5 Backyard Camping Ideas for Families

School’s out, and the kids are bored. What do you do? If your family is seeking an adventure, there’s no reason to look further than your own backyard. Not only is backyard camping really convenient, it doesn’t break the bank either. Here are five ideas to try for a family-friendly backyard camping experience.

Make a Tent

You don’t need to invest in fancy camping equipment to spend a night in your own backyard. This Simple DIY Tent is a great solution for families who want to spend quality time outdoors but retreat back to their comfy beds when it’s time to call it a night. Another option is to make a roomy glamping tent – glamorous camping – with a canopy, bedsheets, plenty of blankets and pillows plus some string lights for ambiance. 

Fire Up the Grill

A fire pit isn’t necessary in order to enjoy a good campfire. An outdoor fireplace or a grill are just as fun! Because you’re at home and have access to running water (and your own kitchen), try some creative grilling recipes like these pizza nachos or these breakfast burger biscuits. Don’t forget the s’mores!

Watch a Movie

Backyard movie night might become a family tradition. This lawn party movie screen can be made with a painter’s dropcloth or just a white bedsheet. Projectors range in price, but you can always borrow one from a friend or check your local camera shop for projector rentals.

Play Games

Yard games are a great way to soak in some sunshine and get the kids exercising. Depending on the number of people involved, Hide and Seek, Sleeping Bag Races and Capture the Flag are great options for active game play. Check out this list for more camping game ideas.

Glow-in-the-Dark Fun

Glow-in-the-dark bubbles are a fun nighttime activity that will surely entertain the kids. Mix non-toxic glowing paint and bubble solution (try a 50:50 mixture first) to create the glowing bubble concoction. You may need to expose the solution to daylight for a while to ensure it actually glows in the dark. Another fun game is this twist on the ring toss. This DIY glow-in-the-dark ring toss takes 5-10 minutes to make but is guaranteed to keep the kids occupied for a long while.

Ready to create your own backyard camping experience in your Pardee home? Contact one of our New Home Specialists to get started.

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