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Meghan Ham

Nighttime Activities: All you need to know about to have fun at night!

Nighttime Activities: All you need to know about to have fun at night!

A camping trip is one of the most fun ways to enjoy a vacation, especially when you are with the kids! This can be a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. You can spend plenty of time hiking, enjoying nature, cooking over your campfire, and teaching children the joys of nature!

The amazing time isn't only till the sun goes down. In fact, you can enjoy various nighttime activities to make your time memorable.

Nighttime activities you must try!

Are you wondering what nighttime activities you should enjoy with your friends or family? Then here we have enlisted some of the best nighttime activities to enjoy.

So, here we go:

Watch out for the Phases of the Moon

Campers usually have the opportunity to observe different phases of the moon. You can also watch the moon’s phases and observe its changes throughout your camping trip. Moreover, you can recreate different moon phases with kids using cookies and drawing these on a chart or calendar.

This will certainly add a lot of fun to your camping nights.


Just like various other outdoor activities, Constellations can be a must-enjoy during camping nights. Get all your peers involved in the activity for infotainment. You can ask your friends or family to find and recognize north star or big dipper. In some places, this Constellation is visible throughout the year. Similarly, the Big Dipper never goes below the horizon in some places. Consequently, you can see the Constellation with a clear sky throughout the night. 

Simply learn to find the big dipper to add fun to this activity. Another fun activity you can do with kids is to make your own constellations! All you need Is a cereal box, a pen/pencil, and a flashlight. Just use the pen to poke holes in the cereal box in the shape of your favorite constellation and put the flashlight inside the box. Then, VOILA, you have your very own constellation. 

Experience nature by observing nocturnal animals

Nature can offer a profusion of inspiration for your creativity. Enjoying nature can also improve observational skills with exploration. Moreover, noticing the sounds and sights of nature around you is easier at night when the world is dark but silent and peaceful.

Some creatures come out after the sun goes down. You can spend some time during the night observing local nocturnal animals. You can watch these animals and explain their importance to your kids for the ecosystem. Some of the most commonly found nocturnal animals include:

  • Foxes
  • Bats
  • Owls
  • Moths
  • Skunks
  • Raccoons, etc.

These animals are vital in the ecosystem, from pest control to pollination. Understanding these creatures will make it easier to observe them at night. However, it is always important to stay safe while experiencing any encounter with nocturnal animals.

Play a scavenger hunt

This is arguably the most classic nighttime game to enjoy. However, playing this nighttime can add more fun and challenges to the overall experience. Most amazingly, kids and adults can all partake in this amazing game.

Enlist 10 items each participant has to search for by going out during nighttime.

Reading stories.

Do you want to enjoy a less adventurous activity during the nighttime? Story reading is always the safest solution to consider in this regard.

Don’t forget to bring a few storybooks that you would love to read.

If you don't have a storybook to read, you can switch the game mode to tell a story. Let everyone participate in this activity. You can start telling a random story and then ask your next person to take the story forward.

This would be a fun activity to enjoy, especially around a campfire.

Play some games around the campfire

Playing games around a campfire is always one of the most amazing nighttime activities. Moreover, these games will also let you interact with each other. Here are a few ideas that you can consider in this regard:

  • Would You Rather: In this game, one person will come at a time to ask a question from everyone playing. For example, would you rather be invisible or fly? This is just an example. However, you can create multiple questions of the same type and see what people would prefer to do.
  • Charades: The majority of people out there know pretty well how to play charades around a campfire. To have more fun in this game, divide into different teams and see who wins the race.
  • One-line stories: Take turns telling one-line stories to create wacky stories that can keep you giggling.
  • Alphabet games: Firstly, choose a category such as book titles, movies, country names, actors, etc. One of the participants will take a name according to your chosen category. The letter at which the name ends will become the next letter to start the name with.

These are some examples; you can even think of more similar options to enjoy around a campfire.

Hiking in the dark

Hiking in the dark is always fun and adventurous for almost all age groups. There is always a mysterious feeling about walking in the dark. Don’t forget to keep headlights, flashlights, or lanterns with you if you are up for this nighttime activity. Any of these are essential to light your way.

Moreover, your eyes will adjust to the environment if you are out hiking on a clear night. You can consider exploring the areas near your location along any nearby trail, road, or path.

Also, ensure to stop in between to enjoy the nocturnal critters' sounds roaming around during the nighttime. Please ensure the safety of your trek beforehand and have a very well researched comprehension of the area you are in.

Flashlight hides and seek.

Hide and can be more fun to enjoy as a nighttime activity. One person will hold the flashlight, and everyone else must hide behind bushes, trees, or other nearby dark spots. After counting to 20, the person will turn the flashlight on to seek the others.

The first person found during the game will hold the flashlight. You can add more fun to this flashlight hide-and-seek by asking more people to participate and play with you.

If there are other people around you, you can ask them to join you in the game. Consequently, the game will become more exciting and entertaining.

Final Thoughts

So, these are some of the most amazing nighttime activities you should consider enjoying. Nighttime activities are more fun when you are enjoying these with more people. So, ask everyone you know to participate and spend memorable time together.

Image by Alex Prykhodko from Pixabay 

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