How to Get Your Kids Into Camping
Family campsites are amongst the best destinations for kid friendly vacations. They can help kids develop an appreciation for nature. They can bring families closer together, creating some real, serious, bonding opportunities. And camping is just plain-old fun!
The only trouble is that kids nowadays seem to be so wrapped up in their electronic devices and video games that they don’t find family camping vacations to be all that appealing. Their idea of fun family vacations are amusement parks and arcades, not family campgrounds.
Luckily, there are ways to get them interested in going camping.
First and foremost, you need to get your kids involved in the planning process. Pick some places that you might like to go, and get their feedback on it. Pick some cool activities to do, and get them interested and excited in them. You can even get them involved in the meal planning process.
Secondly, you could get them acquainted with the fun world of camping before going on any kid friendly vacations to the great outdoors. How? By camping in the backyard, of course! Show them how fun it can be to pitch a tent, play outside, look at the stars, and just generally enjoy camping.
Thirdly, you can do other fun things in nature before you go camping. Try going on a hike in a state park. Maybe visit a nature preserve. Do a scavenger hunt. Take a walk in the dark. Go on a picnic. Fish at the local pond. Or better yet — get them acquainted with camping chores. For some reason, kids seem to love them. Have them collect firewood, fill water containers, hammer tent stakes, and the like.
You might not think a lot of kids go camping, but 25.7% of camping participants are ages 17 and younger, and 14.9% are ages 6 to 12. After all, family friendly campgrounds offer a variety of different activities. There’s hiking, mini golfing, basketball, and volleyball, and tons of water-based activities, including boats, pools, lakes, a water splash park, and giant water slides.
If you’re looking to go on one of the best kid friendly vacations of all time, look no further than out your window. The world is waiting for you to take your children and spent some time in the great outdoors. Although kids nowadays may not exactly be primed for an awesome camping adventure, it’s easy to get kids into it.