5 Activities for Backyard Camping Family Fun
Want a simple way to have fun with the whole family this weekend? Try camping! Simply grab the tent, a bag of marshmallows, ditch the cell phones, and hit the lawn for some outdoor family fun!
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Parents—but more likely, the kids—may be wondering how a whole night will be occupied without television, video games, or the computer. Well, these are our top 5 activities for making your backyard campout special.
- Prepare. Kids and parents can set up the tent and build the fire together. Since this is a backyard campout, a bonfire may not be allowed—or perhaps it’s just too hot or dry out for fire. A well-positioned flashlight will also do the trick. We recommend the Pelican 4000 KingLite, which is powerful and is designed to sit upright on the ground.
- Grub. Of course, there’s nothing like grilling hot dogs, popping popcorn, or cooking smores over an open fire. Again, this may not be possible, so gather around the grill instead—exercising due precautions, of course. A Pelican 2365 LED Flex-Neck flashlight can be positioned to cast light on one specific area—perfect for safe, delicious grilling!
- Get Wild. This is a great opportunity to acquaint children with nature. Show them plants to avoid, like poison ivy and poison oak. Interact with as much (safe) wildlife as possible in the backyard. Use a Pelican 2610 HeadsUp Lite to search for wildlife after dark. The headlamp will cast light wherever you look, so campers can focus on the search.
- Game. Camping is ideal for fun games that get kids moving. A good game of flashlight tag, ghost in the graveyard, or red rover, will be even better if adults play along. The Pelican 1930 L1 LED is compact with a wrist lanyard so nothing gets dropped in pursuit.
- Storytelling. When everyone’s ready to settle down around the “campfire,” the storytelling games can commence. Each person tells a portion of a story and passes it on. The Pelican 1820 Pocket Sabre can be passed around and used for spooky effect if the storytelling turns to horror stories.
Whether it’s a fake flashlight bonfire or using the restroom in the middle of the night, every family campout requires a reliable flashlight.
What are some of your favorite backyard camping activities?