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Children in Nature: Backyard Camping


backyard camping

My family just loves to camp.  But sadly, between birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and all the other things that go on in the summer, we don’t always have the time to drive out to a beautiful spot to go camping and really hang out to enjoy it.  Camping in the backyard is a fun option if the kids just want to get outside and sleep in a tent.  Granted, it is not nearly as awesome.  Neighbors might be loud or have lights on.  Cat fights or dogs barking could interrupt your sleep.  And, well, you’re not in the middle of nowhere by a peaceful lake so that’s a bummer.  But it can still be a ton of fun and packing for the “trip” couldn’t be easier!  😉


In order to enjoy the camping experience, we closed the house door and tried to stayed outside for the evening, other than to get ready for bed or use the bathroom.  We had a campfire and roasted hot dogs for dinner.  The kids played in the tent a bunch and we brought out some games.  We actually didn’t put the nix on technology the entire night- thought it would be fun once it was dark to watch a movie in the tent so we watched Brother Bear on Netflix on the ipad.  Sort of camping themed 😉

We had a really good time although the girls stayed up really late giggling and climbing on each other.  I had to threaten them several times that we would go back inside if they didn’t quiet down and go to sleep! Big Sis had been asking and asking to camp in the backyard so she was super happy and both of the girls had a lot of fun in the tent.  That was really all we did this time because we had a lot of other things to do that weekend.  But we’ve done it in the past and took some time to do other camping things- like cook breakfast on the fire and go on a short nearby hike and have a picnic lunch by the river.

I think backyard camping is a great option if you…

  • aren’t quite ready to try real camping with little ones
  • don’t have the time to pack up and drive somewhere and enjoy camping out in the boonies
  • if you have older kids who want to camp out by themselves and you’d like to stay in your nice comfy bed

What about your family?  Have you camped in your backyard?  Why did you decide to do it?  What made it fun?

Thanks for reading!


Author: Explore Imagine Love


2 thoughts on “Children in Nature: Backyard Camping

  1. I’m almost 78 years old and never camped out. I suppose living on a farm all my life had something to do with that. When I was a child, with no air conditioning and very few windows for air flow, we put our beds outside under two mesquite trees in the summer time. Love reading about your exploring.

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