Check out this curated list of glow in the dark outdoor toys to encourage kids to play in the dark! Short days require creativity and there’s something for everyone on this list.
We have an upcoming road trip that’ll leave lots of time hanging around the airbnb after dark since we’ll be up and hiking early. I was brainstorming ideas for holiday presents that might be fun at night and thought I’d share the whole list! Almost all of these would travel well for camping or just make fun presents to encourage kids to play in the yard even when it’s dark early in winter.
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Glow in the dark outdoor toys + ways to encourage night play
We bought these for our desert road trip, I can't wait to try them! Stomp rockets have historically been a hit with my kids and they are so great for sensory input. There is a version on Amazon that doesn't require batteries but reviews seem to be mixed if it actually glows well.
Winter Hat w/ Built-In LED Light
We love working on the 1000 Hours Outside challenge and they carry these fun beanies with a light right in the bill!
This sounds RIGHT up my family's alley, a spin on fantasy, role playing games with quicker rules and glow in the dark elements.
This looks so fun, for the adults too! A late night badminton tournament sounds like a great time.
I don't think I'm coordinated enough to do this but I bet it would be fun to watch.
My kids have used some non-glow-in-the-dark versions of these fellows over the years, they're perfect to toss from trees and playground equipment and I think glow in the dark ones would be extra fun.
Remote control vehicles are fun for everyone, even better if they're glow in the dark.
If your kids love sword fighting, try it at night!
If arts and crafts are up your kids' alley, try a glow in the dark writing board.
My kids love hunting stuff down; you could also get some little toys off Amazon that glow and hide them.
This requires a flat space so would be good for apartment patios and driveways if taken outside, it hovers above with air.
A classic game with tech added, this looks fun for family reunions!
We haven't tried this yet but it sounds like a good time to decorate the playset or driveway.
Surprise the kids with a glowing kit to build their own castle! Add a sheet for extra fun.
No brainer, but always fun; if you want to avoid single-use plastic, check out this rechargeable glow stick from REI!
This looks like a good time for the whole family, kicking or hitting around a big glowy ball, hoping to try this on our next beach trip.
A more sophisticated bean bag toss, this game would be perfect for camping.
B. toys Hop n' Glow Hopper Ball
This ball lights up when you bounce! A good fit for younger kids.
Another crafty option - first have them paint with the glowy supplies then hide and seek with them!
Similar to the monster truck, this looks like fun to play with after dark.
If you're hitting the sidewalks after dark, turn it into a light show with these fun wheel lights!
Glow in the dark basketball for the sports fans!
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If you like tossing around frisbees or playing disc golf, try it at night! REI also carries this.
A classic/given but headlamps make lots of activities more fun at night! These are USB-rechargable and fit better than other styles we've tried.
Ok, this is definitely not a toy but my kids really enjoy a crank flashlight and adding tunes would be even better!
Not a toy, but a great idea to bring nighttime play to the playset! We had some cheapie solar lights in the past but they only lasted a year so I want to figure out how to put these up with our current setup.
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