We’ve all been there. You’re out in the wilderness, enjoying time with family, and a monster storm hits. It can be difficult keeping the family occupied even in the best conditions, let alone when everyone is cooped up in a tent or cabin. As always, we’re here to help! We’re going to give you some tips and tricks to help pass the time until you can get outdoors again, all the while keeping the kids happy and your own serenity intact.
1. Indoor Camping –
The next best thing! You could build an indoor fort (especially useful in a cabin), set up sleeping bags and even have an indoor picnic. Sometimes you just need to fake it until you make it! Play board games, read a book, or take a nap. This is can be fun for kids and adults alike.
2. Make a “Bad Weather” Survival Kit –
As it is in life, it’s best to be prepared while camping. We can’t always expect nice weather, no matter the location or forecast. Have fun with the kids making a bad weather survival kit, which should include plenty of games, rain gear, crayons, crafting supplies and even a magnifying glass or two. This will give the family options when that inevitable thunderstorm hits.
3. Checkout Other Campground Activities –
At all Midwest Outdoor Resorts locations, we have various activities planned throughout the summer. While many take place outdoors, we also plan for inclement weather. Be sure to check out your campground’s activity schedule, and plan on participating. You might just learn a new skill, or have more fun than simply hiking around aimlessly with the kids.
4. Make a List of Indoor Activities Nearby -
In the Black Hills, for example, there are plenty of indoor activities near Rushmore Shadows Resort that will satisfy the kids. Plan on taking a trip to Reptile Gardens, for example, or maybe hitting Deadwood. If you’re flexible, you can do those things on rainy days and save the outdoor trips for better weather
5. Have a Movie EVENT -
If you’re definitely stuck inside, a movie isn’t a bad idea. Don’t just make it any old movie night, though. You could bake cookies, make popcorn and watch the movie inside your impromptu fort (see number 1). If you do it right, it’ll feel more like a campground party than a traditional home movie night.
6. Actually Get Outdoors -
If you haven’t worn it yet, new raingear technology is awesome. Strap on some good boots and get waterproof gear and you can still be plenty comfortable outdoors. The kids will love puddle-jumping, and there’s an added bonus of having the trails all to yourselves. As long as you’re prepared, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the rain.
Please let us know in the comments of any activities you like to do while the weather isn’t exactly behaving. Remember, the rule is always be prepared, and you’ll have an awesome time in any climate. Thanks for reading and as always, happy exploring!