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Hosting an Indoor Camp-out with the Kids

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When I told you in our Family Camping Adventures post that "I don't do tents", I guess I should have been more specific. 

I'm not a big tent fan if we're staying outside, but I love to have indoor tents for the kids!

We loved having indoor camp-outs when the kids were younger.  Heck, setting up a tent or making a fort at any age is a great time :)

And when browsing the ideas that were shared at the Discover & Explore Camping linky, I realized that we had a wonderful set of posts to help us plan the perfect indoor campout!


 Plan the Perfect Indoor Camp-out


The way I see it, you need 6 things for an amazing camping session:  a tent, a place to sleep, flashlights, a campfire, fun activities and s'mores.  {You do not need bugs, which is why camping inside is much more fun!}

Take a peek at some of the fun ideas & awesome items you can use for your own indoor camping adventure!  We've included affiliate links for things that you might want to add to your pretend play arsenal.

And take it from a seasoned 'indoor' camper -- setting up a campsite for the kids will keep them busy for HOURS!  It's a great activity for a long weekend or to do on school breaks.


A Tent & a Campfire


The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide shows us that a small or kid-size tent is perfect for camping out in the living room.  And she shows you how to make your own 'campfire' with the kids too!

If you don't have a tent, try this Pacific Play Tent which is perfect for indoor or outdoor use!


Fun Activities

Nature Weaving craft

It's always good to have some fun activities to do on the campout. 

These beautiful Nature Weavings from Craftiments are the perfect way to introduce some nature into your indoor fun.  Just send the kids outside with a paper bag or basket and have them gather the materials they'll need (bonus: fresh air for a little while!)



Making Smores in the Oven

In my opinion, what's a camp-out without s'mores??!! 

All Things Beautiful shows us how to make s'mores in the oven -- who needs a stick!


Flashlights & Reading Fun

Reading with Flashlights

Grab those flashlights for some fun reading time in the tents -- Fun-a-day has a perfect set-up for some indoor camping activities!

Another great alternative is to use a Camping Lantern (that doubles as a star show!) for some fun in the dark!


Kids books about camping

 And here's a few of our favorite our favorite camping books if you're looking for some fun reads!


Sleeping Fun

Sleeping Bags in the Living Room

And when it's time to go to bed, make sure and grab those sleeping bags

Look What Mom Found reminds us that whether you spend the night in the living room or in your own bed, a sleeping bag makes it feel more like camping :)



Happy Camping Everyone!




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  • Guest

    Thank you for the mention. They are all great ideas.

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    Jaimi August 16

    Thanks for all of the great ideas and for featuring my indoor tent/campfire idea. My son was looking over my shoulder as I was scrolling down and saying, "Oh, I want to try that!" I think we will be doing another indoor camp-in with many of these great ideas.

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    Wendy August 17

    My husband just got seriously ill right before our camping trip. He's so sick I can't even just take the kids on my own, because he needs my help at home. This will help us make the best of it--thank you!

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    Samantha August 18

    We so need to try the smores in the oven!!

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    Rebecca August 25

    Oh this looks so much fun! I love the pretend campfire.

    Thanks for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

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    Deb September 03

    This is so Great! I love the re-fresh ideas! I have been wanting to do this all summer but couldn't because of the all the rain GA has been getting! Thanks for sharing!

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    Deborah January 09

    This is a great group of ideas, especially during the winter, to make indoor play different and fun! I have this post scheduled to share on my Facebook page.

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