Let’s Go Indoor Spring Camping!

Ambassador Badge 2013This indoor spring camping actvitiy is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon.

Ready to go camping . . . inside the house? Set up camp in the living room and get ready for a family adventure!

{ 5 Tips on Indoor Camping } *Great family-fun for cold winter nights!

Follow these 5 tips to make the most of your expedition:

1. Make a rain-or-shine reservation. Mark the calendar and tell the kids–Camping Night is coming! Spring weather is unpredictable, but an indoor campsite will be high and dry no matter what.

2. Set-up your campsite. Take a deep breath and make it a YES Day. Indoor tents don’t have to be set up exactly right–they don’t even have to be real tents!–so relax and enjoy setting up the “site.”

  • Clear an area in the house and set up a full-sized family tent (sans stakes). Even a kid-size tent would do!
  • If equipment is an issue, use your imagination. Grab the blankets! Don’t underestimate the power of the kitchen table. Pull out the chairs and get creative. Bunk beds can also be easily transformed into secret hideouts.
  • Build a pretend fire out of blocks, colorful paper, or cardboard tubes. You can add flameless (electric) “candles” too!

Let’s Lasso the Moon Tip: Buy yourself a bag of clothespins. They are wonderful for clipping together blankets for forts. They also are great for chip clips, holding mittens together, and a variety of other random projects.

3. Go Offline. Consider shutting down the computers, TVs, and gadgets in your home for the weekend, including maybe your {yikes} cell phone.

4. Create an itinerary, then break it. A good traveling friend of mine always says, “Plan your vacation itinerary so you can choose to ignore your plans.” Isn’t that a glorious approach? Here are some great indoor activities that you can add to your itinerary:

  • Eat dinner on a picnic blanket.
  • Hand out flashlights and take a nighttime “hike” around the house.
  • Roast s’mores in the oven.
  • Take turns telling spooky stories.
  • Sing favorite songs around the campfire.

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5. Rock the Casbah. Here is the KEY to making this event truly memorable–lean in, listen closely… You need to actually let your child sleep under the kitchen table, or in the tent, or on the living room floor under the “night sky.” This tiny detail will make or break your adventure.

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Do you have any additional suggestions for making the weekend memorable? Let’s chat in the comments!


Zina from Let's Lasso the Moon

Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments.

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  1. Great post! Love this idea. We’ve always been cautious about how well they sleep but they are at a great age for this now and will love this idea. Particularly love the s’mores and night hike with flashlights. So sweet. Adding this to this weekend’s plans. And, I am not a huge fan of actual camping so this is perfect. lol

  2. Aren’t those the cutest flashlights? My daughter received one as a birthday gift and it makes me smile whenever I see it. We love camping, and camping indoors so much fun. By flipping our expectations on their head, it’s one of those simple activities that helps kids think outside the box.

  3. Fun times!!! Can’t wait till my little ones are older and can do this!
    I followed you from Kid’s Co Op Link Up. Here was our fun activity: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/wonderfull-full-of-wonder-wednesday_11.html

  4. Love this! We recently turned the house into a library and coffeeshop and drove a cardboard box around to all of the different places. 🙂


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