Games To Play in The Dark

What is it about glow sticks, flashlights or headlamps that make everything in the dark a little more fun?  We’ve made a list of how to get out and glow. There is something about the neon colours in contrast with the darkness of night that makes anything that glows a fun accessory for nighttime games, which is why we also chose to include some in our “Into The Night” adventure kit.

Glow in the Dark Tag

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. As kids, we used to call it “Witchy” because scaring each other before you got tagged was a big part of the thrill. You can add some glow sticks to make tag more futuristic and fun, you can use glow sticks with connectors as bracelets and which makes staying un-tagged a little tricker.

Glowsticks for wrist or ankle

Use a connector to wear a glow stick around your wrist or ankle.

Dine in The Dark

Plan a dinner outside that is only lit by candle, glow sticks, flashlights or headlamps. They say if we stifle on of our senses, like sight, that the others are heightened. Test the theory - how does your food smell, taste or feel when you're eating in low light?

Hunt for Glowing Treasure

Kids love treasure hunts and it’s even more fun to hunt for treasure when it’s dark out and the treasure is glowing. You can also put the sticks inside some plastic Easter eggs, and they will light up! It’s a great game for all ages and you can make the hiding places as easy or as hard as you want.

 Glow In The Dark Treasure Hunt Eggs

Use plastic easter eggs and put glow sticks inside them.


This is a tag variation, but one person gets a headlamp or flashlight and all the fugitives have to wear a glow stick around their ankle. Pick a point A and point B. Everyone starts at point A, but the fugitives get a head start. Then the person with the flashlight tried to hunt them down and catch them before they reach point B.

Capture the Flag

You can use your glow stick as the flag! The teams each get a different color glow stick to hide. You have to retrieve the other teams color without getting caught. It’s the ideal way to get kids, teens and even normally boring adults outside and active at night.

Glow in the Dark Bowling

Save 6 plastic bottles and remove the labels. Fill ¾ of the way with water and add a lit glowstick. For a ball, you can fill a balloon with water and freeze overnight! Strrrrrrrike.

 Blow Bowling Activities At Night

Put glowsticks in water bottles to make glow-in-the-dark bowling pins.

Create a “Moth Theatre”!

Many nocturnal animals are attracted to light. Hang a white sheet and put a flashlight or headlamp behind it. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show! You can also use one of your Wild | Life boxes, cut a hole in the lid and tape white paper behind it.

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