We sometimes don’t realize how much we rely on electricity to keep us and our families entertained until we lose it. When the power goes out, it can be a challenge to find activities that are enjoyable for the whole family. If it’s light outside, you may have some more options, but what about when the house is dark? There are plenty of ways to make the most of this time– here are 10 great family activities for when the power is out.
- Board games / Card Games – A classic activity that is great for all ages is board games. This can be a fun way to pass the time while bonding with family members. Choose games that everyone enjoys and make sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand. Similar to board games, card games are a great way to pass the time and have fun. Teach each other new games or play old favorites like Go Fish or Poker. Other games outside of board games and card games, like Charades or Hide-and-Seek can also make great past times, and may even be more fun in the dark!
- Campfire / Firepit – If you have a backyard or a safe outdoor space, a campfire or propane-powered firepit can be a fun way to spend an evening. Roast marshmallows, tell stories, and enjoy the outdoors without the distractions of technology.
- Storytelling / Storywriting – One of the best things about being without power is the opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. Take turns telling stories and sharing memories with each other. This can be a great way to strengthen relationships and create new memories. If you don’t know any good stories, spend some time writing stories together! Use a candle for light and take turns adding to the story, creating a fun and unique story that you all can enjoy. If you have artistic family members, break out the pencils and pens and let them illustrate for your new story!
- Scavenger hunt – A scavenger hunt is a fun and interactive way to keep the family entertained. Create a list of items to find around the house or outside and give each person a time limit (plus a flashlight, if it’s dark) to find everything.
- Cooking together – Without power, cooking may be a bit of a challenge if you usually depend on an electric stove, toaster over, or microwave. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a meal together. Use a camping stove or grill to cook up some hot dogs or burgers, or make a simple meal that doesn’t require electricity.
- Reading (by candlelight or flashlight) – Reading is a great way to relax and unwind, and it’s even better by candlelight. Have everyone grab their favorite book or magazine and spend some time reading in the quiet of the evening. If you have little ones at one, you may want to invest in some battery-powered LED candles.
- Shadow puppets – Shadow puppets are a fun way to entertain kids of all ages. Use a flashlight or candle to create shadows on the wall and tell stories with your hands. You can even make your own puppets out of paper or cardboard.
- Indoor fort building – When the power is out, it’s the perfect time to build a fort indoors. Use blankets, pillows, and furniture to create a cozy space for the family to relax and play games in.
- Sing-along – If your family loves music, a sing-along can be a fun way to spend an evening. Choose some favorite songs and sing them together, or make up your own silly songs to pass the time.
- Puzzles are a great way to pass the time and can be done by candlelight. Choose a puzzle with a design that everyone will enjoy and work on it together.
While power outages likely don’t happen very often in your area, you may want to consider investing in a propane-powered generator just as a backup power source. Having a generator, or additional propane-powered appliances (like a clothes dryer or range) can help reduce dependence on the grid and make sure you and your family stay comfortable even during grid outages. If you’d like to talk with someone about backup power, or are looking for a trusted propane supplier, contact the Trusted Name in Propane: ThompsonGas.