As you know, I love to camp, especially tent camping. But sometimes you just can’t get to the campsite. Maybe bad weather is to blame. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Between the kid’s activities, our careers and our other adult responsibilities, finding time to travel to our favorite campsite can be difficult. That’s when you should consider indoor camping. Sure it’s not nearly the same as the real thing, but indoor camping is a fun family night activity.
The key to indoor camping is to really get into it. Otherwise, it’s just sleeping in the living room. Treat it like a real camping trip. Here’s some tips to get you on the right track.
Indoor Camping Tips
Setup your indoor tent in the living room. These days a lot of kids have the little pop up tents for play time. And real tents are very inexpensive, especially the small ones. Another option is to have your kids design an old fashioned chair and sheet tent.
Break out the sleeping bags. If you are going to have a camp out, do it right. My kids like to bring their small camping lanterns into the tent as well.
Plan your camping food and snacks. We like to have hot dogs because we eat them at least once while at the campsite.
For dessert, the kids can make their own Worm Dirt Dessert. It looks like a container of fishing worms. This dessert allows the kids to be creative and it tastes good, too.
Of course, you can always make s’mores. Now I know that this goes against the camping code, but I hear that you can make s’mores in the microwave. Have the kids assemble their s’more with 2 graham crackers, a chocolate candy bar square and a jumbo marshmallow. Microwave the pre-assembled s’more for 20 seconds. These s’mores turn out really good because the chocolate melts well. I mean… that’s what I hear.
There is also a fabulous s’more bars recipe over at Lillian McKay Designs. Yummy!
Don’t forget the shadow show. Turn out the lights in room. With flashlights, each person attempts to make their best shadows.
Other indoor camping activities: ghost stories, uno or other card games, board games or a contest to see who can tell the most creative story.
Build a campfire. Build a fire in the fireplace or have your children make their own crafty campfire.
So next time your camping plans go awry, don’t panic. Plan an indoor camping trip. Your kids will love it.
I’ll see ya by the campfire.