What to Do While Camping With Kids to Make Trips Extra Special

What to Do While Camping With Kids to Make Trips Extra Special

Perhaps there's no better way to celebrate Father's Day, Mother's Day, or any special day than with a camping trip. But, knowing what to do while camping to make those trips extra special is something that causes many people to default to the classic s'mores and singing. What if there's more? What if you can move beyond the traditional (and admittedly, cliche) celebrations to make the trip even more memorable?

Camping is not only about setting up the rig or pitching tents and then promptly roasting marshmallows—it's the perfect opportunity to create memories with your whole family around important holidays when everyone just wants a break from the chaos. Whether you're exploring national parks or embarking on a state park camping adventure, here's got a list of fun activities that will make your camping experiences unforgettable.

  1. Nature Scavenger Hunt: Parents want it all while camping — time with kids but also time to unwind. Scavenger hunts give the best of both worlds. Keep your kids entertained, while you keep your feet up, by sending them on a scavenger hunt. Create a checklist of items they can find in the surroundings, such as unique leaves, pinecones, or interesting rocks. Or, make it more interesting by turning it into a rainbow scavenger hunt, alphabet scavenger hunt, or patriotic scavenger hunt. The ideas are endless, as is your time to rest (finally).

  2. Classic Outdoor Games: Classic outdoor games like kicking the soccer ball with kids or tossing the frisbee are a must. They're easy to pack and easy to pick up while at the campsite. Better yet, because they're so mundane in nature, you can crack open the door to deeper conversations with your kids about life because you're in an environment that isn't so confrontational. Keep it playful but allow for the depth to emerge. The best part? You can enjoy these games right at your campsite or at a nearby picnic table.

  3. Campfire Games and Ghost Stories: One of the biggest perks to camping as a child is the ability to stay up a little extra late. Gather around the campfire for some quality family time while also letting the kiddos soak up the final hours of fun time. There are many games you can play while winding down for the night to help them get any last wiggles out. For example, play flashlight tag, where one person holds the flashlight while others try to avoid the beam. Tap into your classic ghost stories for some extra spooks. Or play a game of "Would You Rather" to spark fun conversation. 

  4. Board and Card Games: Board and card games are ideal for any kind of weather, so they're a must to bring along! Rainy day? No problem! Head inside the RV or tent to play. Sunny? Great! Play at the picnic table. From classic favorites like Monopoly and Scrabble to portable card games like Uno or Go Fish, these simple activities keep everyone entertained while also allowing for some quiet time to recharge your batteries.

  5. Geocaching Adventure: Embrace technology and embark on a modern-day treasure hunt with the help of a geocaching app. Geocaching involves using GPS coordinates to locate hidden containers or "caches" in nature. It's an exciting activity that combines technology, problem-solving, and exploration. Get the whole family involved and see who can find the most caches!

  6. Rock Climbing: If you're up for an adrenaline rush, consider trying rock climbing on your camping trip. Many state parks offer rock climbing opportunities suitable for beginners and experienced climbers. Put on your harness, tighten your grip, and conquer the rocky heights. It's a thrilling way to challenge yourself and appreciate the stunning views from above.

  7. Glow Stick Fun: Spice up your evenings with glow sticks! These inexpensive items from the dollar store can transform your campsite into a magical wonderland. Create glowing pathways, play glow stick ring toss, or use them as decorations around your tent. The possibilities are endless, and they add a touch of enchantment to your camping adventure.

  8. Quality Time with a Good Book: Grab a comfortable camping chair, a cozy blanket, and immerse yourself in a good book. Camping provides the ideal setting to disconnect from screens and enjoy some quiet time. Let your imagination soar as you get lost in the pages of a captivating story, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

  9. Family Hike and Bird Watching: Lace up your hiking boots and embark on a family hike through the scenic trails of the national park or state park you're visiting. Take along a bird identification book or download a bird watching app to spot and learn about the fascinating feathered creatures along the way. It's an excellent opportunity to connect with nature and learn about local wildlife.

  10. Play Cards and Campfire Games: No camping trip is complete without some good old-fashioned card games. Grab a deck of cards and gather around the campfire or picnic table for hours of laughter and friendly competition. From classics like Poker and Rummy to family favorites like Go Fish and Crazy Eights, card games are a versatile and entertaining way to bond with your loved ones while enjoying the great outdoors.

  1. Bike Ride Exploration: Dust off your bicycles and embark on a scenic bike ride through the trails surrounding your campsite. Feel the wind on your face as you pedal through nature's beauty, exploring hidden gems along the way. It's a fun and active way to experience the surroundings and create lasting memories with the family.

  2. Classic Camping Games: Rediscover the joy of classic camping games that have been enjoyed for generations. From sack races and three-legged races to tug-of-war and horseshoes, these games bring out the competitive spirit in everyone. Engage in friendly rivalry and cheer each other on as you participate in these timeless outdoor activities.

  3. Picnic Adventures: Take advantage of the warmer months and plan a delightful picnic in nature. Pack a delicious lunch or snacks and venture to a picturesque spot within the park. Spread out a cozy blanket, enjoy the scenery, and savor the flavors of your outdoor feast. It's a simple yet enjoyable way to connect with your family and nature simultaneously.

  4. Little Explorers Nature Walk: Engage your little kids in a nature walk specially designed for their curious minds. Create a checklist of items they can find, such as different types of flowers, insects, or animal tracks. Encourage them to observe, ask questions, and learn about the wonders of the natural world around them. It's a fun and educational activity that sparks their love for the great outdoors.

  5. Campfire Cooking and Marshmallow Roasting: Embrace the tradition of campfire cooking and indulge in the timeless pleasure of roasting marshmallows. Gather around the crackling fire and take turns roasting marshmallows to perfection. Enjoy the gooey deliciousness as you create ooey-gooey s'mores. It's a simple yet magical activity that brings smiles and joy to the entire family.

Remember, camping is not just about escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It's about reconnecting with loved ones, immersing yourself in nature's beauty, and creating lasting memories. Add what you need for your favorite activities on this list to your RV packing checklist, gather up your camping gear, and embark on an adventure filled with laughter, exploration, and fun.

Whether you're exploring national parks, state parks, or your local camping spot, these activities will ensure that your camping experience is a blast from start to finish. So, get ready to make the most of your next camping trip by trying out these exciting and enjoyable camping activities. Unleash the fun, embrace the great outdoors, and celebrate the joy of camping with your whole family.

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