individually or in multi-packs. You can use them to play any variation of tag such as freeze tag where players divide into teams and try to freeze as many players as they can on the other team until there’s only one team left standing. Regardless of how you play, headlamps are a great way to have fun at night and a great incentive for kids to get out and get moving.
Some classic games really are more fun in the dark, and this is one of them. It’s the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow-in-the-dark lights. Players split into teams and then work together to break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rulebook. As an extra bonus, each kit includes 12 game variation cards that offer even more ways to play Capture the Flag, as well as other games. Available here.
The perfect outdoor game for older kids and teens, Jazzminton is the ultimate paddle ball game. And, you can purchase extra LED birdies that you can use to play it in the dark. The kit includes two fluorescent wooden racquets, two yellow birdies and two red birdies. It allows you to play a slow and easy game with the yellow birdies or a fun and faster game with the red ones. Look for the game and the birdies here.
Don’t panic about the end of Daylight Savings Time. If you plan ahead and are ready for the longer nights, you just might find some really fun new activities for your whole family. Once you move back those clocks, be ready with a supply of glow games, activities and a little creativity. Just about everything is more fun when it glows. Glow sticks and music are great for a glow in the dark dance off, neon duct tape or glow in the dark paint are an easy way to make a game of neon hopscotch or tic tac toe. Before you know it, their sleeping schedules will be back to normal.
Give a kid a glow stick and you’re giving them hours of fun. Give a kid some glow game ideas, and you can fill their whole summer with nights of laughter and activity.
Kids of all ages love glow sticks and playing glow in the dark games. There is something about the bright gleaming colors in contrast with the darkness of night that makes them so exciting to wear and a thrilling accessory for nighttime games.
Glow sticks are an inexpensive way to make a summer night, or any night, an extra fun one. So, buy glow sticks in bulk (you can find them on amazon), turn off the lights and get ready to have fun with these rousing glow stick games that light up the dark.
Playing tag in the dark has always been exhilarating. You never know what is hiding in the darkness and when someone will jump out of the shadows. Add some glow sticks and nighttime tag becomes even more futuristic and electrifying.
You can use the glow sticks with connectors as bracelets and use specific colors to identify the taggers versus the ones trying not to get tagged. You can also use the big glow sticks with strings that hang around your neck.
Kids love treasure hunts and it’s even more fun to hunt for treasure when it’s dark out and the treasure is glowing.
Purchase a bundle of different colored glow sticks, activate them and hide them outside at night, or inside in the dark. Then let the hunt begin.
When all of the glow sticks have been found, give different glowing prizes to the winners of pre-determined categories such as the most green sticks found, or the one to find the extra long glow stick.
It’s a great game for all ages and you can make the hiding places as easy or as hard as you want.
Who doesn’t love water balloons? And, when you combine them with glow sticks, you are asking for some crazy, wet fun.
Purchase some large water balloons and some smaller glow sticks. Activate the glow sticks and insert one into each balloon. Then, fill the balloons with water, tie them off and place them in large tubs. Get ready for an exciting nighttime water balloon fight, or play water balloon toss in the dark.
If you’ve ever played Red Rover, then you can only imagine how much fun it would be to play at night with glow sticks.
Two teams line up across from each other on an open playing field with a good distance between them. Everyone on both teams wears a glow stick on their wrists and holds hands to form a chain.
Then, one team calls out the name of a person from the opposing team. When the name is called, that person immediately runs toward the opposing side and uses their body to try and break through their chain of arms.
Playing in the dark, the glow sticks help the runner pinpoint a target to break through by showing where the linked hands are.
If you love strategy, a Tic Tac Glow tournament is a fun way to spend a summer night.
Simply activate glow sticks and connect a few to form a large tic-tac-toe board on the ground.
Then, use connectors to shape more glow sticks into X’s and some into O’s.
Players take turns going head-to-head to place their X’s or O’s just like a normal game of tic-tac-toe.
