If the idea of spending lots of money for a weekend getaway is getting you down, consider hosting a fun and budget-friendly event right in your backyard. Your backyard is perfect for camping fun.
If your kids are like mine, they love camping! Camping is tons of fun for kids of every age, but when you can’t get out in the woods, bring the camp out to your backyard. Every kid enjoys sleeping outside and doing some of the traditional camping activities, even if the house is only a few feet away.
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Set Up Camp
Set up your tent and pile in the sleeping bags and pillows for all the campers. If you don’t have a tent, you can even sleep under the stars. Just be sure to put down enough layers such as a tarp or a well-cushioned blanket under your sleeping bags to keep the moisture from the ground from seeping into your sleeping bags at night.
Having a warm, toasty fire is one of the things camping activities revolve around. If you have a fire pit to use, that’ll make camping even more fun and authentic. Be sure to check the laws in your area before building a bonfire, because some municipalities regulate the use of fire pits.
Prepare a dinner of fire roasted hotdogs. If you don’t have hotdog sticks, you can use a small branch from a tree. Cut any twigs off the body of your stick and sharpen the end to a point. Don’t forget to put your hotdog on the long way. Push the stick through the length of the whole hotdog to ensure it doesn’t fall into the fire.
You can also make things easier on yourself and purchase these roasting sticks that can be used for hotdogs and sweet treats.
Making s’mores is a staple of camping fun. Don’t forget the ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows.
You may also want to try this dessert idea: Banana Boats. You’ll need one ripe banana per serving, plain chocolate bars, marshmallows, and aluminum foil.
Slice each banana down the center from end to end without piercing the skin on the bottom side. Remove a small strip of peel from the cut side. Break up the chocolate bars and add a few pieces down the center of the banana along with a few marshmallows. Replace the strip of banana peel and wrap tightly in foil. Lay directly on coals for 8-10 minutes and then carefully remove it from the fire and dig in.
Stories around the Fire
After dinner, it’s time to get the kids’ excited with some age-appropriate stories. No camping trip would be complete without a few stories. If you’re stumped on stories, check out these stories for some inspiration. Be careful not to frighten them too much or they’ll go running back into the house.
Want a little lighter mood? Have a sing-along. Most kids love to sing, and this will give you an opportunity to share new songs with them. Some classic campfire tunes include:
• Do Your Ears Hang Low?
• Found a Peanut
• He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands
• I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing
• You are My Sunshine
Fun at Home
You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money to have some fun right at home. You can plan this easy backyard getaway in no time. A simple tent pitched in the backyard, a fire pit, and a few snacks is a great way to “get away” for the evening and make this a fun and memorable event with your kids.
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