Let’s Lasso the Moon: Indoor Spring Camping!

April 11, 2012 at 7:00 am 9 comments

This weekend activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug and written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!


Ready to go camping . . . inside the house? Set up camp in the living room and get ready for a family adventure!

Follow these 5 tips to make the most of your expedition:

1. Make a rain-or-shine reservation. Mark the calendar and tell the kids–Camping Night is coming! Spring weather is unpredictable, but an indoor campsite will be high and dry no matter what.

2. Set-up your campsite. Take a deep breath and make it a YES Day. Indoor tents don’t have to be set up exactly right–they don’t even have to be real tents!–so relax and enjoy setting up the “site.”

  • Clear an area in the house and set up a full-sized family tent (sans stakes). Even a kid-size tent would do!
  • If equipment is an issue, use your imagination. Grab the blankets! Don’t underestimate the power of the kitchen table. Pull out the chairs and get creative. Bunk beds can also be easily transformed into secret hideouts.
  • Build a pretend fire out of blocks, colorful paper, or cardboard tubes. You can add flameless (electric) “candles” too!

Let’s Lasso the Moon Tip: Buy yourself a bag of clothespins. They are wonderful for clipping together blankets for forts. They also are great for chip clips, holding mittens together, and a variety of other random projects.

3. Go Offline. Consider shutting down the computers, TVs, and gadgets in your home for the weekend, including maybe your {yikes} cell phone.

4. Create an itinerary, then break it. A good traveling friend of mine always says, “Plan your vacation itinerary so you can choose to ignore your plans.” Isn’t that a glorious approach? Here are some great indoor activities that you can add to your itinerary:

  • Eat dinner on a picnic blanket.
  • Hand out flashlights and take a nighttime “hike” around the house.
  • Roast s’mores in the oven.
  • Take turns telling spooky stories.
  • Sing favorite songs around the campfire.

Melissa & Doug Flashlights for Kids

{Bibi Bee Flashlight & Mollie Flashlight}

5. Rock the Casbah. Here is the KEY to making this event truly memorable–lean in, listen closely… You need to actually let your child sleep under the kitchen table, or in the tent, or on the living room floor under the “night sky.” This tiny detail will make or break your adventure.

Mollie Ladybug Sleeping Bag for Kids
{Mollie Sleeping Bag} *Trusty Mollie Flashlight in tow in case a night emergency arises!

Augie Alligator Sleeping Bag for Kids
{Augie Alligator Sleeping Bag}

Do you have any additional suggestions for making the weekend memorable? Let’s chat in the comments!


Zina Harrington is a Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador and the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon, where she inspires parents and children to keep the light of curiosity burning. Let’s Lasso the Moon features a collection of activities that help parents interact creatively with their children and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Currently Zina splits her weekdays Clark Kent-style; Mornings are spent innocuously working on creative photography projects, reserving library books and sharing ideas on Let’s Lasso the Moon; afternoons are spent as the everyday superhero: Mom. Visit Zina today at her blog LetsLassoTheMoon.com, say “Hi” to her on Facebook and don’t miss her amazing Pinterest boards!

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. » The Weekend Wake-Up Call Awesomely Awake  |  June 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    […] the best Activity: Indoor Camping. Sooo setting this up for the girls this weekend. It’s too cold here to do much else. […]

  • […] Go camping (or camp indoors!). […]

  • 3. Jennifer Fischer  |  April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Love this! We recently turned the house into a library and coffeeshop and drove a cardboard box around to all of the different places. 🙂

  • 4. The Weekend Wake-Up Call « Awesomely Awake  |  April 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    […] the best Activity: Indoor Camping. Sooo setting this up for the girls this weekend. It’s too cold here to do much else. […]

  • 5. Hannah  |  April 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Fun times!!! Can’t wait till my little ones are older and can do this!
    I followed you from Kid’s Co Op Link Up. Here was our fun activity: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/wonderfull-full-of-wonder-wednesday_11.html

  • 6. Rachelle | Tinkerlab  |  April 12, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Aren’t those the cutest flashlights? My daughter received one as a birthday gift and it makes me smile whenever I see it. We love camping, and camping indoors so much fun. By flipping our expectations on their head, it’s one of those simple activities that helps kids think outside the box.

  • 8. Lasso the Moon » Spring Camping!  |  April 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    […] PS: Don’t forget to pop on over to the Melissa & Doug blog for 5 additional fun tips! […]

  • 9. awakeshawn  |  April 11, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Great post! Love this idea. We’ve always been cautious about how well they sleep but they are at a great age for this now and will love this idea. Particularly love the s’mores and night hike with flashlights. So sweet. Adding this to this weekend’s plans. And, I am not a huge fan of actual camping so this is perfect. lol


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