Things to do with Kids during Earth Hour

Offer up some fun activities to try during your hour in the dark.

This year, Earth Hour will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 between 8.30pm and 9.30pm in your local time zone. The event is held worldwide annually, encouraging individuals, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.

So turn out your lights and unplug for Earth Hour! Take the opportunity to talk to your kids about the global significance of Earth Hour. Offer up some fun activities to try during your hour in the dark.

Here are 10 ideas to get you started...

1. Tell or read stories. Grab a flashlight and some blankets and tell stories in the living room. Fact or fiction, these stories in snuggly surroundings are sure to be fun for the kids.

2. Play family board games by candlelight.

3. Play a fun round of flashlight tag or hide and go seek in the dark.

4. Take a walk. Enjoy the night sounds and scenes of your neighborhood by taking an evening stroll with your kids and the dog.

5. Make shadow puppets on a blank wall.

6. Have a night-time picnic. Prepare your food in advance and spread a blanket in the living room.

7. Star gaze. It's the perfect evening to grab a telescope or some binoculars and head out to see the stars.

8. If weather permits, camp out in your backyard and roast marshmallows on the BBQ and make s’mores! If not, set up camp site in your living room. Pitch a tent and get the sleeping bags. 

9. Go to your neighbourhood playground or park for some night time play.

10. Go beyond the hour. Keeping the lights off for an hour is good, but maybe the best way to spend that time is to talk with your family about the things you can all do after Earth Hour is over to help protect our planet.

What fun activities have you done as a family during Earth Hour? Share below!

This article was updated for 2019
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