With social distancing and limited travel, we are all having to adjust plans and think outside of the box when it comes to camping vacations. My family enjoys camping vacations (or even glamping with all the perks and amenities)! Luckily, we can still go camping and enjoy nature and each other! Once you have the tent set up and the campfire burning, it is time for fun and games that the whole family can enjoy. Here are a few fun and easy camping activities for your family!
Hold a Squirt Gun Race
For this game, you will want to line plastic cups (make sure they are empty) on the edge of a picnic table. Then, get your squirt guns ready to go by filling them with water. Once someone says “GO”, use your squirt guns to try and knock the cups off the table. If you play with the entire family, make it a competition and whoever knocks the most cups off the table wins! You can also see which player can clear the table the fastest by timing them.
Play Flashlight Tag
I remember being a little girl in California and playing flashlight tag with my friends and sleepovers. This is also a perfect camping activity for your family. Once the sun goes down, the flashlights come out and the fun begins! First, determine which player is the “tagger”. Next, give that person the flashlight. Play tag as usual but the “tagger” will use the flashlight to tag people instead of their hands. Once the player has been “tagged” or “hit” with the light, they are out. The game continues until everyone has been tagged.
Race to the Finish Line with Sleeping Bag Races
This game is similar to a potato sack race but instead of using potato sacks, you use your sleeping bags! Get in your sleeping bags and hop until you cross the finish line. If you don’t want to get your sleeping bags dirty, feel free to use plastic trash bags. I am already laughing thinking of Andre and I having sack races with our kids! May the fastest hopper win!
Go on a Nature-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Create a list of items commonly found in nature and then set everyone off to find them. You can even give out a small prize to the person who locates the most items from the list!
Here are some items you may want to include on your nature-themed scavenger hunt list:
- animal tracks (specify animal)
- birds (specify bird)
- animal droppings
- fallen tree
- colorful leaves . .and more!</li>
Have your kids come up with additional items to add on your family scavenger hunt.
Decorate with Chalk
Bring some chalk and allow everyone to decorate the campsite. It doesn’t have to stay on the ground; they can decorate trees, rocks, and pinecones. This is great for kids (and adults) of all ages and easy clean-up when it rains.
Create a “Dig Site” on the Campground
You will want to bring some supplies from home – like shovels and dump truck toys for this activity. Find a safe area of dirt and let your kids dig in – literally! You could even hide some treasures in there beforehand for them to find.
Play Glow-In-The-Dark Frisbee
Of course, you’ll need to purchase a frisbee that glows-in-the-dark for this game, but it’s fun to play under the stars and keep everyone moving and laughing.
See How Low Can You Go with a Limbo Game
Venture out into the woods for a hiking stick that you can use as a limbo bar. Once you’ve found it, turn up the music and see how low each family member can go under the limbo stick! My yoga moves definitely make me a competitor in this game.
Did your family go camping and play some of these games or do you have others that you always play when you camp? Let me know if you tried any of these fun and easy camping vacations and activities for your family.