What to Do
- Pitch a tent. Set up camp right in the living room—using a tent for the feel of a real-deal campout or getting creative and building a blanket fort.
- Get to know nature. Slip in a little learning by coloring or identifying pictures of trees or birds you’d see in your area. By engaging kids with the world around them, they’re bound to enjoy the next outdoor campout even more.
- Flip the switch. Make sure everyone is equipped with a flashlight, shut down computers and power off all other electronic devices. Then turn off the lights. Tonight you're “roughing it” in the name of family fun. Flashlight tag, anyone?
- Share memories. Drag out old photos and pass along stories of your past vacations, camping misadventures or family trips when you were a kid. Ask your kids to imagine what their perfect vacation would look like and dream together.
What to Make
Go Fishin’. While you won't be able to eat what you catch, this fishing game reels in family fun no matter which way you play it (indoor fishing provides a lot of options).
What you need:
- Long stick or ruler
- String (2-3 feet)
- Paper Clips
- Construction Paper (variety of colors)
- Tape or Glue
Put it together:
- Cut fish shapes out of construction paper and slide a paperclip on the head end of each fish.
- Tie one end of the string to the stick/ruler and glue/tape the magnet to the other to make a pole.
- Scatter the fish on the floor.
Ways to play:
- Ask young children to catch a specific color of fish.
- For older kids, write numbers on the fish and present equations i.e.: Catch the answer for 5-2+3.
- Make fishing more difficult by standing on a step stool.
- Turn it into a race. Divide into teams. Each team needs a stick and a blindfold. The two blindfolded people should stand facing one another with the pond of fish between them. The object is to catch as many as possible in 3 minutes by taking direction from teammates.
What to Eat
Little campers need fortifying treats to refuel. Prepare for a busy night of fort-building and telling tall tales with a satisfying snack.
Fire up the grill or break out the skillet for these hearty dishes that harken back memories of meals shared ‘round the campfire.
Camping isn’t really camping without s'mores. There are so many ways to achieve a perfectly toasted marshmallow without ever stepping foot outdoors.