The winner of each round goes against the winner of the next round until you determine a Tic Tac Glow champion.
Divide players into two or three teams and give each team a supply of glow stick connectors.
Then, activate and hide enough glow sticks for each team to make a rainbow pattern with them. For example, tell the teams that they will need to find one red, one orange, one yellow, one green, one blue and one purple glow stick per team. Someone says, “go” and the teams race to find each of the required glow sticks and connect the different colors in the right pattern. The first team to complete their rainbow wins.
Want to add a little creepy thrill into your evening fun? Zombie Glow Stick Tag is an easy way to spook up your nighttime game of tag.
Buy twice as many red and green glow sticks and connectors for as many people that will be playing the game.
Make bracelets and give the green bracelets to the healthy humans. Choose one person to be the zombie and give them all of the red bracelets to wear on both arms. Tell the zombie to close his or her eyes and count to 40 while the healthy humans run and hide. Then, the zombie goes on the hunt to infect the healthy humans. Once the zombie catches them, the zombie gives them a red glow bracelet to wear and they become a zombie, too.
The red glowing zombies keep chasing healthy humans until they are all caught and inflected. The first person to be caught is the zombie for the next round.
Looking for an inexpensive game to liven up your next nighttime party? Save up ten empty 2-liter bottles and add some glow sticks to create your own glowing lawn bowling alley.
Create lanes out of connected glowing sticks and then put a glow stick in each empty 2-liter to make pins.
Use a glow-in-the-dark ball to knock down the glowing pins, like the Franklin Sports Glomax Playground ball which is available on amazon.
Capture the Flag REDUX is the ultimate in glow technology. It actually comes with reusable LED glow bracelets in the game, as well as everything else you need to play a fun and futuristic version of the classic Capture the Flag game. It’s the ideal way to get kids, teens and even normally boring adults outside and active at night.
It comes complete with glowing orbs to use as “flags,” the color-coded LED bracelets that identify the different teams, and light-up jail markers.
Plus, you can purchase the REDUX Expansion Set to get 16 additional glow-in-the-dark bracelets with included batteries that turn on and off for future use. You can use these bracelets to expand your teams for Capture the Flag REDUX, and also use them for any of the above glow stick games.
The photo used as the featured image for this post is by Alecia Brown and is available on Flickr.
How many people only have fun in the daylight and forget all about games to play at night? Whether they are on a camping trip, vacation, or in their own backyard, the fun does not have to end when the sun goes down. Games are meant to be played at all waking hours when we have free time. And truth be told, many games are a lot more exciting to play at night when it is dark.
At Starlux Games we know a little bit about squeezing all the juice out of free time when it comes to games. Our first glow in the dark game brought back the classic Capture the Flag game and made it possible to play in the dark. How many decades of nighttime Capture the Flag opportunities were wasted before Starlux Games gave players a chance to play this action-packed glow in the dark game at all hours?
But we are not the only ones creating games to play at night. So we rounded up several of the best ones we could find. These games will add to any family or group outing. No sense in burying our faces in the TV after dinner on a vacation trip or a backyard BBQ supper. Light up the night with these fun glow in the dark games.
If your crew loves soccer then they need the chance to play at night. Don’t you think it would be cooler on those 100-degree July days to play after the sun melts into the horizon? We do! Buy a glow in the dark soccer ball and keep the action going when most folks are settling in for a long evening of mind-numbing Facebook scrolling.
*Soccer and other games can fight against tech engineers who get paid to keep us ignoring family and friends in the real world.
If you want a little less running after dinner then maybe soccer is not your first choice. OK, then relax with a casual game of badminton in the dark with glow in the dark birdies (available for purchase on amazon.com). Does anyone even keep score with badminton? I mean besides that insane uncle in every family who likes to spike a volleyball on man, woman, or child!
Have a swimming pool? If yes, playing night time Starlight Swimming Games with their fun glow in the dark waterproof swimming pool game pieces is a must have for kids, teens, and even adults.
