Staycation Idea: Indoor Camp Out

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Many families are looking for ways to enjoy Spring Break or a summer vacation without breaking the bank. Not to mention, when kids are out of school they want constant entertainment.  Set this up for the family one evening and let the kiddos enjoy it the next day as well.

Staycations are a great way to save money and enjoy quality time together. If the weather is still a bit chilly, have an Indoor Camp Out. Avoid the camping fee, drive and mosquitoes and camp out inside your own home.

You’ll need:
A Tent
Sleeping bags and pillows

Set up a tent in the living room or another area of your home with enough space to accommodate a tent. Lay out sleeping bags and flashlights. Children can pack a backpack with a few toys or clothing items to make them feel more involved in the Camp Out.

For dinner, have traditional camping food such as hotdogs and smores (if you have a fireplace). Read stories, tell ghost stories (or age appropriate stories), play board games & just enjoy being together.

A few rules:
Turn off the phone, TV and computer
Leave the dishes for the next day
Stay together in your “campsite”

Alternatively, make a tent with chairs and blankets in the living room. Rent movies and eat sandwiches for dinner under the tent. Kids will love constructing the tent and getting to eat on the floor!  I like doing this for a rainy day afternoon.  The kids build their own tent in the morning.  We play games in the tent, have lunch then let the kiddos watch a movie with popcorn.

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  1. says

    This is a great idea and great way to spend quality time with them. When you rent movies, you still have to have the TV on though. Reading and board games are great!

  2. Lee says

    I know it is using a microwave, BUT you can always make Smores in the microwave if you don’t have a fireplace.

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