Plan an unforgettable backyard camping adventure for the whole family Are you struggling to find ways to entertain the kids over the school holidays? Plan an awesome backyard camping adventure to keep them occupied! We've compiled a list of ways to create a fun adventure in your own backyard, including: Plan a nature scavenger huntEnjoy a night of stargazingTell stories based on those constellationsEnjoy a torchlight treasure huntCook food over a campfire Scroll down for more information about how to set these cool ideas up and keep the kids occupied over the holidays. How to create a backyard camping adventure In our increasingly tech-obsessed world, it\u2019s sometimes hard to escape radio waves and LED screens. Our backyards are one of the last frontiers we can escape to for simpler, tech-free activities. And if you\u2019ve found removing yourself from technology difficult, try getting back to basics with the kids. In a world of readily-accessible information and entertainment, technology is akin to choccies and lollies for our youngest generation. Backyard camping is a fabulous, stress-free, cheap and safe way to coax the kids outdoors with promises of something new and adventurous. And if you have some super smart and amusing activities lined up, they\u2019ll be begging you for regular garden campouts! Here\u2019s our list of innovative and incredibly fun backyard camping ideas to keep the kids entertained. Camping activities for the whole family 1. Nature scavenger hunt Before the sun goes down, prepare a scavenger hunt for the kids, tailored to the features of your garden. Have them collect a number of items \u2013 the petals of a particular flower, a gum tree leaf, a funny shaped rock, a clothes line peg. You can even stretch the boundaries of their search by having them photograph their finds. Then you can add creepy crawlies, feathered friends, and more to the list. Make it extra special by buying them a cheap disposable camera from the local supermarket and going on a nature hike around your nearest park. They\u2019ll love the momento photos you can print out and give them a few days later. 2. Stargazing Above our heads is a small example of the great universe out there, yet we hardly ever stop to marvel at its size and beauty. A backyard campout is the perfect time to hold the moment still and gaze at the stars overhead. For kids, it can be insightful and educational, as well as hugely enjoyable. Even if you don\u2019t have a telescope, a simple pair of binoculars held up to the moon will reveal all the craters and surface pock holes that prove it\u2019s a real place. The kids will undoubtedly get a kick out of it. Artificial lawn is perfect for stargazing. It's soft, comfortable, and free of creepy crawlies! Artificial lawn is perfect for a spot of stargazing. Find a star chart map online and discover which planets will be out in force on the night you choose for your camping trip. Point them out to the kids and discuss their size comparative to Earth \u2013 they simply won\u2019t believe you! Show them how to locate south using the Southern Cross \u2013 it\u2019s a skill that may come in handy someday. Finally, make a Bingo game out of your stargazing. The first to find a blue star, a red star, a twinkling star, the Southern Cross, a satellite moving slowly across the sky, and even \u2013 if you\u2019re lucky \u2013 a shooting star, wins! 3. Constellation storytelling Storytelling is a must-have activity on any campout. But why not make it more interesting? Blend your storytelling with your stargazing. Each participant must find their own made-up constellation and invent a mythical tale around its existence. If you\u2019re a bit prepared, storytelling also gives you scope to delve into Australia\u2019s Indigenous Dreamtime stories to find out how our first-nations people interpreted the sky above their heads. Introduce your kids to the Emu in the Sky, the Celestial Serpent, and more. Getting the kids away from the television and giving them a chance to cultivate their own imagination and creativity will be a rewarding experience for both parent and child alike. 4. Torchlight treasure hunt Every kid loves a treasure hunt. Combine it with night-time and the powerful beam of a torch and you\u2019ll whip the kids into an excitable frenzy. Plant a bag of snackable backyard camping goodies somewhere in the garden and encourage the kids to discover it using only their torchlight. If they struggle to find it, give them gentle hints with a simple \u201chotter\u201d and \u201ccolder\u201d. 5. Campfire cooking OK, so in Australia with our dry climate and fire restrictions, it can be hard to have a campfire in your own backyard. Check with your local authorities before you light up, just in case there are council restrictions or total fire bans in your area. If you are lucky enough to enjoy an open fire pit, you can\u2019t have a camping night without toasting marshmallows over the glowing embers of a warm fire. You can even try cooking up some smores, using a delicious recipe like this one from Parenting. For a healthier option, sandwich marshmallows between slices of apple. Plan an unforgettable backyard camping adventure for the whole family. Photo Credit: Pipistrula via Compfight cc Give your kids a bunch of things they can toast over the fire and let them go wild with experimenting: damper, hot dogs, and corn cobs are great picks. Make sure you\u2019ve got supplies in case the fire option is out. Keep it to nibblies \u2013 packets of chips, sticks of carrots, bugs on a log (peanut butter and raisins on celery). You can find plenty more awesome food ideas on Pinterest. A backyard camping adventure can be great fun for the whole family. Try to make it as authentic as possible, be harsh on the no-technology rule, and have lots of board games, card decks and more on hand and the kids will be begging you for monthly outdoor sleepovers! Get more out of your backyard with some of our popular renovation products. Whether you're after a pergola, artificial grass, or a verandah, contact us today for a FREE measure and quote. Want to find more family-fun things to do in your backyard as this spring? Read here for backyard hacks that your dog will love. 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