As the school holidays come to a close you may be running out of ideas to entertain the kids. If you’ve already been out and about all over the place there’s a good chance they may have exhausted the fun fund too! If you’d like to try something new and inexpensive that’s not weather dependent, have you thought about indoor camping? Our day beds are fantastic for sleepovers in bedrooms dressed as the great outdoors or you could go the whole hog and set up a campsite in your living room. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Setting up camp
Children love the creativity of setting up and decorating their own campsite and it can really spark their imaginations. If you’d like to set up a family camp in a communal space, play tents or a tepee can make a great starting point. Don’t worry if you don’t have any fancy kit though, it’s easy to make tents out of light sheets or blankets flung over chairs and other furniture and weighed down so they stay put. Sleeping bags are great to cosy up in if you have them but snuggly blankets and pillows or cushions can be just as comfy.
Add some sparkle
One of the best bits about camping outdoors is having a view of the stars, so if you have a conservatory it can make an ideal spot for indoor camping. If you don’t you can fake it with some fairy lights. And of course, no camp would be complete without a fire. We don’t suggest you build a real fire in your living room but you can craft one out of red, orange and yellow tissue paper or arrange some LED tea lights in a circle.
Fun and feasts
Once your site is all ready to go, it’s time to start your traditional camping activities, whether you love singing around the camp fire, telling stories by torch light or eating all those yummy camping foods, you can do it all without leaving the living room! When dinnertime comes around indulge in hotdogs, jacket potatoes and chilli. And with the promise of hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows before bedtime, you may find that everyone is keener than usual to snuggle up for the night.
Indoor camping can be a good family activity that appeals to kids of all ages, what things does your family love doing together indoors over the holidays?