If you’re among the millions of Americans who love to get into the wilderness for a spot of camping, you probably dread when the winter months roll around. Although there are some people still crazy enough to head out in winter and enjoy a comfortable camping trip, for many of us it’s just not something that we’d even want to consider.
For those families who feel as though they’re sitting around on the weekend and waiting for the warmer months to come, there’s no need to be bored and feel that you’re missing out on camping just because it’s too cold.
We’ve come up with a few fun activities you can do during winter that make great alternatives to winter camping, so the whole family can enjoy themselves while it’s too cold to venture outside.
Board Game Night
There’s nothing more entertaining than dusting off some of your old board games and getting the whole family into a board game night. This can be a great way to have fun indoors when it’s simply too cold outside to go camping, and it can be an excellent way to distract yourselves with something enjoyable.
Depending on the age of your children or other members of the family, there are a number of board games you can choose from. Use your camping chairs set up around a table to give it the feeling that you’re camping outside and maybe consider playing by lantern light if you’re really looking for an authentic outdoor feel.
Camping In Your Own Home
If you’re really in the mood to camp but don’t want to go too far in the cold of winter, why not set up a campsite in your living room? This is a super fun way to do all of the things you like best with camping without having to get too cold or suffer through the snow and ice.
To make it more realistic, consider turning off the power supply to your home for the night so you can set up candles and use battery operated devices just as you would in the wilderness.
Your children can set up their own tents and sleeping bags in the lounge room and you can sing songs, tell stories, and do all the other fun things you usually get up to when you’re camping outside.
If it’s too cold to venture out overnight but you’re still looking for some crisp, fresh winter air, why not plan a little outing to the backyard. Winter is one of the best times to get a clear sky and indulge in some star gazing and it’s the perfect activity to include your kids in too.
Star watching can be fun and educational, so take this chance to teach your children about the wonders of the galaxy.
You can take your camping tarps and floor mats that you use for camping and set them up in the backyard, ensuring that you’re warm enough to protect yourselves. If you find that it’s getting too cold or uncomfortable, you can easily head back indoors to warm up.
For kids, one of the best parts about camping is cooking around the fire and having fun creating their own campsite delicacies. Smores are undoubtedly one of the most loved foods in American history, and for many of us, they remind us of camping when we were children.
There’s nothing that says smores can only be enjoyed when you’re camping, though, so the next time you’re stuck indoors during winter why not cook some up with your kids over a gas stove.
Just get yourself some marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers and you’ll be ready to go. These are a fun and easy treat you can create for the kids on the weekend to help them relive some of their favorite things about camping during the warmer months.
Big Screen Movie Night
There’s one thing that we don’t usually get to do while camping and that's watching movies, so why not take this chance to combine the two beloved activities? To make your own cinema at home and get some use out of your camping gear during the winter, you can set up your large camping chairs in the living room to watch some movies.
If you have a spare blank wall, you could consider projecting the movies onto there so that you get the real feel of the cinema. Have all of your favorite snacks and drinks on hand to complete the experience, and enjoy the comfort and warmth of using your camping gear indoors during winter.
Tree Houses And Cabins
If you’re still dying to get outdoors and into some adventure but can’t bear the thought of setting up a tent, why not check your local area for cabins and tree houses that are available to hire out for the weekend? You can still bring along your camping gear and even set up sleeping bags in the living room if you really miss that camping feeling.
Cabins in the woods give you the perfect chance to feel as though you’re outdoors but with all the modern luxuries that keep you warm and comfortable during the winter. Many of them come with their own fireplaces and some even have central heating if you’re looking for a complete luxury experience.
Keeping The Family Entertained Indoors
There isn’t much that can compare to the fun of camping and getting outdoors into the wilderness, but it’s good to know that all hope isn’t lost just because it’s winter outside.
With so many fun ways to incorporate your most treasured camping activities inside and put your camping gear to good use even in the offseason, you’ll never have to be without your favorite pastime.