How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!)

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

Want a summer getaway but don’t have the time or budget?  Well, look no further than your very own backyard.  With a little creativity and thought, you can easily plan a night of fun and transform your backyard into a luxury campground (showers and toilets included!!  Horray!!).

1. Set Up A Tent

Nothing says “camping” like a tent!  For a truly authentic way to feel like you’ve packed up and left town, set up a tent for your night “away”.  Don’t worry if you don’t own a tent!  As long as weather is clear, you can always set up a blanket fort instead.  My brother and I used to do this all the time growing up and we turned out just fine (or, at least one of us did).  If you don’t mind spending just a little bit of money, you can also find some affordable tents at sporting goods stores such as Scheels.

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks  How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Campfire Cuisine

No camping trip is complete without a campfire!  Keep the s’mores and foil packet dinners alive by starting up the grill.  You can also purchase your own portable cooking appliances made especially for camping.  Art of Manliness shares some great foil dinner recipes and tips here (I feel like a man grunt would be appropriate at this time).

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

3. Backyard Games

Keep the fun and laughter going by playing some backyard family games.  Make them as elaborate or as simple as you want or even just bring along a pack of playing cards.  The important thing is just to have fun playing together!  Family Education shares 10 ideas for backyard games here.

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

4. Campfire Songs

Have you noticed how today’s generation is shockingly unaware of classic American nursery rhymes and folk tales?  The same can be said for traditional songs that practically raised older generations.  Have fun on your backyard campout teaching your children some of your old favorites such as Going On A Bear Hunt, Do Your Ears Hang Low, or Little Bunny Foo Foo.  For an excellent list of songs and videos, visit Care.com.

5. Storytelling

Have fun sharing funny stories or ghost stories with your flashlight.  Find a list of stories here.  You can also opt to create your own stories as a family.  If you want some help with the process, check out my favorite story-telling toy called Rory’s Story Cubes.  Each cube has little images on the six faces and your challenge is to tell your story using those images.  They make for some fun silliness and good laughs!

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

6. Flashlight Games

Don’t let the fun stop just because the sun goes down!  Here’s a list of some fantastically fun nighttime games to play outside.  Flashlight scavenger hunts can be especially exciting!

How to Have a Blast Camping (Without Ever Leaving Your Yard!) Camping, Camping Tips and Tricks, Things to Do When Camping, Camping Hacks, Camping with Kids, Kids Camping Hacks

7. Stargazing

Add some learning to your exciting backyard campout with some down-to-basic stargazing.  Check out these great stargazing and constellation activities from Kids Creations.

8. Movie Screen

Okay, so watching a movie isn’t exactly an authentic campout activity, but after all your other backyard fun, a movie might be the perfect solution to settling down.  Find out how to make your own backyard movie screen here.

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