How to Entertain Your Family During a Blackout


Pretty much everywhere in the world, people have experienced the inconvenience and unpleasantries of power outages. They can be the worst, and most boring night/days that you have to deal with – since we lived in a world so controlled by technology.

Yes, cell phones still work, and backup chargers do exist, but what about when those run out of juice? What are you going to do when your kid’s laptops and tablets finally die and they waltz into the room spouting your ever-so-favorite sentence, “I’m bored.”?

Not to worry, there are plenty of solutions to this problem, and a lot of them are actually pretty fun.

So, let’s take a look at some fun things you can do with your family when the power has gone out. Before we begin, you will need some supplies:

  • Flashlight(s)
  • Batteries
  • Candles
  • Battery-powered radio or a fully charged iPod (good luck)
  • Water and non-perishables so you don’t starve
  • Games

Light a fire

If you have a home with a fireplace, this is a great time to light that sucker up.

You can also invite your friends who do not have a fireplace over to enjoy the warmth and fun with you. Not only will a fireplace keep you warm as the heat starts to drain from your home, but there are also a lot of family-friendly activities that you can do.

You can roast marshmallows and hotdogs over the fire, and, to make that extra fun, you could even pitch a tent in the living room and tell your kids that you’re having a campout in the living room.

They will love this, and it will create many memories that will not soon be forgotten. The ambiance of a fire is the perfect place to tell ghost stories, but don’t make them too scary because you do not want the kids to be up and afraid all night while having a campout.

Read some books by flashlight

No matter how old or young your kids are, spending time together creates lasting memories, and everyone enjoys reading old books.

Consider it a great way to tap into your nostalgia. Find some books that have been forgotten and bring them out. You can read them as a family and also enjoy the time reminiscing on the “good old days.”

Make art by candlelight

Another great activity for family members of all ages is creating some awesome art.

You can do this separately or together. You can make it into a contest where the most creative or unique drawing gets a prize.

Or you can all work together and create a huge, and probably crazy, mural for the house.

Everyone loves to draw pictures, especially little ones, so why not tap into that creativity and spend some time working on art projects together. Besides, being in the dark can make for some great art, and is likely to make you less insecure if you have terrible drawing skills since it is so hard to see in the dark. 

Have the kids write letters to someone special

By now, the kids are probably driving you a little insane.

So, set them up with a task that has the potential to take some time to finish. Have them write a letter to someone special. This will probably be a grandparent, but it can be anyone.

The value of a handwritten note has not been lost and is going to make the day of the person who gets it. This is a great way to keep the kids distracted for a while, and give you a chance to take a breather without them in your face for a few minutes.

Play a board game by the fire

The kids are back and are done writing their very heartfelt letters to someone they love. But, now you have to entertain them again. So, time to break out the board games!

Hopefully, your fire is still burning and your flashlights have not died, because you cannot accomplish this task in total darkness.

There are a lot of great family games out there, and once again, give you an opportunity to bask in the sweet glow of nostalgia. Some great games that many people have stowed away include

  • CandyLand
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Twister, Checkers
  • UNO

Yes, many of these games are for small children, but who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again sometimes?

Have a dance party using a cell phone

Did someone say DANCE PARTY?!? It’s time to break out that cell phone and crank the tunes as loud as possible.

Dancing in the dark is great because if you are really bad at it, no one will be able to see you.

Dancing is not only really fun, but it is really likely to finally tire out those little heck raisers that have been running around bored all night. So crank up some family tunes and get the party started. The sooner you’ve started, the sooner they will pass out!

Final thoughts

These are all great ideas that have the potential to keep your family entertained and happy during a blackout.

The memories that you can create with your family in these moments are the ones that they will cherish forever (unless you are really bad at everything on this list).

However, if you want to avoid the blackout altogether, you could always have a backup generator installed ahead of time. There are a lot of ways to do this, but a great one is to visit AlltimePower online to begin the process.

Keep in mind though, if you are the only house on the block with power, your entire neighborhood may invite themselves over, so be sure to buy some good locks to keep the madness outside.

Either way, if you choose to go without power or the route of backup power, there are plenty of ways to deal with a blackout and plenty of ways to keep your family happy.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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