The Essential List of the Best Family Camping Activities

Family enjoying fun camping activities

Fun Camping Ideas for the Whole Family

Adults and kids alike can benefit from ditching their devices and getting back in touch with what is truly important. If your family is always plugged in, however, it can be difficult to think of fun camping activities that will keep your kids engaged and entertained.

When adults go camping, they are usually looking for ways to relax. Kids, however, need constant activities to stay entertained. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make camping with kids a fun and easy experience.

While warm, sunny days are ideal, you also need to be prepared with boredom-busters when the sun goes down or the weather refuses to cooperate. These fun camping activities will ensure your entire family has fun during your next camping trip.

Family camping

Camping Activities – During the Day

On beautiful, sunny days, there is no shortage of camping activities that will keep your family busy.

Get Back to Nature

When the weather is beautiful, the wilderness calls! There is no better way to explore the great outdoors than by going on a family hike in the woods. While hiking is fun on its own, enhance the fun by printing or creating Hiking Bingo Cards. This will make your little ones more alert and observant as they keep an eye out for animals, plants, and more.

Family hiking together on grassy mountains

Treasure Hunting

Another great activity for campers of all ages is Geocaching. Consider Geocaching a real-life treasure hunt that is fun for the whole family. A simple internet search ahead of time will reveal coordinates of hidden Geocaches near your campsite. Using your GPS device, you can hunt down the hidden treasure and record your discovery.

Family campers participating in geocaching treasure hunt at the campsite

Prepping Meals

Making food can be just as fun as eating it! Let your little ones help you cook and prepare your kid friendly camping meals, allowing them to stay busy as well as give you a hand. Also, take this opportunity to teach your kids fun camping hacks that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Family meal prepping together before enjoying more camping activities

Camping Activities – At Night

When the sun goes down, the fun really starts. These nighttime camping activities will give your family something to look forward to all day long.

Light It Up

Grab your flashlights and head outdoors. A twist on an old favorite, playing Flashlight Tag is a way to have hours of fun in dark. While flashlights are a great standby, pack some glow sticks and let your kids run wild. Play Glow Stick Ring Toss with glowing bracelets for another nighttime activity everyone will enjoy.

Man playing flashlight tag at campsite

Become Astronomers

One of the perks of camping is that when the stars come out, they really shine. This is the perfect opportunity to take your family outside, lie on your backs, and gaze in wonder at the night sky. Whether you bring a book of constellations or decide to make up your own, a free and fun astronomy lesson for the whole family awaits.

Dad and son stargazing for camping activities fun

Outdoor Movie

While camping should be about unplugging with your family, there is always a time and place for electronic devices. If you’re camping in an RV, hang a white bedsheet on the side of your camper and project a family movie on the side. Then, grab some blankets, pillows, and popcorn for a fun outdoor movie watching experience.

Kids watching movie projected on the campsite

Camping Activities – Around the Campfire

Some of the best memories are made around a crackling campfire. These classic ideas are fun for every generation.

Tell Ghost Stories

Telling ghost stories under a full moon is a campfire classic. Whether you decide to think up your own stories or bring some with you, be sure to keep the age of your little campers in mind. The best way to tell ghost stories is to be very animated in your presentation and throw in one or two jump scares for good measure.

Family telling ghost stories around the campfire

Make S’mores

It just isn’t a bonfire without making a few S’mores. If you want to make your s’mores extra special, don’t hesitate to try a creative twist on your average S’mores recipe. A peanut butter cup in place of a piece of chocolate is a fun and easy addition. So is using cookies in place of graham crackers. With that said, nothing can beat a classic s’more after a long day of camping.


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Camping Activities – In Poor Weather

Rain doesn’t have to be a cause of constant whining. These are some of fun rainy day camping activities that can only happen when the weather refuses to let up.

Card Game Classics

Staying indoors doesn’t have to be boring. Classic games are a great way to keep active kids entertained when the weather forces them to stay inside your RV or tent. Uno, Old Maid, or even classic card games allow for plenty of rainy day fun. Take this opportunity to teach your kids brand new games they will remember forever.

Kids playing card games at campsite

Make a Hot Beverage

If you can’t beat the weather, you might as well enjoy a warm treat. Find a camper friendly recipe for hot cocoa (like the one below) and get the whole family involved in creating a hot drink for the whole family. The more marshmallows, the better.


A valuable life lesson is learning how to make the best of a bad situation. Show your kids that nothing can stand in the way of having a good time by embracing the rainy weather. Grab your galoshes and jump in puddles, slide around on the slippery grass, or hunt for earthworms on hiking trails. While you can’t control the weather, you can control your attitude!

Children playing in rain at the campsite

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