Pickleball is as versatile a game as you will find. It can be played virtually anywhere and now we can play anytime with the glow in the dark version (available for purchase on amazon.com).
We doubt playing tackle football is safe at night. Heck, it’s not safe to play during the day if you care about your brain getting rocked on a regular basis. But we will endorse a nice game of glow in the dark flag football. No excuses for dropping a pass because you couldn’t see it after daylight ends. A LED glow in the dark football should be bright enough for any receiver to snag out of the night air.
Some would say ping pong ball shooters are for kids. We disagree! Teens and even adults can get fired up about blasting their buddies with ping pong ball guns. Who knew these even existed? It’s a much cheaper option than paintball and a lot tamer.
For those who are not great at golf, they may find that they really suck at night time glow in the dark golf. Or who knows, they may play better at night. It could even the playing field between them and those with actual golf skills. Either way, glow in the dark golf balls will make for a great time on the driving range, a tournament at sunset, or on a mini-golf course. At the very least, playing in the dark is a good excuse for those who don’t do any better with the lights off.
Are you or your kids a fan of Star Wars and lightsabers? If yes, we have created a very exciting glow in the dark game called GLOW BATTLE that has glowing swords that are made out of a safe soft plastic that makes having epic glow in the dark Star Wars inspired sword battles incredibly fun while being safe. Check out our GLOW BATTLE game here.
Let’s don’t forget volleyball. Playing glow in the dark volleyball on the beach under a full moon is one of the best ways to enjoy this game. Mix in a glow in the dark ball and you have the makings of a three-hour fun-fest next to the sea. Playing under the moon is a lot cooler than sweating it out under a blazing sun. Plus there aren’t as many sun worshipers to watch as a crazy uncle spikes the ball on your head!
If you all know of some more games to play at night, please let us know your favorites. We want to make sure the possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor games in the dark. There’s no reason not to have a blast at night while burning a few calories at the same time.
Games make for a better day anytime we have the chance to unwind with them. Taking advantage of nighttime neon games ensures we maximize our “funtime” opportunities. The clock is always ticking on the free time we have. We might as well utilize every second in the dark as well as the light.
If you enjoy scary games, check out our blog post on the best scary games for kids.
Sometimes family parties can turn into all-day events, so it pays to be prepared with some fun glow in the dark party games. Just because the sunlight fades, that doesn’t mean the party has to fade, too. The best family glow games are ones that work for all ages – kids, teens and even adults. Keep these festive glow in the dark party games in mind the next time you invite your relatives over for a holiday party, birthday party or family get-together.
This Bocce set was made to play after the sun goes down. Great for the backyard, beach or campsite, the balls are made from a durable plastic that is translucent so the LED light shines through making them glow in the dark. Give them a toss and you can still easily see them from 100 feet away. The set includes eight glowing bocce balls – two green, two blue, two red, and two yellow, as well as one glowing jack and a nylon carrying case. It also includes batteries, instructions and, most importantly, a tape measure so there are no family feuds over who won the game. http://www.playaboule.com/Glo_Petanque_set.aspx
How low can you go when you limbo with the family? This is a fun glowing game that will bring lots of laughs. First, put on some upbeat, family-friendly music. Next, find a flashlight and turn out the lights. Then, hold the flashlight so the beam shoots out horizontally. That’s when the limbo begins. Challenge participants to limbo under the light without running into the beam. When everyone has gone under it once, then lower the beam for the next round. When someone gets hit by the beam, he or she is out. The last person standing is the Glow Limbo Champion.
To score big at your next family party, grab this LED lit ball for a fun glow in the dark party game of flag football. This durable LED football features 2 bright red LED’s built right in with a timer that will trigger any time the ball is kicked. Each ball comes with an inflator needle, two LED light modules, two round rubber light covers, and installation tool and instructions. Batteries are replaceable with 3 – AG13 button batteries. https://www.windycitynovelties.com/led-football.html.
