When you turn off all the lights in the house, kids tend to go a little crazy….Especially if it’s Glowstick Mania night! It’s only the most requested Family Fun Night in my household. Turn off the lights, throw in 4 wacky kids with a tube of glowsticks and you’ve got GLOWSTICK MANIA!
This tradition started for us a few years ago when Target started carrying tubes of glowsticks in their $1 bins. We’d stock up when we found them and open up a tube for Family Fun Night.
Glowstick River Jump—>
This game is simple, but a river of fun! Simply connect your glowsticks together in a straight line. Place two rows parallel about 4-6 inches apart and have the kids jump across the “river.” With each jump, scoot the lines a little farther apart. If their feet take a dip in the river, they are out. The last child standing is the winner!
Glowstick Frisbee Throw—>
This is probably my kids’ favorite Glowstick Mania game. Simply connect the glow sticks into circles. Different sizes make it fun, so don’t be shy. We use a short hallway across our house and attempt the throw the “frisbees” into the alcove. You can keep score if your family is the competitive type. If not, just take turns seeing how many you can get in the alcove or any other target area you choose.
Glowstick Ring Toss—>
I’m all about simple and easy when it comes to Family Fun Nights. This ring toss is made out of the paper towel holder from the kitchen. Talk about multi-functional! I bet you didn’t know that your paper towel holder could be so useful, did you?
Don’t be boring with your ring toss either. Think of all the different ways you could try tossing:
*while hoping on one foot
*behind your back
*jumping in the air
*toss it from your head
*do a spinning toss (by spinning your body around before tossing)
Glowstick Drink Cups—>
Usually it’s at this point when we are dying of thirst. So stop and throw those glow sticks around your drink cups for a fluorescent treat. For a secret surprise, put the glow sticks on the cups before your fun starts and stick them in the fridge. Pull them out when you need them for a GLOWing surprise!
Glowstick Hide & Seek—>
This game was the one we first started with years ago. It’s simple. One person hides all of the glowsticks in the room and the rest of the family finds them. Make it harder by expanding the game to the whole house. Or change up the game and make glowstick necklaces to wear and play traditional hide and seek (in the dark). It’s super fun!
Glowstick Dance Party—>
Glow sticks are great fun when they are twirling through the air. So, crank up your favorite tunes and dance. I’m sure you’ll come up with all kinds of moves to try. Here are some of our favorites:
*Connect the glowsticks and make a jumprope
*Make a short rope and spin it through the air
*Put circles on your arms and twirl them like a hula hoop
*Conduct the music with a glowstick
*Put them in your hair (if wearing a pony tail)
What do you think? I’d love to hear how it went!