10 Power Outage Boredom Busters
Power outages can be a bad thing in more than one way. Aside from the obvious, they can be a huge issue for parents. Bored and scared kids will often act out to get their point across and when it’s dark? That can be extremely dangerous. That’s why I love these 10 power outage boredom busters! They’re great for keeping both kids and adults entertained when the lights go out and the storm is raging on!
Spotlight – If you have older kids, have them grab their flashlights and play hide & go seek in the house. The catch? The person who is “it” can only “tag” people with their flashlight beam.
Shadow puppets – I know it may seem “lame” to some, but shadow puppets are actually a fun way to make it through a power outage. This old-fashioned past time seems to have fallen by the wayside but it will help keep everyone entertained.
Have a treasure hunt – Hide something (or a few things) in the house and set the kids off with flashlights to find it! First person to find the item (or items) wins a small prize!
Go camping! – Set up a tent in the living room and have an indoor camping trip!
Start a band – Grab a few pots and pans and spatulas and make “beautiful” music. Be sure to sing loud!
Play cards – Having an outage during daylight hours? Teach your kids to play cards! Play Go Fish or War for younger kids or 500 Rummy or Blackjack for older ones. They’ll work on their math skill AND have fun!
Tell Scary Stories – Obviously you’ll want to make sure they’re age appropriate, but scary stories in the dark is a fantastic way to pass the time.
Go on a ghost hunt – Things going bump in the dark? Grab your flashlights and go hunting for ghosts!
Put on a show – Get out the dress clothes or play clothes and act out your favorite tv show or movie for the rest of the family. Remember to use flashlights and LED candles as spotlights!
Tell a round robin story – Have everyone sit around the room. One person starts the story with “Once upon a time” then passes to the next person. Each person adds 1 or 2 sentences to the story. You’d be surprised at how silly these can get!
Power outages don’t have to be boring and scary. If you get a little creative with them, they can also be fun! For moms and dads they are also the perfect time to get things done around the house that you may have been putting off. I know that’s what I do with my time during them!