On a hot summer night, make a big splash with glow in the dark water balloons. They are so easy to make and so fun to throw. Simply activate some mini glow sticks, insert one into each balloon and fill the balloon with water. All aged family members can get into the action of a fun night water balloon fight!
It’s the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow in the dark lights. The whole family will be entertained as they break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rule-book. As an extra bonus, each kit includes 12 game variation cards that offer even more ways to play Capture the Flag, as well as other games. Available for purchase here.
The game from your childhood is back and better than ever when played at night with glow sticks. Designate a base and then give one person – the ghost – a colored glow stick to wear. The ghost goes to hide while the other players count to 40. Then, the players go and look for the ghost’s hiding place. The first player to find the hiding spot yells, “Ghost in the Graveyard,” to alert the other players. The first player who found the ghost is safe. All of the other players try to run back to base without getting tagged by the ghost. The person who gets tagged first is the ghost for the next round.
RingStix is a fun and fast outdoor party game that will get the whole family up and moving. Each player uses two specially designed sticks to propel the glowing ring toward the other player. The catching player then uses the end of one or both of the sticks to catch the flying ring. Then repeat back and forth, keeping score or doing tricks. You can play solo or in groups of two or more. It allows you to be as active as you want, flinging the ring for long distances or passing it leisurely at short distances. It may become a favorite family party game. Find it at http://www.ringstix.com.
When you want to play an old classic, just add some glow in the dark components to amp up the fun. For example you can play nighttime neon golf by setting up a nighttime golf tournament. See instructions and equipment at at https://glowproducts.com/us/nightgolf#golfsetup. For another classic glow in the dark party game, order some LED badminton shuttlecocks from https://glowproducts.com/us/glowing-badminton-birdies. Everyone will have fun using their night vision to win these classic games.
Lawn darts has always been a popular game for family reunions and get-togethers. A glow-in-the-dark version just makes it that much more fun. The Funsparks set is made with safe rubbery plastic round weighted tips that you toss at the glowing target ring. The objective is to be the first team, or player, to score 21 points. The set includes 4 glowing darts, 2 glowing target rings, 1 carry bag and instructions. Available for purchase at http://funsparks.com/lawn-darts/.
Bop ‘til you drop in these light-up human bumper balls. The fun begins the minute you step inside the colorful, confetti-filled Bright Lights BBOP (Buddy Bounce Outdoor Play) ball. Then, run and bump other BBOPs. They more you bump, the more the balls’ motion-activated LEDs and colorful foil confetti light up. It’s wacky family fun! Available at http://www.hearthsong.com/bright-lights-bbopand174;.htm
Most days it seems that kids’ main purpose in life is to have fun, and parents’ main purpose is to keep them active. The good news for both kids and parents is that fun and activity can go hand-in-hand and they don’t have to stop when the sun goes down. Glow in the dark games are a brilliant new way to extend a fun day and stay active into the night. Check out these top glow in the dark games for 2018.
1. Tangle NightBall Glow in the Dark Light Up LED Football: When you really want to have a ball, but it’s already dark out, you need the NightBall Football by Tangle Creations. The large size and matrix design of this ball make it easy for small hands to throw and catch. The LED motion activated technology makes it light up on impact and during movement, so you won’t loose track of it even in the dark. The more motion, the brighter it illuminates. Kick it off and light up the night. Available for purchase at amazon.
2. Glowing Treasure Hunt: Treasure is more fun to hunt when it’s dark out. Activate a bundle of glow sticks and hide them in the darkness for an exciting night of treasure hunting. When the hunt is over, award glow-in-the-dark prizes to the winner of each category such as the most glow sticks found, the most of one color found, the last glow stick found, or whatever categories that you determine. This glow game is fun for all ages and can even be played in teams of two or three.
