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Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

2015-04-16 by Sara Zenner

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This spring break indoor camping adventure post was brought to us by our guest blogger Sara Zenner of Bitz & Giggles.

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

It would be an understatement to say that our family is looking forward to summer. We were super excited to see the snow melt away last month and now we have a
bad case of spring fever. When the snow is gone, we know we’re just that much closer to weekends up at the lake, s’mores by the campfire and evenings spent fishing off of the dock. Is there a special place you like to take your family in the summer, too?

We have a couple months left to go, however, before we start our treks up to the lake, but instead of moping around and dreaming of what we love to do, we improvised and brought the outdoors . . . inside.

Planning a little camping adventure for your family is perfect for rainy weekends or just when you want to shake things up a little and do something fun! Today, I’m sharing some ideas to help inspire your family’s indoor camping adventure and make it an experience you won’t soon forget!

Our adventure began on a Saturday right after lunch. As with any camping trip, first things first. . .

Break out the camping gear.
I’m not sure what it is about sleeping bags, tents and flashlights, but the combination of the three can keep children busy, pretending and playing for hours. We pitched the tents together as a family, and our puppy even joined in on the fun, outfitting the tents with pillows and squeaky toys. 😉 It didn’t take long before the kids started getting creative with their sleeping arrangements. They ran to get our Butterfly Tunnel and “connected” the two tents together to make a fun crawl space between the two sleeping areas.

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

Have a picnic.
Prepare a picnic lunch for the family! Serve drinks out of a cooler with ice or make some of this Gummy Worm Punch for an extra special treat alongside some hotdogs and baked beans. Spread out a blanket on the floor or set up a little plastic picnic table to enjoy your meal. No matter what you serve, the kids will just love the idea of eating somewhere other than the dinner table. It’s just another special touch.

Don’t forget the s’mores.
In our house, a camping trip is not complete without this delicious treat. Who doesn’t love gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate smooshed between two graham crackers? It’s become the iconic treat when camping, and believe it or not, you don’t need a “real” campfire to make them. You can bake them right in the oven!

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

Build your own pretend campfire.
Although you won’t have a “real” campfire to sit around and roast your marshmallows, it doesn’t mean you can’t make a pretend one! I found a fun example that Rachel shared over on her blog, Our Small-Town Idaho Life. It adds an ambiance that’s super cool and makes the camping adventure even more memorable.

Go fishing.
Grab your Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Magnetic Fishing Rod Set and create your own fishing hole! We threw the fish into a blue serving tray we had sitting on a shelf in our storage room and the kids had fun practicing their counting and colors as they reeled in their catch.

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

Tell a story with shadow puppets.
I found these fun shadow puppets from Jen at 100 Directions and Rachel at Handmade Charlotte and just had to incorporate them into our camping adventure. We cut them out and taped them to popsicle sticks for easy play. Each of us picked out a character or two and had a blast making up stories together that we brought to life on the wall with our flashlights.

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

Sleep beside the stars.
We didn’t have stars above us, but we did use our large projector screen to portray the night sky. We just found a neat, free starry sky photo we liked from Wallpedes.com and projected it onto our screen using AirPlay and Apple TV. If your television has a memory card reader, you could also save the image onto a memory card and project it onto your TV that way.

Spring Break Indoor Camping Adventure

We positioned the tents so the openings were facing the screen, and it made us feel as if we were in a forest, surrounded by the stars, with no rigging of lights involved!

The kids talked about our camping adventure for days after it took place. It’s little moments like this that brings families closer together. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, it doesn’t have to cost a ton. It just takes a little planning and creativity.

When you ask your children what they enjoyed most about their camping adventure, I bet the answer will surprise you. It may not be the shadow puppets or the fishing. . . or even sleeping beside the stars. It’s the opportunity to spend time together as a family. In the end, all our children really want is our time, love and attention. That, my friends, is something we all are able to give. Happy camping!


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Sara Zenner

Sara Zenner of Bitz & Giggles — Sara finds creative ways to balance a full-time work schedule with being a full-time mom. She enjoys experimenting with recipes and sharing dinner tips with fellow parents! Join Sara for fun recipes and teaching moments that can be captured right in the kitchen! Connect with Sara online → Pinterest | Google+ | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Blog

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