N is for Night

I’m all for having a regular, early bedtime. But sometimes…staying up past dark can make for amazing memories! Here are some of our favorite nighttime outings:

  1. Lunar eclipse –Brr! was it cold! But we stood at the top of a windy hill and watched as the moon turned red. Wow! You can really see the moon’s mountains and valleys when the eclipse is complete.
    Lunar Eclipse, December 20, 2010, 11:42 PST

    Total eclipse

  2. Woodcocks and peeper frogs – Our local Audubon Center hosted a Vernal Evening walk, featuring the mating rituals of these animals. The male woodcock puts on quite a show, and those tiny peeper frogs make a mighty big noise! Love is certainly in the air in the spring!
  3. Fireflies – These little guys are part of our favorite bedtime ritual. We love to chase around those twinkling lights, or just sit and enjoy the show. Then, pj’s and sweet dreams!
  4. The annual Perseid meteor shower We live in a city with lots of light pollution. But if we plan it right, we can see the Perseids in North Dakota with Grandpa. (What could be better?) We slather on the bug spray, grab a blanket, and head out to an open field for some awesome views. If you’ve never seen the night sky in North Dakota, you should put it on your bucket list. It’s a dizzying, awe-inspiring sight.
  5. Space shuttle sightings – Did you know that the space shuttle can be seen without a telescope? Check out the NASA websiteto find the next sighting for your city. But hurry! The space shuttle is currently on its last mission. (Missed it? NASA’s site is still worth a look. It’s an educator’s dream!)
    The NASA insignia.

    The NASA insignia

  6. Camping –Nighttime in a tent is a fascinating time to be still and listen. Unless what you hear sounds big and bearlike… in that case, it’s time to stop being still. Frogs, though… frogs are good.
    Tent at night

    Peaceful Tent at Night

How does your family enjoy the wonder of nighttime? I’d love to add your new ideas to my list!

Also, be sure to read the other Nifty “N” posts at my Nice friend Dawn’s Neat blog:


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I'm a pastor's wife, striving to live generously. I'm also a homeschooling, gardening, knitting, cooking, reading mom.
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7 Responses to N is for Night

  1. Fun stuff! The kids and I stayed up for the eclipse too, and even managed to grab some photos of it, although not very good ones. You can definitely have some GREAT science experiences at night! Thanks for sharing!

    • Heidi says:

      Cool! I’d love to see your photos… we didn’t even try for any. Eclipses and meteor showers are good excuses to get a tripod, I think!

  2. Marcia says:

    Don’t forget about the Northern Lights (also an “N”, you notice) that we can see in ND & MN – something else to add to the bucket list, also dizzying and awe-inspiring and my all time favorite thing in the night! Even as a forever science teacher, the sight makes me forget about the science and just think about how God made such absolute beauty! It literally takes my breath away!

    • Heidi says:

      You’re so right, Marcia. And the great thing about seeing them in North Dakota is that there’s NOTHING in the way of the sky. It’s above you, yes… but also straight ahead, to the left, and to the right. No need to strain your neck. 🙂

  3. Amber says:

    I thought about waking my kids for the eclipse… in the end I didn’t. Bedtimes have always been so hard for us and we’d been working so hard on getting to bed on time I didn’t want to mess that up! I took pictures and showed them a time elapse online. We were going to stay up for a meteor shower in April but forgot to mark it on the calendar and missed it, so maybe the next big one we’ll do it.

    • Heidi says:

      Sometimes sleep is best. We left the 4 year old at home for the eclipse… I just took the older two, since they can handle occasional sleep changes MUCH better than the little one can!

      The Perseid meteor shower peaks during a full moon this year, so it won’t be great viewing anyway. And since we’ll be gearing up for VBS, I think sleep is the better option. 🙂

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