3. Capture the Flag REDUX: It’s the classic Capture the Flag game revolutionized with futuristic glow-in-the-dark lights. Break friends out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect your base and steal the glowing flag to win. Each game box includes two glowing orbs to use as the “flags,” color-coded LED bracelets to differentiate team members, glowing jail markers, and a rule-book. As an extra bonus, each kit includes 12 game variation cards that provide you with new ways to play Capture the Flag, as well as other games. It’s a great way to bring people of all ages together – kids, teens, even normally boring adults.
4. Zombie Glow Stick Tag: Purchase red and green glow sticks for twice as many people as are playing and some glow stick connectors to make bracelets. Green glow sticks = healthy humans and red glow sticks = zombie infected humans. Pick one person to be the zombie and give them all of the red glow sticks. Everyone else uses a connector to form a green glow stick into a bracelet to put around his or her wrist. Then, the zombie closes his or her eyes and counts to 40 while the healthy humans run and hide. When the zombie opens his or her eyes, he or she goes to hunt for humans. Once they are caught, the zombie gives them a red glow stick and then they become zombies. The infected zombies keep chasing and giving red glow sticks to each human they catch. The game goes on until every human is caught.
5. Light Up LED Ring Toss Game – by GlowCity: This LED glow-in-the-dark ring toss game is right on target. The game set includes four fiber optic LED throwing rings (two red and two blue), along with two LED green target stakes. Once the 360 degree LED stakes are placed in the ground, they create an amazing glowing target that illuminates the ground around them. Great for parities and family get-togethers, this game is fun for all ages since you can determine the throwing distance. You can purchase this ring toss game at amazon.
6. Glow in the Dark Water Balloon Fight: What’s not to love when you combine water balloons and glow sticks for wet and wild glow games? Purchase a supply of mini glow sticks and some large water balloons. Then, activate the glow sticks and insert one into each balloon. Fill the balloons with water, tie and prepare for fun. Pick partners and throw them back and forth while trying not to drop them, or you can divide into teams and soak the opponents.
7. Moonlight Corn Hole: Keep the party going late into the night with light up options on a favorite outdoor beanbag game… Corn Hole. You can either make your own glowing boards, by adding LED strips or lights to your current Corn Hole game or you can purchase light kits at https://www.proglowsports.com/products/glow-hole-lights. These bright LED lights come in a variety of colors and are easy to install. This site also includes a variety of light-up corn hole beanbags to accompany your glowing boards.
8. Glow Obstacle Course: Create a glow-in-the-dark obstacle course with rope lights and neon-painted cones that all ages will love. Use your imagination to design a course that is exciting, as well as safe and challenging. You can add glow to just about anything in your course including hula-hoops, pool noodles and balls. Add some twists and turns to keep it fun and use a stopwatch to see how fast they can complete the course.
9. Glow Battle: Light up the night and face down your friends with this active game of light-up swords and thrilling strategy. Each kit comes with glowing regeneration station markers, blue and green glow wristbands and glowing batons of light for an epic nighttime of fun. Glow Battle’s game pieces are easy to set up and fun to use – but also require teamwork and strategy. Buy Glow Battle here.
10. Glow Bowling: Lawn bowling is even cooler when it’s played at night. Simply insert glow sticks into recycled water bottles or two-liter soda bottles to make pins. Then, create lanes out of long connected glow sticks or LED rope lights and set nine pins up at the end. Either use a bright colored ball or a ball painted with glow paint to knock the pins down.
Other Great Glow Games include:
• If you love music…Light Up Limbo… using a pole wrapped with battery powered lights.
• If you have a pool, here are some great glow in the dark swimming pool games.
• If you have a volleyball net…Glow Volleyball… add glow paint to your volleyball and rope lights or glow sticks to the edges of the net.
• If you love strategy…Tic Tac Glow… like Tic Tac Toe on the lawn but using two straight glow sticks to make the Xs and a connector to make the Os.
