After all the work of setting up camp is done, it’s time to relax and while the adults may be content to just sit and soak up nature kids will quickly become restless without camping activities to keep them occupied. The following is a list of activities the whole family can enjoy:
•Swimming- if a lake or river is nearby swimming is a great way to cool off and get some exercise. Remember to pack swim suits and life vests if swimming is on the agenda.
•Hiking- even with little ones a short, easy hike can be a welcome distraction. Turn the walk into a scavenger hunt by giving everyone a list of things to look for.
•Biking- biking is a great way to tour the camp ground and burn off the kids’ excess energy. Don’t forget helmets!
•Fishing- kids love the idea of catching dinner themselves, so bring the fishing gear and plenty of bait, but have a back up meal on hand in case nothing’s biting!
•Nature crafts- kids can make bird feeders from pine cones, peanut butter, and seeds. Pet rocks are another fun activity along with twig forts. Bring a small storage tote with glue, markers, string and other simple supplies.
•Toys- the right toys can bring out the kid in anyone. Frisbees (look for fun light-up or glow-in-the-dark versions), balls, and toy trucks can transform the campsite into a playground for hours of fun.
•Dice and cards- a few dice and a deck or two of cards are invaluable on rainy days.