Feel like a kid again with North Star’s ultimate guide to family camping FUN!! From scavenger hunts to campsite concerts, to worm races and glow-in-the-dark fun and games, here’s the ultimate guide to keeping every member of the family entertained during your next camping holiday.
According to the dictionary, camping is ‘the activity of spending a holiday living in a tent’. The two key words here are ‘activity’ and ‘holiday’ (you don’t have to worry about the tent site – or cabin – because the team at North Star has that covered).
So let’s get the ball rolling with a few fun activities.
Aside from all the usual beach holiday paraphernalia such as towels, surf or boogie boards and fishing gear, be sure to pack a couple of board games, a Frisbee or two, a cricket bat and ball and some playing cards.
These are all great alternatives to ‘screen time’. Perhaps tell the kids before you leave that this will be a screen-free holiday – no phones, iPads, laptops.
A great idea before you leave home is to plan a scavenger hunt. Make a list of 10 or 20 items that kids will be able to find such as shells, a piece of driftwood, etc, photocopy enough sheets for each child (and a few spares because the kids are going to make friends). Once you are onsite you can send them all off to complete the challenge.
If in between planning, packing and organising your holiday at North Star, you simply don’t have time to put together your own scavenger hunt, don’t despair! North Star has its own ‘scavenger’ list to keep kids entertained.
Tell them to pick up the list from Neptune’s or Reception and pretty soon they’ll be scarpering from one end of the park to the other, ticking off their answers and having loads of fun along the way. It’s a great way for kids to make new friends and if you have younger children, team them up with an older child to help them complete the quest.
Still on the cheap and cheerful theme is to encourage the children to plan and perform their own concert. Recite a poem, try their hand at juggling or channel their inner pop star. It doesn’t matter if they can’t hold a tune or have no balancing skills, they will be just happy to have your undivided attention during the show.
Or why not get them to try their hand at building a house … of cards. Even the youngest member of the family can get involved. All that’s needed is a smooth surface such as a picnic table and a deck of playing cards. And the best part is that the smallest breath can make it all come tumbling down so the kids will be quiet and busy.
Camping + glow sticks (÷ kids) = FUN! Head to the dollar shop before you leave for your holiday and stock up on glow sticks in all shapes and sizes. Once the kids discover how many colourful creations they can make, they’ll be happily entertained for hours.
Just three ingredients and some water and you can make glow-in-the-dark bottles. You need an old clear plastic water bottle, some clear liquid soap and some mini glow sticks.
Pour liquid soap into a bottle until three quarters full. Add water until the bottle is almost to the top. Crack the mini glow sticks to make sure they’re glowing before dropping them in the bottle! Screw on the top and voila! A glow stick/torch/lantern.
Substitute the liquid soap for water if the kids are younger but liquid soap keeps the glowsticks floating freely in the bottle. You can always glue the cap on the bottle if you’re concerned.
Long length glow sticks are perfect for ring toss. Create some colourful rings and use one or more of your glow-in-the-dark bottles as the target. Kids can have their own colours or play together in teams.
Pack the chalk for a game of outdoor ‘noughts and crosses’ (or tic tac toe) or the kids can use what they can rustle up from gardens around the park. Sticks, coloured stones or shells are perfect substitutes for a real noughts and crosses or use some rope to mark out the board.
If you’re super-organised, improvise! Try Bunnings before you leave to find some options for oversized O’s and X’s.
Most mums and dads would remember the fun they had with sleeping bag races when they were kids. Well, the tactics will all coming flooding back when you climb in the bag for some races with your own kids. It’s a highly energetic activity, one the kids will love, but might leave you a bit worn out.
Speaking of work-outs, try some worm-races in your sleeping bags. Crawling flat on your belly around your campsite, wrapped in a sleeping bag, while keeping your feet and hands planted on the ground will have the whole family in fits of laughter.
And isn’t that what it’s all about? Having some real family-time, laughing out loud together, sharing meals and camping chores, discovering the world that exists away from TVs, mobile phones, iPads and computers. Sometimes, being a kid again yourself can be the greatest stress-buster under the sun.
So, c’mon, what are you waiting for? Get that sleeping bag out of the cupboard and start practising ‘the worm’ before your next camping holiday at North Star.
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