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Activities to keep kiddies occupied and distracted from lack of electricity

Activities to keep kiddies occupied and distracted from lack of electricity

A tree fell into a home in the Birdneck Point section of Virginia Beach, Va., as Hurricane Matthew passed Sunday morning, Oct 9, 2016. Forecasters said North Carolina and Virginia could get even more rain and warned of the danger of life-threatening flooding through Monday night. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot)

A tree fell into a home in the Birdneck Point section of Virginia Beach as Hurricane Matthew passed Sunday morning, Oct 9, 2016. Forecasters said North Carolina and Virginia could get even more rain and warned of the danger of life-threatening flooding through Monday night. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot)

Despite restoring power to more than 70 percent of those who lost itthis weekend, more than 130,000 customers are still living in the dark, so to speak.

Those without power are mostly located in Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Chesapeake and Norfolk. Repairs in those areas are taking a bit longer because of broken poles, cross arms and downed wires, according to an email from spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris.

If you are one of those unfortunate few still without power, or would like to be better prepared for next time, here are a few ways to keep children entertained when all the screens go black and bedtime is basically when the sun goes down and the batteries run out:

  1. Play hide and seek.
  2. Sing every song you know. I mean, every. song. you. know.
  3. Read a book (until you run out of natural light). If this is your third or fourth go-around on said piece of literature, act it out. Sing the songs that normally accompany the movie version, if there is one.
  4. Dance party!
  5. Indoor camping – set up a children’s tent on the living room floor. Set up a “power outage picnic” – if you have a fireplace, you can roast s’mores or beans ‘n’ weenies over the flames.
  6. Blanket fort. Pillow fort. BOTH.
  7. Card games – Go Fish, Uno, Sevens, Spades. All the card games. All of them.
  8. For toddlers, there really is nothing more entertaining than a bunch of empty pots and pans and a wooden spoon. Let your little drummer go nuts.
  9. If they’re not natural-born percussionists, make your own musical instruments. String a few rubber bands around an empty tissue box and you almost have a makeshift guitar (if they’re younger, you can get away with skipping the tissue box part and just playing loose rubber bands, usually). Keys can be cymbals. It’s all good. Get creative.
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  11. Play indoor cricket, basketball or soccer using balloons.
  12. Make shadow puppets with a flashlight and blank wall.
  13. Remember those clapping games we used to play on the bus with the girl in the seat next to us? Now’s a great time to teach your kid one of those.
  14. A family-wide game of Telephone.
  15. Make a kid-friendly Ninja Warrior course in your living room. You can add dimensions to each level for more difficulty/different age groups, i.e. The Floor Is Made Of Lava!
  16. Gather together all the toys and games that don’t require batteries or plugs and turn the imagination up to 11.
  17. Scrapbooking.
  18. Let the kids play dress-up as Mommy and Daddy. Give them free reign of your closets and see what they come up with. And/or FASHION SHOW!!
  19. Good ol’ colors and paper never hurt anybody. Nowadays, they have that special paper that pairs with particular markers so they only color on the paper. What a time to be alive, seriously.

If you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments. We’d love to hear how you entertain your littles when the lights go out unexpectedly.

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