Summer is winding down quicker than you may realize. Many children have already gone back to school and soon the dog days of summer will be coming to an end. Why not take advantage of these last few warm weekends? This weekend, get the family together and create a campground in the backyard.
Obviously, this family night activity requires a bit of planning. You’ll need to grab some camping foods, such as hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting. You’ll also need a tent and sleeping bags . If you don’t have any, chances are your friends have some you can borrow for the weekend. Last, but not least, you’ll need a bundle of wood to create a roaring fire and don’t forget a cooler for the drinks and food.
Next, you’ll need to think of some activities. Scary stories around the campfire are always a fun idea. Each person can make up their own story and tell their story before bedtime. Another activity that is fun for little kids is to take a hike around the backyard. Take time to look at things like you’ve never looked at them before. For example, look at the different plants and wildlife. You could even take pictures. A fun idea for older kids is to create a bit of competition through sports or even a campfire cook-off.
There are several advantages to camping out in your own backyard. First of all, there’s easy access to clean bathrooms, which is always a plus. Second, you don’t have to spend a dime on gas to get to your destination. Last, but not least, if your city doesn’t allow fires in the city limits, you can cook everything on a grill. This truly is a family night activity that brings the family together, but doesn’t require a lot of money. It’s a great way to say goodbye to summer. Don’t worry though because there will of course be many more family night activities for the cool months of fall.