You don’t need to go trekking into the great outdoors to enjoy a family campout. Set up shop in your living or family room for a warm, dry adventure. Indoor campouts not only keep everyone entertained while protecting them from the elements; the luxury of a clean, working bathroom should not be overlooked.
Create your shelter. Since you’re inside, you don’t have to worry about rain or chilly temperatures. Situate at least four chairs in a rectangle fashion in your living room. Drape sheets over the chairs and use clothespins to keep them in place, if needed.
Make the inside of your new tent comfy. Have each person roll out a sleeping bag and grab a pillow. Make sure the sleeping bags are not overlapping -- you don’t want anyone kicking or complaining. Don’t forget everyone’s sleeping buddy, such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
Whip up some campout grub. Veggie or fruit kabobs are fun to put together and to eat. You can always try a “hobo dinner” and wrap veggies and meat inside an aluminum pouch. Cook this pouch on the grill or bake it in the oven until the meat is cooked all the way through.
Finish mealtime with some indoor s’mores. Turn the oven on broil. Break graham crackers in half and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some mini marshmallows on the graham crackers and place the baking sheet under the broiler for a few moments, just long enough to toast the marshmallows. Pull the pan out, place one-quarter to one-half of a chocolate bar on top of the marshmallows and top with a second half of graham cracker. Once everyone has enjoyed this sticky treat, have the whole crew wash up.
Ask everyone to climb into the tent, grab a flashlight and get comfortable. Take turns telling stories. Keep the stories tame when young kids are present. If you need more time fillers before bedtime, pull out some cards and play games or do magic tricks. Travel-sized board games work, too.