With a bit of thought and pre-planning you'll be pleasantly surprised how well they can entertain themselves.
One of the biggest questions to answer when planning a camping trip is: ‘What will the kids do?’
With a bit of thought and pre-planning you'll be pleasantly surprised how well they can entertain themselves. Some activities will depend on your camp site location; for instance, if you are camping inland, away from water, then cross of swimming, fishing and paddling from the list.
Also, be conscious of the seasons and the style of camping that you like to do. Often the more formal caravan parks and camping grounds will have organised activities and facilities for youngsters like games rooms, playgrounds and swimming pools.
If you're stuck for inspiration, check out these kid-friendly activities in the great outdoors.
Even if you don't have the time to go away anywhere, setting up a tent in the backyard is always an exciting adventure for kids.
Fishing is a great way to experience Australia's waterways. You get to see amazing scenery, spend quality time together and at the end of the day you've got something for dinner.
3. KAYAKING - If you live near a lake or river, it's really worth buying a couple of kayaks. They provide a great platform for keeping fit, keeping cool and see places from a different perspective.
Yet another way to get them moving – bike riding allows the whole family to keep fit, discover all sorts of wildlife and enjoy some quality time in the outdoors.
Mini golf is a fun way to encourage your children to think strategically and improve their hand-eye coordination, and can be found in many regional holiday parks and towns. It's sure to spark some sibling rivalry, so make sure you're prepared for that on the drive home.
Crack out those glow sticks and grab a torch – it's time for a night walk. Because your sense of sight is limited, more of your attention is focused on the sounds of wildlife, which makes the imagination go wild.
Essentials - Life Gear Glow Torch
VISIT THE PARK -
Whether it's to climb on the playground equipment, kick a footy or have a picnic, you can never go wrong with a visit to the local park.
Essentials - Footy, cricket gear, sunscreen
In cold weather, visits to the beach seem a wasted opportunity, but collecting shells captivates youngsters. They can learn about the different creatures that live in shells and have something for show and tell when it’s time to go back to school.
Essentials - Bucket
An oldy but a goody, learning to skip stones is a rite of passage for Australian kids, and a great way to learn about the physics behind gravity. That and the fact that it's quite a challenge to master.
Essentials - Stones, a river
Photography is becoming increasingly popular with kids, particularly with easy access to mobile phones and cameras. Take the time to show them how to frame up their landscape or use the zoom to find a feathered or furry creature while exploring the area around your camp site.
Essentials - Mobile phone, action cam or point and shoot camera
Recent surveys have found that only 40% of children prefer playing outside instead of using technology. Today, only 10% of children walk to school.
- Board games
- Backyard/beach cricket
- Adventure walk
- Go paddling in a kayak
- How to throw a Frisbee lesson
- Treasure hunt • Fishing lesson
- Catching bait for fishing
- Cloud watching – pick the shapes
- Knot tying • Spotlight
- Making shadows with the light of a torch
- Card games • Hide and seek
- Bird watching
- Insect collecting