Camping with your family is a great way to become closer, share memories and explore the country. Whether you like to go tent camping at different campgrounds or camp at one of the 400 amusement parks in the U.S., camping itself is one of the most popular recreational activities in the United States. It was so prominent that the 2014 American Camper Report shows that 40.1 million Americans or 14% of the U.S popular over age six camped in 2013. Camping provides your family with endless ways to experience new things, but it does pay to be prepared to keep your children occupied at all times. Here are five family camping activities to take on your next family vacation!
Bring Board Games
Board games are especially useful on those unexpected rainy days. If you are tight on space, bring some card games. Playing mind games like ‘I Spy’ is a great way to pass the time while helping your children become more observant.
Take a Hike
Walking the trails is a great way for children of all ages to experience the world around them. Even if you have toddlers or small children, walks to a stream, pond or gathering of wildflowers can offer a great sensory experience. Pack a picnic lunch and plenty of water, and encourage your kids to point out different animal tracks, rocks, and birds!
Make a Scavenger Hunt
You are face to face with nature so take advantage of getting as up close as possible! Make a list of different treasures to find both inside and outside your cabins. This can include wood carvings/trinkets, an ant hill, a specific type of flower, anything you can find that is purple, or how many types of birds you can find. The list is endless.
Go to a splashpark
Want to have a change of pace? Water parks are a fun family activity that are great on hot or rainy days. And they are not just for children; parents can get a reprieve as well.
Build a Campfire
Building a campfire will include the entire family. Toddlers can gather twigs and leaves, older kids can help clear the area, and the adults can build and tie the sticks together. Make sure to bring along supplies for smores or hot dogs for lunch!
Looking to go camping? There are many cabin rentals available in campgrounds near Tulsa, OK that will be perfect for your next vacation.