Fun Games to Play When the Power Goes out

The power goes out! Now what? Sure, you could stare at your phone, while your husband stares at his phone, and your kids stare at their phones…but that doesn’t sound very fun, does it? Besides, we’re all about dropping the devices and here at Real Mom Daily.

So, what’s there to do when the lights start flickering? We’re glad you asked! We’re big believers in getting creative, and making a power outage more of an adventure than a problem! We’ve come up with a few ideas to help you spark your own creativity. Read them, learn them, love them, and thank us later when your family’s laughing their butts off and you can’t “log on” to get suggestions!

Light a Bunch of Candles and Read a Book

As women who strive to be creative, we may be a bit biased here, but we can’t think of many better, more cozy ways to spend a power outage than reading a book with our partner and children in the sweetness of candle light. Make sure the reading is age appropriate, of course, so no Fifty-Shades.

The best part? You can get creative and think outside the box. Sure, reading out loud is educational and fun, but what about thinking a little bigger? How about playing a game of exquisite corpse? This goth-sounding game is when one person writes a word, sentence, or paragraph, and then the next person writes another, and so on.

It’s a super fun way to come up with a story unique to your family. Plus, it’s going to be hilarious to pull out in twenty-years.

20 Questions

Twenty questions is a game where you and your family take turns picking something and letting others ask you twenty different questions about what it is. After all the questions are asked, they get to guess what it is.

You probably know that already, though, right? Twenty questions is as old as time itself and while it’s fun, there are some cool spins you can put on it to make it more family-specific. You can make the rules that you can only pick members of the family as the object being asked about and can only ask goofy questions. You can decide to let you family pet ask a question or pick the object!

Board Games Galore

Trouble, Monopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Scrabble, Risk, Battleship, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry!, Life, Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Scattergories, Guess Who, Uno…the list goes on (and on and on!).

When the power goes out, the board games come out. It’s a move as old as time itself. You did it when you were a kid, and now your children have the chance to experience how much fun charging you $100 for landing on their hotel is.

Have a Tough Conversation

Okay, this isn’t technically a game. It also probably won’t be that fun, but having a tough conversation during a power outage is a smart move. Not only are there less distractions or things for your children to do, but you can turn a potentially boring wait for lights, power, internet into a constructive conversation about the birds and bees.

Of course, you don’t have to have the talk with your kids. You could try out talking to them about social media. You could talk to them about bullying. You could talk to them about overcoming discrimination. You could talk to them about any possible tough topic. Whatever you choose, we salute you, moms!  

Reverse Charades

Breaking the seriousness of above, how about giving reverse charades a try? This goofy game is when one person guesses while a team of people act out various phrases. In fact, goofy might be an understatement.

Dance Party

Who doesn’t love dancing? Light some candles, get out the pots and pans and turn your phone up to full volume, blast “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop, and dance your heart out with your family. It doesn’t get much better than that.  

NOTE: Put together an emergency kit with flashlights, water bottles, canned food, some emergency medical supplies, board games, and some paper and pens and maybe a few of your family’s favorite treats!  You’ll be well prepared the next time the power goes out!

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