With Hurricane Sandy the talk of the Internet and worry for friends & family peaking, my mind is on storm prep. Not the kind Casey gets excited about or the kind the Eastern seaboard is dealing with, but the kind where I ensure my kids don’t drive me crazy in the rain.
The kids have been talking about the hurricane and its effects all weekend, wondering if the predicted snow will affect trick or treating, asking about our own emergency preparations, and planning things to do if the power goes out.
That’s really the worst that happens around here. We’re too far inland to worry about hurricanes, and our earthquakes are practically a nonevent. We’re in the midwest, but not really near a tornado belt. About the most we can expect is a good storm — and the power outages that come with it.
We have flashlights and batteries and a good stock of candles. We already enjoy lighting those in the evening, so it isn’t a big deal to be sure they’re spread through the house enough to get us where we need to go. The real trick is entertaining the kids.
My favorite thing to do when we’re trapped indoors through the winter snow is movie night, but when the power is affected, it’s time to get a little more creative. Here are 10 great ways to entertain the kids when the power goes out:
If you’re in the path of the hurricane or prepping for impending storms, please stay safe! Even if it ends up being a little boring.