If your spring and summer camping plans have been disrupted, it’s tempting to write off the entire season, but cooped-up cranky kids need a little excitement, adventure, and break from the routine. Pitching a tent in the backyard, singing campfire songs, telling spooky stories, and enjoying pleasant weather- all while in walking distance of the convenience of real plumbing and easy resupplies– is enough to turn even a reluctant camper into a seasoned outdoor explorer this summer.
Kids of all ages can enjoy stargazing with this beginner telescope, an affordable model that balances ease of use with view capabilities. Smooth controls keep navigating simple, and it’s also perfect for daytime birdwatching.
Stargazing is immediately entrancing when you know what you’re looking for, and this field guide helps anyone in the world get immersed in the view. Good for both plain-view and telescope users, you’ll have kids feeling like old-world pioneers, or pirates, in no time.
Tradition may call for finding your own roasting stick and carefully sharpening it, but tradition doesn’t have several small children howling for smores. Skip the whittling and come prepared with this ready to use camp for that makes roasting marshmallows or hot dogs quick and easy. A set of fondue forks accomplish the task for anyone cooking over sterno cans or a gas stove.
On warm nights, this easy to assemble tent is a stargazers dream, with the rainfly left off you’ll have gorgeous views as you drift off to sleep. Perfect for one parent and child, or as a second tent for older children in a big family.
This massive whole-family tent is a car campers paradise, and for backyard camping it’s roomy enough for a crowd, and tall enough for mom or dad to stand comfortably too. The zippered window and vestibule give plenty of options for temperature control, so it’s easy to get cozy and snug in this generously sized tent.
Get your youngest campers excited with their very own forest themed backpacks. Let them bring along any favorite stuffed toys or essential items, so they can rest easy in the wild outdoors.
The built-in pillows on these cotton sleeping bags make them an instant success; perfect for nights or naps. Bring the wild inside with these woodland themed bags that little children are sure to adore.
Elementary aged kiddos that aren’t tall enough for full-size adult bags don’t have to have their choices limited only to cartoon character bags. These glow in the dark mummy style bags are a cooler, cozier version of adult mummy bags, and the faint glow is perfect for avoiding errant steps on a mid-night bathroom run.
Getting into the camping spirit starts before the sun sets, and these lightweight horseshoes make the game accessible even to younger kids. Old school though they may be, they’re still infinitely more portable than the average cornhole set.
Scary, but not too scary, this horror collection is ideal for the independent readers through the double digit crowd, spooky enough to even keep younger teens entertained. Full of horror favorites like ghosts, ghouls, zombies and more, keep the fireside ghost story tradition alive with this fresh collection of frightening tales.
Geocaching in your local park may be on hold for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to explore or discover in your own backyard. Uncover buried treasure, arrowheads, and more with this easy to use beginner metal detector.
There aren’t a lot of feelings more heartwarming and cozy than having the whole family together, snuggled down into their sleeping bags and drifting off, but enjoying the gentle flicker of candlelight these little battery nightlights provide with no flame risk is a pretty satisfying feel too.
These lights are designed to work with play teepees indoors, but they’re a good fit for a lot of tent or canopy play structures too, from pup tent to blanket fort. A reassuring nightlight for hesitant kiddos, they’ll see plenty of use after the camping gear is packed up and put away, because they’re also great for dress-up areas or with bed canopies.
Bring the feeling that you’re roughing it by limiting music and news to what’s available on the radio. This NOAA weather radio is amazing to have during dangerous weather, but the long lasting battery life means it also offers a ton of entertainment value.