Christmas in July is the perfect chance to relive the wonder and joy of our favorite holiday. Thinking of ways to bring holiday fun to your kids while at home this summer? Nicole Digiacobbe of TheDigiGirls shares ideas for an indoor camping activity with the family.
We’re all spending more time at home and looking for ways to entertain ourselves and our families. I’ve had to get a bit more creative with activities, but I’ve enjoyed coming up with fun things for our family to do together.
Lately, we’ve been entertaining the idea of camping. So I surprised our daughters with a camp-in night filled with s’mores and other delicious treats from Dylan’s Candy Bar. They were thrilled!
Here are some simple yet fun ideas to perk up the kids’ imagination and give them a magical time:
Set an Outdoorsy Scene
I wanted to bring some real camping elements to life, so I pulled out our Balsam Hill Christmas tree from the attic. One of my favorite things about owning Balsam Hill trees is how easy they are to store—and even easier to set up. Not to mention, how beautiful they look! Our 7.5-feet tall Classic Blue Spruce brings in a touch of nature so it feels like we’re outdoors.
I also set up some cushy pillows from Dylan’s Candy Bar and a plush blanket so the girls could lounge and play comfortably. You can also roll out a sleeping bag to make it closer to the real camping experience.
Add Charming Lights
Once the tree was up and the campsite was set, I laid Easy Wrap LED light strings around the blanket to make it look even more enchanting. You can also hang lights on the wall or string them across the ceiling to resemble a starlit night.
Make the indoor camping experience more fun by creating your own kid-safe campfire. Roll some brown paper bags or cardboard to look like logs. Arrange them as you would a real campfire and place battery-operated LED candles at the center. Enjoy a storytelling session or play board games around the campfire’s warm glow.
Pitch a Tent
We couldn’t go camping without a tent! I used an AirFort Play Tent which is easy and simple to put up because you only need a box fan to inflate it. It’s also worry-free because the fan’s protected by a mesh divider so your little ones are safe. It has no floor for easy entrance and exit and has a viewing window so you can keep watch while they’re inside.
The kids can spend hours playing in the AirFort. Bring in pillows and blankets for a cozy slumber party, or turn it into a mini-movie theater. It can be turned into anything with a bit of imagination.
Prepare Fun Food and Games
What made indoor camping even more memorable was all the fun games and food to be had. Kids love an exciting scavenger hunt, complete with a map, clues, and of course, hidden treasure. Bigger kids may enjoy charades, card games, Pictionary, or bingo.
Serve snacks and treats your kids love. My girls and I enjoyed s’mores and an array of colorful sweets from Dylan’s Candy Bar. They offer over 7,000 confections, so there’s a large selection to choose from. They’ve got desserts to suit every sweet-tooth, from lollipops to sour candies and chocolates.
Looking at the lovely memories we created that night, the camp-in was a success. It’s certainly a fun and easy way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas at any time of the year.
Visit Balsam Hill for artificial Christmas trees and premium holiday decorations to create your own wonderland at home.