Indoor Camping

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posted on February 20, 2013 by  |  posted under Boys, Family Time, Fun With Kids, Girls, Parenting, Traditions

Indoor Camping

January, February, and March can be pretty tough months around here.  We call them the “doldrums”.  It’s too cold to go outside and there’s just not a whole lot going on.  This year, with several of our friends heading off to Hawaii (luckies!) and no big vacation in our near future, I decided to bring the outdoors inside.  We are going camping in February…indoor camping!

Our little family went camping for the first time together last summer and we had a blast doing the tent thing, cooking out, hiking, and our favorite: s’mores over the campfire.

To pull off your own indoor camping adventure, you’ll need: a tent (if you’re novice campers like us and don’t own a tent yet, a sheet and some chairs do wonders), sleeping bags, blow-up mattress, camp chairs, etc.  I got this great faux campfire, camping signs, and pine trees from Oriental Trading where they have a great camping section.

Indoor Camping

 Set up your tent, campfire, sleeping bags, etc. in an open space in your house.  Glow in the dark stars would be really fun for the ceiling as well, so you could star gaze when it got dark.

Indoor Camping

“Build” your campfire and gather around it to sing or tell stories.

Indoor Camping

Get a little picnic area going and consider making these classic and oh-so-easy tin foil dinners.  This was a camping cuisine classic growing up in our family.

Indoor Camping

You can use ground beef or chicken breasts.  First I took some ground beef patties, placed them on tin foil and seasoned them with salt, pepper, and garlic salt.

Indoor Camping

Next, pile them high with your favorite veggies.  Potatoes, carrots, and onions are a classic flavor combo.  Broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese are also yummy.  Here I used shredded potatoes, green peppers, red peppers, and green onions.

Indoor Camping

Indoor Camping

Wrap them up in a few layers of tin foil and mark them with individual names.  Bake them at 375 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until the meat is done.  Yum, yum!

Indoor Camping

After dinner, we used the stairs in our home to simulate a nature hike.  We saw an amazing waterfall and a lot of bunny rabbits on our hike.  Oh, and a unicorn.  I know, amazing huh?

Indoor Camping

Indoor Camping

And what would camping be without a little fishing?  Grab your inflatable pool and fill it with balls and let the kids fish for swedish fish or goldfish crackers.  Heck, you could even put some goldfish in your tub!

Indoor Camping

The best part about camping is those ooey-gooey s’mores.  You never think to make this treat in the winter, inside, but it is so easy to do.

Indoor Camping

We let the kids pretend-cook their s’mores over the fire while the adults actually cooked them over the gas oven burner.  It worked remarkably well.  Of course, I’m not as patient as Missy is to get these perfectly cooked beauties, but they were still delicious.

Indoor Camping

Since I didn’t have candy bars on hand, I used Nutella spread and we gobbled them up!

Indoor Camping

Indoor Camping

Indoor Camping

It was fun to break up the monotony of winter with a fun indoor activity that could get us excited for our next family camping trip.  My kiddos are still pretty young and need an early bed time, but if your family is older, it would be a blast to actually camp out in the living room, singing “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain” or telling ghost stories.

Indoor Camping

 So break out your tent and bring a little of the outdoors into your home.

Happy trails to you!

Indoor Camping

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  1. February 20th, 2013 at 9:49 am
    Stephanie says:
    The moments you are giving your kids are priceless! They will always remember the fun and magic their mommy created for them to make their childhood extra special. I really love that a unicorn was spotted on your hike - lol! I'll bet they wanted to sleep in the tent and keep that camp set up for a looong time!
  2. February 20th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
    Bobbi says:
    We have had such cold weather this winter, this would be the ONLY way I would camp! I have to check out that website to get some of those signs and trees. Brilliant!
  3. February 21st, 2013 at 4:11 pm
    Shelley says:
    How cute is this?! I've needed an excuse to make hobo dinners. I LOVE THEM!! The hike is adorable too. My kids would love this.
  4. February 21st, 2013 at 10:43 pm
    Ashley says:
    I think this is the best idea!! I can't wait to do it with my family. Thanks so much.
  5. February 24th, 2013 at 8:29 am
    Nicolette says:
    It really was fun, and for some reason I have been craving hobo dinners for a while...ha!
  6. February 27th, 2013 at 6:28 am
    Gagandeep Singh says:
    Great post...I will share this with my mom.... For some exiting indoor campaign....Thanx for sharing this post..keep it up...
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