Camp in Your Own Back Yard
In today’s busy world, it is important for families to find time to be together. Too often, families are torn in different directions because of work, school, and other activities. One fun way to bring the family together is to go camping in your very own backyard.
Move the Family into a Backyard Tent
Children love the idea of sleeping in a tent, so why not put it up in the backyard and have a camping expedition that does not require any driving. All you need to do is to put up the tent, break out the sleeping bags, and move everyone outside.
If your neighborhood allows fires, you can have a campfire. This will let you roast marshmallows and have s’mores as a family. If you sit around the campfire, you can even sing campfire songs and look at the stars. Parents and children can tell each other silly stories. Parents can share stories about their younger days with their kids. If you have older children, be sure they put away their cell phones so they are not distracted by text messages and phone calls.
Surprise Your Child or Let Your Child Help
As the parent, you have the choice of getting your children involved in the planning or giving your children a big surprise. You will know what is best for your children. If you know your children love to help you plan and set things up, then it is only appropriate to let your children help prepare the camping trip to the backyard. However, if your child likes surprises, by all means, surprise your children. This way, your child can be surprised and can help at the end with the tear down, because that is part of camping, too.
Plan Fun Activities
Once you’ve put up the tent and brought out the sleeping bags, you will need to decide what else you will want for the backyard camping trip. Flashlights are fun to play with and will be helpful when you and your children have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. You can plan activities to do before it gets dark, food to prepare outside, and activities to do when the sun goes down.
Some fun activities to do before it gets dark include:
- Playing tag
- Running an obstacle course
- Playing hot potato
Some delicious foods to prepare outside include:
- Grilling nachos in an aluminum foil pouch
- Grilled cheese sandwiches
- Roasting marshmallows
After-dark activities include:
- Ghost in the Graveyard
- Flashlight Tag
- Ghost Stories
Your family can make great memories having camping trips in the backyard. Your children can create games, prepare food for grilling, and create scary stories. Your children can learn how to plan for an event like camping and how to clean up after a big event like camping. There are so many great things that can happen during a back yard family camping trip.