We at Starlux Games and thrilled to announce our fun new glow in the dark action game for kids and teens “GLOW BATTLE” just got another fantastic review, this time from Katrina at the popular blog for mothers, “Outnumbered 3 to 1.”
Here’s what Katrina had to say about GLOW BATTLE:
“Oh how I wish I had this game back in my childhood for my brother and I to play. This is exactly the type of game we would have loved!
Even the Husband and I like to get in on this game and wack each other! This will be especially great in the backyard once summer arrives for us to get together with other families and watch the kids play at twilight!
This is not one of those games that you buy and they play once then it just takes up space in the house. Instead this is a unique game where they finally get to hit each other and get all their energy out so they will want to play it time and time again! Would be especially great for parties and sleepovers! The girls have declared Glow Battle “awesome and the coolest game ever.” The friends they have played this with think it is awesome and we are now the “cool house” to hang out at.”
We are very pleased to announce that we just received a wonderful review from Marijean at the popular “Mommy Has to Work” blog for our new glow in the dark game for kids and teens called “Glow Battle“. Here is what Marijean had to say about Glow Battle:
“If you have kids you must check out Glow Battle by Starlux Games. Glow Battle is a one of a kind battle experience for kids of all ages, and will get them off their electronics and outside having fun!
My kids ages 9 and 6 love playing with their toy light sabers and toy swords. I knew they would go nuts over Glow Battle. They were very excited to open the box when it arrived. The set I received includes 10 Weapons of Light, 10 LED Bracelets and 8 marker lights. Colors are green and blue. The Weapons of Light are made out of foam, so your child will not get hurt.
It is such a fun game for the kids to play at night or during the day. My kids have been asking nonstop to play this outside in the evening with their friends. They are having so much fun, and I am so glad it is keeping them active.”
If you are a big fan of laser tag parties there are a number of fun glow in the dark activities as well as unique war games to play. If you’ve been playing laser tag for a while it could be time to try out some of these other amazing glow games which can be played in the dark. Here are some of the best alternatives to laser tag that you could try.
Glow in the Dark Golf
There are several places where you can try your hand at glow-in-the-dark mini golf as well as glow-in-the-dark golf itself. Several courses now have night play available where you can use glow-in-the-dark golf balls and glowing traps/items to play a unique style golfing experience. More people are trying this type of golfing experience regularly if they are fans of regular golf and while it is available at just a few full sized courses, glow-in-the-dark golf balls can often extend your play during twilight hours. Glow-in-the-dark mini golf however can be found in almost every major city so this can be a fun experience over traditional laser tag.
Glow in the Dark Softball
Arm yourself with plenty of glow sticks, florescent tape for your gloves, the bats and for the bases and you can create a unique softball experience. Using glow in the dark items to play softball in darker conditions can be a real challenge but it is definitely a lot of fun on a summer evening.
Capture the Flag REDUX
It’s a reimagining of the Capture the Flag game but experienced with LED lights and played in the dark. This glow in the dark game equipment is far easier to set up than laser tag equipment and everything is 100% reusable and battery operated. It’s an awesome way to get everyone active and having fun.
Glow-in-the-Dark Red Rover
Red Rover remains quite a popular game amongst kids and adults and it doesn’t involve any laser tag equipment! Line up two teams on opposite ends of the playfield and have all of the players wear their best glow sticks and glowing bracelets. Have players run across the field and try to break through the chain of hands on the other team with their body. One side will call out names of the player that they want to call over for this game in the same traditional way. Using glow sticks are florescent tape you can identify the areas where the hands are linked together so that players know exactly what to run into.
Starlight Swimming Games
For those of you who are lucky enough to have a swimming pool, Starlight Swimming is a glow in the dark swimming game we developed that makes playing in our pool at night super fun.
Consider some of these top games as an alternative to traditional laser tag. Remember that any one of these glow-in-the-dark activities would make a welcome change to your traditional laser tag play.