Fun Camping Activities Kids Love
Some people think kids and camping go together like PB&J … others think it’s more like oil and water. Camping has the ability to bring a family together as everyone unplugs from their digital devices and connects with each other … we call it a “digital detox” and it is good for the ENTIRE family. Knowing how to plan a successful camping trip is key. Here are my best camping ideas and tips for fun camping activities kids will love! Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.
Daytime vs. Nighttime: Fun Camping Activities Kids Love
Think about kids activities around the campsite. It’s good to have daytime fun planned as well as nighttime entertainment. Consider this: If you are camping in the middle of summer you will have shorter periods of darkness; camping during the winter-ish month’s means less daylight. Here are a few ideas for daytime and nighttime activities for the kids around camp.
Fun Fishing Activities Kids Love
For many adults, camping activities automatically include fishing, so why would it be any different for the kids? It is especially fun with the right gear! This Fishing and Adventure Vest has lots of pockets, a rod-holder strap and a safety whistle. A Kid Casters Fishing Kit is the perfect “first” rod and reel set that comes with plugs for practicing casting on land but it can also be used to catch real fish! No fishing outfit would be complete without this totally cute Gone Fishing Emoji T-Shirt!
Safari Hunting For Butterflies and Insects
Getting up-close and personal with bugs shoots to the top of our activities list! Kids love catching and investigating critters! Whether they like using a bug net, a bug vacuum or a Bugwatch collection and observation set, they will have fun interacting with insects in the great outdoors.
Kids have wild imaginations and the right gear will help them create memorable “safari” experiences even if you are camping nowhere near the plains of the African Serengeti. The binocs, lantern and cargo vest all work together to make lasting family memories and don’t forget to snap a few photos during these fun activities too!
Indoor Rainy Day Camping Fun Activities For Kids
Make sure you are prepared for those dreaded rain days! It is no fun sitting inside a tent or under an awning staring at each other with raindrops falling in the background! Camping coloring books, crayons and art and craft activities like rock painting are great alternatives to outdoor fun for kids during rainy weather conditions.
Camping Coloring Book: For Kid’s Ages 4 to 10 Years Old BY Harrison, Mrs BeatriceCrayola Box of Crayons Non-Toxic Color Coloring School Supplies, 24 Count, 3 Pack (52-0024-3)ALEX Toys Craft Rock Pets Turtle
Outside Daytime Game Fun Activities For Kids
Kids of all ages love to get in on a good bean bag toss game! Scavenger hunts are classic camping activities too. But, the one that seems to be the most popular, among the kids and adults alike, is the Bubble Gun Transparent Shooter with LED flashing lights. This toy is so fun it will actually draw spectators from nearby campsites!
Triumph Sports USA 2-In-1: 3-Hole Bag and 3-Hole Washer TossOutset Media Family Scavenger Hunt Card GameHaktoys 1700G Bubble Gun Transparent Shooter with LED Lights, 3 x AA Batteries, and Extra Bottle
Fun Nighttime Glow-In-The-Dark Camping Activities
When the sun creeps down below the horizon and the kiddos start getting feisty, it’s time to break out the glow toy activities. We’ve found a few favorites to keep the entertainment going during the evening hours before crawling into our sleeping bags for the night: Squidgie Ball, Glow Ring Toss Game and Glowsticks Super Lights. A quick note of caution, clear the camping area of any tripping hazards before the kids begin to run around in the dark with these fun glow-in-the-dark toys.
Campfire Fun Camping Activities Kids Love
What kids wouldn’t want to roast their marshmallows and pop their own popcorn over the campfire while sitting in a totally fun camp chair?!? They can also help with activities like gathering kindling and wood for the campfire. With adult supervision, they can help build and maintain the campfire for cooking too. Keep their camping chairs a safe distance from the fire and smoke and let them feel special with a chair fit for a kid! Here are a few ideas.
MalloMe Premium Marshmallow Roasting Sticks Set of 5 Smores Skewers & Hot Dog Fork 34 Inch Rotating & Telescoping Patio Fire Pit Camping Cookware Campfire Cooking Kids Accessories – Bonus Bag & EbookColeman Popcorn PopperSpiderman Youth Folding Chair with Armrest and Cup Holder
Campfires are such a big part of the camping experience, including activities for meal prep and cooking. So, make mealtime part of the fun adventure; let the kids participate in preparing the campsite and food at whatever level is age appropriate. Kids love my Hobo Stew Recipe For A Campfire That Cooks In Foil Packets. They can pick and choose what ingredients they want in their meal. Here’s a quick video of that campfire recipe.
Camping Activities Need To Include Rest
There is nothing worse than fun camping activities being spoiled by cranky kids that did not get enough sleep. To keep your campers smiling you need to keep them comfy and dry. If you are tent camping there are lots of ways to stay comfortable; it all starts with a buffer between sleeping campers and the cold, hard and sometimes wet ground. Here are a few ideas.
Stay Off Of The Ground When Tent Camping
There are many ways to add a barrier between your kids and the ground, some of the most popular include using foam mats, air mattresses or cots over your tent floor. Cots are fabulous for this task but they are bulkier to pack and more expensive than the alternatives; the benefits outweigh the challenges for many campers and cots are the first choice. The combination of a mat below an inflatable air mattress works wonders and packs up for easier transporting; it is also a cheaper option which is always a plus.
Tent Or RV Camping? Let The Kids Snuggle-Up In Their Own Sleeping Bag
A special sleeping bag with a kid’s favorite character, pattern or colors makes sleeping during camping trips fun. Even when camping in an RV, kids prefer sleeping in a sleeping bag rather than just sheets and blankets. Here are a few ideas.
Fun Camping Activities Just For Toddlers
Use A Camping Checklist
Forgetting to pack the sleeping bags (or anything else for that matter) can negatively impact your camping trip. Organize at home and you’ll be sure to arrive at your campsite fully prepared for a fabulous weekend. My Ultimate RV and Tent Camping Checklist will keep you on track and you can download a free printable version here.
Get your FREE printable copy of the Camping For Foodies Ultimate RV and Tent Camping Checklist and More!
Get More Camping Gift Ideas From These Posts!
- Camping Gifts Couples Will Love
- Unique Camping Gifts For Men
- Gifts For Active Women
- Camp Games: Prove You Are A Super Hero Camper
- Gift Ideas RV Owners Will Be Crazy About
- Camp Dutch Oven Accessories
- Campfire Cooking Equipment You Can’t Live Without
- Camping Gear List For First Time Campers
- RVing Tips For Beginners: Enjoying The Maiden Journey
- RV Tool Kit Checklist
- Inspirational And Funny Camping Quotes
- Fun And Unique Mother’s Day Gift Idea Guide For Camping Moms
What do you think? Leave me a comment…I’d love to hear from you!
I love sharing my recipes and tips for enjoying the great outdoors while camping, RV adventuring and relaxing in your own backyard. I’d love to hear what you think and if you’d like to share some of your secrets, I’d love to hear them too! Please leave a comment below and let’s chat.
If you need camping recipes and menu ideas, you can find them here at the Camping For Foodies Camping Recipes list.
Don’t miss a thing…sign up for Camping For Foodies email updates!
Your purchase of our products will help support World Vision ® Building a better world for children.